Stopping BitTorrent distro of SP2…wrong? I don’t think so.

John Dvorak is apparently of the opinion that it was “wrong on so many levels” for Microsoft to tell file-swapper sites to stop distributing XP SP2 via BitTorrent. I heartily disagree. Microsoft is already battling a perception that our software is not secure. SP2 is designed to help address this perception, by substantially increasing the…

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More neat stuff from MS Research

Imagine if you could take a video, and use your computer to turn it into a cartoon…perhaps not so far off, based on this work being done by Microsoft Research:   http://research.microsoft.com/displayArticle.aspx?id=689   Neat.   Want to learn about this and more? Subscribe to the Microsoft Research RSS feed:   http://research.microsoft.com/rss/news.xml  


Oracle to release patches for multiple vulnerabilities

Oracle is preparing to release patches for a number of vulnerabilities, but apparently has delayed their release until a new distribution system is ready. Clearly, it’s a good thing that they’re getting the patches ready, but it seems to me that Microsoft has gotten a lot of grief for delaying patches for a variety of…

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Have a fling!

This is way cool…   [via Eric Gunnerson’s C# Compendium]

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Useful links:

Geoff’s links:http://blogs.msdn.com/gsnowman/articles/93823.aspxhttp://blogs.msdn.com/gsnowman/articles/93226.aspx  


Sam Gentile Reloaded

Sam Gentile, a .net rockstar par excellence, has revamped his site, SamGentile.com based on DotNetNuke, and has asked for a little help in getting the word out. I’m more than happy to oblige, as Sam’s a great resource for information on the CLR, Rotor, COM Interop and lots of other deep technical topics on .net. Bookmark…


Interesting (and remarkably simple) solution for hidden root kit files

Microsoft Research has a short but sweet paper on using hackers’ tricks against them, including using differential file system scans (using WinDiff) from infected vs. clean OS boots to detect hidden files. A good read if you’re determined to attempt cleanup of an infected system (generally not recommended) instead of flattening the machine and rebuilding it…

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XP SP2 Released…resources for developers

Windows XP Service Pack 2 has been released, and should be becoming available via automatic updates soon. In the meantime, you may want to check out the following articles, which will help you prepare:   http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a7628646-131d-4617-bf68-f0532d8db131 This article describes how Windows Firewall works, the common problems with using Windows Firewall, and the set of tools…


Scoble: Why geek get togethers are important (security security security)

Scoble reports on some security discussions he’s had recently: Getting together with other geeks has been part of this industry for more than 30 years and it’s no less important today than it was back in the mid 70s when Wozniak showed his Apple I to the Homebrew Computer Society in Silicon Valley. Today I…

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Technological irony

What do the following sites have in common?    – http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/  – http://www.macworldexpo.com/  – http://lighthouse-partners.com/linux/home.htm   They’re all running on Windows Server 2003:   http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2004/08/04/linuxworld_expo_site_powered_by_windows_server_2003.html   In all fairness, the sites are run by publisher IDG, not by the individual conferences, but it’s still rather ironic.

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