Those of us of a certain age (or those of us who are still riskily using an ageing soon-to-be-no-longer-supported operating system) will find this screenshot all too familiar:
ChkDsk (“Check Disk”) was a system tool that was frequently run in the bad old days to find bad sectors on the surface of your hard drive.
If you were lucky it would take a several minutes, make things better, and clean-up a few problems on your C: drive. But if you weren’t lucky…
Let’s hope that security threat analyst Robert Austin and his 38-weeks pregnant wife are lucky.
Austin today tweeted an image of some medical equipment that he photographed as his wife came in for a procedure to “flip the baby”, a not uncommon practice by which a breech baby can be turned around inside the expectant mother, so its head will come out first.
From April, Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates for Windows XP - opening up the very real possibility that malicious hackers will be able to exploit vulnerabilities and infect systems with gay abandon.
That’s why it’s so important that individuals, companies and - yes - hospitals start thinking as soon as possible about how they are going to upgrade their legacy systems, and move away from an operating system that first saw the light of day in 2001.
Yes, Windows XP is *that* old. It’s on the brink of becoming a teenager. But it’s time for all of us to kick it out of the house, as it’s good-for-nothing anymore and actually is about to put many others at greater risk because it will no longer be maintained.
Our best wishes go to Robert Austin, his wife, and their imminent arrival.