[nSLUG] Re: Recent Patches and Updates.

Paul Boudreau pbx at eastlink.ca
Sun Mar 14 12:40:22 AST 2004


Kevin Fleming wrote:

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>>   2. Re:  Off Topic: ISP filtering (George N. White III)
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>>Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2004 08:33:05 -0400
>>From: "George N. White III" <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
>>Subject: Re: [nSLUG] Off Topic: ISP filtering
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>>People buying systems with Windows "pre-installed" should refuse to
>>purchase a machine that doesn't have the current patches. 
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>Hi George:
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>    I recently had occasion to buy a new machine, with WinXP home
>pre-installed on the hard drive by a vendor in the local
>Halifax/Dartmouth area.  I sell the odd one now and again, but very few
>these days, unfortunately.  
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>    I took the machine out to set it up for the customer, being as her
>machine being replaced was an old Packard Bell machine that was running
>a copy of Win95, with no updates or other enhancements beyond the
>standard install.  
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>	Her machine had been isolated from the world since day one, and had
>NEVER seen the Internet, let alone a virus or worm.  Her main use of the
>machine was for doing income taxes once a year, and running the odd game
>to entertain the grandchildren.  She still has no Internet access at her
>home, so I took the machine home to connect to the web via my internal
>network.  
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>	I connected to the web with no difficulty, and after pointing the
>machine at the Windows Update site, I was pleased to note that the
>software had been TOTALLY brought up to date for ALL the security
>updates, and there were only two updates that needed to be installed,
>those being the AMD processor update to WinXP, and one for the network
>card installed in the machine.  Everything else had already been
>installed on the drive, thanks to the copy of WinXP installed on the
>machine by my supplier.  
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>	I fail to see the problem.  Don't your suppliers give you that level of
>service?  
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>Kevin Fleming
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>kfleming at accesswave.ca
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Windows XP? Never heard of it.



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