Windows Weekly 772: Exploit Wednesday

Leo, Mary Jo, and Paul discuss Microsoft’s anticompetitive licensing, a Windows 11 Taskbar defeat, Surface news, and much more.

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Tips and picks

App pick of the week: Start11 v1.2

It’s out and you want it. You may even need it.

App pick of the week #2: DuckDuckGo for Mac

It’s coming soon to Windows, but you should check this out if you have a Mac too. (Or at least get on the waiting list.)

Enterprise pick of the week: Windows Autopatch

We mentioned Windows Autopatch briefly last week, as it was part of Microsoft’s Windows powers the hybrid future event. For those who want more info, Microsoft has published a Windows Autopatch FAQ. (And yes, it’s basically Windows Update for Business 2.0.)

Codename pick of the week: Night’s Watch

Night’s Watch is the codename for Smart App Control. (The codename actually predates the just-announced feature, says tipster “Awkward Swine.”) The codename is a reference to the vigilant watchers on the wall guarding Westeros from the undead white walkers from the north. Or cleverly disguised malware that Windows users unknowingly install from the web…

Cocktail pick of the week: Maple Splash

This year’s crop of maple syrup should be available in farmers’ markets now–get some good-quality syrup for this cocktail, not supermarket pancake syrup.

Maple splash

  • 7 parts white rum
  • 4 parts maple simple (50/50 maple syrup blended with water)
  • Generous squeeze of lime juice
  • Ginger bitters

Combine all in shaker and shake well. Serve in a smaller glass (since it’s high in alcohol) with a lime garnish.

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  • nsemrau

    14 April, 2022 - 12:46 pm

    <p>"[Start11 1.2 is] out and you want it. You may even need it."</p><p><br></p><p>If you need a paid extra app to make your operating bearable, you need a better operating system.</p>

    • erichk

      Premium Member
      14 April, 2022 - 2:46 pm

      <p>Of course, one could argue that having a thriving third-party ecosystem is a good thing. Sometimes when Windows does TOO much at the expense of other companies who want to write apps and tools for it, people get upset about that as well.</p>

      • nsemrau

        14 April, 2022 - 4:11 pm

        <p>Sorry, but if you equate "I have to substitute basic operating system functionality (that was probably once there) with up to half a dozen paid gadgets" with "This is great opportunity for the third-party ecosystem", you probably suffer from Stockholm Syndrome.</p>

        • hrlngrv

          Premium Member
          14 April, 2022 - 8:15 pm

          <p>All things considered, better to have an OS which makes it relatively simple to replace the OS’s desktop UI components with 3rd party alternatives than an OS where you take the whole thing as-is or leave it.</p><p><br></p><p>If only there were a way to boot straight into WSL running an X server so that one could have a choice between Gnome, MATE, Cinnamon, LXDE, xfce, KDE, Budgie, exotica while still being able to launch and run Windows software. That’d be epic!</p>

  • erichk

    Premium Member
    14 April, 2022 - 5:03 pm

    <p>Uh huh.</p>

  • chriscarstens

    15 April, 2022 - 11:29 pm


  • chriscarstens

    15 April, 2022 - 11:31 pm

    <p>I don’t get it. Every week this podcast is 90 plus minutes of complaining about what crap Windows is. How is this useful for anyone? </p>

    • jaunty

      16 April, 2022 - 1:00 am

      <p>I feel I need to correct you here. Its 18 minutes on beer picks, 42 minutes on Laporte rambling on topics completely divorced from Windows OS because he really really really doesn’t give a fig ( and actually knows less since 2002 is way in the past) and its his network anyway, 20 minutes on MJF reining things in during the Xbox ad and the remaining 10 minutes of PT complaining about just about everything. It really is tragic.</p>

    • hrlngrv

      Premium Member
      17 April, 2022 - 6:46 pm

      <p>| <em>How is this useful for anyone?</em></p><p><br></p><p>How often does Windows Weekly break news? That is, how often do they discuss anything which hasn’t already appeared in something PT or MJF had already written and published? IOW, who listens to it for news?</p><p><br></p><p>From a different perspective, maybe the bulk of the audience tunes in precisely to hear the latest criticisms. Maybe you’re the one who’s out of step with the majority of listeners.</p><p><br></p><p>Finally, of 90% of what MSFT had done in the previous week was at best mysterious, at worst user-hostile, what % of the show should be Windows happy talk?</p>

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