March, 2018, Announcements & Changes
- Check out the new page LibreOffice News & Tips. I believe that you’ll find it interesting.
- Reminder: The Windows Tips page has been moved to Lee’s Pad. Com. Since Lee’s Pad is devoted primarily to the Windows operating system it makes sense to have all pertinent information in that location. Feel free to visit there anytime.
Tracking Meltdown & Spectre
- Intel to make all future CPUs and Spectre-proof (03/16/18)
- March security updates expand Meltdown-Spectre protection for Windows (03/13/18)
- Intel’s Spectre and Meltdown patches reach Ivey and Sandy Bridge chips, created in 2011 (03/12/18)
- Intel patches older Broadwell, Haswell chips against Spectre and Meltdown (02/28/18)
- First Intel, now AMD also faces multiple class-action suits over Spectre attacks
- Intel has released Meltdown & Spectre patches for Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, and Skylake based processor platforms. Give it time and see if they break anything this time.
- NOTICE: Intel faces 32 lawsuits over the Meltdown and Spectre flaws (02/19/18)
- Another article on Meltdown & Spectre – A rather long ‘techie’ article which, in summation, simply means that the combined forces of Intel, Microsoft, AMD, and Google haven’t got the ‘fix’ right yet. It’s going to be what I would term a fair amount of time before a genuine solution is created and implemented. Let’s face it, folks, this has been going on for more than a decade. It’s not going to go away quickly.
- I have noticed as of late that it is being reported that Intel has released yet another round of Meltdown & Spectre patches. Based on their track record on this issue I would suggest that we wait patiently and see if they are successful or if they cause yet again more problems. If you notice the habits of corporate America (the enterprise) they will never generally be on the list of ‘first adopters’ for much of anything new. They assume a ‘wait and see’ position on almost 100% of upgrade and/or patch issues. This insures that all the bugs are squashed and they can put changes into play safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively. A lesson to be learned here, no doubt.
- The Meltdown & Spectre security flaw will be with us for quite some time. After all the hoopla of last month from Intel, AMD, and Microsoft the bottom line is that this issue will not be settled quickly. These companies, and others, have demonstrated in January that there is no ‘quick fix’ to be had. While most computers will eventually receive a patch that will work, there will be some older units that will be missed altogether. It’s a ‘wait and see’ game over which we, as end users, have no control.
Quote of the Week
“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.” – Pat Riley
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