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Another Zero-Day Vulnerability for IE
Well, it’s been a while since we’ve had an active zero-day in Internet Explorer, but according to Microsoft Security Advisory 972890 , that’s what we’re looking at:  a vulnerability in DirectX that allows for unauthenticated, remote execution attacks Read More...
An interesting Windows Vista article
I just finished reading an article on Windows Vista from InfoWorld , and it makes several really good points. Windows Vista brings a lot to the table that gets de-emphasized by the masses.  It's funny that when Microsoft releases a product that is Read More...
Vista SP1
It has been officially available for a couple weeks now, but some of us have been running it for over a month at this point .  Of course, outside of the MSDN and TechNet avenues, the only way to get it was due to a Microsoft mistake . In any event, Read More...
Get your dose of Vista Service Pack 1
If you're a 64-bit Vista user, that is...  It looks as though the users of Vista x64 can obtain Service Pack 1 via Windows Update . I've already started down the MSDN path for obtaining the Service Pack , but that has presented its own set of issues.  Read More...
Still waiting for Vista SP1
It's always something.  On Sunday, I was pretty hyped up about the fact that Service Pack 1 for Vista was very near release , but that has been deflated by the realization that Microsoft is going to hold off on actually making the code available Read More...
Key Windows Updates are coming
The month of February should see the release of both Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 , according to reports published by ComputerWorld , and I'm looking forward to them both. I have only performed a few brief tests of Windows Read More...
Vista SP1 vs XP SP3
I recently read a couple of reports from ComputerWorld regarding the performance of the upcoming service packs for Windows XP and Vista. Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim Vista SP1 no faster than stock OS, says testing expert The outlook Read More...
The Ever Inconsistent Microsoft...
One of the things that annoys me about Microsoft (and this is true, to some extent, of any large company) is that there are too many times where it seems that one hand is not talking to the other. Sometimes, it seems like one hand doesn't even know that there's another hand. Read More...
Making the move to 64-bit Vista -- Finally!
Yeah, yeah, it took me long enough. What can I say? I finally bit the bullet and installed Vista Ultimate x64 Edition on my laptop. As I mentioned last month, my Vista upgrade path was not as smooth as I had hoped , since I was going to be forced to perform Read More...
The Microsoft Dilemma
The issue I speak of relates to how many changes and new features should go into a new release of their software product. If Microsoft adds lots of new functionality, then customers and analysts conclude that the likelihood of bugs within the new code Read More...
Vista Upgrade Speed Bumps
In today's lesson, we learn why pre-planning is very important... So, I try to perform the dreaded in-place upgrade of my XP x64 laptop to Vista Ultimate x64, after doing all the nice things like backing everything up, and ensuring that all apps will Read More...
A Brief Look Inside the Vista Kernel
Mark Russinovich has provided another great series of "Inside Windows" articles, with his Inside the Vista Kernel postings on TechNet. Part one dealt with: Thread priority and scheduling File-based symbolic links Canceling I/O operations Part two, which Read More...
Getting Used to Windows Vista
My Vista initiation continues, and so far, I don't have much to complain about. I've done this whole " new version of Windows " thing enough times in the past 15 or so years that I know that there's really no point in not spending a week or two getting Read More...
Getting Rolling With Vista
As I mentioned earlier this week , I finally got my hands on my official copies of Vista, so I thought I'd see how well an upgrade would work out. Granted, it's not the 64-bit edition that I wanted to deploy, but it game me a chance to see how well Vista Read More...
Got my January ActionPack Subscription
I came home this evening to find out that the January shipment of my Microsoft ActionPack Subscription arrived today. Sweet!! Sort of, anyway... First the good news : I got my Office 2007 licenses, or should I say, Microsoft Office System 2007 . It even Read More...
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