June 2005 - Posts

Microsoft have released a public beta of the shared access toolkit.

While it was designed for machines that have public access, it is a handy tool for home users.

Windows XP Home lacks the ability to edit the local policy, this tool lets you get at a heap of settings that you would only be able to change using registry edits.

 

Another good tool for doing security lockdowns on XP Home is XP Security Console by Doug Knox

 

 

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Windows AntiSpyware Beta 1 Build 1.0.613 is the second update since the software debuted in early January.

They did some bug fixes and extended the program's expiration date to 31 December.

If you already have the older version it will download and install the new one.

IF you haven't got it, then get it here http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

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I finally overcame the resistance to spending money and purchased one.

I have had little chance to use it. I am impressed with it so far. It can read my handwriting which is very impressive, most people cannot.

I will put up a more detailed review shortly.

I just noticed about 60 trackbacks on the blog that all point to some Chinese site.

I am guessing they are trying to sell something. As I can't read it I'll never know.

I love the sleaziness of the people who do it. They always do it on older posts, with the assumption you won't notice.

They are right, up to a point. I rarely go back through the older posts. Guess I will need to be more vigilent.

Have I helped you get some traffic? Sell some product? Do a I get a cut?

I will be waiting for you. I don't need to waste more time, and frankly your not worth it, but I won't let these links survive.

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All the content from the US TechEd 2005 is available at this site

http://microsoft.sitestream.com/teched2005/

Have fun

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If your into drawing programs then you might want to check this out.

http://www.microsoft.com/products/expression/

On 14 June 2005 the Microsoft Security Response Center is planning to release:

Security Updates

- 7 Microsoft Security Bulletins affecting Microsoft Windows. The greatest aggregate, maximum severity rating for these security updates is Critical. Some of these updates will require a restart. 5 of these updates will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA), 2 of these updates will be detectable using the Enterprise Scanning Tool (EST).

- 1 Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Services for UNIX. The greatest aggregate, maximum severity rating for these security updates is Moderate. These updates may require a restart. These updates will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) and using the Enterprise Scanning Tool (EST).

- 1 Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft Exchange. The greatest aggregate, maximum severity rating for this security update is Important. This update will not require a restart. This update will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

(MBSA) and using the Enterprise Scanning Tool (EST).

- 1 Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server and Small Business Server.

The greatest aggregate, maximum severity rating for these security updates is Moderate. These updates may require a restart. This update will be detectable using the Enterprise Scanning Tool (EST).

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

- Microsoft will release an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services and the Download Center.

Note that this tool will NOT be distributed using Software Update Services (SUS).

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According to Danish security firm Secunia, Mozilla 1.7.x and Firefox 1.x are vulnerable to a frame injection flaw that first surfaced in 1998.

Try their frame injection test

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I have been looking at two of the newer Tablet PC's

The LG LT20 and the IBM/Lenovo x41

I noticed on Scobles blog that he was saying the x41 was the lightest convertible tablet. I was checking and this is true if you have a 4 cell battery in it. It comes in at 3.54 pounds. With the 8 cell battery it is over 4 pounds. The LG has a 6 cell battery and weighs 3.85 pounds.

The LG lists for AUD$2999 whilst the x41 lists at AUD$3749. So what do you get for the extra $750?

The x41 has a better screen TFT vs LCD, better resolution, 2048x1536 vs 1024 x 768 and RAM running at 533 MHz compared to 333 Mhz. The LG has a 1.6 Ghz processor vs 1.5 in the x41 an SD reader, 3 USB and a Firewire port. The x41 has a fingerprint reader.

Whether 2048 x 1536 is useful on a 12.1” screen is open for debate. Certainly it is useful on your external monitor.

I ordered an LG a week or so ago, before I had heard of the x41. Would I like to change my purchase? Yes and No.

I have wanted a Tablet PC for quite a while but the price point was stopping me. When I found I could get the LG for AUD$2200 (wholesale) I finally went for it. Whilst the x41 is appealing, the extra $1000 it would cost me doesn't justify the better features.

Once I get my hands on the LG, I will let you know my thoughts on it.

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Is it just me or do you see stupidity everywhere?

We recently had an Australian, on drugs charges in Indonesia. It was a no brainer case, the drugs were in her bag. She claimed they were planted by someone else. Of course thats easy to say, very difficult to prove.

The trial occurred, according to Indonesian law. The maximum penalty available was death. The defendant ended up getting 20 years. Now, people are saying we should boycott Indonesia. That will really help. Do they have a brain? If so, why don't they use it?

Who will it effect? The Indonesian governemnt or the poor locals who rely on our tourist dollars to survive. I'll give you one guess.

Consider this example. An Australian arrives in LA, has drugs in luggage, get sentenced to 20 years. Do you think anyone would be calling for us to boycott the USA? Of course not.

In a poll, 75% of people said they believed she was innocent. Based upon what? Their feelings? How useful.

In truth the media coverage of this event, all the inane and stupid comments etc. only served to guarantee that the sentence handed down was hefty. The pressure was on, and the Indonesians had to stand up and show they wouldn't be dictated to by foreigner's. If it was handled quietly, there would have been more chance of a lenient sentence. 

Fair enough I say, we wouldn't have any truck with foreigners meddling in our justice system. Why should we expect them to?

 

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Microsoft has released WSUS.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/updateservices/default.mspx

It makes patching in a large office/corporation a much simpler experience.
In my 5 machine office it has made it a lot easier to manage the monthly updates

System requirements are quite modest, it will run on an old P3 750
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/updateservices/evaluation/sysreqs.mspx

At the price, it is free, it is a great tool.

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