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Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

February, 2004

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    DateLens

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    I've seen DateLens before for the Pocket PC, but I didn't realize that there was a free version available for Outlook. This is amazingly cool. Check it out here. Be sure to watch the movie on the page. It explains what's going on with the tool.

     

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    MyDoom (A,B) Worm Removal Tool Available

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    The Mydoom removal tool is up and available for download:
    MyDoom (A,B) Worm Removal Tool for Windows XP and Windows 2000 This tool will help to remove the MyDoom.A and My.Doom.B worms from infected Windows XP and Windows 2000 systems. Once executed, after the EULA is accepted, the tool automatically checks for infection and removes the worm(s) if found. If a machine is infected with MyDoom.B, the tool will also provide the user with the default version of the "hosts" file and set the "read-only" attribute for that file. This action will allow the user to visit previously-blocked Microsoft and antivirus websites.

    Note that this is supported on WIndows XP and Windows 2000 only.

    Update: This tool now supports the following :  Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows ME, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP. See the download page above for details about changes to the tool.

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    Allegiance Source Code Released

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    Chis Sells found this nugget from Microsoft Research:
    MS Allegiance Code Released to Fans
    Apparently, even though Allegiance wasn't a commercial success for Microsoft, the fan base is very loyal. So loyal, in fact, that MS Research has posted the Allegiance source code to the community.
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    Raymond Chen on the layout of a COM object

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    Raymond Chen has an interesting post describing the layout of COM objects.

    It is no coincidence that the Win32 COM object layout matches closely the C++ object layout. Even though COM was originally developed when C was the predominant programming language, the designers saw fit to "play friendly" with the up-and-coming new language C++.

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    Michael Howard on MS04-004

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    Michael Howard clears up some of the confusion around MS04-004.
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    Visual C++ Project System Developer Peter Huene has a Weblog

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    This should be good. Peter works on the Visual C++ project system (which happens to be my favorite part of Visual Studio):

    My name is Peter, and I am a Software Design Engineer working on the Visual C++ Project System.  What is the Visual C++ Project System, you ask?  Well, it is the part of Visual C++ that is responsible for the project file (.vcproj), the project properties, the build system (tracking dependencies, generating command lines, etc), and the UI (Solution Explorer, menus, etc).

    The link to Peter's blog is here.

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    MSDN Chrome

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    We've got an updated chrome (the style of the area that frames our content) running on MSDN. I think it looks great. Check it out and see if you like how it looks. Send your feedback via contact us and let them know what you think.

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    SFU on LinuxInsider

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    Interesting article by Tom Yager on LinuxInsider about Services for Unix:

    Unix for Windows
    In heterogeneous shops and homes, SFU and Virtual PC 2004 should be installed on every machine. These two products represent the most important technology to come out of Microsoft in almost a year. They show an easing of Microsoft's internal barriers to achieving genuine Unix interoperability.

    Tom also mentions Virtual PC as a tool for running Unix and he promises a SFU review soon. I'll post a note when I see it.

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-004

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    I thought I had posted this earlier, but I think it's stuck open on another machine at work. We released a new security update for IE.

    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-004
    Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (832894)

    You should have seen that come through as an automatic update if you have that feature turned on, otherwise get to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com and install the update.

    Install this critical Windows security update 

     

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    Virus Signatures

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    Here's an interesting quote from the Security Wire Perspecitves newsletter I recived this morning.

    "Just a few of our users opened the worm before we installed our antivirus signature updates," said Clay Ruth, software systems engineering manager. "Both of our AV vendors (Trend Micro and F-Prot) came through quickly, so we had the updates online less than two hours after the worm first arrived in our mailboxes. The updated scanners promptly identified the infected systems and stopped the worm in its tracks."
    If you haven't done so, make sure that your signatures are updating properly.
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