Entries Tagged as 'Microsoft'


CoRD was a port of rdesktop from linux originally. But now, it’s become a full featured (or will soon be) Microsoft Remote Desktop client for MacOSX. What’s interesting about CoRD is that there are some really simple features that are already implemented in the current 0.3 version such as:

  • Saving of servers, with passwords stored in keychain
  • Interoperability with Microsoft’s client (saving and opening of RDC files)
  • Tab-style view of open connections, with optional thumbnail previews
  • A failed connection doesn’t freeze up CoRD

And there’s more to come in later versions such as Vista compatibility, and domain control as well as multiple terminal views. It’s open source and one of the best remote desktop clients there is out there currently for MacOSX.
Lifehacker < CoRD

Sitemaps are now autodiscovered by major search engines

Ever since Yahoo joined forces with Google and Microsoft in creating sitemaps.org, they have been pondering a way to autodetect sitemaps without having the webcrawlers crawl everywhere to find it.
Now they’ve come up with a brilliant solution. Add to you robots.txt file:
Sitemap: http://www.example.com/sitemap.xml
Where example.com is your URL. This way, all search engines are using a universal standard and will be able to crawl more efficiently and update your sites in the search engines more quickly.
Via YahooSearch

What Microsoft is missing with Windows Live ID

I recently acquired (yes, with money) a copy of Windows XP Professional SP2. It was still pricey in my book, but it was worth the money to have a copy since running Windows 2000 just didn’t cut it anymore. I wasn’t about to buy into Microsoft’s whole Vista game.
While installing it on Parallels, I realized something. Even with the full professional retail version, it wouldn’t allow me to build multiple versions of my XP machine from scratch. I had to deauthorize my virtual machine by calling Microsoft.
All the while, iTunes was playing in the background…
Which lead me to this thought…

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Windows Vista trial for 120 days

No activation key? No problem.
Windows Vista allows you to trial it for 30 days. Wait, you say… can you not read? 30 isn’t equal to 120 days! Are you trying to “hack” Windows? Won’t Microsoft be mad? Well actually, you can reset the 30 day trial up to 3 times. This feature was built into Vista and the software giant has said you can do so. Without getting pummeled. So here’s how:

  1. Click on the start button and type “Cmd” into the Start Search box.
  2. Press Ctrl-Shift-Enter to open the command prompt.
  3. Type “slmgr -rearm” and hit enter.
  4. Reboot the computer.
  5. Make sure to re-arm the system again 29 or 30 days later.

Nice eh? Now the perhaps the real question is, where you going to get a machine capable of running Vista with all the eye candy to trial for 120 days, but we leave that up to you.
DownloadSquad < Neowin

Department of Transportation staying away from Vista?

The Chief Information Officer of the Department of Transportation has placed an “indefinite moratorium” on upgrades to Microsoft’s latest operating system and software suites. This was due to concerns over compatibility issues with the latest software that the Redmond giant has released.
The unfortunate consequence of Vista currently is that many of the products that the DOT uses are not Vista-capable yet and there have been sightings of certain security issues with IE7 and Vista. Until those are resolved, it sounds like the DOT is holding off.
Slashdot < Informationweek

Sysinternals Suite

Ever since Sysinternals was swallowed by the giant Microsoft, no one knew where the free utilities would be going. It seems that they’ve been recombined into a suite that is offered for troubleshooting. Freeware. for Windows. What can you say, but sweet.
Lifehacker < Microsoft

Internet Explorer unsafe for 284 days in 2006 – UPDATE1

Internet Explorer was unsafe for 284 days in 2006? No way. Okay, it’s absolutely possible given the number of exploits and if you read the chart, it seems like it’s exploited for a majority of the time. Brian Krebs of the Washington Post also mentions Mozilla was only exploited for nine days out of last year.
Somehow, we believe this was misleading. Why? Here are two other articles found on different exploits in Firefox last year.
Research time for more Firefox exploits? Two seconds in Google with the words of “firefox exploit 2006“.
We’re all for Internet Explorer being bad, and Firefox being better than IE, but Firefox had its share (although a lot less) of exploits last year. The WaPo analysis slightly misconstrues the facts by lowballing Firefox exploits.
UPDATE (11:00PM): Since Mr Readthearticle actually wanted to bicker about the semantics of critical failures with Firefox in 2006 since obviously he doesn’t read vulnerability reports like we do from CERT, here’s a couple to justify our case in Firefox critical vulnerabilities that were deemed “critical” and “system access” in 2006. In 2006, Secunia reported 13 vulnerabilities. Of those 13, 22% of them were system access related.
The National Vulnerability Database from NIST also confirms more critical system access based vulnerabilities with Firefox along with CERT findings in 2006.
All in all, while Firefox is the better of the two and Mozilla releases faster turnaround times than Microsoft by every means, the Krebs study still misses out on crucial Firefox vulnerabilities besides the single instance he pointed out. The numbers don’t sway to Microsoft’s side by any means, but we weren’t wrong when we said there were more than one.
Slashdot < WaPo

Microsoft’s hell is when win dev chief wants Mac

Not sure what Microsoft thinks about this latest tidbit from Windows development chief, James Allchin. This comes out in a 2004 e-mail in the Iowa antitrust trial where it’s been discovered that Allchin talks about how Microsoft has lost its way, and how “many random features and some great vision” doesn’t translate to “great products.”
But that’s not the kicker. Oh no. There’s more:

Allchin, who has headed various aspects of Windows development since the mid-1990s but plans to retire at the end of this year with the shipping of Windows Vista, later wrote in the same e-mail that he would buy a Mac if he was not a Microsoft employee, according to transcripts from proceedings Thursday and Friday in the class-action case obtained and posted by Groklaw.net, an open-source legal Web site.

Buy a Mac, if he wasn’t a Microsoft employee? Huh? It probably has something to do with him being a Windows development chief, since there are actually employees of Microsoft that own and use Macs on campus. That being said, it’s still amusing to know that the Windows dev. bossman wants a Mac. Wonder if that makes Ballmer want to curse and throw chairs?
Via ComputerWorld

Why WIndows Live was spotted around earlier in Greensboro

A month or more ago, Don asked me if I knew about Microsoft doing anything in the area. He had spotted a Microsoft Windows Live SUV driving around Hilltop Road and it seemed like they had RF antennas on the roof. And since I worked in the telecommunications industry, I might know of what type of RF work was being done.
Not having heard anything, I told him so. But it seems like Sprint-Nextel is the answer to all of this. Knowing where the basestations happen to be in Greensboro and this announcement that Sprint-Nextel is using WIndows Live Search for their mobiles, it all makes sense now.
There you go, Don.

Skype unlimited on 3G networks

Skype is now providing unlimited cell-to-cell service via cellular’s 3G networks. This is in cooperation with a multitude of businesses such as the powerhouses of the Internet (eBay, Google, Skype, Yahoo) and other businesses. Cellular wise, there are no distinguishable providers although handset developer Nokia is part of the alliance along with Sony Ericsson.
It’s unfortunate that there is one particular American cellular division that is missing out on this action. You’d think they would be jumping all over this.
Slashdot < CNet