Rest in pieces, WEP: Retire your WEP based WLAN equipment today

I’ve always had this uneasy feeling about WEP secured wireless networks, so when I moved to my current apartment a year ago I purchased WPA enabled devices. Unfortunately this means I cannot use and will not buy a number of nice devices (such as digital cameras with WLAN) secured only by WEP. A lot of…

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Gadget Dept.: Smartphone keyboard made of cloth

I’ve seen flexible rubber USB keyboards before, but this is a true novelty: Based on a British technology called ElekTex fabric, finally we have the rollable keyboard, made of electroconductive cloth. It’s wireless, it has drivers for Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5 (PocketPC and Smartphone), and at just £68.95 it seems reasonable priced…

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On the Internet, everyone knows you’re a dog

According to a famous “New Yorker” cartoon by Peter Steiner, “On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Dog”. That’s no longer true. In fact, today we can tell you’re a scotch terrier, live north of London, enjoy chewing up your owner’s shoes (including brand preference), crave for that special dog food, and have that odd obsession…

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Need more cool WPF demos…

Heard this a lot recently – in the meantime, ease the pain with Kevin’s Bag-O-Tricks aka Kevin Moore’s collection of WPF controls and samples. Kevin has updated his sample collection so it compiles and runs nicely under .NET Framework 3.0 RC1 (both on Windows Vista RC1 and Windows XP). You find a number of cool…

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XL[S|T|A][X|M] or XLSB?

The new Excel File Formats. Like all “new” file formats coming along with Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007, these file formats are really ZIP containers. Excel however, offers a choice of XML-based or binary files inside such a container. The XML based formats can be identified by breaking up the extension as follows: Office 2007 will use the…

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Updated ATI and NVidia drivers for Windows Vista RC1

Windows Vista RC1 comes with inbox support for those neat new graphics cards, but if you care for the very latest drivers or exended control panels, both big vendors have released new drivers: ATI: Catalyst Beta Driver for Windows Vista RC1 NVidia: ForceWare Release 95 Version: 96.33 Note: Both links point to drivers for Windows…

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The computer book market as a tech trend indicator

Tim O’Reilly recently published a truly insightful analysis of the computer book market. Looking at the second quarter 06 computer books market provides clues what is hot. Obviously the real-world distribution of computer languages cannot be determined from book sales, on the other hand this is a true indicator what is coming up. Looking at the…

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Flash + Hard Drive = Speed + Battery

If you have seen a recent presentation on Windows Vista, you may have noted that fully using new hardware is a recurring theme. So is the use of flash memory. The presenter might have also mentioned “hybrid hard disks with flash memory”. So how can a hybrid flash/hard drive help speed up Windows Vista? The…

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The Robots are Loose!

Something completely different: Did you know there is actually a Microsoft Robotics Group?Today, at the RoboBusiness 2006 conference they announced Microsoft Robotics Studio. Microsoft Robotics Studio makes it possible to program both real world robots or hobbyist hardware (such as Lego Mindstorms NXT or Fischertechnik) in .NET. A list of third party hardware featured at…

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Into the Lions Den: Vista @ Black Hat 2006

I almost overlooked it: Stephen Toulouse posted it last week in the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog: As part of our ongoing security efforts, several talks have been submitted for the Black Hat Security Conference 2006, and a total of 5 have been accepted. You can find the track description here. And yes, Internet Explorer…

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