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  1. There have been several updates all throughout Lunarsoft over the past month. From the Frontpage, to the Forums, the Wiki, and even the server itself. This resolves several issues and helps ensure we can give quality content while keeping the site free from advertisements and secure for both members and guests alike. The following changes are: Frontpage Software updated to the latest version. All extensions and the language pack are up-to-date. Security plugin to prevent brute force attempts is in use. Frontpage rendering has been optimized and compressed. Frontpage works with Mobile devices. Theme is undergoing polish and optimizations. Forums Forums are running the latest version, including important security fixes. ReCAPTCHA NoCaptcha is in use for registrations. An .htaccess file is in use that I have put together is on the IPS Marketplace. It allows faster page loads and better scores on GTMetrix, Google PageSpeed, and YSlow. The Facebook Like Box has been removed due to no longer being updated by the developer. Forums work well with Mobile devices. Wiki Wiki updated to the latest version which is a Long-Term Support version. Using ReCaptcha NoCaptcha because Asirra was discontinued on October 6, 2014. Bad Behavior plugin is no longer in use due to problems caused writing to the database. Wiki rendering has been optimized and compressed. Working on adding more articles and updating content more, join us and help out! Server-wide Main server software has been updated. Software used such as PHP and MySQL have been updated. MySQL databases have been optimized. Old, unused tables have been removed. An optimized .htaccess is used on each subdomain to allow all pages to render faster. This means content is better cached and served efficiently. Working on further updates to allow a SSL certificate to allow secure logins and browsing all throughout Lunarsoft. If you'd like to see this, please donate to help in getting the site-wide SSL certificates! Thank you to all who have donated to Lunarsoft! Your support and donations help to keep this website completely free of advertisements. No advertisements on the website means less confusion for users in distress. This can help users fixing their computers to find the information and get the assistance they need with ease. If you would like to help please see the Lunarsoft Donation page. Every bit helps!
  2. While we’ve spent a lot of time over the past year talking about Windows 10 (including new roadmap details), we know that organizations are still working with Windows 7 too, regularly updating their Windows 7 SP1 images to include the latest updates, app versions, and more. For those that are involved in that process, you’ve probably seen a display like this too many times: New Windows 7 SP1 convenience rollup makes image creation much faster We’re happy to announce today that we’re making available a new convenience rollup for Windows 7 SP1 that will help. This convenience rollup package, available to download from http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=3125574, contains all the security and non-security fixes released since the release of Windows 7 SP1 that are suitable for general distribution, up through April 2016. Install this one update, and then you only need new updates released after April 2016. And since this update can be injected into Windows 7 SP1 media, it’s fully supported to mount a Windows 7 SP1 image (WIM file), then inject this update into it. See https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744559(v=ws.10).aspx for the details of how to do this. This convenience update is completely optional; it doesn’t have to be installed and won’t even be offered via Windows Update – you can choose whether or not you want to use it. View the full article
  3. Android 5.0 "Lollipop" was released about half a year ago, and while its adoption rate was much slower in the beginning, it has now spiked to almost 10 percent of the Android market, according to the latest platform distribution numbers from Google. Google usually releases a major platform, to which it gives a dessert-themed name, and then iterates on it with bug fixes and a few minor feature additions. In this case, we have "Lollipop," which includes Android 5.0 and the recently released Android 5.1. There may or may not be an Android 5.2 as well, depending how big of a change Google plans for Android 6.0 and whether it needs to delay it in order to implement those major changes. However, chances are that Google is now trying to keep a major-version-per-year schedule, and it should release a preview of Android 6.0 at the next Google I/O event, while the stable version could arrive late fall this year. Until then, we have only Android 5.0 and Android 5.1 (Lollipop), which currently represent 9.0 percent and 0.7 percent of the Android market, respectively, for a combined total of 9.7 percent. That's definitely nothing to be proud about, because it could be years by the time the vast majority of users are on the Android 5+ platforms. By then, 10 percent of users could be on Android 8.0. View the full article
  4. Microsoft has released a Windows 7 update that adds a new option in the Disk Cleanup tool called Windows Update Cleanup. With it, you can free up several gigabytes of hard drive space from the bloated Windows Updates folder. Windows Updates can be terrible space hogs. Windows saves every security update and hotfix—even if they're superseded by new updates—in the WinSxS directory. You can't just manually delete everything in that folder, because some files are needed just in case a system file gets corrupted or you need to roll back a Windows Update. So that's where this new Windows Update comes in. Released yesterday for Windows 7 SP1 machines, KB 2852386 adds the ability to cleanup all the obsolete updates in the WinSxS folder. It's a "recommended" update but not "critical," so you might not have installed it yet. You can either do a Windows Update to download it or head to the Knowledge Base article to grab it from there. (Note: Windows Update Cleanup is included in Windows 8.1.) View the full article
  5. There have been several updates to Lunarsoft recently. These updates cover every part of Lunarsoft from the Wiki to the Frontpage and the Forums as well. Several minor issues were identified recently and resolved. The updates and issues identified are as follows: Frontpage: Several of the extensions used for the Frontpage website have been updated. >Security update has been applied. >Automated news posting to Facebook has been fixed. >Feedburner has been removed from the Frontpage but is still available. Downloads have been reviewed. If you find an error please report it on the forums. Optimizations have been applied that allow the frontpage/website to load faster. Forums: >Important security patches have been applied to the forums. Hooks have been reviewed and verified as being up-to-date. Preparations for the upcoming major release of the forum software. >Optimizations have been done to allow the forums to load faster. Wiki: >Extensions have been updated. >Security patches have been applied. >Blocked accounts have been purged from the user list. Anti-spam features have been improved and additional anti-spam has been added. Articles are being reviewed and updated. If you want to contribute please let us know. A new CAPTCHA is being tested on the Lunarsoft Wiki called Asirra. Thank you to all who have donated to Lunarsoft. Your support and donations help to keep this website completely free of advertisements. With no advertisements on the website this can help users fixing their computers to easily find the information and get the assistance they need with ease. If you would like to help please see the Lunarsoft Donation page. Every bit helps! View the full article
  6. The Lunarsoft Forums and Calendar here on the forums have both been updated. Forum Changelog Calendar Changelog The Lunarsoft Wiki has also been upgraded to the latest version. As always, feedback, comments, suggestions, bug reports and so forth are welcomed and encouraged.
  7. Microsoft said it will patch at least 14 vulnerabilities next week, including four in Internet Explorer (IE), making it three months in a row that the company has plugged holes in its browser. Of the nine updates set for Aug. 14, five will be labeled "critical," the most serious of the four ratings Microsoft uses. The other four will be pegged "important," the next-lower threat ranking. The big story for next week will be the one-two punch of patches for Exchange and SQL Server. "Those are two of the three things that are most important to IT in enterprises," said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security. "Thank goodness SharePoint's not included. But Microsoft is hitting two out of three in just one month." In the advanced notification of next week's updates, Microsoft outlined patches for Exchange, the email server software used by most companies, and SQL Server, the database that runs many corporations' internal and external processes, including powering websites and providing workers with everything from business intelligence to financial information. View the full article
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