Showing posts with label Windows 10. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Windows 10. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Privacy is for closers says Microsoft

Heres part of the Microsoft's 12,000 word ToS for Windows 10:
Finally, we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to: 1.comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies; 2.protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone; 3.operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or 4.protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services – however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement.
In human-speak, this means by default the key-logging behavior that was noted in the preview version is a feature not a bug, the creepy always-on-camera that watches you masturbate from your Xbox One will now listen to you through your laptop microphone, your browser history of course gets shared, as does a whole bunch of other things.

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Word on the street is the spying can be disabled.

For users like me, this is exactly the sort of thing that makes it worth it to uninstall Windows and install Linux. Even on a brand new laptop where the outrageous cost of a Windows license was already factored in. Every other excuse - document handling, application functionality - has inexorably been resolved or made irrelevant. Being able to conveniently play video games is not a lot of value to exchange for non-stop advanced surveillance for anyone that does not possess the innocent and carefree mind of a child.

I'm already forced to pay strangers to spy on me through my taxes. I don't like it. Do you?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

List of Windows Activation Keys for KMS - Windows 10 Edition!

Hey there everybody. सुनो! आप कैसे हैं A few years back I published a list of Windows Activation Keys / माइक्रोसॉफ्ट सक्रियण कुंजी that can be used for KMS client deployment and approximately a bajillion readers visited it. Traffic was particularly heavy from my peoples in India, who are all awesome. It was by far the most popular post of all time on this website, despite the fact it received no media coverage and no one linked to it. All that love despite the fact that these keys are completely legit, 100% legal and simply buried deeply in Microsoft's documentation. These keys are specifically for volume-activation scenarios. If you think you will pull off some sort of piracy with these keys, you will be disappointed.

Anyway, here are the latest keys for Microsoft's latest labor of love, Windows 10. Remember that to install a client key, open a command prompt as Administrator and use this command: slmgr /ipk yourkeyhere If you aren't familiar with the process, check out the KMS activation post I wrote for Windows 2012.

Windows 10 Keys | विंडोज 10 चाबियाँ

Windows 10 Professional
Windows 10 Professional N
Windows 10 Enterprise
Windows 10 Enterprise N
Windows 10 Education
Windows 10 Education N
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB N

Just for the heck of it I will include some older operating systems here as well. Aapka swagat hai!

Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 Keys | विंडोज सर्वर 2012 R2, विंडोज 8.1 कुंजी

Windows 8.1 Professional
Windows 8.1 Professional N
Windows 8.1 Enterprise
Windows 8.1 Enterprise N
Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Standard
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Keys | विंडोज सर्वर 2012, विंडोज 8 कुंजी

Windows 8 Professional
Windows 8 Professional N
Windows 8 Enterprise
Windows 8 Enterprise N
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 N
Windows Server 2012 Single Language
Windows Server 2012 Country Specific
Windows Server 2012 Server Standard
Windows Server 2012 MultiPoint Standard
Windows Server 2012 MultiPoint Premium
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Keys | विंडोज 7, विंडोज सर्वर 2008 R2 कुंजी

Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Professional N
Windows 7 Professional E
Windows 7 Enterprise
Windows 7 Enterprise N
Windows 7 Enterprise E
Windows Server 2008 R2 Web
Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC edition
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Keys | विंडोज विस्टा, विंडोज सर्वर 2008 कुंजी

Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista Business N
Windows Vista Enterprise
Windows Vista Enterprise N
Windows Web Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 Standard
Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
Windows Server 2008 HPC
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Windows 10 Technical Preview Testers Should Beware

I try to keep on my toes when it comes to latest distributions of Operating Systems that I use. While I don't use anything bleeding edge that I haven't built with my own hands in production, I like to stay abreast of the latest and greatest. 

Windows in in recent years become a drag in this respect. Later iterations have ditched interface features that add nothing to functionality, making adoption a pain, especially for someone in my position that frequently administers servers with a variety of different Windows versions. Thats whats so great about shells - it stays a shell. New features are usually actual features and not visual gimmicks. 

So I got myself an early copy of Windows 10. I joined the Windows Insider Program. I downloaded the Windows Technical Preview ISO, which you can download by following that link and using the tester Product Key: NKJFK-GPHP7-G8C3J-P6JXR-HQRJR. I started digging around for some documentation before firing up a VM. And thats when I paused. 

Last week it became apparent that the Windows 10 Technical Preview comes equipped with incredibly invasive spyware; it maps networks and devices and monitors keystrokes. Then it takes all of those goodies and ships them back to the Mother Ship in Redmond. Many voices were heralding this uncomfortable news - Hacker News. Even outlets that are loath to pick fights with MS, like Softpedia.

The Technical Preview Privacy Statement that users affirm through downloading the software provides the details in plain language

"If you open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file, and how long it takes any use [of] it for purposes such as improving performance, or [if you] enter text, we may collect typed characters, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spell check features,"
Further research is required before removal instructions can be confirmed. For the time being, if you find it necessary to test this OS, do so on a gapped device. An initial internet connection is required for product activation. After that, get rid of it. I would recommend installing on a VM so you can just delete the install's Virtual NIC and also make sure it can't do anything nasty to devices you might have forgotten about or that a visitor might have, like bluetooth enabled phones.

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