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November 26, 2020

Open Source

Cint Rutkas offers survey to let users help set development priorities

PowerToys Offers Survey, Goes to v0.23.0

Three different PowerToys stories pop at around the same time: a new release, a user input survey on upcoming tools, and a “functional spec” for Video/Image capture. Good stuff!

Deliberately fuzzed image from CACM article

Microsoft Makes Fuzz Testing Tool Open Source

Fuzzing is a technique that deliberately generates randomized inputs to code under test, and seeks to exercise (and violate) all possible code paths. This makes it a peachy technology for automated testing. MS has made its fuzz testing tools Open Source, which is big news.

Banner from MS Open Source Website

Microsoft Open Source Website Makes Debut

Microsoft’s increasingly active and supportive presence in the Open Source community gets its own website, too. Check it out at opensource.microsoft.com. Good stuff abounding there!

The About page from PowerToys v0.19.2

PowerToys v0.19.2 Gets Installer Right

To my astonishment and delight the PowerToys team has fixed ALL of the installer oddities I’ve reported in its latest release v0.19.2. You can now sit back, relax, and it takes of itself on its own. Good stuff!

Ventoy vesion 1.0.15 adds GPT partition support

Ventoy 1.0.15 Adds GPT Support and More

The amazing Ventoy bootable installer tool version 1.0.15 got released to GitHub on July 9, 2020. You’ll want to grab a copy at your earliest convenience. This release can build a GPT formatted environment, with its usual tiny boot partition (32 MB FAT EFI VTOYEFI partition) and use the rest of the media for a

Options availalbe from Download a Windows 10 VM web page

Windows 10 Version 2004 Developer VMs Available

Now that Windows 10 Version 2004 is publicly released, Microsoft also offers free, ready-to-run developer evaluation versions of Windows 10 Enterprise in VM form for VMware, Hyper-V, VirtualBox and Parallels. Good stuff!

Warning: There may be some impediments to installation of new PowerToys versions.

Thoughts on Updating PowerToys (Preview)

If you want to update PowerToys, be warned that some applications may need to let go of files that its installer touches during installation. That means you’ll sometimes be asked to close such applications before the update runs to completion.

Linux and Windows – Best friends forever?

Ed Bott, a globally known tech writer and author, described last week on ZDNet how Microsoft helped him to install Ubuntu Linux. Quoting Mr. Bott: Anyone who aspires to understand the modern computing landscape should have some experience with platforms other than the one they use regularly because a lot of what you see in

Current release item on PowerToys GitHub releases page.

PowerToys v0.17.0 Gains Update Check

With the latest version of PowerToys, Microsoft has added a “check for updates” button to its Settings page. This makes it easier than ever to keep the toolset current. I’m a proponent of even further automation, as I explain further…

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