Sending Hewlett Packarding: On the HP Split and Why You Care

January 20th, 2016 by Jennifer Lough

HP in the CloudIn the course of its long and illustrious history, HP has gone from those two guys in the garage (now an historical landmark) building audio oscillators to its newest mobile workstation. An interesting thing about the new workstation, fancy specifications aside, is that it has the distinction of being in the first group of products released by HP Inc. following the HP split. HP Inc. now sells hardware, including PCs and printers, while Enterprise has shifted toward software and services. That’s all well and good for HP and HPE, of course, but presumably this doesn’t affect the Average Josephus all that much. Presumption incorrect. They’ve been getting themselves into some interesting stuff lately. Read the rest of this entry »


Last Patch Released for Internet Explorer 8,9,10

January 11th, 2016 by Pamela Michael

Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 Support EndingIt’s the end of the road for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10. The very last patch has been released, and Microsoft will end support tomorrow, January 12, 2016. The announcement was initially made in August of 2014 when Microsoft hinted that they would be moving away from the IE brand in favor of the new Microsoft Edge built for Windows 10.

As of the end of 2015, it was estimated that there were still hundreds of millions of users who hadn’t upgraded to either IE 11 or Edge. That’s a real problem because when Microsoft stops support tomorrow, no more security updates will be pushed out. 8,9 and 10 users will then be vulnerable to hackers and security flaws. Read the rest of this entry »


The Cloud Turns Ten This Year. Does Cloud Computing Still Confuse You?

January 5th, 2016 by Pamela Michael

Cloud Computing MVIHappy Tenth Birthday, Cloud! Well, sort of. The concept has actually been in play since the 1960s. In 2006, though, Amazon launched it’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), now known as Amazon Web Services (AWS). Revolutionary at the time, it was the first complete infrastructure that other businesses could “rent.” Infrastructure as a Service, or IaaS, was an opportunity for companies to expand, build, and operate their own software and computers without the burden of costly hardware purchases. And, it was the first time the word “cloud” was used to describe Internet-based computing.

It was also the moment millions of people around the world became confused. Read the rest of this entry »