August 2004 Entries

A mini competition for graphic artists...

Yesterday I had 6 Gmail accounts to distribute and lots of interested guys that have contacted me via my Blog has received the invitation. I hope the "lucky" people that have received the accounts will be happy now and will thanks me with a little feedback Now I've again other 4 Gmail accounts to distribute, but this time I'd like to give them not simple only to the first 4 people, but to people that could do a little present to me... What type of present? I'd like to have a little logo for my Blog... Are you able to do a nice logo...

posted @ Tuesday, August 31, 2004 3:42 PM | Feedback (3)

Microsoft .NET Framework Service Packs

2 important Service Packs for .NET Framework 1.1 and 1.0 are released: .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 1.0 Service Pack 3.  Focused on improve the security, they include roll-ups of all reported customer issues found after the release of the relative Microsoft .NET Framework, provide better support for consuming WSDL documents, Data Execution prevention and protection from security issues such as buffer overruns, provide support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 to provide a safer, more reliable experience for customers using Windows XP.

posted @ Tuesday, August 31, 2004 12:47 AM | Feedback (0)

Gmail accounts...

The time for a massive testing for the Gmail service is coming... in these days the old beta tester are receiving lots of free invites for account creations (today I've received 6 accounts to distribute), so this is the signal that Google is starting the Gmail response under lots of service requests.I'd like to distribute some of these accounts and I'd like to give some of them with precedence to some friends of UGIdotNet. Someone interested?  

posted @ Monday, August 30, 2004 3:50 PM | Feedback (11)


I can understand the Gmail mania of these months, the growing number of applications and tools to provide better services with a Gmail account, but something like this is really impressive... GmailFS, a Gmail Filesystem.What is it? It's an application for Linux that provides a mountable Linux filesystem which uses your Gmail account as its storage medium. It's written with Python and uses the FUSE userland filesystem infrastructure to help provide the filesystem, and libgmail to communicate with Gmail. This is cool because GmailFS supports most common file operations (read, write, open, close, stat, symlink, link, unlink, truncate and rename), so you can use...

posted @ Sunday, August 29, 2004 9:29 AM | Feedback (4)

Big thanks to Novell

I want to thanks here the Novell services, expecially the courtesy of Mr. Scott Carlson.He has to sent me the Novell Linux Technical Resource DVD kit and I was informed on every movement of my DVD around the world. Finally, I've received the DVDs on a wonderful packet.Thanks a lot, a great service!

posted @ Saturday, August 28, 2004 9:40 AM | Feedback (0)

Longhorn news and reactions

The news of the day is the official Microsoft announce for the target date of Longhorn availability... 2006.Personally I was expecting a release date to 2006, for me it's not a big news. The real big news are this:Longhorn will be out without the WinFS feature... the revolutionary filesystem will be aded on a later time. WinFX technologies, including the new presentation subsystem code-named "Avalon" and the new communication subsystem code-named "Indigo", will be also available for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 in 2006. Great! Reactions to this? A lot, obviously. Why this choice? Longhorn out without WinFS could be...

posted @ Saturday, August 28, 2004 9:32 AM | Feedback (2)

Windows XP SP2 is not starting well...

Windows XP SP2 has just been released to the public via the Automatic Update feature and we're rapidly seeing the discover of security flaws... this is not a good way to start. Today the last news: eWeek and PC Magazine are reporting that the new Windows Security Center of Windows XP SP2 has dangerous flaws. According to what they write on the articles, seems that a malicious program (including ActiveX controls) could access the Windows Management Instrumentation database, edit its contents and alter the security status on it. Your system could appear really secure at your eyes, but this could not be wrong.Terrible......

posted @ Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:48 PM | Feedback (2)

Update for Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) 2.0 and WinHTTP 5.1

This could be useful, expecially for the SP2 Auto Update coming (obviously, useful but not necessary...):Microsoft has released an update for Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) 2.0 and WinHTTP 5.1, a software that updates the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) to v2.0 and updates WinHTTP. These updates help ensure an optimal download experience with future versions of Automatic Updates, Windows Update, and other programs that rely on BITS to transfer files using idle network bandwidth.A better update life? We hope so...

posted @ Thursday, August 26, 2004 3:27 AM | Feedback (7)

Spamming made in Belgium and Germany

Today I've received a big Blog Spamming by a nice people to promote some sites located on Belgium and Germany...I don't think it's an intelligent way to promote a site... my little advice to the spammer: you could use the time spent to spam on this blog for other more useful things.

posted @ Wednesday, August 25, 2004 6:19 PM | Feedback (2)

XP SP2: the day!

Tomorrow (25th of August) according to Microsoft announcements, will be the day for the Automatic Update release of Windows XP Service Pack 2. I hope so, but I think that the Automatic Update requests will be a great amount, so there could be problems with the Windows Update service. However, after the XP SP2 installation, I think we've to bookmark the link to the  Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 875355:  How to use the Automatic Recovery feature to recover your computer if the Windows XP Service Pack 2 Setup program is not completed successfully. This article discusses how to use the Automatic...

posted @ Tuesday, August 24, 2004 4:04 PM | Feedback (4)

Google and the Instant Messaging world...

I don't know if the rumours are true, but is coming on the air the voice that Google could appear on the Instant Messaging world with a new proper Instant Messaging service based on the open Jabber protocol.I'm a real fan of the Jabber protocol (I'm a Jabber user and it's not only a simple IM Protocol...) and if a giant like Google is planning to adopt it for a new IM service, this could be the start point for a real protocol diffusion.Obviously, there are lots of good IM Client out (like MSN, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ etc.) so it...

posted @ Tuesday, August 24, 2004 10:11 AM | Feedback (0)

Mono installation on Fedora

I'm a real fan on Fedora now...  I know that some Linux users could disapprove this but I've totally forgot my previous Debian release. Fedora is more user friendly, easy to configure and update and it's a good release for my needs.Today I've discovered (thanks to Edgar Sanchez) a wonderful guide about "Instructions for installing Mono on Fedora Core 1 and Fedora Core 2". I've checked the Mono Community site on the past months but I've totally loose this great guide (seems really well explained).Only a my little addition: the yum repository can be found also at this address:...

posted @ Saturday, August 21, 2004 10:24 AM | Feedback (2)

Gmail Notifier

In this period of Gmail diffusion, lots of people have tryed to create a tool to be notified when an email is received on their Gmail accont.Now, Google has provided us with the first official Gmail Notifier (now it's on beta stage).The Gmail Notifier is a downloadable Windows application that alerts you when you have new Gmail messages. It displays an icon in your system tray to let you know if you have unread Gmail messages, and shows you their subjects, senders and snippets, all without your having to open a web browser. You can play a sound when an...

posted @ Friday, August 20, 2004 10:02 AM | Feedback (3)

First SP2 Hotfix...

The first Windows XP Service Pack 2 Hotfix is officially out (even before the begin of the official distribution of SP2).This is not an extremely important Hotfix (it's focused on patch an IP Address Connection problem for some users of virtual private networks) but it's the sign that some patches will be soon available (expecially with the large diffusion and adoption of the new SP2).

posted @ Friday, August 20, 2004 7:18 AM | Feedback (1)

Flaws in SP2 security features...

The time is coming... Heise Security has discovered the first flaw on Windows XP SP2."With Service Pack 2, Microsoft introduces a new security feature which warns users before executing files that originate from an untrusted location (zone) such as the Internet.There are two flaws in the implementation of this feature: a cmd issue and the caching of ZoneIDs in Windows Explorer. The Windows command shell cmd ignores zone information and starts executables without warnings. Virus authors could use this to spread viruses despite the new security features of SP2. Windows Explorer does not update zone information properly when files are...

posted @ Wednesday, August 18, 2004 7:35 AM | Feedback (1)

Netscape: the return!

The new 7.2 version of the old Netscape is out... A revolutionary browser? Absolutely no. Revolutionary features? Absolutely no (it's totally based on Mozilla 1.7). So... do you see some reasons to switch to Netscape? Personally, no!I think that it will not be a success (but I hope for AOL that this will be false). At this moment the browser world has a great product out (Mozilla and Firefox) and what we eventually need is a real revolutionary browser, not a clone of a good product with some little personalization.

posted @ Tuesday, August 17, 2004 2:32 PM | Feedback (1)

.NET Framework 2.0 Reference

A link absolutely to bookmark: .NET Framework 2.0 Reference Guide. (special thanks to Brad Abrams for the signalling).

posted @ Monday, August 16, 2004 8:40 AM | Feedback (2)

List of programs with possible issues in Service Pack 2 by Microsoft

The first news I've see today after my week of holiday is the big list of programs with possible issues in Service Pack 2 published by Microsoft here.I've not installed XP SP2 at the moment but I'm really worried about the amount of software that can have problems (also Visual Studio .NET is included ). I hope that the main amount of problems will be caused by the new firewall settings (ON by default), so they can be switched easily, otherwise I think it could be a serious problem. Only trying the new SP2 will say us if there will...

posted @ Monday, August 16, 2004 8:06 AM | Feedback (2)

The return... :(

Just come back from holiday, a wonderful week at the sea... it's now time to reconnect myself to the Internet world (maybe tomorrow!!) ;) 

posted @ Sunday, August 15, 2004 3:00 PM | Feedback (0)

XP SP2 Final Release ready to test...

The time is arrived... The new XP Service Pack 2 Final Release is ready on the Windows Beta site. If you want to test, the package has the name WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe (266.01 Mb).Good luck!I want to report here some recommendatiosn that comes from the Windows Beta Team:Final testing is complete and at 10:08am this morning we signed off on build 2180 as Windows XP Service Pack 2, releasing it to manufacturing. The final build will be available to beta sites immediately at You will find both English and German versions there, Japanese will follow early next week.Next week the service pack...

posted @ Friday, August 06, 2004 2:50 PM | Feedback (1)

And now... Holidays!

This was my last day of work... now the summer holidays that I was waiting for a lot of time are coming and tomorrow I'll start for a week in the south of Italy (Vieste).I hope to have a good week, with a total relax (my activities will be only sleeping, swimming and running)! Obviously, my pc will be turned off in these days... it's holiday time also for it! ;)Have a nice holidays (if someone of us will be on holiday, obviously!)! 

posted @ Friday, August 06, 2004 9:14 AM | Feedback (7)

Essential XML Quick Reference Free Ebook

I'm a big fan of eBooks, expecialy if they're available for free and the new “Essential XML Quick Reference” by Aaron Skonnard & Martin Gudgin seems really interesting.It's available for free on TheServerSide.NET and it's recommended for every type of XML-related technical questions (it has a lot of good examples).Downloaded!

posted @ Friday, August 06, 2004 7:32 AM | Feedback (3)

Mozilla Security Updates

Mozilla Foundation has worked to correct the 2 security vulnerabilities discovered in these days, and has release new versions of its products: Mozilla Suite (1.7.2), Mozilla Firefox (0.9.3) and Mozilla Thunderbird (0.7.3) are now available to download.Only an alert... normally the Mozilla installations can easily overwrite the previous versions installed without problems, but I recommend to save all your plugins before upgrading (contacts and bookmarks are in a user default settings folder and you don't loose them).

posted @ Thursday, August 05, 2004 4:12 AM | Feedback (0)

MSN Web Messenger Released today...

The Web Version of MSN Messenger is ready to go... This is a great idea and a great feature for MSN Messenger... if you're out and you can't install MSN on your PC, you can keep in touch with your friends simply by going to the MSN Web Messenger Site and login on it.Only a little alert about it... it requires that you turn off your Popup Blocker, and it's really noise. Windows XP Service Pack 2 doesn't have a Popub Blocker turned on by default? I think there could be some little problems... MSN world is in a continuous big...

posted @ Thursday, August 05, 2004 3:38 AM | Feedback (1)

XP SP2 is arriving...

These could be the dates for the distribution of the new Windows XP Service Pack 2:August 5th: Release to MSDN and Download Centre August 25th: Release to Windows Update We've only to wait...

posted @ Wednesday, August 04, 2004 3:54 AM | Feedback (0)

A User Interface for the PortQry Command Line Port Scanner

Maybe this little tool can't attract too much the attention of the community, but I think it's really useful.Do you remember the Portqry.exe tool? It's a command-line utility that you can use to help troubleshoot TCP/IP connectivity issues by querying a single TCP/IP port, an ordered list of ports, or a sequential range of ports.The command line is not always so simple and immediate to use, so today MS has released an add-on User Interface utility for PortQry. You can download it from HERE.

posted @ Tuesday, August 03, 2004 3:49 AM | Feedback (0)

Blog Migration Tool 0.2 is out!

Do you remember my last post about possible improvements to the great Blog Migration Tool project written by Matthieu Nicolescu?Matthieu in these days has keep my feedbacks and has setup a new release of his tool. The new version 0.2 of Blog Migration Tool now is really improved and has lots of feature I've requested, such as the Progress Bar to indicate a transfer in progress, no category duplication and a great option box, where you can choose the type of items to transfer, the number of posts to transfer or from what date to start a transfer.Great work Matthieu,...

posted @ Tuesday, August 03, 2004 3:38 AM | Feedback (0)