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MSN Mail beta update

October 30th, 2005 by Zack Whittaker

I mentioned a week or so about the latest MSN Mail beta that’s gone public – I wasn’t able to get a screenshot until now so I deeply apologise. I’m not even sure whether the MSN Mail public “grace period” is over, so I’m not sure if you can still sign up or not, however this is what you’re looking for anyway – the top of your MSN Hotmail “Today” page near your email address, the biigg grreeennn butttooon 🙂

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Microsoft Takes On Spamming Botnets

October 28th, 2005 by Patrick S

Microsoft has filed lawsuits against 13 unnamed senders of spam e-mail who used botnets to distribute their messages. The actual charges were filed in August, but Microsoft only now unveiled details about the case. A botnet is a collection of hacked computers (referred to as zombie PCs) that are at the disposal of the botnet operator.

They rent the machines out to send spam, host illegal Websites, such as child pornography, or launch distributed denial-of-service attacks. The software developer earlier this year intentionally infected a computer with an Internet worm which resulted in it being made part of a botnet. The operation then quarantined the machine and monitored it over a period of 20 days.

Source neowin

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Microsoft Threatens to Pull Windows From South Korea

October 28th, 2005 by Patrick S

This one makes me laugh…

“Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, threatened to pull its Windows operating system from South Korea if antitrust regulators order the company to remove programming for instant message and movie player services.

The comments come as Korea’s Fair Trade Commission prepares to rule whether Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft’s inclusion of its Media Player and MSN Messenger programs into Windows unfairly makes it difficult for rivals to compete. A ruling is due by this year, according to the antitrust watchdog.

If regulators order “Microsoft to remove code or redesign Windows uniquely for the Korean market, it might be necessary to withdraw Windows from the Korean market or delay offering new versions,” Microsoft said in its earnings report yesterday.”

Source Neowin

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Just Released: .NET Framework 2.0 SDK and Redistributables

October 28th, 2005 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Download the new Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) and redistributables. Includes everything developers need to write, build, test, deploy and run .NET Framework applications. 64 bit and x86 versions are now available.

SDKs, Redistributables & Service Packs

.NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable Package (x86)
The Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 redistributable package is the most recent update to the Microsoft .NET Framework and includes everything you need to run applications developed using the .NET Framework.

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Now Available to MSDN Subscribers: Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005

October 27th, 2005 by Patrick Elliott

The final versions of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 are now released to manufacturing.

MSDN subscribers can download these products immediately. Redistributable packages, including the .NET Framework, are also now publicly available.

See the following:
MSDN Subscriber Downloads
Microsoft Download Center

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Microsoft Refreshes OneCare Beta

October 27th, 2005 by Patrick S

Microsoft on Tuesday will issue a refreshed beta of Windows OneCare to testers, which brings a number of improvements to the PC protection and maintenance service. New features include the ability to backup to an external drive, scan incoming files from MSN Messenger and perform on-demand virus detection.

The updated beta will be delivered automatically through OneCare’s built-in update facility. However, changes to the firewall and anti-virus component means currently policies and exclusions will be lost in the transition. Developers have also now integrated Windows OneCare into the new unified Microsoft Update download center for patches.

Source Beta News.

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Upcoming Public Web Chat with Microsoft’s DFS Replication and Branch Team!

October 27th, 2005 by Patrick Elliott

Branch Office Technologies in R2

This chat will focus on the introduction of the new DFS Replication engine. We will discuss the feature set that enables it to efficiently replicate large quantities of data over the WAN. We will discuss mechanisms designed to optimize replication in challenging environments.

When: October 27, 10:00 AM PST

Please join myself and MSBLOG in attending this chat! If you’re unfamilliar with Branch Office in R2 or not sure how it can help your organization this is a perfect oppertunity to learn more about it!

Special thanks to the Branch on R2 Team at Microsoft for the heads-up on the webcast!

Patrick Elliott

Posted in MS News, Windows Server System | 1 Comment »

Hotmail releases name for new mail – UPDATED

October 26th, 2005 by Zack Whittaker

Sorry, but word has just been released that this information is still kinda classified and can’t be released yet. So, sorry if you saw and sorry if you didn’t know! Just going on from orders from above! 🙂

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Bill Gates in Coca-Cola ad

October 26th, 2005 by Patrick S

Bill gates has recently featureed in a coca cola ad lol,

Its a good ad apart from ther fact that MSFT offers soda free to their employees anyway,

Video found Here 🙂

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Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB904639)

October 26th, 2005 by Patrick S

In our effort to keep you completely up to date with Windows Server System. (cause its one of the best OS’s out there) here is a few updates that have just been launched by MSFT.

“Install this update to address an issue that will keep some applications from running in a 64-bit environment. When you try to run a 64-bit application that uses an Interface Remoting component of Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.8, you may receive an “access violation” error message, or the dllhost.exe process may display 100% CPU utilization when viewed with Task Manager. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.”





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MSN Messenger bux fix update

October 25th, 2005 by Zack Whittaker

Well, literally just been updated this minute that some bug fixes in MSN Messenger 7.5 have been addressed and sorted out, mainly those to do with the Connection Troubleshooter which I have ironically found most troublesome myself, but nevertheless, the update is now available.

The changelog shows these two bugs:

Bug 1:
In French markets, when opening a conversation window with a MSN Mobile Buddy we previously showed the french version of the text “Messages you type here are delivered to a mobile phone or pager. The recipient may be charged for each message by his or her wireless service provider.” But now it will say “Messages you type here are delivered to a mobile phone or pager.” Because it almost all cases, the recipients pay for the service in general and don’t have to pay for individual messages.

Bug 2: Connectivity Trouble Shooter Fires Stray Bullets
Sometimes after running the Connectivity Trouble Shooter, users found that some of their computer programs were no longer able to connect properly. We fixed up the Connectivity Trouble Shooter so that should no longer happen.

View Leah’s blog (MSN Messenger Program Manager)
Download MSN Messenger 7.5.0311

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Playstation Portable Trojan…the demo

October 23rd, 2005 by Patrick S

“We blogged a story a couple weeks ago about the PSP trojan disguised as firmware for modified PSPs. A good story in its own right, but we wanted to see it in action. So what happens when a group of geeks gets an itch to destroy an expensive toy but nobody in the AVR lab is willing to pony up their own personal PSP? You make a call, get someone to donate a PSP, fire up the video camera & record it for posterity. “

The result looks like this: bricking_psp.wmv (14427k file)

(Click for bigger image)

Very Interesting Indeed (kind of funny too 😛 [and a WASTE!!])



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Link-based RBot seeding

October 23rd, 2005 by Patrick S

Somebody has lately been seeding emails like the one pictured below.

the five
(Click for bigger image)

Obviously, they are not from Symantec. And when you click the link, you end up getting redirected to a web page which will initiate an autodownload of a file called “rxBot.exe”, which is – you guessed it – a variant of the RBot family.

A mail like this will pass most corporate email filters. There’s no attachment. There’s no masked link either, so phishing filters probably won’t detect it.

It all goes down to whether the end user can be tricked to click on the link and accept the download or not.

If you’re a sysadmin, you might want to block access to at your firewall right about now (abuse messages have been sent).

…and a trojan called W32om3/ Oh come on, give me a break!

Update: RXbot changed to Rbot



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A Print management “step-by-step” guide

October 23rd, 2005 by Patrick S

A Print management “step-by-step” guide has been launched by MSFT showing you how to get the best from the console etc…

“Print Management provides up-to-the-minute details about the status of printers and print servers on the network. You can use Print Management to install printer connections to a group of client computers simultaneously. Print Management can help you find printers that have an error condition by using filters. It can also send e-mail notifications or run scripts when a printer or print server needs attention. On printer models that provide a printer Web page, Print Management has access to more data, such as toner and paper levels, which you can manage from remote locations, if needed.”

View- HERE

R2 Rocks 😛

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MSN Beta expands testing opportunities

October 22nd, 2005 by Zack Whittaker

Microsoft MSN teams have made an attempt to expand the beta testing opportunities for testers around the world. With many new products on the go so soon after the release of MSN Messenger 7.5, MSN Spaces has been tipped for an update almost the same time as Xbox 360 gets released. Messenger 8.0 is also nearly ready for beta, so who knows what’s next.

Microsoft Connect Invitation Entry
form is where yo submit the code for your country of residence, you can apply to be part of some of the upcoming beta’s.

Arabia (Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia,
Oman, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar)
Austria – AU-B86F-P6HH
Australia – AU-X8FG-XWR9
– CA-8VPP-8W8V
China – CH-4PYP-H4D4
Denmark – DADK-W8VG-GJT2
Finland – FIFI-KHX6-87BH
France – FR-XJGB-JV79
Hungary – HUHU-2WX8-3T4M
Israel – ISR-3H7B-F4HP
Korea – KO-9BV2-T2BP
America (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica,
Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico)
– ESLA-29D8-F99C
Malaysia – ENMY-K9YX-YQCG
Netherlands – NE-3G4X-4M84
New Zealand
Poland – PLPL-684W-D4QT
Portugal – PTPT-XTBD-6FTH
Russia – RURU-VKG3-3DC6
Singapore – ENSG-9G8C-DPTH
Slovakia – SKSK-TFHK-PXF2
Slovenia – SLSI-F6F8-YWPF
South Africa – ENZA-BBX6-R3RY
Spain – SP-RKFT-CV2X
Swiss German – DECH-7PFK-VBFH
Turkey – TRTR-JBJH-376K
United Kingdom – UK-HQ69-6JBQ
United States – US-64JX-J2HJ
US/Spanish – ESUS-2YB6-8C94

Thanks to Chris Overd

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