Damage Control Begins RE: Intel Hardware Bug

Intel is in full damage control mode about their hardware flaw….unfortunately they are trying to drag AMD down with them….however AMD is vulnerable only in its older CPU products.  Their latest product, XEN(or Ryzen) is not affected as of right now. This is an issue Intel created on its own…and the software development community went along for the ride for the sake of performance. Tomorrow…the full details should come out tomorrow..three CVE’s have already been […]

How bad is the IntelME problem?

Every machine Intel has shipped from 2007 to present has had this below firmware..below the operating system thing in it.  All Intel CPU’s use the ME to boot at first..then the bios takes over..then the OS. It is too bad it tool this long to come out.  Honestly, I never fully trusted any Intel machines(yes i am on one right now that is “patched”) but unfortunately AMD was never a truly competitive chip for the […]

AMD Pro…Any Better Than IntelME?

AMD is now releasing their Ryzen Pro cpu offerings for businesses.  AMD is claiming their “management” solution is more secure than IntelME.  Given the extremely low bar set by IntelME that’s not hard to accomplish.  I have not had the time to research the Ryzen Pro but I will be watching and posting as i learn about it.  For right now…my advice is to NOT install any systems with Ryzen Pro.  Ryzen is OK…but Ryzen […]

Intel Graphics FINALLY Die…

I heard about this more than a year ago.  This is one I wanted to sit back on and watch.  Sure enough, after many years of futility, Intel has finally decided to stop torturing us with their craptacular graphics drivers that never fully worked and have decided to integrate some real graphics on them.  Enter AMD/Radeon.  I really didn’t care if it was AMD or Nvidia that Intel went with, jsut dump your crappy graphics.  […]

If you want a Windows 7 machine, build custom

Microsoft as of today is no longer shipping Windows 7 to the big OEM computer makers anymore.  This means the chances of you finding a Windows 7 machine..or even a win 10 machine with “downgrade rights” to Windows 7 stop existing as well.  If you want a real downgrade take windows 10 back to windows 8.  I thought that would make you shiver..:) How do you avoid the Windows 10 mess?  You will have to […]

New Computer Build for Home Business Client

This client needed a faster computer for general office work than their current all in one desktop was able to deliver.  ETC Maryland recommended a ultra small computer with desktop class power instead of the laptop based system they currently had in place.  Since this is a home based business Windows 10 Home was chosen.  This machine boots in less than 1.5 minutes from initial power on.  Not sleep..not hibernate…from fully powered down to fully powered […]

SSD’s for workstations/desktops so far so good

I just dumped my main computer( my annual maintenance is a format/reload) to reload it and I decided to put Windows 10 on this machine for giggles.  The install was really fast as  this system is nothing to sneeze at: Intel core I-5 4690k 32 Gigs DDR3 1600 Crucial M550 1TB SSD Nvidia GTX 960 w/4 Gigs of RAM LG Blu-Ray, DVD, CD Burner Asrock Motherboard with Intel Gigabit Nic. Asus Xonar DG PCI sound […]

Microsoft Requires Windows 10 For New Hardware

I was simply stunned by this.  If you buy the newest processors from Intel and AMD or anyone…Microsoft is now saying you have 18 months to upgrade your desktops/laptop/workstations to Windows 10 or you loose updates.  The best line is the one bout we will give you updates if they do not compromise the systems stability.  What a joke.  It gets a bit better.  To quote the Ars Technica Article, “Going forward, the company says that […]

Intel Small Business Advantage is a security nightmare | SemiAccurate

I can’t copy and paste anything but it explains how the latest intel “Security” addons aren’t secure at all….they make it trivially easy for your system to be hardware rooted..making it impossible for you to regain control of your system. Intel Small Business Advantage is a security nightmare | SemiAccurate.

Virtualization Project Update

I got Hyper-v working finally here at my office.  I now have one box hosting 3 virtual mahcines.  VM 1 is my Astaro firewall.  VM 2 is my main AD file/print/authentication server.  VM 3 is my Astaro Command Center which aggregates status and updates from my astaro and my other client installs to me.  This allows me to monitor all of my Astaro easily in one spot without having to constantly individually touch each machine. […]