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Deb Shinder
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Notice something missing this past Thursday? Many IT pros, tech journalists and others who follow Microsoft's Patch Tuesday offerings did. Here's what happened to the advance notification service - and not everyone is happy about it.

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My take on one aspect of online privacy.

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In the movies, the “computer guy” has often been portrayed as either the overweight slob who overdoses on pizza while hacking into the Pentagon’s computers or as the skinny, wimpy guy with big glasses who gets sand kicked in his face on the beach but saves the world from certain destruction by cracking the passcodes to divert the enemy missiles at the last minute.  Stereotypes become stereotypes because there’s an element of truth in them, but this one is becoming less and less accurate – and that’s a good thing.

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When you really stop and think about just how accessible our most private information and personal data is, it's scary. We send our social security numbers, bank account info, credit card numbers and so much more traipsing across the Internet, trusting that the security mechanisms put in place by those with whom we do business will protect us. But one only has to read the news to know that it doesn't always work that way. 

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I have to say that I have been using Windows 8 and 8.1 since the early betas and on my desktop computer, I have rarely ventured into the modern UI ("Metro") except to test it and write about it. I installed Start 8 and happily went about my business, using Windows the same way I have since Windows 9x.

With the changes in Update 1, for the first time I am actually spending some time there, and liking it. While most of those changes are subtle, all of the little things add up to a very different user experience on a non-touch screen computer in comparison to the original Windows 8. 

It's not completely there yet, but I think Microsoft is going in the right direction with this, and when they bring back that Start menu that blends the old with the modern, this OS is going to be a winner - just as XP was, after all the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth over the interface changes that greeted its first release.
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Everybody's talking ... about the OpenSSL vulnerability. Here's the scoop.

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If you're not doing anything wrong, you don't have anything to hide. Are you absolutely sure of that? This is an expanded version of a former blog post about the perfect storm created by the combination of ubiquitous surveillance technology and bad lawmaking.

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Can being good at what you do be a bad thing? It can if your computer skills make you the logical suspect when someone around you gets hacked. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Hacker? People who aren't tech savvy, that's who.

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Once upon a time, we cared. We were willing to go to battle over the question: Which OS is the best? Today, more and more of us have divided loyalties, switching from PC to iPad to Android phone without a twinge of guilt. Do operating systems matter at all anymore? Read my take on that over on GFI's "Talk Tech to Me" blog.
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