Tag Archives: Microsoft updates

Work Like It’s Supposed to: Automatic Updating

It’s like this:  there are some programs that need to be updated.  It may be a pain, but the truth is updates are more than just bug fixes and improvements to the way something looks.  9 time out of 10, updates provide security features that make the program safer, keeping your data protected while also providing those key features that you rely on.

At the end of the day, you need updates, especially for Microsoft products (Microsoft updates), for vital 3rd party products (like Java updates) and for Windows itself (Windows updates.) 

But if you ask anyone how they feel about auto-updates you’ll likely get the same response: they’re pushy and they always come at the wrong time!

There’s no doubt about it, auto-updates can feel like bullying, especially if Windows is pressuring you to restart, over and over again.  Some people just turn updates off, but that’s no solution – especially when it turns out you really need what the updates offer.

The happy medium is learning the tricks to controlling auto-updates.  Changing the settings so that these things still get through, but on your schedule.

Windows and Microsoft Updates

Control updates that come from Microsoft by opening the Windows search and typing Windows Update.  This will open the update manager, a controller that will tell you how your computer is set to receive updates. MS07_2

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Need to Know: Virtual Environments, Java and .NET

There isn’t just a single computer language being spoken inside your PC right now. It makes sense when you stop to think about all of the different components to a computer and all of the different jobs these components must do. But even when you open up a web page or try to play a game, your browser can be using multiple languages across various websites and programs to make it all work.

This ability to work in different languages simultaneously is called language interpretability, or simple the ability of your computer and Internet browser to handle software written in multiple languages.  And believe it or not, it’s a good thing.  Part of what has fueled technology innovation is the ability to write a program in a language that best accomplishes the task set for it.  Different languages like Java, Python, C++ and Pearl … different scrips like SQL, Javascript and PHP … they’re all adept at doing certain tasks easier or faster than others.

That’s great for a world of innovation, but it’s a problem for the average computer.  Though Windows is a powerful operating system, not every program written is designed to work with it.  So how can you still run it? The answer is you need an interpreter.

Why do I care?

So why worry about how many languages your computer can speak? There’s not much reason to think about it usually. That is, until you realize that you’re seeing errors when you try to visit a particular website or your favorite online game is no longer working. Problems – and solutions – to issues like this live inside the virtual environments on your computer. Virtual environments are the worlds in which other languages coexist. They’re the interpreters.  And when something gets lost in translation, you see it in the form of errors.

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