Just installed a very nice tool to write entries in this blog. It's called: Windows Live™ Writer. Setting it up was actually a piece of cake. Detected almost al the settings automatically. I only had to tell it that I was using the Community Server and had to enter the domain name. Then it started downloading the other things and I'm ready to go...
I'm glad that it comes with a spell checker too... ;-) For more information about Windows Live Writer see the teams blog: Introducing Windows Live Writer.
Apart from the name change, Life Safety Center is now called Windows Live OneCare safety scanner, it not beta
anymore. For those who still don't know, it a free on-demand tool that has three different types of scans:
- Protection Scan checks for and removes things like viruses and malware.
- Clean-up Scan checks the hard disk for unnecessary files and helps users decide which ones they can safely delete. It also clears the PC’s registry of left over data.
- Tune-up Scan helps improve the PC’s performance by defragmenting the hard drive.
Other good news is that Windows Live OneCare is going International
! At the end of the year Windows Live OneCare, or sooner, will have international beta's available for the following markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.
I'm lucky because I'm running a US-English operating system myself and just ordered a copy of Windows Live OneCare in the USA and it's running very nicely on three of my computers.
See for more information the following web sites:
On August 8th
, Microsoft released twelve security updates.
- MS06-040 Critical Vulnerability in Server Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution (921883)
- MS06-041 Critical Vulnerability in DNS Resolution Could Allow Remote Code Execution (920683)
- MS06-042 Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (918899)
- MS06-043 Critical Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Could Allow Remote Code Execution (920214)
- MS06-044 Critical Vulnerability in Microsoft Management Console Could Allow Remote Code Execution (917008)
- MS06-046 Critical Vulnerability in HTML Help Could Allow Remote Code Execution (922616)
- MS06-047 Critical Vulnerability in Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Could Allow Remote Code Execution (921645)
- MS06-048 Critical Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (922968)
- MS06-051 Critical Vulnerability in Windows Kernel Could Result in Remote Code Execution (917422)
- MS06-045 Important Vulnerability in Windows Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution (921398)
- MS06-049 Important Vulnerability in Windows Kernel Could Result in Elevation of Privilege (920958)
- MS06-050 Important Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows Hyperlink Object Library Could Allow Remote Code Execution (920670)
More (technical) information can be found in this article: Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August, 2006
An end-user version can be found at: Microsoft security updates for August 2006
Other steps to enhance the security on your PC can be found at: Security Essentials