Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Misc. Links

- A free service that allows you to send a file up to 1GB to another PC or person
- Why Windows Still Beats Linux

Security services:
- National Cyber Alert System
- Spyware Free Spy Software Blocking Tool
- Windows XP: Virus Protection and Security Checklist

Articles about memory:
- The Evolving Memory Landscape
- Memory Timings Explained

Free Internet Courses:
- (Free SQL tutorial)
- SQLCourse.com2 (Free SQL tutorial)

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Product Guides and Reviews

PC Magazine's, has posted Windows XPand Longhorn product guides and reviews.

Check out eWeek's guide 64-Bit Desktop Computing

Windows XP SP2 Resources
- Knowledge base article 884130: Programs that are known to experience a loss of functionality when they run on a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer
- Knowledge base article 842242: Some programs seem to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2

Longhorn Concept Videos

Watch Longhorn video demonstrations, see Avalon, WinFS, and Indigo.

More and more interesting stuff...

RSS Weather Feed
Get the latest weather feeds in your RSS reader.

The 'Moo Cow Moo' PC
Take a hollow plastic cow and a Mini-ITX based motherboard, and you can have your own 'Moo Cow Moo' computer.

Paper Wad Game
Catch paper wads and throw it in the trash can.

City Data
Find out all sorts of interesting statistics about the city that you live in.

How about a pen-pal that is also an prison inmate.

Quantum Teleportation Breakthrough Made

Interesting Statistic:
The AntiPhishing Working Group (APWG), reports that the average phishing web site stays alive for about 54 hours.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Misc. Links

Create your own photo-based stamps.

SIPphone: Internet Telephony Made Easy
Learn more about SIP-Based phones.

Top 10 Most Important Software Programs
According to John C. Dvorak.

ClamWin Free Antivirus
A free GNU General Public License GUI-based Antivirus for Microsoft Windows (NT/98/Me/2000/XP/2003).

Find out if someone is plagiarizing your web site's content. Enter your web sites URL, and it will shows you any site that might be using content from your site.'s Special Report on Windows XP Evolution
A collection of articles about Windows XP Service Pack 2.

Some programs seem to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2
After installing Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), some programs may seem not to work properly. This article tells how to modify the Windows Internet Firewall, so that you can allow certain programs work properly.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Secunia Security Advisories

Covers the latest security vulnerabilities and security updates.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Resources for IT Professionals

Well it has been a few weeks since I last blogged, but I have not given up. I have just had a lot things happen in my life all at once that required my complete attention. If you don't already know, Microsoft (MS) has released the much anticipated Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) as of August 6, 2004. This is the first service pack (SP) in a long time that contains more then just bug fixes. MS stopped adding new features to service packs after Windows NT SP4. They have since released new features as optional add-ons to the OS.

If you have not been reading all the hype about SP4, there are already several well written articles on the subject. For example, check out this article.

This SP is all about security, so if you install it there is a good chance that some of your software may stop working (especially older software). MS has always had a philosophy of compatibility at any price, they always wanted the oldest applications to work with the latest generation of the OS. This allowed people to upgrade to a new OS, without having to throw away all their old software.

More information from Microsoft:
More on Security Enhancements in Windows XP Service Pack 2
Microsoft Security Bulletins MS02-055 (323255) through MS04-025 (867801) are included in Service Pack 2.

MBSA (v1.2.1) version is needed for Windows XP SP2 compatibility!
The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) version 1.2.1 update will be needed to provide compatibility and deeper integration with Windows XP SP2 security improvements.