Dan Crevier's Blog

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May, 2004

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    Details on recent Mac OS X exploits (and why they still aren't fixed with the latest update)

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    Jason Harris of Unsanity wrote up a detailed whitepaper describing the recent LaunchServices vulnerabilities and the exploits still there even after the help issue was patched. The whitepaper has the following example: A disk image named “MalwareDiskImage”...
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    Lame alert - why don't people think about these things?

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    What are people thinking? Here's the default assert dialog with .NET: The title has Abort=Quit, Retry=Debug, Ignore=Continue. Why not just name the buttons Quit, Debug and Continue in the first place? Why is it that these sorts of things are so...
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    Mac Office 2004 Test Drive available

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    The Mac Office 2004 test drive is available at Mactopia . I'm very excited that Office 2004 is finally getting into the hands of customers after spending a couple of years working on it. Interacting with customers and seeing their excitement is one of...
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    Trojan horse disguised as Mac Word 2004 demo

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    MacWorld is reporting a trojan horse disguised as a Mac Word 2004 demo. The slashdot article compares it to the recent Intego trojan horse scare, but really it's not much like it. In the earlier case, a trojan horse was disguised as a non-executable so...
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    Switching back

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    Evan DiBiase's blog MacAndBack chronicles his switch back to Windows after 3 years on Mac OS X and the some of the frustrations he's run into. I can definitely relate, although I didn't start off on Windows, so I didn't have previous Windows experience...
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    Automating/scripting iTunes on Windows

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    Apple has posted an SDK for accessing iTunes using COM on Windows (it's funny, I noticed they left .DS_Store files in the zip archive!). It includes sample javascripts for doing things like creating playlists. You can actually write these scripts without...
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    Writing a shim to solve problems with managed Office COM Add-ins

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    If you’ve been following my and Omar’s blogs lately, you’ll know that we’ve been learning a lot about writing managed Outlook COM Add-ins and running into lots of complications in the process. Here I describe how a shim can help...
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    More details on Hotmail's use of IronPort for spam filtering

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    There has been some slightly misleading press on Hotmail's use of IronPort to provide a whitelist for junk mail filtering. Jeff Patridge posted a conversation with Reeves Li ttle of the Hotmail team where a few things were clarified. The white list is...
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    Communications history and WinHEC

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    A new Longhorn build was released recently at WinHEC. Jeffery Wall has blogged about some of the Communications History related announcements and some new sample code. He's the Program Manager in charge of Communications History on our team. I was actually...
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    Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalablity

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    A free book is available on MSDN called Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability . A pdf version is now available. It looks like a very interesting read. I just wish I didn't have such a huge pile of other interesting reads!
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    Good press for Mac Office 2004

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    Time online edition says: My verdict: Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac is clearly superior to its PC counterpart for most users. Last fall Microsoft put out a bloated update of Office for Windows that focused more on collaborating with other users...
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    .NET Reflector

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    .NET Reflector is seriously cool. At first glance, it's like ildasm, letting you explore assemblies and see the namespaces, classes, functions, etc. and see the disassembly of the code. But, it goes much further. One really cool feature is the ability...
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    Scott Water explains tracebacks

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    I'm still coming to understand the full power of blogs. Scott Watermasysk explains how tracebacks work in .Text (the software used to run this blog). As an example, this post will attempt to ping Scott's main site, and his post. Scott's site will download...
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