Friday, June 27, 2014

Over 45 and fired ? You're toast !!!

The New World Order prescribes - no- DICTATES, that if you are over 45 years of age and you lose your job then you will be unemployed for life. Major corporations have taken decisions not to hire individuals over 45 and to rejuvinate their staff by blacklisting individuals over 35 thus believing that such measures will curb costs in favor of executive management. This also applies to the airline industry. So if you're a pilot with lotsa experience over 45 then expect to lose your job to a younger cheaper collegue.

Something to keep if you're gonna travel by plane.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The end of Windows XP is also the end of everything we thought we knew about computing

More than a dozen years after it first went on sale, the reign of Windows XP is finally coming to an end.
XP was Microsoft's most popular operating system ever — it was only recently overtaken by Windows 7 as the most used OS in the world – and it's still running on somewhere around a quarter of all desktops.
As of next week however, XP is no longer supported by Microsoft: no more software updates or security patches will be forthcoming from the company.
XP's dozen-year lifespan is the equivalent of millennia in tech years, and so XP is a digital dinosaur still roaming the earth. Many will be mourning its passing, others will be grumbling as they scramble to update to a new operating system, and some will be cursing because they have to pay out for additional support after having left their migration too late.
But the death of XP is more than just a headache (and the cause of some heartache) for IT: it also part of some profound changes in the tech landscape.
As we lay XP is to rest, we're also saying goodbye to some of technology's old certainties: that the PC is the default hardware for the average user, that Windows is the standard operating system it will run. Both of those assumptions held true throughout the life of XP — but no longer.
The decline of the PC continues: it's already been overtaken by tablets and smartphones among consumers, and increasing in business. As well as the rise of new hardware form factors, new operating systems are grabbing market share too: in the case of tablets and smartphones, it's still pretty much a two horse race between Android cornering the mass market and iOS at the premium end.
Windows is still around of course, and still a strong presence (especially in business), but its dominance is being questioned: the upgrade from XP to Windows 8 is such a big leap that some may consider switching to an alternative platform altogether, such as iPads or Chromebooks.
All of this means we're entering a new era of fragmented computing, a jumble of devices, operating systems and competing ecosystems.
Neither Android nor iOS are monoliths: there are many versions of Android in use (less than 10 percent of devices are running KitKat, the latest iteration of the operating system), and the older versions of Apple's iPhone and iPad (only a few years old) cannot run the latest versions of iOS. Build it once, run anywhere is just as much of a dream as it ever was.
Competing ecosystems have lead to a profusion of app stores and operating systems flavours (just compare Amazon's Fire OS to Android) which can create strife for developers and users. Stifling walled gardens of content and apps are everywhere as tech companies seek to enforce the loyalty of their customers.
Windows, of course, was just another walled garden (ask the Linux enthusiasts or the Mac fans) but for most it was such a big enclosure that most couldn't see the walls.
None of this is bad, just different. It's unlikely that we'll see a platform as dominant as Windows again; Android is making a strong play but will probably never be the operating system of everything.
The downside of all of this is uncertainty and fragmentation, at least for now. But it's also a bigger, more complicated and more exciting world with better devices, wider options and more opportunity.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Microsoft issues multiple critical Windows patches

Microsoft has released their monthly Patch Tuesday updates. There are seven updates: six for Windows, one for Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server. Three of the Windows updates are rated Critical, the other three Important.
A total of 32 vulnerabilities are addressed in these updates, 24 of them in the Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer. Four of the vulnerabilities have already been publicly disclosed, according to Microsoft and, for two of those, Microsoft is aware of targeted attacks in the wild which attempt to exploit it. Microsoft credits 13 different researchers for reporting vulnerabilities to them.
In their initial Advance Notification for this month, Microsoft indicated that there would be five updates, four for Windows. On Monday they issued an updated Advance Notification Bulletin which added two extra updates for Windows. They are MS14-005 and MS14-006 in the list above.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

KPN Job Cuts

KPN is planning another round of job cuts as part of an aggressive cost cutting and streamlining programme designed to stem falling profits, the Dutch incumbent has revealed.
The operator said it will cut the equivalent of between 1,500 and 2,000 jobs by 2016 as it seeks to simplify its product portfolio, client processes, networks, and IT operations. KPN uses a Full Time Equivalent (FTE) model when referring to job cuts – which measures the workload of individual staff – and said it has already cut 4,650 FTEs as part of a previous round of lay offs started in 2011.
KPN predicts that its cost cutting program will generate capex and opex savings of at least €300 million ($405 million) per year by 2016.
CEO Eelco Blok said during the presentation of KPN's 2013 results that the company is unable to rule out compulsory redundancies in the latest round of staff cuts, Bloomberg reported.
KPN is streamlining its operations amid fierce competition in its core European markets – the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. The tough environment saw net profit fall 6.7 per cent to €293 million in 2013, and EBITDA fall 14 per cent to €2.8 billion.
The operator cut its fourth quarter net loss from €263 million in 2012 to €108 million in 2013, but EBITDA fell 29 per cent year-on-year to €581 million, well short of an average €631 million predicted by analysts in a Bloomberg poll.
Blok predicted that KPN's financials will begin to stabilise by end-2014, and said the company is confident it will gain regulatory approval for the planned sale of its German E-Plus business to Telefónica Deutschland.
"KPN's financial profile will be further improved following the sale," Blok said, adding that the company could also "benefit from additional excess cash by receiving dividends from the 20.5 per cent stake in Telefónica Deutschland".
The European Commission last week refused a request from German competition authorities to review the E-Plus sale, claiming its regulators are better placed to decide whether to approve the transaction, which will cut the number of mobile operators in Germany from four to three, and create the country's largest operator by subscribers numbers.
KPN's results statement underlines Blok's confidence by omitting E-Plus from its future strategy. The operator said it will focus on LTE, IPTV and bundled services in its domestic market, and on building its post-paid subscriber numbers at its BASE operation in Belgium.
The operator is close to achieving nationwide LTE coverage in the Netherlands, and aims to hit the same goal in Belgium by end-2014.