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Steve Ballmer: Linux is Bigger Competitor than Apple

Steve Ballmer: Linux is Bigger Competitor than Apple

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries. During a speech for investors, Steve [...]

New exploit targets IE 7 hole patched last week

New exploit targets IE 7 hole patched last week

Cybercriminals are exploiting a critical hole in Internet Explorer 7 that was patched a week ago by Microsoft, security firm Trend Micro warned on Tuesday. The malicious code, which Trend Micro named "XML_DLOADR.A," is hidden in a Word document. On unpatched systems, when the file is opened an ActiveX object automatically accesses a Web site to [...]

Windows 7 DRM begins to surface

Windows 7 DRM begins to surface

Windows 7 allows application developers to write DRM that bypasses your firewall, refuses to let you modify or disable DLLs, and to block you from mixing your audio inputs (to prevent you from recapturing DRM'ed music, presumably). That Photoshop stopped functioning after we messed with one of its nag DLLs was not so much a surprise, but what was [...]

Woman Sues Microsoft Over XP Downgrade Charge

Woman Sues Microsoft Over XP Downgrade Charge

A woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft over a US$59.25 charge for downgrading her Windows Vista PC to XP. In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle, Los Angeles resident Emma Alvarado is asking that Microsoft return the fee she paid for downgrading a Lenovo PC with the [...]

MIME sniffing in Internet Explorer enables cross-site scripting attacks

MIME sniffing in Internet Explorer enables cross-site scripting attacks

Many large sites make special efforts to protect their visitors against possible JavaScript attacks, by, for example, implementing special filters that guard against active content, although most of them can't switch off their own active content – such as JavaScript, HTML code and Flash applets in profiles, blogs and forums. Most interactive [...]

Is it Windows 7 or KDE 4?

Is it Windows 7 or KDE 4? In this video, we take to Sydney's streets to find out what people think of what they think is a Windows 7 demonstration. The net result? Mainly, people just didn't like Vista. (more…)

Microsoft is giving cops free COFEE

Microsoft is giving cops free COFEE

This (old) article is making it's rounds on the news aggregator sites again; but since no one actually wants to RTFA: COFEE is designed for saving any data from a LIVE system. A suspect is sitting at his computer when the cops bust in. They can use this to save whatever he was doing, since it'll probably be lost when the computer is shut down and [...]

Microsoft misses memo, launches DRM-laden mobile music store

Microsoft misses memo, launches DRM-laden mobile music store

Microsoft's new tagline: "THIS time it plays for sure! Honest!" Retailers from Amazon to Real have launched their own DRM-free MP3 music stores in recent years. Faced with the competition, Apple finally put the last nail in the coffin of á la carte music DRM earlier this month with the iTunes Store, but don't tell Microsoft. The world's [...]

OUCH! “Vista Capable” case could cost Microsoft $8.5B

OUCH! “Vista Capable” case could cost Microsoft $8.5B

Good. I hate that misleading propaganda they pull on old people; Expert estimates damages based on 19.4 million Vista Capable PCs... Microsoft Corp. would have to come up with as much as $8.5 billion to settle accounts with the customers affected by its 2006 "Vista Capable" marketing program, according to documents unsealed by a federal [...]

The facts behind Microsoft’s anti-Linux campaign

The facts behind Microsoft’s anti-Linux campaign

Reminds me of Gandhi: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." From CNet News: Back in 2002, Jim Allchin was co-president of Microsoft's Platforms and Services Division and was, in his own words, "scared" of the momentum behind Linux, as noted in an email sent to several of his direct [...]

NFOPad

NFOPad

If you frequently open NFO files, NFOPad is a small Windows Notepad clone designed to display them properly. NFOPad selects the font style based on the file extension, so you can freely switch between basic text files and NFO files without the hassle of changing settings. In the screenshot above, the same file has been opened in both Notepad [...]

Linux succumbs to Windows users

Linux succumbs to Windows users

I've been using Linux since 1997, and while that doesn't quite elevate me to grizzled geekbeard status, it's long enough to have observed a whole lot of growth and changes. Most of them are good; but some of them are rather alarming. The changes that bother me the most are the ones that make it harder to understand and control your own system by [...]

Windows 7 finally shows which app is using a file when it can’t be moved

Windows 7 finally shows which app is using a file when it can’t be moved

Is it a symptom of Stockholm Syndrome to feel fondness towards Microsoft for implementing this?

Windows Vista screwed RAM manufacturers… but you can profit

Windows Vista screwed RAM manufacturers… but you can profit

In anticipation of Vista's new hardware requirements—a truckload of RAM—major RAM suppliers like Hynix and Samsung basically doubled their production. Vista's anemic sales and the economy hosed them, but it's good for you. Every maker has a huge oversupply of RAM—Hynix has raised capacity by 159 percent, Inotera by 112 percent, Elpida by [...]

DriverBackup2 Copies Your Windows System Drivers

DriverBackup2 Copies Your Windows System Drivers

DriverBackup2 is a lightweight windows driver-backup tool. The application is portable with a caveat: you'll need administrative privileges for full use. You can opt to backup one or all of your drivers, the backed up files are dumped into a tree structure based on driver name. DriverBackup2 also allows you to restore and delete unnecessary [...]

Microsoft cleans fake antivirus tool from 994,061 PCs

Microsoft cleans fake antivirus tool from 994,061 PCs

The Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) is a small program Microsoft pushes out to computers on Patch Tuesday to clean out a list of malware. On this month's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft added scans for a malware file that masks itself as security software, and it found plenty of copies. Win32/FakeSecSen has gone by various names, including [...]

ASUS CEO says return rates same for Linux and Windows netbooks

ASUS CEO says return rates same for Linux and Windows netbooks

Earlier this week the ASUS Eee PC celebrated its first birthday (with a full birthday party and cake at LAPTOP Magazine). It was one year ago that the Taiwanese company began selling its first sub-notebook (which would form a new category known as netbooks). The little Eee PC 701 not only would spur on a whole Eee brand for the company and line of [...]

25 Years Ago Today, Bill Gates Announced Windows 1.0

25 Years Ago Today, Bill Gates Announced Windows 1.0

Two decades and a half ago today, Bill Gates unveiled Microsoft's first operating systems. Oh, it wasn't for sale yet—no, no, it's still only 1983 and we wouldn't see Windows on store shelves until 1985. But that didn't stop the young heart throb Gates. Gates wasn't at all shy when promoting his debut Windows OS at New York's Helmsley Palace [...]

HOWTO: Add a Linux server to Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain

HOWTO: Add a Linux server to Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain

This tutorial will explain how to add a Linux/GNU server/desktop to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory.We are going to use Likewise Open. Likewise Open is a free, open source application that joins Linux, Unix, and Mac machines to Microsoft Active Directory and securely authenticates users with their domain credentials. We will be [...]

Microsoft to rush out emergency Windows patch

Microsoft to rush out emergency Windows patch

Microsoft will rush out an emergency security patch for Windows users on Thursday. The company offered few details on why it was releasing the software update, which is rated critical for users of Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. A critical flaw is worrisome, however, because it can be exploited by online attackers to seize [...]

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