Microsoft removing support for Windows Vista SP1

Microsoft will stop support for Vista SP 1 on 12 July 2011. This means that after that date no further updates, e.g. security patches, will be made available.

Customers are being strongly advised to upgrade their Windows Vista clients to service pack 2 which is freely available from Microsoft. For more information about how to install service pack for Windows Vista please refer to Microsoft’s Learn how to install Windows Vista Service Pack 2 SP2 page.

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a new semester begins

Today is Tuesday (duh!), and uni started back yesterday. I am lucky enough to start my week at 8am on a Monday, so no easing into the lecture schedule for me. I was pleasantly surprised to find that one of my papers has already released the first assignment. This means that I will actually be able to get onto it in a timely manner. Normally they all wait until third/fourth week to all release them at the same time, and then are all due at the same time. I’m a bit sick today, so I’ll be starting on this assignment tomorrow and trying to get it done by the end of the weekend.

Also discovered that one of my other papers get to play with Windows source code (WRK). Very cool!! It’s only the WRK for Server 2003 but, as they say, that’s pretty much the same as XP, which is almost the same as Vista; so there we go. My schedule isn’t too bad for my – touch wood – final semester before returning to the real world, so I’m not stressing over possible time issues at all. I’m doing mainly CompSci papers to finish off, but most of them are network related, so I’m really weighing towards mainly InfoSys in reality. I’ll also be completing my CCNA semesters 3 & 4 as part of one of my InfoSys papers which is a bonus. And, I believe my other InfoSys paper allows me to sit an Oracle certification at the end too. Look at me the uber-student.

Check this link out for a bit of a laugh when you get the chance (make sure you have sound!). It is safe for work. Also, notpron.com is classic. It’s also safe for work, but the url my cause filters to trigger, so best to do it at home. I have to put in the following video, just because I hadn’t seen it for ages, and I re-watched it again over the weekend. It’s still as ridiculously funny as it was when it first came out!!

As you’ll soon see, I’ve been going through my favourites folder on YouTube, and I went right to the very back end for the oldest (possibly forgotten) vids I could track down. Here’s Best Baby Break Dance:

and this one of a guy catching glasses with his face:

I’ll end the queue of videos with this one. It’s actually quite heart-touching, so enjoy and be happy for him:

I’ll be doing some more tuts this afternoon, or tomorrow. Something to do with XML and HTTP now that I’ve had a bit of fun setting that up for my site (launch will be within the next two weeks I think!!) and coordinating it with JS so that other sites can call to mine and get responses back. I’ll also look at something to do with dynamic JS creation from PHP.

quick update – is microsoft doing something “decent” ???

Just a quick post, I’ll do a real one later today, but I wanted to note some potentially fantastic news.

Microsoft has just announced they will be allowing end users to downgrade from Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate editions to either Windows Vista Business or Window XP Professional, and also allowing OEMs to release products with XP Professional, XP Pro Tablet, or XP Pro X64 installed, instead of Windows Vista Business or Ultimate. There’s a WHOLE shebang of legal stuff, and who knows what might be “re-interpreted” between now and actuality. There’s also the time-limit that:

Microsoft OEMs will be allowed to provide such Windows Vista downgrades until six months after Windows 7 General Availability (GA).

which is only a month or two away, so really this only lasts til the end of 2009 but, end of the day, this is a step in the correct direction. The cynic in me feels, however, that this is just a move to either avoid some anti-trust / anti-competitive type liability issues, or to attempt to PR schmooze the public, or both. And, it comes only days after the release of Vista SP2, which implies a not so great or happy uptake of the same?? Time will tell. 

source: techarp