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November 2006 - Posts

What if Microsoft Made the iPod?
This is an immensely hilarious parody of what would happen if Microsoft had produced the iPod . http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=36099539665548298 Perhaps we should look at a Zune box to verify? Share Post: Read More...
More Malware, More SPAM
According to some reports , spyware is getting harder and harder to control. The sophistication of the malware makers is growing at a much faster pace than that of the security industry, even to the point of proof-of-concept adware code being developed Read More...
Backdoor Trojans, Rootkits and SPAM: Notes from the Microsoft Antimalware Team
The Microsoft AntiMalware team has recently published a paper discussing some of the data collected by their monthly AntiMalware tool. A summary of the article is available on the SANS website , and the full article is available from Microsoft at the Read More...
The Daily News FAQ from Community Server
The world of Telligent and Community Server is ever-changing. Recently, Dave Burke has been working on a CS Daily News FAQ which would cull items from the Community Server Daily News blog and itemize them for easy reference. The Daily News FAQ currently Read More...
Change Management: Are You in Control?
This month in CIO Magazine is a very interesting article on Change Management which points out that truly innovative companies value discipline as much, if not more, than they do freedom and flexibility of execution. And the difference between those organizations Read More...
Virtual Machine Detection in Malware via Commercial Tools
More About Sophisticated Malware http://isc.sans.org/diary.php?storyid=1871 Virtual machine detection is a self-defensive property of many malware specimens. It is aimed at making it harder to examine the malicious program, because virtualization software, Read More...
Pando Released...
Pando v1.0 has finally been released , after spending some good time in the beta testing cycle. If you haven't seen or used it as yet, you're really missing out. It is one of the coolest tools for sending large files to people via email , without burdening Read More...
Windows PowerShell 1.0 Released!
In an ongoing stream of end-of-year releases from Microsoft, we're finally able to get our hands on the RTM version of Windows PowerShell . See the PowerShell Blog for more details: For those of you unfamiliar with Windows PowerShell, it is a best of Read More...
Scorching Fast Video Cards
nVidia has released it's next generation card family, the 8800 series , and the reviews are looking great ! Sure, I'm not personally going to be purchasing a $450 or $600 video card, but for those who were previously contemplating SLI configurations, Read More...
Recent Home Network Woes...
The annual upgrade plans for my home network have to be accelerated somewhat due to a couple of system failures I have experienced over the past few months. It all started back in August when my old desktop system died . Thankfully, it was already the Read More...
Process Monitor v1.0
Process Monitor v1.0: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/processesandthreads/processmonitor.mspx Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines Read More...
Vista: Here it comes...
Or rather, there it goes -- off to manufacturing . It will be very interesting to see how stable Windows Vista is in real-world deployments, but it is certainly is a highly anticipated release of the Windows operating system. So, is the world ready for Read More...
Testing Blogmailr
This is my first test of Blogmailr , brought to us by Telligent : the makers of the awesome Community Server platform. I'll have to see if this works just the way I want it to, but the idea is that I can post to my blog via email. Hmmmm... Is this too Read More...
Get Your Recent Microsoft Releases
Yeah, we're still waiting on Vista and Longhorn , but Microsoft has already starting releasing some other applications since October. Step right up and get your dose of new products: Windows Media Player 11 Windows Defender 2.0 Windows Internet Explorer Read More...
Windows PowerShell Contest
Looks like Microsoft is hosting a PowerShell scripting contest for the next 6 or so weeks. Time to start flexing some scripting muscles. I just took a peek at a couple of the vendors already using PowerShell for administrative tools and functionality, Read More...
Microsoft and Novell: The Odd Couple
The tech news is all abuzz about the announcement that Microsoft and Novell are working together on product integration, including integration between Windows and Linux technologies. Several people have already commented that this is a strategic move Read More...
Microsoft Updates Vista Licensing -- Again
As expected, Microsoft has softened a key element of Vista licensing , enabling (more like re-enabling, if you think about it) users to transfer their retail license from one system to another, without restriction -- so long as they aren't shared simultaneously. Read More...