Windows 10: the blocking for the 2004 version is lifted on the Surface

Technology: Microsoft was preventing certain Surface devices from updating to the 2004 version due to technical issues. The blockade was lifted on June 29.
Microsoft releases the block it placed on certain Surface devices to prevent them from updating to version 2004. This block prevented users of certain Surface models manufactured by Microsoft, including Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7, from downloading and manually install the latest Windows 10 feature update.

According to information released as part of the May 2020 update, devices with more than one network adapter capable of operating in "Always On, Always Connected" mode may experience unexpected shutdowns and reboots. The Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 both fall into this category. (Other surface devices can also be included; I asked Microsoft for a list of affected devices, but got no response).

Several technical problems when launching the updateEven though a patch (KB4557957) was released on June 9 as part of …

Sticks in the wheels of Louis Garneau

The Québec sports equipment manufacturer Louis Garneau, in debt of $ 32 million, took shelter from its creditors on Tuesday and is actively seeking new investors. No less than 66 workers at the Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures head office near Quebec City lost their jobs during the year. "Today there is a lack of liquidity that we have. It’s not bankruptcy, it’s protection. It is a law that exists in Quebec to protect us, to settle our creditors, "explained the founding president of the company, Louis Garneau, at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Louis Garneau

The trouble started 36 months ago, he said, when two of his biggest international clients went bankrupt. This has put significant pressure on the company's liquidity, leading to late payments due to many suppliers. His finance team completely left him behind. He is currently looking for "the best chief financial officer" in the province.

By coming under the protection of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the company, which has been in business for 37 years, intends to make "strategic and operational changes" to become profitable in the long term.

Raymond Chabot Inc. has been mandated to oversee the restructuring process. A recovery plan will be presented to creditors and financial partners.

However, the company's international activities in Mexico, the United States, France and Asia are not affected. The supply will continue, but with a reduced team. "There is no question of giving up," says Garneau.

As for the 66 people who lost their jobs on Tuesday morning, these "redundancies are temporary," promises Mr. Garneau, saying he is very "sorry" and "sorry" for having made this decision. They will be re-employed as soon as possible. "We had no choice but to work with a smaller team. "

Five months ago, the company already had to close its textile division and cut 46 jobs at the Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures factory.

"This is the most difficult race I have participated in," said the former cyclist, explaining that he had done everything to go up the hill. He even invested in the business by tapping into his personal finances, but to no avail.

Louis Garneau used the press conference to send a message across the province: "We are looking for investors to help us complete our funding. He even said he was ready to sell the business, but only if it fell into the hands of a Quebec investor.

“It would have been easy to be a multimillionaire and sell to foreigners […], but I decided, with my team, to fight and do everything to keep the business in Saint-Augustin”, he lets he fall in a firm tone.

In the eyes of Charles de Brabant, executive director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Trade at McGill University, Louis Garneau made the right decision by sheltering from its creditors. "It will certainly allow him to bounce back. The problem does not come from the brand or the quality of the products offered, according to him, but simply from its two main customers who went bankrupt.

Charles de Brabant even points out that the retail sector has been doing well for a few years and has experienced significant growth. However, companies still need to succeed in facing the ever-increasing competition in the sector. "Today, being good in the community is not enough to survive. You have to be very good, see the best, ”he says.

Louis Garneau is not the only company in this situation. Sporting goods retailer La Cordée also filed for bankruptcy and insolvency protection about ten days ago. The chain of stores is indebted $ 22 million and owes 75,000 to Louis Garneau.