Interesting Spam

Most of the time Spam is horrible. It’s numerous, boring, useless stuff. Today I got a bit of Spam from Google:
“In April 2014, businesses around the world will stop receiving support and updates for their operating system or mail server. If your company is among them, there are steps you can take to minimize security risks while you formulate a lasting solution. During our Hangout On Air, we’ll explore how Google can help you ride out this tricky phase – and avoid the same predicament a few years down the line.”

Isn’t that cute? Google is attacking the fundamental premise of M$, that every computer must run M$’s OS. The heading was “Facing your OS or mail server’s end of life? Google can help.” This is not just about servers or desktops. It’s everything. I like it. More businesses need to attack M$ and feed off its carcass.

The other thing that interests me about this Spam. The link provided doesn’t work. I get “connection reset by peer”. Do you think demand exceeds supply? ;=)

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Interesting Spam

  1. dougman says:

    M$ Windows = forced upgrades.

    I know of a few businesses that cannot migrate off XP, as software they use has been designed for XP and the company that built it is out of business.

    Soooooo…to mediate this, I have posed that they run XP in a virtual machine while using Ubuntu LTS on the desktop, of which they have agreed.

    The shop workers use a web-based application, so they will be trading Vista laptops in for ChromeOS HP 14’s.

    No more problems, and everything will run smoothly for years to come. 🙂

  2. Dr Loser says:

    Google might be able to help, but somehow they’ve fed their facts through a bunch of marketroids. Who’d a thunk? They are so non-evil!

    First, the mail server thing. For those still depending on Windows Server 2003 (I’d assume that corporate users have an upgrade plan by now), here’s the relevant dates.

    Additionally, on July 13, 2010, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 will transition from the Mainstream Support phase to the Extended Support phase. Extended Support for Windows Server 2003 and for Windows Server 2003 R2 will be available until July 14, 2015.

    One would assume that the mail servers in question have been updated in 2010, or paid-up until 2015. Bizarrely enough, though, not April 2014.

    What could that date mean, then? Oh, look, it’s the XP desktop.

    It may have escaped your notice, Robert, but absolutely everybody has been given a very long time to think about this.

    And I very much doubt that a significant proportion has embraced and extended the wonderful XFCE desktop on Debian.

    I’m willing to be proven wrong, however.

    You don’t, perhaps, think that Google might just be trying to make money out of this? Perish the thought. Their cloud services are magnificent. And, naturally, they run on Debian, or some other form of good old honest Free and Open Source Software.

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