marahmarie: my initials (MM) (tech-no-mite!)

I'm really up to my eyeballs with all the crap spreading around about how XP can't be updated past its End of Service Date (April 8th, for those of you who slept through it). So I'll say it again:


End of Service does not mean updates will never get pushed through for Windows XP and Internet Explorer ever again. Internet Explorer is still being fully updated by Microsoft (if you use XP just make sure you have Windows Update turned on to get all the updates you need; you might also benefit from reading this little post I wrote on the topic).

For XP users, End of Service means you'll lose just one thing: any updates for XP besides the last updates and patches that were pushed out on April 8th (Patch Tuesday for all MS operating systems).

There are no future updates for SP3. End of the line has been reached. You can stop reading this. It's done.

What you won't lose despite XP's End of Service: Service Pack 1-3 Updates, believe it or not; all past, present and future Internet Explorer updates, believe it or not.

So say you've just put a fresh copy of XP Service Pack 2 on your computer (I don't know why you would do this, but I've done it recently, so whatever), then you turn on Windows Update. Of course you'll sit back and expect exactly nothing to happen because the Intertubes have warned you ever-so-extensively that nothing will happen, but that, folks, is a pack of lies. By using Windows Update your copy of XP SP2 will smoothly and seamlessly update to SP3, same as always.

Or say you're using Internet Explorer 6 on that same SP2 install of XP in the above example. You open it up for the first time, despairing that it's IE6 and old. Despair not! For Windows Update will re-program IE to give you a link to the IE8 download page. Once you've downloaded and installed IE8, all updates Microsoft has for IE8 will be applied as needed.

"OK hate M$, right, so why are you writing this?"

I'm writing this because I cannot stand misinformation, nor can I stand someone posing as an expert on a topic in which he or she hasn't done research when they obviously lack any hands-on experience, nor can I stand FUD - and Ashley clearly writes FUD - so I think what I'm after is her job. (At least I'm making my desires known here.) And I'm confident Nick will give me her job if he thinks I'm worth a second look (which I'm not - I won't photograph as well as Ashley, but unlike Ashley, at least I know what the hell I'm talking about before I post it online).

The FUD I'm on about is an article Ashley wrote called New Vulnerability Found in Every Single Version of Internet Explorer. The only thing accurate about it is her pretty stock rewording of the nature of the IE vulnerability. She ends it with this five-alarm warning - something that sounds like it's straight from Gizmodo's more Apple-shaped sponsors:

And since Windows XP users won't be getting the patch for this fairly threatening bug, anyone still running the now-unsupported software is going to have to cough up some big bucks to stay safe.

Which is a complete lie, so let me emphasize: if you run XP you will still get all applicable IE patches, like the one she's talking about, which I downloaded and installed tonight. The patch for the current vulnerability is in Windows Update, the patch is being passed along to all XP users, and you will get the patch if you keep Windows Update turned on - it's as simple as that.

Ashley either means to spread FUD or didn't do her research - which is unbelievable considering what she needs to know is in the very article Microsoft posted about the bug, for Christ's sake, which is really dropping the ball if you ask me...are you telling me she doesn't even attempt to learn what's what before she posts? It took me literally two seconds to find the truth on the first Google search I did.

Even more unbelievable is that out of 500+ comments (yes, I read them all!) I was the only person to bring Ashley's misinformation to light four days later. It's not like I didn't give Gawker Media's writers, editors and commentators ample time to set things right before I jumped in to do so myself (which, by the way, is the first time I've commented on any Gawker Media site in over four years). Hire me, Nick, please. Hire me!