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Microsoft: Stop Playing Games with the Customer!

ARTICLE DATE: 07.07.09


By John C. Dvorak

The glory days of Microsoft ended with Vista for one reason, and one reason only: Vista Ultimate. It was part of an ill-advised scheme called "subtractive marketing" or "fake versioning"—purposely taking features out of a finished product to create an artificial range or selection.

Who ever dreamed up the Vista Ultimate moniker, I consider that individual… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on July 8, 2009 at 6:08pm — No Comments

VC's automated Twitter feed spreads malware

June 24, 2009 4:59 PM PDT

by Elinor Mills


Updated June 25 at 9:00 a.m. PDT with Trend Micro saying the Trojan is harmful to Macs and PCs.

Venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki got more than he bargained for from an automated feed he set up on his Twitter account.

Some of Kawasaki's more than 139,000 Twitter followers noticed something strange when they saw a particular non-VC-related tweet sent… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on June 26, 2009 at 8:36am — No Comments

The Perfect Mobile Phone Is (Nearly) Here

The iPhone may have begun the smartphone's transition into a full-fledged computer, but lots needs to change before we get there. Here's my wish list.


by John C. Dvorak


As the world begins to adjust to the mobile phone as a computing platform, we have to recognize the fact that for many people the device is bound to become the complete substitute for all computing needs. But not quite in the form we see… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on June 17, 2009 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Big-name sites spread latest malware infections

Going by such names as Gumblar, JSRedir-R, Martuz, and Beladin, a new generation of malware has managed to surreptitiously place malicious JavaScript code on tens of thousands of popular Web sites.

Top Story, June 11, 2009

By Susan Bradley


The hacker scripts try to infect site visitors and then attempt to use their compromised PCs to spread the infection to yet other… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on June 11, 2009 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Hacker named to Homeland Security Advisory Council

June 5, 2009 5:27 PM PDT

by Elinor Mills


Jeff Moss, founder of the Black Hat and Defcon hacker and security conferences, was among 16 people sworn in on Friday to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

The HSAC members will provide recommendations and advice directly to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Moss' background as a computer hacker (aka "Dark Tangent") and role as a… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on June 8, 2009 at 11:54am — No Comments

The Risky Solid-State Drive

ARTICLE DATE: 06.02.09

By John C. Dvorak


Everyone is gaga over the idea of fast solid-state drives, but until we move to some new memory technology other than flash, SSDs are a dead end. I say this only because during a recent trip to Europe I took about six photos on a 16GB CompactFlash card and—boom!—it was dead. This makes the third CompactFlash drive that blew up on me over the past few years. I've had two early 1GB… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on June 4, 2009 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Get Must-Have Fix for New Microsoft DirectShow Flaw

Erik Larkin


A critical new zero-day flaw involving Microsoft DirectShow's processing of QuickTime content is under attack, Microsoft reported today.

The flaw in the quartz.dll processor in the DirectShow platform affects Windows XP, 2000, and Server 2003. Windows Vista, Server 2008, and Windows 7 are not affected. Crooks can go after the hole even if you have… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on June 1, 2009 at 10:27am — No Comments

Pandora One: Good For You, Even Better For Pandora

May 20th, 2009 | by Jennifer Van Grove


As we reported yesterday, PandoraPandora reviewsPandora reviews has bounced back from the brink of extinction and is heading towards profitability, largely thanks to their ability to sell targeted advertising.

Starting today, however, the company is expanding its paid offerings and releasing Pandora One, a subscription-based upgrade that will… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 21, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

HOW TO: Juice Up Firefox with Amazon, Google and Twitter

May 20th, 2009 | by Ben Parr


The Firefox sidebar tool Juice could change the very way you browse the web, especially if you’re an information junkie or a multitasker.

Linkool Labs, the makers of Juice, released the 1.0 version of its extension today. The updated interface brings a whole slew of features to the table. The core is the same: Juice allows you to identify, store, and track content… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 20, 2009 at 9:22am — No Comments

Goodbye, SOX?

May 18th, 2009

Posted by Joe McKendrick @ 8:54 am


Keep your eye on this one: the US Supreme Court has just decided to review the constitutionality of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

According to today’s news, the Supremes said they would consider a legal challenge to the law, on the basis that it “violates the constitutionally mandated separation of powers.” (Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 20, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Wolfram Alpha: A new slant on Web data

The online tool supplies answers to factual, data-intensive questions but also does math in the process. This weekend, it's set to open up to the public.

May 16, 2009 6:00 AM PDT

by CNET News staff


Wolfram Alpha is live; give us your impressions

New search engines don't come around every day; let us know what you think about your initial experiences with… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 19, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

PDF-Crack: Free Online PDF Unlocker


Some PDF documents come with restrictions that don’t let you to copy or print its contents. This is very inconvenient if you want to access the information from the document or print it out for offline use. Now you can unlock this kind of PDF files with one click using free online pdf unlocker PDF-Crack from Ensode.net.

Just upload a document from your computer and click “Submit”. The unlocked version of your… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 18, 2009 at 9:42am — No Comments

How To Kill Unresponsive Programs without The Task Manager

May. 14th, 2009 By Varun Kashyap


Windows is generally not known for its stability. Among other things there are frequent “Not Responding” applications. The reasons may vary from less RAM to Viruses to poorly designed applications. So what do you do when an application hangs up?

I bet you hit Ctrl+Alt+Del or fire up the task manager in some other way, reach for the application and… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 15, 2009 at 12:37pm — No Comments

10 handy Firefox about:config hacks

If you really want to fine-tune your Firefox functionality, you have to roll up your sleeves and tinker with the about:config page. Jack Wallen shares some simple hacks to make Firefox work the way you want.

Date: May 7th, 2009

Author: Jack Wallen


Unless you’re a Firefox power user, you may not be familiar with the about:config page. The Firefox about:config page is not so much a page as it is a… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 12, 2009 at 9:16am — No Comments

Microsoft tweaks antipiracy tech for Windows 7

May 7, 2009 6:00 AM PDT

by Ina Fried


With Windows 7, Microsoft is making some subtle changes to the ways it tries to thwart piracy.

As has been the case for some time, Microsoft's strategy hinges on requiring a user to electronically verify their copy of the software, a process known as activation, and then the software also periodically validates that a copy of Windows is genuine.

In… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 8, 2009 at 10:54am — No Comments

Windows 7 at risk from legacy flaw, F-Secure says

May 6, 2009 7:01 AM PDT

by Tom Espiner


Microsoft has failed to remove a long-recognized Windows Explorer security risk from Windows 7, according to security company F-Secure.

The "hide extensions" feature, which was present in Windows NT, 2000, XP, and Vista, is also included in the Windows 7 release candidate, Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure's chief research officer, said Tuesday in a blog. The feature could… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 7, 2009 at 8:52am — No Comments

Is There Such a Thing as a Safe Web Browser?

May 6th, 2009 | by Stan Schroeder


Do you remember how, a couple of years ago, you could tell someone who was clueless about computers to simply switch from Internet Explorer to Firefox, and that action alone would fix 90% of all their security problems?

This hasn’t been true for a while now, unfortunately. The fact that Internet Explorer is still the most widely used browser out… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 6, 2009 at 9:14am — No Comments

Hands On with Windows 7's XP Mode

Microsoft's new Windows XP Mode is getting a lot of buzz on the blogosphere, but when we actually tested the beta, we found it to be surprisingly clunky.

ARTICLE DATE: 05.04.09

By Edward Mendelson


The Windows 7 Release Candidate ships with a feature called Windows XP Mode (XPM) that has left longtime Windows users excited. XPM is designed to let users continue to run older XP-compatible applications, mostly… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 5, 2009 at 10:47am — No Comments

War of the Firefox Extension Developers

By Harry McCracken | Posted at 2:16 pm on Monday, May 4, 2009


Ars Technica’s Ryan Paul has posted a good piece on an alarming story: The developers of two popular and useful Firefox extensions, NoScript and AdBlock Plus, descended into an ugly squabble that involved each one attempting to interfere with the other’s operation–and which eventually led to NoScript… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 4, 2009 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Microsoft to give away free Windows 7 for a year

Thu, 4/30/2009 — 10:51am — Son Huynh


On May 5th, general users will have access to an entire year of Microsoft's brand new operating system, Windows 7, for free! It is already available to download for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. This version is only the Release Candidate and will expire June 1, 2010. The Release Candidate is merely the near finished product and is basically the final… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 3, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

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