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Want a Free USB Flash Drive?

February 28th, 2006 by Patrick S

Ha ha ha I am feeling pretty Happy with myself right now…I scored myself a free USB Flash Drive From Microsoft :D If you want one here is how…

  • Visit the Website located Here...
  • Read the site carefully and then click on the USB Flash Drive Picture on the right hand side of the page.
  • Answer the few simple Questions and a USB Flash Drive is on its way.

The Flash Drive is with valuable information. Cant wait to get mine 😀
How nice of MSFT-This will Be popular so get in quick

(Offer says U.S Only-Not sure if that is true….It let me through)

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Passport doesn’t support PocketPC yet

February 28th, 2006 by admin

Normally, you should think, that a company like Microsoft is offering highly integrated services and normally they do if you take the integration of Windows Mobile into the PC and server environment with all the sync functionalities, etc but now imagine you bought a new Windows Mobile Pocket PC, you would like to start using MSN Messenger the first time and a friend tells you, that you need a Microsoft Passport account. Not a big deal at all, since you have the Internet in your pocket and you should be able to easily create such an account right from your Pocket PC. Ok, so far the theory.

  • Now go to with your Windows Mobile Pocket PC
  • Select Get started now from “Use an e-mail address you already have”
  • And wonder what you will receive:

You will receive: “We do not support PocketPC Yet”…


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DoS Attacks Up 679%

February 28th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

According to Symantec Security, the first half of last year (H1 2005), there was an
increase of 679% in Denial Of Service attacks compared to H2 2004. Some direct
quotes from Yahoo’s article:


At the same time, a U.S.-based drug firm’s website was disrupted for 24 hours in
what appeared to be an attack from the same source in Asia, says Prolexic.”

“When online payment-processor StormPay booted some customers for allegedly
operating a Ponzi scheme, it quickly became the target of a virulent DDOS attack that
temporarily knocked it off line this month.”

“About 120,000 machines were used in the attack, which hit websites in the Southeastern
USA, as well as major telecom carriers, according to ISDN-Net, an Internet service
provider in Tennessee that was affected.”




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Virus infects Pocket PCs via ActiveSync

February 28th, 2006 by admin

The Mobile Malware Researchers Association (MARA) claims to have characterized the first malware to cross-infect a handheld phone or PDA from a desktop PC binary file. The virus — a Trojan dubbed “crossover” — spreads from a Windows-based desktop PC to a Windows CE-based handheld device via an ActiveSync connection, according to the group

Virus Details: “When executed the virus checks what the current OS is, if it is not windows ce or mobile the virus makes a copy of itself and puts a startup command to the copy in the registry local-machine-current-version-run, the virus then quietly waits for an activesync connection to be detected, it can wait infinitely and everytime the desktop is rebooted the virus recreates itself and again add new copies to the registry, theoretically you can have so many copies running on startup it could degrade or halt the PC’s performance. When an active sync connection is detected the virus copies itself to the handheld device and remotely executes the virus to start running on the device.”

Now, there’s a reason to install the Antivirus e.g Norton for PDA’s… I Just hope we dont see a virus or something related to Xbox’s Live.

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Windows Live Local – Offering Street Views!

February 28th, 2006 by admin

Windows Live Local technical preview (pre-beta version) will go live offering “street-side” level imagery for Seattle and San Francisco. Imagery is limited to core downtown areas of the two cities and US customers will be able to access the tech preview directly at

Windows Live Local technical preview will provide consumers with an early look to provide feedback on the limited release of “street-side” imagery for Windows Live Local. Additionally, consumers can utilize the imagery to augment the current road, aerial, and bird’s eye views currently available when searching for location specific information.

Update: The site seems to be dead either from all the traffic or Microsoft removed the site.



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German/japanese build of CTP 5308 is available

February 27th, 2006 by Dennis Fraederich [MCP]

Some minutes ago Microsoft has released the german and japanese 64bit version of the vista ctp 5308! 32bit will follow in some minutes a little birdy told me.

The release is tagged FebCTP_5308_64bit_Main_Staged_DVD_DE.iso (4,009.44 MB) and FebCTP_5308_64bit_Main_Staged_DVD_JA.iso (3,954.47 MB) 

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DPM Beta By Summer

February 26th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

The biggest commitment to what will be in V2 of DPM and the timeframe was just posted in the NG. It is now officially confirmed that V2 will have multi-domain support (not to mention the already known SQL & Exchange support)! As far as the timeline of RTM? – 2nd half of 2007. Direct quote from Karan:

“…the next release of DPM is in H2 of 2007. We will have the beta
version with Exchange and SQL support (including support for multiple
domains) by summer of this year. Given where we are in the development
cycle, it is hard to give more exact dates.”

 Did you read that closely? – Beta version “by summer of this year”!!! 🙂 Does that statement mean literally BY this summer (meaning pre-summer) or ‘by the end’? My gut level response would be somewhere DURING summer and not before, as it seems very early for another beta. But even if it occured late summer, that still is 1 year or more until RTM in 2007! What does this mean? – My guess, private beta.

Stay tuned!


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February 26th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

Thanks to Patrick Elliott :), I now have at least a temporary domain name: CactiDevelopers.Resdev.Net. It still points to, which I’m sure you have heard before. If there are problems with the DNS of the site, (like should pull up my blog directly), then let me know! – I can’t actually test the URLs myself, due to my annoyingly limited-ability router. lol Let me know!

 -Joseph Bittman DPM MVP MCSD.Net

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XAML Assembly Reference Problem?

February 26th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

Well, I just installed the 5308 build, Orcas Feb CTP, and Windows SDK Feb CTP. I then went to create a new WinFX project in Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite, and guess what? I get a load of errors right away saying that “Type X cannot be found. Are you missing an assembly reference?” – There isn’t a workaround for this, but it should  still compile and run your application fine (although you can’t use the Designer). But does it run fine or does nothing display? – If it compiles and enters debug mode but nothing displays on the screen, then here is the workaround I found… (although this problem doesn’t always occur even if you don’t follow the workaround). Just visit my blog for my observations:

– Joseph Bittman DPM MVP MCSD.Net

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(Update) Secret MSFT Project?

February 26th, 2006 by Patrick S

I saw a link on to a secret mystery launch of some particular sort.

Upon Further Inspection of the site it tells you at the end of a Shockwave Animation that all will be revealed on the 3/02/06 (Wendy Told me that We would know what beta she is in on the 4th) Which leads me to believe this could infact be a Wendy beta. I am not sure for certain as its only a guess but its pretty logical.

Anyways check out the site here

(Site/Domain is Indeed Owned by MSFT)

Update by Jabez: You can find the advertisement of Microsoft Origami from: (Click Enter -> Work -> Brandtheatre -> Microsoft Origami)

Update by Jabez (2): It seems that they have removed the Flash on the advertisement. Please use this link as an alternative:


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Format/Partition Problem With Vista Setup?

February 25th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

  I just got x64 5308 off of MSDN and guess what? When I booted into Vista’s setup program, it failed every time on the format/partition screen. Even one of my friends hit this, although he didn’t find the workaround…. need to know the workaround (very simple)? – Just visit my official blog at! 🙂 The workaround is there waiting for you!

 -Joseph Bittman DPM MVP MCSD.Net

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Redmond is calling my name again…

February 25th, 2006 by Patrick Elliott

I just booked a flight to Seattle (for the third time in less than 8 months), so I will be in Redmond March 14 and 15th, hopefully meeting my MVP lead and of course a lot of the former R2 team.   If anyone has any requests for any specific groups for me to meet with / interview, or maybe some questions for me to pose to the File/Storage team (since they will be my main team to meet with…) please post them here.   Also note that some information will be confidential, but anything I can share I’ll gladly pass along!


Posted in Daily Life, MS News, Windows Server System | 3 Comments »

New Server, New URL!

February 25th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

MSBlog was down for a day on 20th Feb due to the transition of servers. On 22th Feb, MSBlog was successfully transferred and have all databases restored.

In additional with a faster server (give some comments), we have a new link! You can now reach us by either at OR (Thanks Andre for this domain!)

A WHOIS of shows that that domain will expires on Feb 28th, 2007, which means we will not be getting that domain till Feb 28th 2007 (or until they release it).

Please let us know if you are getting faster/slower speed with this new server!

MSBlog is now proudly hosted by

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MSBLOG Exclusive: Windows Vista 5308 Screenshots

February 23rd, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Now because I can’t quite work it out how to upload images on here, I’ve but them on VistaBase (a knowledge base for Vista users and new users to Vista) so that everyone can see. As far as I know, these could be the first screenshots available to hit the Internet.

Have a look here: – the link is on the main page above the logo 🙂

Oh, by the way, Paul Thurrott? He got the CTP release dates wrong again. Is anyone surprised?

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New Vista CTP Release out now!

February 22nd, 2006 by Dennis Fraederich [MCP]

Check your connect account beta testers! A new CTP was released some minutes ago.

Build is tagged 5308.x86fre.winmain_idx01.060217-2200.

Go and grab it!

Posted in Windows Vista | 7 Comments »

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