John Paczkowski

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‘Course, by "Small Number of Customers in Unique Circumstances," We Mean Vista Users Who Haven't Upgraded to XP

Every time I start the computer it says: Configurating updates: stage 3 of 3 – 0% complete. And then reboots, and reboots, and reboots. … I had it rebooting for over an hour before I stopped the madness.”

A Vista user encounters Windows Vista Endless Reboot Pack 1

Microsoft has “isolated” another problem with Windows Vista Service Pack 1. Responding to complaints of endlessly rebooting PCs, the software giant has temporarily suspended the automatic distribution of a Windows Vista Service Pack 1 prerequisite.

“Immediately after receiving reports of this error, we made the decision to temporarily suspend automatic distribution of the update to avoid further customer impact while we investigate possible causes,” Nick White, a Vista program manager, wrote in a post to the company’s blog. “So far, we’ve been able to determine that this problem only affects a small number of customers in unique circumstances. We are working to identify possible solutions and will make the update available again shortly after we address the issue.”


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work