Saturday, August 28


Daily News Stuff 28 August 2021

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Update: Still working on the server upgrade.  "Today" has been extended for another 24 hours.

Update 2: I set an alarm to wake me up if the server went down again while I was asleep.  The alarm just went off, illustrating the downside of that: The site was up; the internet route between Sydney and our datacenter in Dallas was down.  So 99.9% of the world could still reach the server, but not only could I not reach the server, I couldn't reach the portal to check on the status of the server.  I have an alternate route to the server through a small cloud server I keep for just that purpose, but that's also in Sydney and also couldn't reach the server.  But they've fixed it.

Top Story

  • Microsoft is standing firm on the hardware requirements for Windows 11.  (ZDNet)

    Computers sold as recently as 2018 will likely be unable to upgrade, abandoning hundreds of millions of users.  Because - as the article analyses Microsoft's reported statistics - the newer hardware reduces the likelihood of a user encountering hardware-related system crashes from 0.3% to 0.2%.

    They did update their list of supported hardware to include the five year old i7-7820HQ....  Because they are still using it themselves in the Surface Studio 2.  (Bleeping Computer)

  • Firm like custard.  (ZDNet)

    Got an older PC and want to install Windows 11?  Go right ahead, says Microsoft.


    You can't upgrade, but you can download and install Windows 11 using your Windows 10 license key.  It will work fine.  They just hate you.

    I do now have one computer that will run Windows 11 without fussing around, and another is on its way.  Still don't care though, so not much has changed.

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1 Did the upgrade of the server go okay?

Posted by: Grumpy and Recalcitrant at Saturday, August 28 2021 09:30 PM (nRMeC)

2 Ah Microsoft, whose main selling point has been decades of backwards compatibility.

Posted by: StargazerA5 at Saturday, August 28 2021 10:07 PM (221b8)

3 Microsoft has plenty of programmer time to spend making sure DOS binaries from 1982 can run on current versions of Windows, but their hardware requirements haven't had much basis in reality since the 80286/80386 thing around Windows 3.11 (I mean, seriously: that one actually had a valid hardware reason behind it, at least).
"If your CPU doesn't have AVX-512 you can't run Windows 99."
"Why would you put vector extensions in-kernel?"
"Well, we don't, but it's still a requirement."

Posted by: normal at Sunday, August 29 2021 12:44 AM (obo9H)

4 Remember when Microsoft force-upgraded millions of 32-bit Windows 7 machines to Windows 10, then abandoned 32-bit Windows 10?


Posted by: J Greely at Sunday, August 29 2021 10:42 AM (ZlYZd)

5 The 32-bit hardware market is still extremely viable.  But I guess all the revenue is in the retarded-client-advertisement-space.

Posted by: normal at Sunday, August 29 2021 12:55 PM (obo9H)

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