Saturday, February 17, 2007
All these copy protection measures are of little help in fighting piracy, when all is said and done. Why? Because they can be and already have been defeated in a way MS can not currently detect. Copy protection is an arms race and the defenders always lose.
This was an article that proved it. I can relate to quality making a real difference in RJ-45 connectors and crimpers and the time it takes to get it right. When one has to get 8 wires into the teeny weeny chute of the RJ-45 connector, getting it right the first time, makes a huge difference.
Complete, with pictures!, demonstration comparing 3 crimp terminals, and their strength.
Do YOU have any tools that have made an improvement in your life? Let us know in the comments, please!!
I feel bad that she hasn't had any comments to approve :/ I thought that her assurance that it would get moderated in a timely way would motivate SOMEbody. ;-)
Toolmonger | Test to Destruction: Crimp Terminals
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Web Worker Daily| Daylight Savings Update Central
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Someone, somewhere in the content provider industries is going to realize one day that DRM isn't working. No matter how you feel about the owner's of intellectual properties rights to protect that content (and I think they do have that right) it has got to become obvious to them soon that DRM as it exists now does not work. They cannot rely on legal protection, either, as a business model based on suing one's customers or legally coercing them is bound to fail.
Something has got to change and to enable that, some new business model is going to have to be devised.
Windows Live OneCare
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange 9.x
Microsoft Antigen for SMTP Gateway 9.x
Microsoft Windows Defender
Microsoft Windows Defender x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Defender in Windows Vista
Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server
Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint
Microsoft Malware Protection Engine
If you are using any of these applications, read the advisory linked to above. This is a critical vulnerability. As of the time of this post, there is no patch or workaround. I expect at least some information on ameliorating these faults to surface soon, but a patch may take a while.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
All of this reflects on the graphics chipset maker's efforts to deliver good drivers. It's a very difficult and complex chore at the best of times and made even more difficult (and perhaps temporarily impossible) by having to work around bugs in the OS and display system code.
Contrary to the opinions of some (loudly voiced) "authorities" there is no evidence it cannot all be made to work. Obviously it is going to take time, though. How long I do not know and am not willing to speculate. A month or two should see very substantial progress. Beyond that, I have no notion.
Microsoft claims to have done extensive research, testing well over 1000 games. They say most work on Vista. It would be nice if they would share their results with us, but I expect they refrain from doing that so as not to embarrass the game companies. The same goes for their silence on which applications from other companies are truly Vista compatible or ready.
This is the time to lean back, work on our XP machines and thank the powers that there are early adopters who go through all these travails ahead of us. It's not time to upgrade yet, obviously.
Monday, February 12, 2007
* Block Third-Party Cookies in IE7
* Blocking Spam from International Senders in Windows Vista Mail
* Disable User Account Control (UAC) the Easy Way on Windows Vista
* Enable Ctrl+Alt+Delete for Vista Logon Screen
* Enable or Disable UAC From the Windows Vista Command Line
* Make User Account Control (UAC) Stop Blacking Out the Screen in Windows Vista
* Make Windows Vista Log On Automatically
* Using Password Phrases For Better Security
Go to the page below for links to all the goodies.
Windows Vista :: the How-To Geek
[h/t MajorNelson's blog]
Sunday, February 11, 2007
There is nothing new in this post that I can see. I put it up because this sort of coverage will have tremendous influence on a lot of prospective purchasers and because those of us who support Vista will be seeing this sort of failure and corporate attitude soon enough.
2) For Art Bell fans, a link to Larry King interviewing Art about his U.F.O. sighting, he presents Larry with the gift of one of Art’s Parts. You will need to wait for the intro finish, or the sound overlaps, need to scroll down to the interview link.http://hem.bredband.net/b251920/A-Revolutionary-Act.htm
3) Anyone out there following those U.F.O. reports over O’Hare airport in Chicago? This is a very interesting site http://www.alienvideo.net/chicago-ohare-airport-ufo.php Seems Dan Aykroyd may have obtained some video. Scroll down, some of the better pictures of the object. Scroll down a very interesting bit of leaked video from one of the news broadcasting stations, two broadcasters talking before the show goes live. Scroll down a link to an interview with one of the employees for united, describing what he saw..