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Posted by Corrine in All Things Windows


One of the pieces of feedback we regularly hear is that our fans want more detailed and technical articles diving deep into the behind-the-scenes on the development of the Windows OS. To address this feedback, we’re officially kicking off the Windows Internals series of articles today. Some of these articles will be new content published here on our Windows Insider website while others might be links to other blog posts from various teams talking about their work in Windows. The goal is to publish these articles whenever we can but there isn’t a set schedule. Sometimes we may have multiple articles within a single week and sometimes it might be a week or two between new articles.

More at Introducing the Windows Internals Series: One Windows Kernel - Windows Insider with the first article here, One Windows Kernel.

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Train Simulator 2019 64-Bit

16 Oct 2018

Posted by raymac46 in All Things Windows
Train simulator games are much different than typical shoot 'em ups like PUBG or Call of Duty. They don't come up with a new format or graphics engine every year or sooner. The Train Sim I use is now called Train Simulator 2019 but its basic elements go all the way back to 2007.
Instead, train simmers collect new routes and rolling stock over the years. A lot of this is payware DLC and quite a bit is made by independent companies that use the basic game as their canvas to create a new locomotive type or produce a new route. You want to keep this stuff going as long as you own the sim.
Now the train sim game maker has come up with a new game called Train Sim World that uses the Unreal Engine for gameplay and looks fantastic. However none of the old content works with it, so you are back to page one. In addition this new TSW needs better hardware than I have now. I stick to the old game.
But they are helping me out as the latest version of my old game has been released in a 64-bit edition. The graphics are the same - you are using DirectX9 after all - but it allows me to use more memory than before so I can load more route info and assets without getting a case of the glitchies part way through my run. It seems to take better advantage of the SSD where I park all my game info. The update was free.
As far as I can see the maker of the Train Sim will support both the older Train Simulator and the newer TSW for some time to come. That's good news.

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Oracle Java™ Critical Security Updates Released

16 Oct 2018

Posted by Corrine in Security & Networking
Oracle released the scheduled critical security updates for its Java SE Runtime Environment software.  This Critical Patch Update contains 12 new security fixes for Oracle Java SE.  11 of these vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e., may be exploited over a network without requiring user credentials.


If Java is still installed on your computer, it is recommended that this update be applied as soon as possible due to the threat posed by a successful attack.

Java SE 8u191 or 8u192
Java SE 11.0.1  (x64-bit only)

UNcheck any pre-checked toolbar and/or software  options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely  optional.  Preferably, see the instructions below on how to handle "Unwanted Extras".
Oracle does not plan to migrate desktops from Java 8 to Java 9 through the auto update feature.  Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you uninstall JRE 8 prior to updating.
Verify your version:  http://www.java.com/...java.jsp.  Note:  The Java version verification page will only work if your browser has NPAPI support.  In that case, to check the version, open a cmd window and enter the following (note the space following Java):  java -version

Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts
Oracle Java SE Risk Matrix

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