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What is that popup on Windows 10 that disappears after a split second? – gHacks Tech News

It got me paranoid when I notice the blink-and-you-miss opening and closing of a popup ever so often when using Windows 10. After turning on process audit I finally managed to track it down to officebackgroundtaskhandler.exe. Turns out it is due to Ms Office doing some who-knows-what background handling. Follow the article below to disable the annoying popup.

If you run Microsoft Windows 10, you may have noticed a popup window being launched on the screen once a day, or even regularly.

Source: What is that popup on Windows 10 that disappears after a split second? – gHacks Tech News

Microsoft announces the next version SQL Server for Windows and Linux

The love for Linux continues under Nadella’s stewardship. Microsoft SQL Server now available on Linux. Who would have thought. In separate news, Microsoft joins Linux foundation.

Microsoft’s announcement that it was bringing its flagship SQL Server database software to Linux came as a major surprise when the company first announced..

Source: Microsoft announces the next version SQL Server for Windows and Linux

Beware: Windows 10 Signature Edition Blocks Installing Linux – FossBoss

Anti-competitive practice from Microsoft. Microsoft is apparently pressuring some hardware vendors to lock their BIOS to prevent installation of 3rd party OSes including Linux. Someone bought a Yoga 900 ISK2 and found that they can’t install Linux on it.

Just when you thought Microsoft is turning good – from all the open-source and Windows Subsystem for Linux efforts.

For you: If you see the “Windows 10 Signature Edition” badge on a laptop, DON’T BUY IT! You may not be able to install Linux (or any OS) on it, and there’s nothing you can do to the machine to change this currently.

Source: Beware: Windows 10 Signature Edition Blocks Installing Linux – FossBoss

Update (2016-09-22): Someone claims that the issue is overblown and that Ms isn’t forcing manufacturers to lock their BIOS. It’s Lenovo that is mishandling the whole thing.

Update (2016-09-22): Lenovo denies blocking installation of alternate OSes. Well they didn’t exactly block it. They just didn’t make it possible. If Lenovo wants to keep its customers happy it should release a BIOS patch that do exactly that.

Google launches 1-to-1 video calling app Duo


Google launches another video calling app. It’s not the app that caught my eyes though, but comments on Hacker News about Google’s culture:

Google culture is hiring the smartest or most motivated college grads, paying them to babysit legacy money printing systems built by the generation before them, then occasionally encouraging them to team up and clone popular services from other companies and startups.

The clones get passed around the campus for dogfooding until enough interest builds up and the project goes up the chain of command until a VP (at the time Marissa) signs off on it with notes on what to improve along with granting the necessary resources to spin it up.

Then if someone decides the project has legs they figure out how to engineer it for Google’s audience and launch. If it doesn’t work then the team disperse and move on to another project. Or it works and the team gets a moment in the sun.

Every single popular thing on the internet has a Google clone somewhere in the intranet.