Tony Austin

Tony Austin

Worked at IBM from 1970, for a quarter century, then founded Asia/Pacific Computer Services to provide IT consulting and software development services (closed company at end of 2013). These says am still involved with IT as an observer and commentator, as well as attempting to understand cosmology, quantum mechanics and whatever else will keep my mind active and fend off deterioration of my grey matter.

There's a lot of inadequate software around, always has been and always will be. It's vital to budget resources for adequate software testing, not only to check that the required functionality is there but also to ensure that the applications are secure.

Microsoft giveth and Microsoft taketh away. After handing out the pre-Christmas 2010 gift of Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 they're doing the exactly opposite with Windows SteadyState which will not be available for download after 31 December this year. This puts Windows XP and Windows Vista users of this handy management tool for shared computers into a bind '” but it doesn't affect Windows 7 users because they can't use it anyway!

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) version 2.0 was released without fanfare on 16 December, making an already very well-regarded security suite into quite a formidable opponent for the other free security suites and especially for the paid ones.

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