March 2004 Entries

OpenOffice.pdf disappeared from MS site?

Why the Competitive Guide between Office and OpenOffice published some days ago from Microsoft on their website (OpenOffice.pdf) seems to be disappeared? Is there a reason?The strange thing is that if you try to search "OpenOffice" on the Microsoft site with its internal search engine, the link appears as the first item.I'd like to signal a little curiosity I've discovered on this document... I've checked the document property of the PDF file and seems that it was created with QuarkXPress 4.11 and the .pdf generated with Acrobat Distiller 4.05 for Macintosh. Curious... :)

posted @ Wednesday, March 31, 2004 8:14 AM | Feedback (1)

Windows Server 2003 Managing System Services

This is one of the most interesting reading out in these days from Microsoft: Windows Server 2003 Managing System Services.Windows Server™ 2003 family of operating systems starts some applications during system startup that are not tied to an interactive user. These applications are called services or Win32 services because they rely on the Win32 application programming interface (API) to interact with the operating system. Similar to UNIX daemons, services often implement the server side of the client/server application model. A basic understanding of service functionality, monitoring services, managing services, and troubleshooting services can improve your ability to perform diagnostic procedures...

posted @ Wednesday, March 31, 2004 3:54 AM | Feedback (0)

SQL Server Monitor

SQLcheck is an interesting (and FREE) Performance Monitor for SQL Server. With this tool, you can investigates, organizes and explains critical information about your server’s hardware, operating system and SQL Server. With SQLcheck's performance dashboard, you can quickly view detailed explanations and receive recovery suggestions.Why this tools is interesting for me? Because with this new release (2.0) it can now operate as a secure Screen Saver... really cool!!!

posted @ Tuesday, March 30, 2004 10:16 AM | Feedback (12)

Cool Datagrid Control

During my daily check of something nice on CodeProject, I've just discovered this new Open Source C# Grid Control written by Davide Icardi: SourceGrid.SourceGrid is a free open source grid control. Supports virtual grid, custom cells and editors, advanced formatting options and many others features... It's really nice and powerful.Good work Davide! :)

posted @ Tuesday, March 30, 2004 4:28 AM | Feedback (1)

Whidbey Beta: this is not the way to do...

Some friends of mine (MSDN Subscribers) are trying in these days the Whidbey Technical Preview from MSDN, and after some days of trying, I can see that this is not a BETA but an ALPHA in all its function. :(The first and orrible thing discovered:If you try to go to the MSDN Help and do a Search, you can see this error:-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Microsoft Document ExplorerThe underlying connection was closed: The remote name could not be resolved. Microsoft Document ExplorerThere is already a command handler for the menu command 'e8b06f44-6d01-11d2-aa7d-00c04f990343 : 201'.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Why this? Because someone of the MS Programmers Team has...

posted @ Tuesday, March 30, 2004 3:46 AM | Feedback (6)

Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 Resource Kit

An interesting and free Books ready to download from Microsoft: Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 Resource Kit.The arguments of this books are: • Book Cover (front)• Introduction• Part I: Deploying Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0• Ch 1: Overview of Deploying IIS 6.0• Ch 2: Deploying ASP.NET Applications in IIS 6.0• Ch 3: Securing Web Sites and Applications• Ch 4: Ensuring Application Availability• Ch 5: Upgrading an IIS Server to IIS 6.0• Ch 6: Migrating IIS Web Sites to IIS 6.0• Ch 7: Migrating Apache Web Sites to IIS 6.0• Appx A: IIS Deployment Procedures• Appx B: Changes to Metabase Properties...

posted @ Monday, March 29, 2004 3:43 AM | Feedback (1)

Curious feature in Mozilla Firefox...

I've just read in a post on Slashdot that Mozilla Firefox has a new extension which allows you to change the name to something palatable. The extension, called Firesomething, lets users change the name seen in the browser titlebar, Help menu, and About dialog, thus erradicating all traces of "Firefox" in Firefox (currently version 0.8). A really curious feature...

posted @ Sunday, March 28, 2004 3:42 AM | Feedback (0)

CoLinux new release is out

Interesting... Cooperative Linux (CoLinux), a system for running a Linux kernel completely natively within an NT environment, has now been released at version 0.60. New features to this release include a Kernel upgrade to 2.4.25, an easy to use Windows Installer, no restrictions on the amount of physical ram available for the guest Linux system, support for running i686 and higher Linux binaries, several new console interfaces, a bridged network adapter, and support for block devices larger than 2Gb.CoLinux is really a good product, it allows you to freely run Linux on Windows 2000/XP, without using a commercial PC virtualization software...

posted @ Saturday, March 27, 2004 6:05 AM | Feedback (4)

ASP.NET Overtakes JSP and Java Servlets?

Just read on Netcraft: In this month's Web Server Survey the number of IP addresses with sites using ASP.NET has overtaken those using JSP and Java Servlets. The number of IP addresses found with ASP.NET has shown very strong growth in the past year with a 224% increase from 17.2K to 55.8K. JSP & Java Servlets despite being overtaken is the next fastest growing in percentage terms with a 56% increase.Interesting... ASP.NET seems to be a mature technology now and IIS 6 a really good web server. Wonderful!

posted @ Saturday, March 27, 2004 5:55 AM | Feedback (1)

Visual Studio 2005 Preview DVD on MSDN

Microsoft has posted the Community Technology Preview for Visual Studio 2005 on MSDN Downloads:Full DVD Image (English) Date Posted - 3/24/2004 1:45:00 PM File - VSENARD1.img, ISO-9660 CD Image Size - 2.67 GBWe've to check for it...

posted @ Thursday, March 25, 2004 5:36 PM | Feedback (0)

The first Phone with Windows Mobile 2003 ?

In these days Motorola has show the new MPx, the first smartphone on the market with the new platform Windows Mobile 2003.Personally, I don't like Motorola phones a lot, but this model seems really an interesting phone... I think that the possibility of personalization could be a lot.I'm really interesting to see soon on the market a smartphone based on a Linux platform to do a great comparison.Motorola MPxMotorola MPx - particolare della tastieraMotorola MPx

posted @ Thursday, March 25, 2004 5:00 AM | Feedback (1)

A suggested .Text Skin to add on DotNetJunkies

Why not add the Cogitation Blue skin created by Mark Wagner on the DotNetJunkies Blogs? It's really a nice skin (as you can see on Mark Blogs).

posted @ Wednesday, March 24, 2004 11:06 AM | Feedback (2)

A little poll to all Bloggers Community...

I'm interesting to know what is (in your opinion) the best ASP.NET books out today, a book that covered all aspects of the ASP.NET development, with code examples explained in details.Can you give me your opinion?

posted @ Wednesday, March 24, 2004 7:40 AM | Feedback (5)

Outlook Junk E-mail filter update

From Microsoft is ready to download an updated E-mail filter for Outlook 2003. This optional update provides the Junk E-mail Filter in Outlook 2003 with a more current definition of which e-mail messages should be considered junk. By installing it, you help the filter provide a higher level of protection against junk e-mail. Microsoft recommends that you use the Office Update site to determine if your computer requires this update before installing it. For more information on this update, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article (835235) Overview of the Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter Update: KB835235.

posted @ Wednesday, March 24, 2004 3:34 AM | Feedback (0)

Again about the new possible domains...

Some days ago I've written my opinion about the new Internet domains under approval. Today I've read that the proposal for the .mail domain has been put forward by anti-spam workers who want to use it for storing information about legitimate e-mail servers. The .mail domain proposes seems to be a more reliable locus for distributing whitelist information. It is expressly not intended to be user-visible, but rather to be solely for the purpose of automatic sender validation by mail receivers. I don't think it could be a solution against spam. Changing the name will not solve the problem. And what they...

posted @ Tuesday, March 23, 2004 6:39 PM | Feedback (0)

An other IE flaw?

I've just check The Register now and I've discovered an article that talks about a new flaw on IE: faws in the filtering technology used by Web-based email services make it possible for hackers to smuggle viruses past defences. Seems that this vulnerability could allow attackers to run code of their choice, simply by sending an email to an unsuspecting Hotmail or Yahoo! user. When the victim attempts to read this email, the code executes to potentially dire consequence (e.g. theft of the user's login and password, seizure of machines etc.). The problem is from a Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability involving IE. So......

posted @ Tuesday, March 23, 2004 4:15 PM | Feedback (0)

What Hardware for Longhorn?

I've just read an article on that talks about expected hardware to run Longhorn final release. They say that "In the meantime, industry analysts are predicting that Longhorn will need every bit of the power and processing capacity of the average desktop computer in 2006. Some say that could mean a 5 GHz microprocessor, 2G of main memory, a PCI Express bus and a widescreen display. The desktop would also likely need a constant Internet connection. Microsoft officials have already disclosed that some of Longhorn's new security features and graphics functions will not run on existing hardware. Any agency...

posted @ Tuesday, March 23, 2004 4:26 AM | Feedback (4)

Data Access Application Block for .NET v2

An interesting tool to download from Microsoft: Data Access Application Block for .NET v2. The Data Access Application Block is a .NET component that contains optimized data access code that will help you call stored procedures and issue SQL text commands against a SQL Server database.The Data Access Application Block encapsulates performance and resource management best practices for accessing Microsoft SQL Server™ databases. It can easily be used as a building block in your own .NET-based application. If you use it, you will reduce the amount of custom code you need to create, test, and maintain.Really interesting... check it soon!

posted @ Tuesday, March 23, 2004 3:43 AM | Feedback (5)

Idiots of the month????

This notice is really ridiculous...Today Michael Bradley, a California man, has been charged with extortion after allegedly making demands for $100,000 from search giant Google. He has developed a software to flood the Google advertisements with fake clicks, potentially costing the company millions of dollars. He advice Google that if they did not pay, he would release his software to spammers to generate fake advertising hits. The ridiculous part is that he was so sure that the folks at Google would pay up, so he even turned up at their offices for a meeting to sell his software. So, what's the end...

posted @ Monday, March 22, 2004 4:57 PM | Feedback (0)

Nemerle: what about it?

Has someone of us tryed Nemerle? Nemerle is a new hybrid (functional, object-oriented and imperative) programming language for the .NET platform. Key features of the language include: simplicity C#-like syntax easy to use object system (derived directly from the .NET) easy access to both functional and imperative features powerful code-generating macros variants pattern matching static and on-demand dynamic typing type inference.I think it could be an interesting project, but it's not so much famous in the developer community.Sintax is like C or C++... Personally I don't like the XML representation:For example, the following tree: <tree> <branch> ...

posted @ Monday, March 22, 2004 4:47 PM | Feedback (2)

New VMWare Release

New VMWare release (4.5.1) is out. This new release includes many improvements, such as updates a more reliable SCSI implementation, better support for Linux (expecially the new 2.6 Kernel), an increased memory range up to 3.6GB per virtual machine (4GB to all VMS), support for PXE on virtual network hardware, support for Novell NetWare 5.1, 6, and 6.5 and SUSE LINUX 9.0 and and interesting last feature... an experimental support for Longhorn.Interesting!

posted @ Monday, March 22, 2004 4:34 PM | Feedback (0)

Process Explorer

An interesting and useful free tools that an administrator must have: Process Explorer, a tool that shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you’ll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you’ll...

posted @ Saturday, March 20, 2004 5:32 AM | Feedback (1)

New Internet Domains

In these days there are lots of discussions about the approval of some new Internet Domains. The most interesting domain under approval are ".mobi" for mobile services and ".xxx" for adult contents. Internet addresses ending in ".mobi" would allow sites built for the small screens of mobile phones, and are sponsored by a lot of important company such as Microsoft, Nokia, Vodafone, Samsung Electronics, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard. The ".xxx" domain is sponsored by the International Foundation for Online Responsibility. According to the group's Web site, it would encourage the adoption of the suffix among the "responsible online adult-entertainment community." I think...

posted @ Saturday, March 20, 2004 5:04 AM | Feedback (2)

New Bagel virus variants out...

An orrible notice... seems that new variants of the Bagel virus are out in these days...These new variants (Bagle.q, Bagle.r, Bagle.s, and Bagle.t) exploit a hole in unpatched Windows systems and infects computers without having to convince users to open a file attachment. They use the Internet Explorer Object Data Remote Execution vulnerability and this causes email attachments to automatically open. Terrible...What you've to do... you can monitor the activity on port 2556 (which is open by Bagel) to check the virus presence... but the best solutions is obviously one: Patch your sistem!!!!UPDATE: I've forgot to signal where to find the patch......

posted @ Friday, March 19, 2004 8:34 AM | Feedback (1)

Free AntiSpam tool for Outlook

An interesting (and totally free) anti-spam tool for Outlook is SpamBayes.SpamBayes is innovative because it's a development of a Bayesian anti-spam filter (that has the ability to learn during use), but with more improvements.SpamBayes is not a single application. The core code is a message classifier, however there are several applications available as part of the SpamBayes project which use the classifier in specific contexts.The table below outlines the main applications which are part of the SpamBayes distribution.ApplicationDescriptionOutlook PluginA plugin for Microsoft Outlook which tightly integrates classification and training into the Outlook interfacePop3proxy / sb_serverA mail filter which sits between...

posted @ Friday, March 19, 2004 6:18 AM | Feedback (5)

Video E-mail Outlook 2003 Add-in

Interesting (and fun) add-in for Outlook 2003 updated: Video E-mail. With this add-in you can use a Web camera to easily send a video e-mail to your friends and family.Interesting!

posted @ Friday, March 19, 2004 4:11 AM | Feedback (1)

A little problem...

What's wrong? Someone has a solution?? :)

posted @ Thursday, March 18, 2004 5:33 PM | Feedback (14)

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Enhancements

2 new interesting documents on Microsoft website about enhancements in the new Windows XP SP2, all focused about security.The first document is Changes to Functionality in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Update) and talks about the set of security technologies introduced with this new Service Pack that will help to improve the ability of Windows XP-based computers to withstand malicious attacks from viruses and worms. The technologies include network protection, memory protection, safer e-mail handling, more secure browsing, and improved computer maintenance.The second document is Deploying Windows Firewall Settings for Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 and talks about one...

posted @ Thursday, March 18, 2004 4:07 PM | Feedback (0)

Changing Linux resolution on Virtual PC 2004

An interesting tips from Dariusz Parys. I've not tryed yet to install Linux on Virtual PC 2004, but seems that the standard resolution under Virtual PC 2004 is 800x600... not too good.To have a better resolution, you can manually modify the XF86Config file and edit the monitor, device and screen section to apply your requirements. Good to know! :)

posted @ Thursday, March 18, 2004 4:53 AM | Feedback (2)

Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.8 Software Development Kit

A post only for signaling that Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.8 Software Development Kit is out.The MDAC 2.8 SDK is for developers who are building applications using ADO, OLE DB, and ODBC. It contains updated documentation, headers, libs and typelibs for x86, IA64 and AMD64 platforms, as well as updated sample applications and developer tools.

posted @ Thursday, March 18, 2004 4:19 AM | Feedback (1)

Alert for PhatBot Trojan

I've just read this alert on a newsgroup:The Washington Post alerts Windows users about a new P2P Backdoor Client that is installed maliciously on broadband-connected computers around Asia and the United States. The client is then used for distributed DOS attacks and sending out large amounts of spam. Phatbot, according to government sources, is installed on hundreds of thousands machines already. Phatbot snoops for passwords on infected computers and tries to disable firewall and antivirus software, albeit it is detectable by antivirus packages." Here there's also a link to the Phatbot Trojan Analysis. I've read carefully this analysis and the new feature...

posted @ Wednesday, March 17, 2004 4:31 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft Office XP Web Services Toolkit 2.0

Interesting new download... Microsoft Office XP Web Services Toolkit 2.0.This toolkit allows you to quickly access and use Web Services from VBA. It brings the power of XML Web services to Office XP by enabling developers to use the Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) Business Registry or the URL to a Web Services Description Language (WSDL) file to reference XML Web services. It supports SOAP 3.0 and complex data types.Check it... 

posted @ Wednesday, March 17, 2004 3:45 AM | Feedback (3)

Windows Update Service

What do you think about Windows Update Service project? Windows Update Services (WUS) is the new name for the next version of the update management solution currently known as Software Update Services (SUS). It is a major step forward in Microsoft's patch and update management strategy, providing customers with additional automation and control that reduces interruption when updating systems... Windows Update Services will support updating Windows®, Office, SQL Server™, and other Microsoft products and will provide significantly expanded capabilities over SUS. Will be really performant?

posted @ Wednesday, March 17, 2004 3:41 AM | Feedback (2)

Microsoft Port Reporter 1.0

Have you tryed Microsoft Port Reporter 1.0? Seems interesting...Port Reporter logs TCP and UDP port activity on a local Windows system. Port Reporter is a small application that runs as a service on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.On Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 this service is able to log which ports are used, which process is using the port, if the process is a service, which modules the process has loaded and which user account is running the process.On Windows 2000 systems, this service is limited to logging which ports are used and when. In both...

posted @ Tuesday, March 16, 2004 5:39 PM | Feedback (6)

An implementation of a Generic DAL

Brady Gaster has given an interesting implementation of a generic Data Access Layer (DAL). It seems to be an interesting implementation and I'll analize it more accurately... Thanks Brady!

posted @ Tuesday, March 16, 2004 4:02 AM | Feedback (4)

An Evaluation of Stored Procedures for the .NET Developer

An interesting article on MSDN: An Evaluation of Stored Procedures for the .NET Developer.I extensively use Stored Procedures at work with our applications, and these article is really interesting because it talks about the pros and cons of using stored procedures, gets an overview of the tools that Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 provides to help you work with stored procedures and talks about best practices to work with them. An interesting reading...

posted @ Tuesday, March 16, 2004 3:52 AM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft WinXP SP2 News

There's an interesting article on IAmNotAGeek that talk about good news in Windows XP Service Pack 2 (they have read all the 200 pages of the official Microsoft documents, good!).The interesting good news can be resumes as follow:A native Bluetooth support (great, with XP sometimes I've problem with Bluetooth stack).Windows Installer 3: MS is setting things up for automatic updating of all the applications on your system. Not only that, but it'll only grab the updates that YOU need. It will be also able to create patch packages.Alerter and Messenger Services Disabled: the Messenger and Alert services will be set to...

posted @ Monday, March 15, 2004 4:04 AM | Feedback (6)

Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit 3.0

Another interesting new tool ready to download from Microsoft: Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit 3.0.The Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) version 3.0 for Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or later, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 contains the tools and documentation you need to design, deploy, and support applications on these platforms. Tools include the latest versions of the Microsoft Windows Application Compatibility Analyzer that simplifies application inventory and compatibility testing, the Windows Application Verifier that assists developers and testers in locating common compatibility issues during the development cycle, and the Compatibility Administrator that provides access to the necessary compatibility fixes...

posted @ Monday, March 15, 2004 3:46 AM | Feedback (13)

Mono will be the preferred platform for Linux Development?

I've just read this article by O'Reilly: Will Mono Become the Preferred Platform for Linux Development?It's really interesting because it opens new possible and curious scenario... if you considering that Mono is an implementation of Microsoft's .NET Framework under Linux Platform, that goal might sound particularly audacious to many Linux fans.Mono seems to be really a good product and it's totally free... the first problem of Mono development was the little presence of Visual tools for development, but now interesting products like MonoDevelop are born (with feature like VS.NET such as Intellisense, debugger, Solution Explorer etc.).If you think also that actual development...

posted @ Saturday, March 13, 2004 8:56 AM | Feedback (5)

New Release for DotGNU Portable.NET

DotGNU Portable.NET is an interesting project for building a suite of free software tools to build and execute .NET applications, including a C# compiler, assembler, disassembler, and runtime engine.Today is released the 0.6.4 version of the project: this version has a better C compiler, a lot of bug fixes and performance improvements in System.Windows.Forms, a completely rewritten the System.Xml parser and many fix with the XML library.

posted @ Saturday, March 13, 2004 8:39 AM | Feedback (0)

Stylesheet to make IE W3C compliant

From Slashdot: Dean Edwards has taken it upon himself to make Internet Explorer W3C compliant. He has created a stylesheet, dubbed 'IE7' that uses DHTML to load and parse style sheets into a form that IE can understand. Just include the style sheet in your HTML pages, and things should render correctly.Now my question is: How is creating a stylesheet to be included in individual web pages considered making IE standards compliant? UPDATE: His site seems not working now!! :)

posted @ Friday, March 12, 2004 9:09 AM | Feedback (3)

P2P could be a danger for Flat ADSL

A terrible notice I'm reading now... At the recent congress of the major TLC Society that offer ADSL Connectivity in UK arrives the notice that the peer-to-peer (P2P) could be a danger for the future of ADSL Flat (connectivity without limit of time) offers.The ADSL user that use every day P2P programs are about the 5% of all ADSL users, but their traffic is about the 55% of the total traffic.Internet Provider are thinking to stop ADSL Flat offers or to introduce limits of traffic for users... terrible!It's an absurd idea... is like if you have a virus on your...

posted @ Friday, March 12, 2004 6:14 AM | Feedback (1)

DotNetNuke Beta 3 Released...

5 days ago was out the Beta 2, now DotNetNuke is ready with its Beta 3. Beta 3 contains critical patches to the MS Access data provider, data caching, error handling for third party custom modules, and PA installer upgrade logic. I'll try it soon...Check also the great new site! :)

posted @ Friday, March 12, 2004 5:02 AM | Feedback (0)

Adobe Designer: PDF from XML

I've just read an interesting news from Adobe: Adobe Designer 6.0 is a new software from Adobe that enables users to extend the power of XML to create Portable Document Format (PDF) and HTML forms that effectively capture data and easily integrate it into enterprise systems. Now it's only on beta stage, but it seems really very interesting.Crystal Report, I think that I'll leave you out of my future projects! :)

posted @ Friday, March 12, 2004 4:45 AM | Feedback (0)

Interesting reading from Microsoft...

Just a few new interesting reading from Microsoft:Application Security Best Practices at Microsoft:Topics include the program's criteria for assessing applications, the participants in the review process, the requirements for a secure application environment, lessons learned while evaluating applications at Microsoft, and best practices for enhancing the security of applications in development..NET Line-of-Business Applications at Microsoft Overview: Using .NET to Solve Business Problems: This presentation summarizes the information in the IT Showcases case studies detailing Microsoft's internal use of .NET in line-of-business applications to solve business problems..NET At Microsoft Technical Overview:This document examines what the .NET vision means to business and...

posted @ Friday, March 12, 2004 3:29 AM | Feedback (0)

20 years of Usenet

Google has fully integrated the past 20 years of Usenet archives into Google Groups. It's the most complete collection of Usenet articles ever assembled and a fascinating first-hand historical account. Check it...Interesting post that you could see?May 1981 First mention of MicrosoftNov 1983 First mention of Microsoft WindowsMar 1988 First mention of the term 'search engine'Aug 1991 Tim Berners-Lee's announcement of the World Wide Web projectOct 1991 Linus Torvalds' Linux announcementAug 1993 First mention of Osama bin Laden :)Mar 1998 First mention of Googleand many more... really a good collection!

posted @ Thursday, March 11, 2004 4:55 PM | Feedback (2)

An open source XAML Parser for .NET

An interesting project of these days is MyXaml, an open source development effort bringing XML markup parsing to the .NET Framework and third party object models (the concept is similar to Longhorn's markup XAML). The first beta release is out in these days... Check it!

posted @ Thursday, March 11, 2004 4:08 PM | Feedback (2)

Hotfix for Microsoft XML 3.0 Service Pack 2

After Security Update KB832894, there could be problems using Microsoft XML functionality. This update (Hotfix for Microsoft XML 3.0 Service Pack 2 - KB832414) contains Microsoft XML (MSXML) functionality that will allow applications using MSXML to continue to function correctly after security update 832894, Security Update for Internet Explorer, has been applied.Check it...

posted @ Thursday, March 11, 2004 4:15 AM | Feedback (1)

Windows Server 2003 Troubleshooting Stop Errors

An interesting reading to download from Microsoft: Windows Server 2003 Troubleshooting Stop Errors.When a computer running Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 detects an unexpected problem from which it cannot recover, a Stop error occurs. A Stop error serves to protect the integrity of the system by immediately stopping all processing. Although it is theoretically possible for Windows Server 2003 to continue functioning when it detects that a core component has experienced a serious problem, the integrity of the system would be questionable, which could lead to security violations, system corruption, and invalid transaction processing. When a Stop error occurs, Windows Server...

posted @ Thursday, March 11, 2004 4:08 AM | Feedback (2)

Remedy to Hacker's attacks: another attacks !?

I've just read this strange notice on ZDNet: A security company called Symbiot is about to launch a product that can help companies fight back during a DDoS or hacker attack by launching their own counter offensive.I'm really surprised about this notice... is it legal? I'm not sure about this... this could be the beginning of a war.Imagine if two different companies had an automatic DDoS protection system like this and someone spoofed their DDoS to attack Company A and made it look like it was coming from Company B? Terrible... Company A's auto-attack would then attack Company B, which would,...

posted @ Wednesday, March 10, 2004 6:27 PM | Feedback (4)

3D Datagrid...

The control that I use often during my work all day is the Datagrid... I've set up a lot of customization to obtain a good grid, but this new grid that I've found on the net is really wonderful and amazing... a datagrid with 3D effects. Really cool!!

posted @ Wednesday, March 10, 2004 2:14 PM | Feedback (3)

Embedded VC++ Service Pack 3

If someone of us is interested to high performance mobile development, today is out the new eMbedded Visual C++ v4.0 SP3 .eMbedded VC++ 4.0 SP3 merges the functionality of eMbedded VC++ 4.0 SP1 and eMbedded VC++ 4.0 SP2 and enables development using a single development machine to target Windows CE 4.0, 4.10 or 4.20 Platforms.Check it!

posted @ Wednesday, March 10, 2004 2:03 PM | Feedback (1)

Microsoft will compete with Google?

I've just read this notice:"Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is set to challenge the dominance of Google with his own high-powered search engine, which has been in secret development for more than a year. A Microsoft spokesman said: "Microsoft believes that the search engine experience can be dramatically improved and we are investing significant financial and human resources in a new type of search engine that will be a major improvement on existing offerings."Why this? Why always this absurd competition? Why not a collabouration to improve an existent search engine? Google is now the best search engine and I think that...

posted @ Wednesday, March 10, 2004 8:54 AM | Feedback (7)

Office XP Service Pack 3 released

Today Microsoft has released the Service Pack 3 for Office XP. Office XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) provides the latest updates to Microsoft Office XP. SP3 contains significant security enhancements, in addition to stability and performance improvements. This service pack applies to any level of Office XP. It contains all updates included in Office XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Office XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), and updates released after SP2.Check it...

posted @ Tuesday, March 09, 2004 1:02 PM | Feedback (1)

The mistery of #Portal

During my search for a free Portal implementation, some times ago I've find #Portal, a content management system (CMS) written with Microsoft .NET technologies, using Microsoft SQL Server.On the official site of the project you can read that "the goal of #Portal is to allow everyone - even the people who don't know the slightest about web technology, to be able to manage a website by using simple and efficient web pages."All is wonderful... but there's a problem... is #Portal live now? If you sign in for a registration, the confirmation email is not sent to you... if you post...

posted @ Tuesday, March 09, 2004 5:18 AM | Feedback (5)

Skype, a P2P Telephony application...

An interesting free application that must be tested... Skype.Skype is free and simple software that will enable you to make free calls anywhere in the world in minutes. Skype uses innovative P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you with other Skype users. Skype calls have excellent sound quality and are highly secure with end-to-end encryption. Best of all, Skype does not require you to reconfigure your firewall or router—it just works!Interesting...

posted @ Tuesday, March 09, 2004 3:30 AM | Feedback (3)

DotNetNuke 2.0 Beta 2 out... good!

I'm really happy... as someone of us last month signal me in my post about searching for a .NET Portal Engine with Microsoft Access support, DotNetNuke 2.0 Beta 2 is out and it has the new MS Access Layer (OleDb).I want to try it soon... I think that this evening (if I've time) I'll try to install and test it... A little question for the DotNetNuke staff... is there a little documentation about the Portal installation?

posted @ Monday, March 08, 2004 11:48 AM | Feedback (5)

New Worm masquerades as Windows Update

A new worm, a variant of the Sober worm has been discovered today.Sober D tells you that it is a Microsoft update that protects against a new version of the MyDoom worm. Once activated the worm displays a patch loading screen, but harvests email addresses and mails itself out using its own SMTP engine. The email, written in either English or German, has the headline 'Microsoft alert: please read!' The body text adds: 'New MyDoom virus variant detected - please download this digitally signed attachment.' Be careful...

posted @ Monday, March 08, 2004 9:45 AM | Feedback (0)

MSJVM Removal Tool 1.0

Bookmark this tool, it could be useful... MSJVM Removal Tool 1.0. The Microsoft JVM Removal Tool can be used to remove the MS Java Virtual Machine (MSJVM). Use of this tool is the only supported method for removing the MSJVM from a Microsoft operating system.

posted @ Monday, March 08, 2004 4:12 AM | Feedback (1)

The Secret of Google Technology

How exactly does Google manage to find the right results for every query as quickly as it does?The heart of Google's search technology is PigeonRank™ ... see the details! :)

posted @ Friday, March 05, 2004 6:45 AM | Feedback (1)

Solution Guide for Windows Security and Directory Services for UNIX

A really interesting guide is ready to download from Microsoft: Building Security and Directory Solutions for UNIX Using the Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Kerberos and LDAP Services.This guide provides prescriptive guidance to enable Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 to be used for authentication and as an identity and authorization data store within heterogeneous Microsoft Windows® and UNIX environments. The guidance covers evaluating, planning, building, and deploying a security and directory infrastructure based on Windows Server 2003.Really interesting, expecially because there are not too much guides about Windows interoperability with other OS that comes directly from Microsoft... check it!

posted @ Friday, March 05, 2004 3:39 AM | Feedback (0)

Next generation Mail Clients reviewed

I've just read an interesting review of the most famous Email client written by Kreide. This is a comparison of the features available in the next generation of mail clients and their usability in dealing with large number of messages.The mail clients reviewed are:Evolution 1.5.2 (unstable) KMail 1.6 (part of KDE 3.2) Opera 7.50 (preview 2) Mozilla 1.6 / Thunderbird 0.5 Microsoft Outlook 2002 SP-1 (part of Microsoft Office XP)and these are the results (read the entire review):Quick summary Client: EvolutionHomepage: functionality, search folders, good IMAP support, optional Microsoft Exchange connectivity, GNOME centeredCons:GNOME centeredBottom line:For GNOME users wanting an advanced mail...

posted @ Thursday, March 04, 2004 5:28 PM | Feedback (3)

Ahi Ahi MSN Search... :)

A little curiosity... if you go to and search for 'XFree86', it tells you that you've 'entered a search term that is likely to return adult content, and directs you to the porn search engine, which lists some porn sites that ostensibly match the term 'XFree86'. If you search for 'XFree86' on Google, however, the top matching terms returned by a normal search, are XFree86 sites, and not porn sites. The other curiosity is that if you search something like 'XFree87', the research reports correct results. Why this?

posted @ Thursday, March 04, 2004 3:57 PM | Feedback (1)

Windows Installer Cleanup Utility updated

The Windows Installer Cleanup Utility is updated...The Windows Installer CleanUp Utility does: Provide a dialog box where you can select one or more programs that were installed by Windows Installer. You select the programs on the Installed Products list in the Windows Installer CleanUp dialog box. After you make this selection, the utility removes only the Windows Installer configuration information that is related to those programs. Remove the files and registry settings that make up the Windows Installer configuration information for programs that you select. The Windows Installer CleanUp Utility does not: Remove Windows Installer. Remove files of any programs...

posted @ Thursday, March 04, 2004 6:25 AM | Feedback (3)

Virtual Desktop for Windows XP: great!

I've just tryed the Virtual Desktop for Windows XP, that offers you the possibility to Manage up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar (one of the best feature that Linux have in its User Interface).Virtual Desktop is great... Right click on the taskbar, click Toolbars, and then click Desktop Manager: 4 buttons appear... you can choose a different background for each desktop and run different applications on different desktops.Really wonderful!!

posted @ Wednesday, March 03, 2004 6:24 PM | Feedback (20)

Interesting Windows Guide to download...

An interesting guide about Managing the Windows Server Platform Active Directory Directory Service Product Operations is ready to download. This guide describes processes and procedures for improving the management of Microsoft® Active Directory® directory service in an information technology (IT) infrastructure.

posted @ Wednesday, March 03, 2004 6:08 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft plans to compete with Linux

I've just read an interesting interview with Martin Taylor, Microsoft's general manager of platform strategies, that describes plans to compete with Linux.In this interview he discusses the lessons Microsoft is learning from customer interest in open source and how the company may ultimately respond.The point that are interesting for me are the answer to these questions:Where do you see Linux being successful today? ANSWER: Definitely on the edge. You're just seeing edge services continue, such as firewall, appliances and those types of devices. Do you worry that Linux will gain more traction at the edge because of security concerns about Windows?:...

posted @ Wednesday, March 03, 2004 4:28 PM | Feedback (3)

Longhorn Build 4053 Boot Utility

FlexBeta has a new Longhorn Boot Utility ready to use. It will turn your non-bootable Longhorn 4053 ISO into a bootable one. To do this:1) Extract the FLEXBETA_BOOT_UTIL.rar file.2) Navigate to the folder that was extracted.4) Locate your 4053 ISO (non-bootable) and extract the ISO image into the 4053 folder5) Run the utility Flexbeta_4053_Boot_Utility.bat6) Thats it! It will create an ISO Image in the FLEXBETA_BOOT_UTIL (If you didn't name it differently) folder that is bootable. Simply burn the ISO Image to a cd using Nero or a similar burning utility that will burn ISO images.

posted @ Wednesday, March 03, 2004 5:22 AM | Feedback (4)

Service Pack for Visual Studio

Microsoft is planning to release a Service Pack for its 2002 and 2003 versions of the .Net Framework and Visual Studio suite in order to insure they will work properly with Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 2. But versions of the .Net Framework and Visual Studio suite that predate 2002 won't be upgraded... Microsoft will work to ensure that these tools continue to function correctly on XP SP2, however the tools may not benefit from enhanced XP SP2 security. Not good! :(The service pack will include, in addition to the normal bug fixes, a number of new security-enhancing features, including additional...

posted @ Wednesday, March 03, 2004 3:59 AM | Feedback (5)

Java vs. .NET Security

O'Reilly was publishing a series of articles about Security in Java and .NET Framework... Now they are complete and you can read all these articles at the addresses below:Part 1 - Configuration and code containment [1]Part 2 - Cryptography support and the mechanisms of communication protection [2]Part 3 - Code Protection and Code Access Security (CAS) mechanisms [3]Part 4 - Implementation of user authentication and authorization [4][1][2][3][4]

posted @ Tuesday, March 02, 2004 3:55 AM | Feedback (1)

FreeTextBox 2.0 released!

One of my favourite Web Control is FreeTextBox, an ASP.NET HTML editor control. Now the 2.0 Release is ready to download.What's new in 2.0Cross-browser support (Mozilla 1.3+, PC/IE 5+) Button/DropDown feedback Localization (create your own language files) Inline toolbar customization Back button support in IE Office 2003 Style External JavaScript Completely recoded as a development platform

posted @ Tuesday, March 02, 2004 3:43 AM | Feedback (2)

CHM Reader for Pocket PC

An interesting project by Peter Tewkesbury... a CHM Reader for Pocket PC 2003. It's an interesting tool, expecially because I've not found similar solutions available for free. It can handle large CHM files (tested up to 14Mb in size) and it's quite customizable... Great, try it!I'd like to find a similar solution that works on Symbian OS but novadays I've not found nothing... :(

posted @ Monday, March 01, 2004 4:36 PM | Feedback (2)


Interesting link... Explaining Microsoft's Monthly Patches in Non-Technical Terms.Check it!

posted @ Monday, March 01, 2004 9:52 AM | Feedback (0)