Is that really an email from the EFPTS? Don’t get caught buy a phishing attempt

 So, you may be asking yourself: why is the EFTPS contacting me? And who the heck is EFTPS? It’s likely a phishing atempt. The EFPTS is a service offered free by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help business and individual taxpayers conveniently pay all their federal taxes electronically (as noted on their website). This…


Your questions: What are the support options for Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio Concurrency and Coordination Runtime (CCR) and Decentralized Software Service (DSS) Toolkit 2008? (Whew!)

Today I continue the effort to cover at least one customer and partner challenge or issue per day … Turns out I wasn’t far off in my estimate of current supported products. Thanks to Jared I have the current list of in-support products we have today, most noted on the Microsoft Lifecycle support Information site….


When it comes to PC security, don’t be a victim… be a participant in your own rescue. Windows 7 can help, too.

As I Tweeted today, over the weekend I read Paul Cooke’s Windows Security Blog post on Windows 7 Vulnerability Claims. (I’ve added a few links if the terms are unfamiliar to you.) "…most people don’t knowingly have and run known malware on their system. Malware typically makes it onto a system through other avenues like…


PC World’s 100 Best Products of the Year on MSN Tech & Gadgets

Some of the best products are free, as declared by the editors of PC World in their recent article… two of the top five are free: Hulu and Facebook.  The others rounding out the top five are certainly commercial successes: the iPhone, Windows XP and the new Lenovo X300… “After a good deal of –…

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Is the Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 too much? It depends…

Last year I posted an entry on how to choose the best computer which included an article by Mike Himowitz, columnist at the Baltimore Sun.  Himowitz wrote the article “Sticker tells shopper key parts of a laptop” which covers “the specific components of a portable PC.” Overall, I like Mike’s advice: I’ve found it to…

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Forget Y2K, DST and Time Zones: this weekend, it’s the Y2.038K bug

This weekend will mark another interesting milestone in Time and Date, oone that actually doesn’t occur for thirty more years, in 2038.   Also known as the ‘Friday the 13th’ bug, the 2038 issue is due to the way 32-bit systems note time in seconds rather than by an actual coded date.  The full impact will…

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PC Magazine’s CES photo slideshow available online

  Lunch time post: check out PCMag.com’s CES 2008 Photo Blog, PC Magazine’s “slideshow of the sights and technology on display at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show.  It would be nigh-on impossible to explain the vastness of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, so we’re not even going to try. Instead, we’ll show…

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MSN Tech & Gadgets’ CES 2008 Innovation Award Winners

As a kickoff to CES, check out the slide show on MSN Tech & Gadgets as they cover CES Innovations 2008 Awards Honorees… “The Innovations Design and Engineering Awards program recognizes the most innovative consumer electronics (CE) products in the industry’s hottest product categories.” If you have an extra US$25,000 burning a hole in your…

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A few Microsoft DST and Time Zone Blog Posts

A few posts on DST and time zones on a few MS blogs… The Groove team covers a couple issues you should know about regarding Groove and DST.  “These issues might impact you during the October 28th – November 4th window.  The issues are detailed in the Technote 932607” Titus is an SDET in JScript…