Microsoft swore it wasn’t going to update Windows XP, Windows 7, 8, practically anything below Windows 10, but it did it anyway. It was an unprecedented and rare move. This must have been one those vulnerabilities that affected the entire Windows ecosystem. The patch was necessary regardless of Microsoft’s business policy. Anyways, read more about it from an article in Tom’s Hardware.
Steam on Windows will progressively get worse over time according to Tim Sweeney, the co-founder of Epic Games.
Slowly, over the next five years, they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They’ll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seem like an ideal alternative. That’s exactly what they did to their previous competitors in other areas. Now they’re doing it to Steam. It’s only just starting to become visible. Microsoft might not be competent enough to succeed with their plan but they are certainly trying,” Sweeney said. He adds the outcome of this would be forcing every app and game to be sold through the Windows Store alone. “If they can succeed in doing that then it’s a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows store. Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform. It won’t be that one day they flip a switch that will break your Steam library — what they’re trying to do is a series of sneaky manoeuvres. They make it more and more inconvenient to use the old apps, and, simultaneously, they try to become the only source for the new ones,” he claims.
Microsoft has been going through a transformation over the years. It has been slow, but the changes are dramatic if you haven’t been paying attention. Microsoft no longer makes a ton of money on the Windows platform. Far from it. Just take a look at the areas where Microsoft made the most money this past year based on revenue.
- Server and Cloud Services (Azure)
- Gaming (Xbox)
- Microsoft Office
- Windows OS
Windows OS is only 10% of Microsoft’s total revenue, and it grew a paltry 5% despite the Windows 10 release last year. Sales on Azure on the other end, grew a whopping 140% more than last year.
Years ago, I got tired of Windows for numerous reasons which I don’t have the time to elaborate in this post. Eventually, I switched to Linux. It was new, exciting, and the opportunity to learn something entirely different was fascinating to me. When Ubuntu Dapper Drake came along, I went all in. That was my desktop of choice for a very long time.
After each Ubuntu release, I worked hard to get everything working from the flash player, media, and just about every tool that I needed, just to get the desktop to function the way I wanted to. After several years of Ubuntu updates and fixing the desktop, I got tired of it. It was an exercise I really didn’t want to do every six months.
I switched to the Mac OS because it it’s based on BSD, a Unix variant, which is familiar to me. In some ways, I can get still get down and dirty using the Terminal if I wanted to. The Mac OS for the most part, is a very stable environment. And everything worked at get-go. I’ve been a Mac OS user ever since.
The Nmap utility will scan devices connected to your network. Nmap is a free open-source utility used by network admins and anyone to explore, scan, secure and audit the network. For example, if your internal network is 10.10.10.0/24 network, you can use the following Nmap options to scan your network.
nmap -sP 10.10.10.0/24
The command above produces the following output:
As you can see, the nmap utility has found 8 devices connected to my network. It usually takes 30 seconds or so to scan the entire network. With the available data, I can now ping, ssh, or view the device via web browser if that service is available. Nmap makes troubleshooting the network that much more easier.
Just like most Linux utilities, nmap has a ton of options worth checking. Simply type
-- help to read more options.
If you are a Windows user, the nmap utility is available for download.
For Ubuntu users, simply type the following to install
sudo apt-get install nmap