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General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Open Office 4.1.7
« on: September 22, 2019, 12:59:02 AM »
21 September 2019 - Apache OpenOffice, the leading Open Source office document productivity suite, announced today Apache OpenOffice 4.1.7, as usual available in 41 languages for Windows, macOS and Linux.

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.7 is a maintenance release aimed at correcting some regressions and delivering the latest English dictionary. All users of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.6 or earlier are advised to upgrade.

Main improvements include:

* Adds support for AdoptOpenJDK as well as Oracle Java
* Possible crash in Freetype code
* Crash in Writer when linking frames on OS/2
* Apache OpenOffice TM in Splash screen has different background


The complete overview is available as list in Bugzilla

Details of this release are described in the Release Notes

For a complete list of available languages and language packs see the download webpage

First off, let me stress that I do ***NOT*** advocate anyone going "back" to XP at this time... official support ended several years ago.

With that being said, for anyone who still maintains an XP system:   I just "discovered" a browser which runs on XP, and is still supported (to the extent possible, given any limitations forced upon it by the XP operating system).   It's called MyPal, and it's based on PaleMoon.

Mypal is a current and maintained Windows XP web browser. Mypal is based on Moonchild Productions' Pale Moon code, which itself was forked from Mozilla's FireFox code several years ago, but is also maintained and kept current. The goal of Mypal is to provide a current, secure, and reliable web browser for Windows XP.   Mypal operates identically to Pale Moon with some minor exceptions.

They offer both a 32-bit as well as 64-bit version.   The current version is 28.7.1.

I've only been testing/using it for a day so far, but it appears to be a welcome addition to XP, given that IE, FF, and PM are no longer supported there.

Security Software Programs / Sandboxie
« on: September 11, 2019, 12:13:08 AM »
Apparently, Sandboxie is now owned by Sophos (perhaps this was already mentioned in another thread somewhere in this forum).

Anyway, the main download page now includes the following announcement:



Sophos is excited to announce that we are making Sandboxie a free tool, with plans to transition it to an open source tool.

This new evolution of Sandboxie is one we are enthusiastic about, but that does not mean this was an easy decision to make. Sandboxie has never been a significant component of Sophos’ business, and we have been exploring options for its future for a while.

Frankly, the easiest and least costly decision for Sophos would have been to simply end of life Sandboxie. However, we love the technology too much to see it fade away. More importantly, we love the Sandboxie community too much to do that. The Sandboxie user base represents some of the most passionate, forward thinking, and knowledgeable members of the security community and we didn’t want to let you down.

After thoughtful consideration we decided that the best way to keep Sandboxie going was to give it back to its users – transitioning it to an open source tool. We will release more information about the open source project as we continue to work on the details.

Until the open source transition is completed we have decided to make all restricted features of Sandboxie completely free.


*NEW* Instructions for filling out download request form

    In order to download there is a new process for downloading to conform to compliance requirements based on country of request.

    The information collected by the download form will not be used for any marketing purposes.

    Instructions for filling out the download form:
        All users fill out the First and Last name and your valid E-mail address.
        For business users, enter your Job Role, Company and Industry information.
        For home users, select "Home User/Student Facility" as the Job Role, then "N/A" for Company and Industry.

Web News / Intel launches first artificial intelligence chip, Springhill
« on: August 20, 2019, 02:39:29 PM »
Intel Corp on Tuesday launched its latest processor that will be its first using artificial intelligence (AI) and is designed for large computing centers.

Microsoft changed the name from
Definition Update for Windows Defender Antivirus to
Security Intelligence Update for Windows Defender Antivirus.

Is it a permanent change or a one-time change? We don't know, because Microsoft did not announce the change. The most likely scenario is that it is a permanent change.

Microsoft security chief: IE is not a browser, so stop using it as your default


Internet Explorer is a 'compatibility solution' for enterprise customers to deal with legacy sites and should only be used selectively, warns Microsoft exec.


Security Software Programs / MalwareBytes "Updates are not current"
« on: June 03, 2018, 12:34:24 AM »
Database Out of Date Issues

We are aware that users are getting messages that their database is out of date. We are performing maintenance on our database servers and these should be resolved in the next few hours.
This error message should resolve itself once the maintenance is complete.


Meltdown/Spectre "fixes" on Win7x64 break Sandboxie


The January Windows Update patches for Meltdown/Spectre on Win7x64 systems, KB4056894 (or KB4056897), have "broken" Sandboxie:

"This program is blocked due to compatibility issues".
"Sandboxie is incompatible with this version of Windows".

Sandboxie has fixed this issue in release 5.23.3 (BETA).


Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in 7-Zip [a free and open-source file archiver] the most severe of which could allow for arbitrary code execution.

7-Zip versions prior to 18.00 are affected.  Users should apply appropriate updates provided by 7-Zip to vulnerable systems.

The current version is 18.01, available from


FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday it had suspended patches to guard against Meltdown and Spectre security threats for some computers running AMD chipsets after complaints by AMD customers that the software updates froze their machines.

"To prevent AMD customers from getting into an unbootable state, Microsoft will temporarily pause sending the following Windows operating system updates to devices with impacted AMD processors at this time," Microsoft said in a support blog.

Web News / HP laptop batteries overheating leads to recall
« on: January 06, 2018, 05:56:21 PM »
Laptops sold between December 2015 and December 2017 may be powered by a battery that's prone to overheating or even melting.

If you own a HP laptop or workstation, you can check to see if your unit is affected:

Web News / PaleMoon claims not vulnerable to Meltdown
« on: January 05, 2018, 10:29:28 AM »

Pale Moon isn't vulnerable

Pale Moon already set the granularity for the performance timers sufficiently coarse in Oct 2016 when it became clear that this could be used to perform hardware-timing based attacks and fingerprinting.
Pale Moon also, by design, doesn't allow buffer memory to be shared between threads in JavaScript, so the "SharedArrayBuffer" attack is not possible.

Even so, we will be adding some additional defense-in-depth changes to the upcoming version 27.7 to be absolutely sure there is no further room for any of these sorts of hardware-timing based attacks in the future.


According to ZDNet, the beta version of Opera 50 is the first major browser to offer a built-in mechanism that blocks cryptojacking, a new form of malware that leverages the victim’s computer to mine cryptocurrency without permission.

The new antimining tool, called NoCoin, is part of the ad blocker function in Opera. It is disabled by default but can be enabled through the Settings or Preferences page. According to an Opera blog post, the tool blocks cryptocurrency mining scripts just as an ad blocker would disable banner ads and pop-ups.

Without a tool such as NoCoin, a cryptocurrency miner might go undetected until the central processing unit (CPU) usage dramatically increased for no obvious reason, preventing the victim from executing his or her own programs.

Due to changes in Firefox-based add-ons, PaleMoon 27 was no longer finding any updates for uBlock Origin.
There is now an addon available for PaleMoon, called uBlock Origin Updater .   Once installed, it will allow PaleMoon to find the latest stable update for uBlock Origin.

Cult software Classic Shell has... helped Windows users to customize their experience. It offers enhancements to Windows design and functionality and is well-known to the dedicated users who swear by the program.

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