December 2004 Entries

Happy New Year

Tomorrow I'll start for a little holiday (3 days) and I will be without PC and without Internet connection for all this time so, altough today is the 29th of December, this is the time for me to say this words to all my readers and to all Bloggers in the world:I wish you a wonderful end of 2004 and a great beginning of 2005. My heart now is with all the population on the South East of Asia... I encourage every people in the world to donate something to help this people and my first thinking for the new year...

posted @ Wednesday, December 29, 2004 3:15 PM | Feedback (2)

Microsoft Anti-Spyware Preview

Paul Thurrott has published a little preview of the future Microsoft Anti-Spyware tool, born after the acquisition of Giant Software from Microsoft, and Ben Riga has a nice review of the first internal Beta release of this product.If you're curious it's an interesting reading to do... However, I hope that Microsoft will decide to release the Anti-Spyware tool for free and not under an annual subscription (as rumours are saying). An official Microsoft Anti-Spyware freely available to all Windows Users (maybe under Windows Update with all the Spyware definitions) could be a great service for the community and for the security...

posted @ Wednesday, December 29, 2004 6:16 AM | Feedback (0)

If you love Firefox...

... and you think to live in a Firefox World, this is the set of Icons for you (128 pngs and 7-size XP icons):Nice!

posted @ Tuesday, December 28, 2004 10:04 AM | Feedback (3)

A little recommendation for who comments my Blog...

I see continuously that most of people who comments my Blog posts place their mail address in clear text on the their comments (there's a large email addresses collection in clear if you see my posts about Gmail and MSN for example).I don't delete your comments if they're in theme with the post subject and obviously I don't delete your mail address, but a little recommendation for you is not post your mail address in clear... I don't want that my Blog could be a good source for spam bots to easily retrieve email addresses to spam and I don't...

posted @ Monday, December 27, 2004 10:39 AM | Feedback (0)

Windows XP Reduced Media Edition

As most of you know (I think everyone), after the big problem with the European Courts, Microsoft has promised to sell a version of Windows without a built-in Media Player. For what I've listened, seems that this new version will be called Windows XP Reduced Media Edition and will be delivered for both Home and Professional XP editions in January (obviously, only in Europe).Now my question is... someone has news about this? What about the price list for this new versions? January will be here soon but no news about the shipments.

posted @ Monday, December 27, 2004 10:28 AM | Feedback (0)

New Year's Resolutions for Microsoft

These are the resolutions that Directions from Microsoft has planned for the new year (as reported by Cnet). This is a brief summary (obviously, with my personal comments ):Better detailed, multiyear road maps for major Microsoft products: I think Microsoft is working well on this direction, expecially this year (we've received roadmaps for products, CTP versions, Beta versions to test, documentations and support tools for free).Improve diffusion of its revenue-generating acquisitions (business products such as Navision, GeCad etc.): Yes, this is a big point of work for Microsoft I think. Lots of these products that Microsoft has under his brand are really interesting...

posted @ Sunday, December 26, 2004 2:57 PM | Feedback (0)

Christmas side effects

Just turn on my pc for a quick email check after the Christmas rituals (a big dinner, meeting with parents etc). The big surprise of the day was the snow that is faling down from this morning. A white Christams is really nice! However... I think that if today I was at work, maybe I could be less tired now.

posted @ Saturday, December 25, 2004 2:55 PM | Feedback (0)

Christmas Vulnerabilities for Windows

A bad Christmas for Windows... some new vulnerabilites that affects all Windows systems are been discovered yesterday from a Chinese company, able to discover it but really stupid to publish the exploit on the net. Congratulation... However, one vulnerability, in the operating system's LoadImage function, could enable an attacker to compromise a victim's PC when the computer displays a specially crafted image placed on a Web site or in an e-mail. An other vulnerability, in the Windows Help program, likewise could affect any program that opens a Help file.The other 2 exploits are explained on this SecurityFocus post and they involve the  Microsoft...

posted @ Friday, December 24, 2004 9:12 AM | Feedback (0)

Merry Christmas

 I wishyou anice day without work,without problemsbut only in happiness and peace. Relax your mind,turn off your PC and think that it's Christmas and your family needs all your attention and your love. I wish you a wonderful day with all my heart and my thinks arealso for all the people around the world that can't read this Blog, maybe because unfortunately they're less lucky than us.  Open your heart and live in peace.* Merry *Christmas!

posted @ Friday, December 24, 2004 8:39 AM | Feedback (1)

Opera meets the Voice

Opera Software has released the first public beta of version 8 of its Opera browser. The new release adds lots of interesting features, such as improved RSS handling (with an RSS icon like the Firefox one on site that expose RSS feeds), fit to window or paper width, a start-bar for easy access to the most commonly used functions, automatic update checks, an easier install process, a simplified user interface and a trash can that remembers closed windows and blocked pop-ups.But the revolutionary features added on this new Opera release is the support for voice input/output (based on the IBM Voice Technology). Is...

posted @ Friday, December 24, 2004 6:35 AM | Feedback (0)

Inside XP SP2 creation... and after!

Today Paul Turrot has published a nice interview with Todd Wanke about the story inside the creation of XP SP2, a nice reading recommended to all.On this interview there is also a view on the future and it's interesting to see that a XP SP3 is in project. In this interview (in my opinion) there's too much optimism about XP SP2. For me this new SP2 is not a total success, but in many cases it had critical effetcs on systems.A piece of interview say that "SP3 for Windows XP is slated to be a service pack the way we've always...

posted @ Thursday, December 23, 2004 2:43 PM | Feedback (0)

IT Chocolate

Hewlett Packard (HP) has thinking to us and for Christmas has sent us a little present. A new PC? A new Pocket PC? A new printer? No no no... nothing of this... So... what? A nice "IT edition" of a famous italian chocolate, called "Gianduiotto"! Wonderful! P.S. Sorry for the image's quality, but it's taken with a mobile phone with bad light conditions.

posted @ Wednesday, December 22, 2004 7:33 PM | Feedback (0)

Spam Target

I'm observing every day the spam comments that arrives on my Blog and I can see that the favourite target of Blog spamming is a man that has these characteristics: He has a lot of sexual problems, he has a short dick and he needs enlargment pills, he needs viagra and he needs erotic films to see after the viagra assumption. When he has free time, he likes beautiful machines (a chance to attract beautiful girls?) and first of all he likes playing at Casino's, maybe with a good credit card. As you can see, absolutely a wonderful man... maybe the "Spam Bot" programmer is...

posted @ Tuesday, December 21, 2004 8:47 AM | Feedback (4)

Google Desktop Search Security Flaw

The Computer Security Lab of Rice University has found that the Google Desktop Search (GDS) engine contained a serious security flaw that would allow a third party to read the search result summaries that are embedded in normal Google web searches by the local search engine.An attacker would not be able to read your files directly, but the search results often contain snippets of your files. If you had a file with a list of web passwords, for example, an attacker might be able to read some of those passwords.To be attacked, the user must visit the web page of a...

posted @ Monday, December 20, 2004 1:57 PM | Feedback (0)

Google's Software as a Christmas present...

Google is thinking at your Christmas presents... Do you have a friend that is really interested to Google's Software? if the answer is Yes, Google has a nice idea: download the entire software ZIP file, burn it on a CD and stamp it with the nice new Google's festive artwork.Your Christmas present is ready to go!

posted @ Sunday, December 19, 2004 7:54 AM | Feedback (0)

Business Intelligence Portal Sample Application for Microsoft Office

I'm one of the big fan of sample applications releasing from Microsoft because I think that they are one of the best way to learn how to build some types of complex applications. Today Microsoft has released a great Business Intelligence Portal Sample Application for Microsoft Office, an integrated, web-based OLAP solution that enables employees in an organization to create and share OLAP/Relational/XML based views, using SharePoint Portal Server 2003, SQL Server Reporting Services, and Office Web components. This is really interesting and complete, recommended if you're interested on these types of applications. Microsoft, I love this "sample releasing" line...

posted @ Friday, December 17, 2004 12:56 AM | Feedback (0)

New Spoofing Vulnerability for IE

Secunia has published a new spoofing vulnerability that affects Internet Explorer (also IE6 with SP2 is affected). The vulnerability is caused due to an error in the DHTML Edit ActiveX control when handling the "execScript()" function in certain situations. This can be exploited to execute arbitrary script code in a user's browser session in context of an arbitrary site.A test, which can be used to check if your browser is affected by this issue, is available at this address: For the moment, only the "do it yourself" actions: disable ActiveX support.

posted @ Friday, December 17, 2004 12:42 AM | Feedback (5)

Firefox on New York Times

Are you one of the people involved on the "Spread Firefox" campaign? Mozilla today announced that it has placed a two-page ad in the December 16th edition of the New York Times, as promised. Do you want to see your name? Here are the links for you: Enjoy!

posted @ Thursday, December 16, 2004 8:00 AM | Feedback (2)

Yahoo! Video Search

Yahoo has started a new Video Search Service (on Beta stage). I've played with it a little bit and it seems really interesting. You've only to type the media you've interested in and Yahoo shows you some files location to download it with thumbnails of the video. The engine indexes all the major video file types, such as .avi, .mov, .mpg, .wmv and .rm and I've see that with the Advanced Search features you can restrict the search to the file type you want (really useful). What is really interesting (as you can see on this post on Yahoo's Blog) is that the...

posted @ Thursday, December 16, 2004 7:53 AM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft Security Update out

Microsoft has released today 5 important Security Update, resumed as follow: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-041Vulnerability in WordPad Could Allow Code Execution (KB885836)Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-042Vulnerability in DHCP Could Allow Remote Code Execution and Denial of Service (KB885249) (NT4 Only)Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-043Vulnerability in HyperTerminal Could Allow Code Execution (KB873339)Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-044Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel and LSASS Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (KB885835)Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-045Vulnerability in WINS Could Allow Remote Code Execution (KB870763) (XP/2000 Not Effected) An update for your system is urgently required...

posted @ Wednesday, December 15, 2004 12:37 AM | Feedback (0)

MSN Toolbar Suite Beta

The time is over... the announced MSN Toolbar Suite (Beta) is out today. Unfortunately at the moment (I'm at work) I've not the chance to install and try it, but for what I've see it seems really interesting. What I'm expecting on this tool is a great integration with the OS and a quick indexing and, obviously, for a complete evaluation of the product we've to compare it with other similar tools, such as Google Desktop Search and Yahoo Toolbar. Who will win the Desktop Search war? It's Difficult to say now but... can you imagine what could happen if a...

posted @ Tuesday, December 14, 2004 12:49 AM | Feedback (0)

How Microsoft does IT

How Microsoft Does IT is an interesting series of documents that gives you a detailed insider view into Microsoft's process of developing, deploying, and managing its own enterprise solutions. Maybe a day I'll find time to read them... for the moment, a bookmark is required.

posted @ Monday, December 13, 2004 4:04 AM | Feedback (0)

Top Software People in the World

Tim Bray has published a curious list of the Top 40 Software people on the world... 40 nominations where to extract the best Top 20 (I think he has missed someone like George Boole for example, the pioneer of the computing world and he has inserted someone that could be totally excluded (don't ask me the name please ) ...).What do you vote? And do you have other suggestions? I'm curious... UPDATE: Tim Bray has signalled me a correction... the list is published by SYS-CON with the Tim's name, but Tim is not the author of this list (as he explained)....

posted @ Saturday, December 11, 2004 9:01 AM | Feedback (2)

Google Suggest

Just discovered... Google Suggest helps you to start a search with suggestion on what you're typing. Nice! Some quick curiosity: if you type MI the first suggestion is Microsoft... if you type G, Google is at the 2nd place, just after the word GAME; if you type . , .NET Framework is 4th... wow!  But if you type Sex... nothing!! Filtering?

posted @ Friday, December 10, 2004 2:20 PM | Feedback (0)

Yahoo and Desktop Search

Yesterday Yahoo announced the future release of its desktop search product (planned at the end of January). The new Yahoo's Desktop Search will be free (obviously) and based on an existent tool, the X1's Desktop Search (what is there under this partnership?).I'm curious to see a comparison between the recent Google Desktop Search and the future release of MSN Desktop Search, that I think it will be totally integrated into the OS.Yahoo has released this comparison table (obviously, must be taken carefully):The new war now is moved on the Desktop Search field and we'll see what happens...

posted @ Friday, December 10, 2004 6:05 AM | Feedback (3)

Is this the right Antispam direction?

I these days I've seen a lot of guys that are trying some "futuristic" and "extremely innovative and sophisticated" anti-spam filter... The first people is Shawn Hogan, that has a brilliant idea... Gmail has a wonderful antispam filter so, why not use it to filter my email? Simply, he has forwarded all his emails to Gmail and then access his Gmail mailbox to retrieve them via POP3. Result? Gmail has filtered all the spam and now he can read all his emails without problem. Congratulation Shawn, undoubtely for you the Antispam Survival Award! The second people is Anurag Jain... he observed that...

posted @ Thursday, December 09, 2004 3:31 PM | Feedback (1)

Inside SharpDevelop Ebook on PDF

Wow, a great idea from the SharpDevelop team... the book "Dissecting a C# Application: Inside SharpDevelop" published some times ago by Wrox, is now free to download on PDF format from HERE. The developers who created SharpDevelop give you an inside track on application development with a guided tour of the source code for SharpDevelop. They will show you the most important code features and explain how you can use these techniques in your own projects. You will gain valuable experience of building an application on this scale, learning from the decisions, mistakes, problems and solutions that lead to the current...

posted @ Thursday, December 09, 2004 12:53 AM | Feedback (3)

Multiple Browsers Vulnerabilities

Secunia has reported yesterday about a new Windows Injection vulnerability which affects all browsers out, from Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Konqueror, Safari, Netscape. This vulnerability allows a malicious website to inject content into another site's window if the target name of the window is known. This can be exploited by a malicious website to spoof the content of a pop-up window opened on a trusted website.Here is a demonstration of the vulnerability built by Secunia for testing...solution? For the moment nothing on the air, only recommendation: do not browse untrusted sites while browsing trusted sites.

posted @ Thursday, December 09, 2004 12:36 AM | Feedback (1)

NVU: a wonderful free Web Editor

Finding a wonderful and FREE Web Editor for Linux and Windows platforms is not so simple... when, 5 days ago, there was the announce of NVU, the new free web editor sponsored by Linspire and based on Mozilla Internet technology and Netscape Composer, I was really attract and I've decided to give it a brief look. Really impressive... the tool is really fast and responsive (it's based on Gecko, the layout engine inside Mozilla) and I was totally surprised that a tool so powerful (totally comparable to Microsoft Frontpage) is 100% open source. Great! Some features? WYSIWYG editing of pages, making web creation...

posted @ Tuesday, December 07, 2004 1:07 AM | Feedback (1)

Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0 out

As I've announced last week, Mozilla today has released the new official 1.0 final release for its email client, Thunderbird (now you can use it also as an RSS Reader). A must to have... download in progress!

posted @ Tuesday, December 07, 2004 12:49 AM | Feedback (0)

Portable Firefox and Thunderbird

One of the greatest feature that I love on Firefox is its capabilities to work also on removable media, such as a USB pen for example. I have a 1GB USB pen and on it I've installed a personal version of Firefox and Thunderbird to have always with me when I can't have my personal machine under my finger... Today I've discovered that John Haller has packaged both Firefox and Thunderbird into a portable version which can be run directly from a USB flash drive. The projects are called Portable Firefox and Portable Thunderbird respectively and seems very interesting, because they're optimized to...

posted @ Sunday, December 05, 2004 7:45 AM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE 2000) Deployment Toolkit (Sample Application)

A bookmark expecially for myself... Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE 2000) Deployment Toolkit (Sample Application) plugs into Microsoft Visual Studio and automates the process of creating an integrated package with both the application and the MSDE database. Could be useful and this is a quick way to retrieve the link...

posted @ Friday, December 03, 2004 1:01 AM | Feedback (0)

MSN Spaces launched

Yes, the announced MSN Spaces service is started... It seems a nice Blogging environment at the moment, easy and quick to setup. In few minutes (you only need to have a valid Passport account) you can setup your personal Blog (with a personal layout chosen from the templates available). You can post by email (cool) and also from mobile devices...Now, if posting from other tools such as MSN will be possible soon, I think it could be the number 1 free Blogging environment available.Only a thing I don't like now (a stupid thing, I know ): the final URL...

posted @ Thursday, December 02, 2004 5:10 AM | Feedback (0)

Top 10 Things to Be Thankful for in .NET

TheServerSide has published a nice list of the Top 10 Things to Be Thankful for in .NET. My personal addition: .NET has stopped one of the worst things on a Windows environment: the DLL Hell.P.S. Smart Client is not only the word "smart" and "client" on the same sentence but something more and more powerful...

posted @ Thursday, December 02, 2004 4:59 AM | Feedback (0)

Thunderbird 1.0 Release Candidate on the air...

Most of us know that I'm a Thunderbird (and Firefox) lover and I'm happy to see that the Thunderbird 1.0 Release Candidate is out and ready to be tested... The improvements are a lot: Significant theme improvements for all platforms. Migration improvements for Outlook 2003, Eudora and Mozilla Suite users. Fix for a 0.9 regression on Mac OS X when creating folders with non ascii characters. Saved Search Folder Improvements (i.e. lots of bug fixes) Message Grouping Improvements (i.e. lots of bug fixes) Improved RSS support (i.e. lots of bug fixes) Improved support for Multiple Identities for an account. Improved Account Central for Windows...

posted @ Thursday, December 02, 2004 1:06 AM | Feedback (2)

A Windows Media Center Open Source clone?

In the time of a Windows Media Center Mania (I think I'm one of the few guys that are not too much attracted on it) there's someone on the Open Source world that has start thinking to do something similar... The result of this work is MediaPortal, a free open sourced Multimedia Center Software for Windows that turns your PC in a very advanced HTPC (Home-Theatre PC) and PVR/DVR (Personal/Digital Video Recorder). It allows you to listen to your favorite music and radio, watch all your video's and DVD's, view, schedule and record live TV and much more (obviously, this is...

posted @ Wednesday, December 01, 2004 6:34 PM | Feedback (0)

Blogging Mania?

What happens? In these days there are lots of rumours about the new (new???) Blog phenomenon...There is who say that Blogging will be the new way to do journalism, who say that it will be a new way to do business, new services are starting (the last rumours are about MSN that could launch a new Blog service soon... if it will be well integrated into other MSN services such as MSN Messenger for example, it could be a real powerful tool).But, what is a Blog really? I think that a Blog is simply a place where you can write...

posted @ Wednesday, December 01, 2004 4:14 AM | Feedback (0)