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Download the latest Report Abuse Desktop Client

September 7th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

 

 

Report Abuse Desktop Client
(released 13th Sept 2006 – version 1.5.16.2)
Download now –  Please uninstall/delete and disregard any previous build
(Alternative link if above doesn’t work – some router’s/firewall’s don’t like subdomains)
Compatible with: Windows 2000 Professional, All versions of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)

It’s free to mirror and distribute, and recommended for those who have a family computer or for families with children whofonuse the Internet. It has an auto-update feature in it as well so it’ll still update easily.


The Report Abuse Desktop Client is an application written by myself and provided by MSBLOG enabling younger users of the Internet to report online abuse or suspicious activity of online predators. It’s a topic which no-one really wants to talk about because of the discomfort and the sickening of this sort of behaviour, but it’s being addressed in a number of different ways.    

    

 

Posted in Online Safety | 4 Comments »

Cisco/Microsoft Interoperability Beta This Year

September 7th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

Microsoft and Cisco have announced a joint architecture for Vista & Longhorn and Cisco networking. There will be a limited beta later this year for beta testers to try it out & give feedback!

The new architecture will better combine the new security aspects & improvements in Longhorn and Vista with Cisco’s well-known security standards.

Consumers will be able to deploy the new NAP-NAC architecture after Longhorn releases in 2007.

Microsoft Presspass:

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/sep06/09-06SecStandardNACNAPPR.mspx

Posted in Computing, Corporation, MS News, Security | 1 Comment »

“School of the Future” Grand Opening

September 7th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

Today, September 7th, the “School of the Future” sponsored by Microsoft has opened. The school features smartcard-accessable lockers, tablet PCs for each student, broadband internet at home for each student… and much more.

Microsoft Presspass states the school’s students are 99% minority, with 85% low-income.

Details about what textbooks and such they use is here:

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/sotf/default.mspx

Presspass article:

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/sep06/09-06MSPhiladelphiaSOFPR.mspx

 

Wow…. read this quote from the presspass article:

“the building itself incorporates the latest advances in environmental design including a water catchment system on the roof, where rainwater will be collected and used for nonpotable applications. Photovoltaic panels in the glass windows and roof will also reduce heating and cooling costs by converting sunlight into a direct current, contributing electricity for the building and transmitting real-time data for students so they can see the positive impact on the environment. ”

As education is such an important item today… feel free to repost this article in entirety while just leaving a comment stating such & its location.

I’m sure we are going to be hearing much more about this in the future!

=- Joseph Bittman

Posted in Corporation, Microsoft, MS News | Comments Off on “School of the Future” Grand Opening

New Display Driver for Windows Vista RC1

September 7th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

Windows Vista RC1 has been released to Beta Testers for almost a week, and it is also becoming public download since today(as Patrick S blogged, click here for detail). ATI and Nvidia has also released their most update display driver for Windows Vista RC1. You may download them and install into your Windows Vista RC1.

    ATI Product series supported: 

  • Radeon®
    9500, 9550, 9600, 9650, 9700, 9800, X300, X600, X700, X800, X850, X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900 series
  • Mobilityâ„¢ Radeon®
    9550, 9600, 9700, 9800, X300, X600, X700, X800, X1300, X1400, X1600, X1800 series
  • CrossFireâ„¢ Xpress 3200 series
  • Radeon® Xpress 200, 200M series
  • Download here

Posted in Beta News, Introductions, Products, Windows Vista | 2 Comments »

Windows Vista RC1 available to public!-Then Bug-IT

September 7th, 2006 by Patrick S

I am sorry we are a bit late but I for one have been relatively busy lately, but don’t let that make it any less of a momentous occasion because Windows Vista RC1 is available to public download!

Yep, today’s the day you can go download vista and have your very own influence in the next upcoming Operating system from Microsoft.
You can find the download Here at http://download.windowsvista.com/preview/rc1/en/download.htm 
Make Patrick E (MSBLOG’s very own Test Engineer on the Vista team) work his butt off 😉

CRC values of the .ISO files:
32-Bit   
    MD5 hash: 22486e815a38feffd9667317dfeec55a
    SHA1 hash:  e00b4ebbc81fb420cf047973b95a9cfb7cdf51b7
64-Bit
    MD5 hash: f3a385aae6e4dea9226e31d9f1148b56
    SHA1 hash:  8e4de7a72c828a3543ff1663243eb0836da07eea

Posted in Beta News, MS News, Windows Vista | 8 Comments »

Free FAA Charts-Diagrams For Flight Sim Fans!!!

September 6th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

Okay, this is something I couldn’t resist posting now – it can’t wait until the morning. The Federal Aviation Adminstration has just posted charts, diagrams, instructions, etc for all the airport terminals in the US!! If you’re like me and am a huge fan of flight simulator, this is the perfect time to grab your local airport’s charts while they are free! 🙂

This offer is only lasting around 1 month and ending on Sept. 28th! So don’t delay! Here’s a picture of an airport’s chart very close by to me: (great stuff here for Flight Sim Fans!)
http://www.naco.faa.gov/d-tpp/0609/09104G34.PDF

By all means… re-post this to your blogs so people hear about this 🙂

The main page is here, so click on the single item listed under Product…
http://www.naco.faa.gov/index.asp?xml=naco/online/d_tpp

(For those of you who want the opportunity to get it on a DVD must pay a pretty-penny… around $160) 

Posted in MS News | 6 Comments »

MS Expression Web goes beta

September 6th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft this week released a beta version of its Web design tool, Microsoft Expression Web, formerly known as Expression Web Designer.

The company decided to shorten the name in an effort to simplify branding. The beta, which is the second preview release of Expression Web, is available as a free download on the Expression Web site. However, the beta still identifies the product as Expression Web Designer.

Expression Web features CSS-based (Cascading Style Sheets) layout, standards compliance and ASP.Net 2.0 server technology.

The beta release of Expression Web removes some features that relied on FrontPage Server Extensions. This signifies a big step further to making Expression Web a complete professional Web design tool, the company said.

Other members of the Microsoft Expression family include Expression Graphic Designer and Expression Interactive Designer. All the Expression products are in a pre-release stage. Microsoft has not yet set dates for general availability of the final products.

Info soured from InfoWorld

Posted in Beta News, MS News, Products | Comments Off on MS Expression Web goes beta

Most update build number for Windows Vista

September 5th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

Build 5536.16385 (released 24/08/2006)
This is Pre-RC1, Unlike Beta 2, only the x86 (32bit) version of 5536 is made available.
However, the 32bit version will run fine on 64bit CPU’s. This pre-RC1 build is available for a
limited time – Microsoft will close the program when they reach 100,000 downloads. 

Build 5600.16384 (released on 01/09/2006)
Now it is only available to Beta Testers.
Next week, a broader set of technical customers will get them via MSDN and TechNet.

NOTE:
There are a lot of improvements since Beta 2. MSFT has made some UI Adjustments,
added more device drivers, and enhanced performance. If you are an ISV, RC1 is the
build you should use for certifying your application.

You should use your same key(s) from previous releases.  To generate a new key,
please request from key package “5342 and Up – Ultimate” and “Beta 2 Home
Basic/Home Premium/Business (v.5384)”.

Minimum Hardware Requirement for this 2 builds
Processor: 800 MHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor2
System Memory: 512 MB
GPU: SVGA (800×600)
HDD: 20 GB
HDD Free Space: 15 GB
DVD-ROM Drive

Posted in Beta News, Reviews, Windows Vista | 8 Comments »

Report Abuse Desktop Client

September 4th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

 

 

 Download links available here 

This page has been saved in the right hand pane. You can always access this page by selecting Report Abuse Desktop Client at the top right, underneath the Search bar.

The Report Abuse Desktop Client is an application written by myself and provided by MSBLOG enabling younger users of the Internet to report online abuse or suspicious activity of online predators. It’s a topic which no-one really wants to talk about because of the discomfort and the sickening of this sort of behaviour, but it’s being addressed in a number of different ways.

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) is an online organisation set up and moderated by the world’s policing authorities from the USA, England, Australia and Interpol. It provides the ability for users who feel they are being targeted by online sexual predators to report information to make sure that the online community is safer. Already, Microsoft have incorporated the VGT as a tab in Windows Live Messenger, and they’ve shutdown the MSN Chatrooms but this isn’t enough for outside Microsoft and their products.

This tool sits in the system tray, and younger users between 5-18 can use this tool if they feel threatened or are aware of suspicious activity. Simply double-click the icon to bring up the VGT Report Abuse website.

Please digg this – I really want this tool to be available to everyone who wants it 🙂

Posted in Daily Life, Online Safety | 15 Comments »

Report Abuse Desktop Client

September 4th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

 

 

Report Abuse Desktop Client
(released 21st Sept 2006 – version 2.0.440)
Download now –  Please uninstall/delete and disregard any previous build
(Alternative link if above doesn’t work – some router’s/firewall’s don’t like subdomains)
Compatible with: Windows 2000 Professional, All versions of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)

It’s free to mirror and distribute, and recommended for those who have a family computer or for families with children who use the Internet. It has an auto-update feature in it as well so it’ll still update easily.

Feel free to add our button – help expand the client usage and pin this to your website. Here’s the image, as well as the code to copy and paste in.

Permanant URL of image: http://www.zacknet.co.uk/radc.png

 


The Report Abuse Desktop Client is an application written by myself and provided by MSBLOG enabling younger users of the Internet to report online abuse or suspicious activity of online predators. It’s a topic which no-one really wants to talk about because of the discomfort and the sickening of this sort of behaviour, but it’s being addressed in a number of different ways.      
         


 

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) is an online organisation set up and moderated by the world’s policing authorities from the USA, England, Australia and Interpol. It provides the ability for users who feel they are being targeted by online sexual predators to report information to make sure that the online community is safer. Already, Microsoft have incorporated the VGT as a tab in Windows Live Messenger, and they’ve shutdown the MSN Chatrooms but this isn’t enough for outside Microsoft and their products.

This tool sits in the system tray, and younger users between 5-18 can use this tool if they feel threatened or are aware of suspicious activity. Simply double-click the icon to bring up the VGT Report Abuse website.

Please digg this – I really want this tool to be available to everyone who wants it 🙂
If you want to leave a comment, feel free to do so here. Feedback much appreciated!

 

Posted in MS News | 1 Comment »

Metasploit MS06-040 Demo

September 4th, 2006 by Patrick S

Recently the exploit of a Vulnerability (MS06-040) in Windows’s Server Service Could Allow a hacker to run malicious code on a remote system.
Well Its all well and good that Microsoft have identified this as a “possible” security threat and have made an update but what does it look like in action?
Didier Stevens has made a video clip showing the exploit in action (using Metasploit) on a Windows 2000 SP4 server to “convince someone that using windows update was necessary.” (I would have to agree with him there after seeing this in action)

He creates a remote shell on the attacked server, connects to it and change the administrators password to Hacked.

Posted in Security | 1 Comment »

Folder Bug in XP-Wont allow port names

September 4th, 2006 by Patrick S

Just read something interesting on a message board ,

An Indian discovered that nobody can create a FOLDER anywhere on the computer which can be named as a port on your computer (such as CON, LPT1 etc etc.)
This also works when you try to create a file called “CON”, or “CON.”. “.CON” shows up the way it should. It’s comes back from the DOS days.

Thus the following wont work: CON, AUX, COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, PRN or NUL.
Give it a try if you want-I have not tested it on vista but I suspect it won’t work either Confirmed…Works on vista (thanks Jordan)

Another Useless fact from me 🙂

Posted in Bugs, Humour, Windows XP | 13 Comments »

Clarification on Windows Vista and “Vector Glass”… pffft

September 1st, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

As you can see, the top image is from the pre-RC1 build 5536 from VistaBase, and the bottom image is from RC1 build 5600 from Winsupersite. As Jim Allchin says in his RC1 written speech, there are “some UI adjustments”. This does not imply in any way that RC1 has Vector Glass. The truth is, Vista is a powerful operating system but the technology at the moment in terms of computing power, there simply isn’t enough of it to support Vector Glass. This however leaves it open to the next operating system down the line, Windows Vienna “Fiji” (also known as Vista R2) which is due out in 2008. By then, computing power should have increased dramatically to allow this technology forward.

To read the post I made ages ago about Vector Glass not coming in Vista, click here.

Posted in Rants, Windows Vista | 8 Comments »

MSBLOG Exclusive: Vista RC1 is ready

September 1st, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

That’s right folks, we’ve been waiting for a long while to see it and finally RC1 is here. However… I must admit, I was very very wrong about the whole vector Glass thing… apparently it does exist and everyone on the inside of Microsoft were just keeping their bloody traps shut…

RC1 is available for technical testers who have access to Microsoft Connect. It’s build 5600 (rebuilt a couple of nights ago).

Go and download now!

Windows Vista – RC1 – x86, 32-bit – 2,584.25 MB
Windows Vista – RC1 – x64, 64-bit – 3,677.22 MB

Very important note! There is no Vector Glass in RC1. Everyone’s been going on about it, but it’s never going to appear in Windows Vista and it never will do. It was Wendy “pulling a joke” on us all… very funny Wendy, I’ve just bought a top-of-the-line spec computer because of your “hilarious” little joke… grrrr Wendy, grrrrr 🙁

Posted in Windows Vista | 8 Comments »

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