Archive for January 26th, 2014

Why Friends Don’t Let Friends Run Windows: Bad Gadgets

The Token Windows box (which runs the few programs that don’t get along with Linux) doesn’t get a lot of attention, but a recent update changed their stylin’ graphic CPU meter to something a bit less, mmm, smooth:

Win 7 - CPU Meter

Win 7 – CPU Meter

Searching for the obvious keywords turned up an explanation from Microsoft:

Windows Gadgets Have Been Discontinued - detail

Windows Gadgets Have Been Discontinued – detail

It seems they simply pushed an update that killed Gadgets, without explanation or warning.

Who could have anticipated that allowing random strangers to run their code on a desktop PC would lead to security problems?