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Post by gringal on Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:16 am

Interesting thread on TOB mentions that if you get an email regarding Windows 10, it may be a scam that will toast your system, so don't open it. Supposedly, Microsoft doesn't send those emails.
Anyone here know anything about this?

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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by zenwoodle on Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:50 am

Microsoft installed a "message" in a regular update which pops up to advise you to order your Windows 10 update now.
As far as I am aware, Microsoft does not send emails to customers.
I am concerned that they may have misplaced the decimal point on the 10. Beer
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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by ltollefs on Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:51 am

gringal wrote:Interesting thread on TOB mentions that if you get an email regarding Windows 10, it may be a scam that will toast your system, so don't open it.  Supposedly, Microsoft doesn't send those emails.
Anyone here know anything about this?

A complete lie! MS doesn't need to sink to the level of tawdry scams to toast your system.
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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by CanuckBob on Tue Aug 25, 2015 11:05 am

Google "windows 10 email scam" and you will see there is indeed at least one scam going around.
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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by gringal on Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:09 pm

ltollefs wrote:
gringal wrote:Interesting thread on TOB mentions that if you get an email regarding Windows 10, it may be a scam that will toast your system, so don't open it.  Supposedly, Microsoft doesn't send those emails.
Anyone here know anything about this?

A complete lie! MS doesn't need to sink to the level of tawdry scams to toast your system.

If you read the TOB postings correctly, you would know that the point was: Microsoft doesn't send email messages to you and that this was a SCAM message sent by another entity. Shocked

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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by ltollefs on Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:23 pm

gringal wrote:
ltollefs wrote:
gringal wrote:Interesting thread on TOB mentions that if you get an email regarding Windows 10, it may be a scam that will toast your system, so don't open it.  Supposedly, Microsoft doesn't send those emails.
Anyone here know anything about this?

A complete lie! MS doesn't need to sink to the level of tawdry scams to toast your system.

If you read the TOB postings correctly, you would know that the point was:  Microsoft doesn't send email messages to you  and that this was a SCAM message sent by another entity. Shocked

It was a joke. I guess that wasn't clear. Next time I'll finish with an emoticon. Literacy, indeed.
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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by gringal on Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:32 pm

Okay:  ha ha ha je je je.
However, it is not unheard of for people to respond without reading the original post.
Then, there's the matter of Microsoft doing us no favors by issuing products that are followed by seemingly endless "fixes".  No sainthood there.  Uses the customers' time for the test kitchen. scratch

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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by ltollefs on Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:53 pm

Before moving Lakeside I worked in IT. As a side project at my last place of employment, I was assigned a project of installing and setting-up MS Sharepoint (a glorified wiki). I never got it to run without throwing errors and I never found that Expert who could do any better. Nothing MS does surprises me. I use Linux at home.
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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by Zedinmexico on Wed Aug 26, 2015 7:38 am

To be fair I had my fair amount of hair pulling with HPUX/LINUX/UNIX/BSD/etc. Not for novice. Excellent for someone with too much spare time :-)

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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by ltollefs on Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:40 am

Zedinmexico wrote:To be fair I had my fair amount of hair pulling with HPUX/LINUX/UNIX/BSD/etc.  Not for novice. Excellent for someone with too much spare time :-)    

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I would have agreed with you 10 years ago, maybe even 5, but a typical main stream Linux distribution, including but not limited to Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Fedora is actually easier to install and maintain than is Windows; there's something to be said for not needling an anti-virus app, not having to worry about spyware and not needing to defrag, etc. The more light weight of these distros will give new life to your old XP box that won't support Windows 7 or 8 etc. These distros are decidedly NOT BSD or HPUX in terms of readily available free (sometimes you get what you pay for) online support and direction. And, of course, it's all free.


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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by suegarn on Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:46 am

Three words.......get a Mac! Very Happy

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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by ltollefs on Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:02 pm

suegarn wrote:Three words.......get a Mac!   Very Happy

No argument here, except for the cost and that the OS X has much of the same privacy issues as does Windows 8 & 10. BTW, OS X is a derivative of BSD.
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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by suegarn on Wed Aug 26, 2015 2:20 pm

ltollefs wrote:
suegarn wrote:Three words.......get a Mac!   Very Happy

No argument here, except for the cost and that the OS X has much of the same privacy issues as does Windows 8 & 10. BTW, OS X is a derivative of BSD.


Have to disagree on a couple of points. The only place where Mac OSX has similar privacy issues to Windows is due to Flash programs, which run on both systems. And yes, OSX is a derivative of BSD, except that it has come a million miles from the original UNIX system, which is a 45 year old technology.

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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by ltollefs on Wed Aug 26, 2015 2:43 pm

suegarn wrote:
ltollefs wrote:
suegarn wrote:Three words.......get a Mac!   Very Happy

No argument here, except for the cost and that the OS X has much of the same privacy issues as does Windows 8 & 10. BTW, OS X is a derivative of BSD.


Have to disagree on a couple of points.  The only place where Mac OSX has similar privacy issues to Windows is due to Flash programs, which run on both systems.  And yes, OSX is a derivative of BSD, except that it has come a million miles from the original UNIX system, which is a 45 year old technology.

I'm taking privacy issues, not security. Windows 10 is coming under heavy criticism for its default policies.
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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by SunshineyDay on Wed Aug 26, 2015 2:43 pm

And BSD is????

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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by suegarn on Wed Aug 26, 2015 2:51 pm

SunshineyDay wrote:And BSD is????

Those are the initials for Berkeley San Diego, where the original UNIX program was developed.

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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by SunshineyDay on Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:14 pm

Thanks not all of us are gurus lol

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Re: Windows 10 Scam

Post by ltollefs on Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:18 pm

SunshineyDay wrote:And BSD is????

...something you'll learn about by typing BSD into a search engine. You might try google.com.
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