Franci Penov

Notes from the Microsoft campus

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    Why I don't play with Linux...

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    It's not because I work for Microsoft. It's because I am not able to install Linux on my home machine. [Waiting patiently for all the laughing to die...] So far I've tried two different distros. Both of them died before the install process even started...
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    Google Desktop

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    There are lot of people that think the new Google Desktop is great and revolutionary. However, there are several things wrong with it that make me stay away from it. Here's the short list (in no particular order): It hooks up WinInet.dll. Hooking up system...
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    "Two Things I Hate" or "Macromedia, please help me!"

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    1. Advertisements. I realize it's not possible to live without advertisement, but I still hate it. Especially when I am paying for something and still am forced to watch ads. 2. Obnoxious advertisements. Macromedia Flash based. You know - the ones that...
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    PortReporter

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    Have you ever wanted to find out about any of the following: The ports that are used The processes that use the port Whether a process is a service The modules that a process loaded The user accounts that run a process Yes? Good....
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    This is a bad idea...

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    The new FirstTech Credit Union page puts the logon dialog on an unsecured page. Their explanation [1]: Why This Is Secure Using the Online Banking Login on the 1sttech.com pages is safe, even though you do not see the lock in your browser as your...
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    The future of the software testing

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    Harry Robinson predictions about the future of the software testing - http://www.stickyminds.com/sitewide.asp?Function=WEEKLYCOLUMN&ObjectId=6887 The model-based testing is picking up speed here at Microsoft. There is increased participations of...
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    Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

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    In the slight chance you haven't seen this yet, Microsoft just released a Malicious Software Removal Tool targeting some of the most prevalent malicious software. For a list of the tool targets, check its official page. The tool will be updated on the...
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    net send * HEY!

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    With schools like this one, I shouldn't be worried about my job anytime soon. Read the whole story straight from the source...
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    w.bloggar

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    I was looking around for desktop blog authoring tool. Well, not exactly loooking around; more like I've been pondering the idea for several months. I use RSS Bandit and w.bloggar was the obvious choice (read: it was in the RSS Bandit context menu :-)...
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    'They shoud not be making money out of it!'

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    'I have about 20 authors with twice as many blogs and I don't make money from this site. I can't afford to pay for MT.' 'I love it, it's good product, but there's no way I am paying for it.' 'They want us to pay for it? It's outrageous!' 'SixApart...
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    Bite the bullet and give us full text

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    Blogging was supposed to be that great medium that will help us transition from the web world where the design and the presentation so often dictate what we see and where individuals and companies are judged by how they look to a world where the ideas...
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    The Power of Scoble

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    [ Update : John's site was back up about half an hour after I posted this. I guess I have healing..., errr, fixing powers...] [ Update 2 : Exactly 1 hour and 10 minutes after I posted this, Scoble himself showed up for comment. Apparently, there is...
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    Port Reporter Parser v1.0

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    If you use the PortReporter ( download , KB article ), there is a nice log parser for it. Go ahead and snatch a copy of Port Reporter Parser while it's hot. Here's straight from the horse's mouth a short list of what the tool is capable of: The Port Reporter...
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    Google Desktop - Part 2

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    Nathan Weinberg apparently spoke to Google's Marrisa Mayer and comments on my concerns . Nathan claims that #10 and #1 are by design. Yes, apparently they are by design - it would be quite hard to incidentally hook up the WinInet.dll or to install a BHO...
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    Half-life 2 or real life?

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    These looks like a screenshots from Half-Life 2 . [via Bruce ] Update: This is a real place under Tokyo. For more info, check the BoingBoing .
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    Windows Live Toolbar build 130

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    We just released the latest build of Windows Live Toolbar. There are no new features in this release, it's fucosed mostly on stability and performance improvements. If you use the toolbar, I'd suggest you upgrade. And if you're not using WLT, well, be...
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    How to use spam to "win" customers

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    Here's how to use spam to win customers - the VMware solution. Two years ago I attended TechEd. There I went to VMware booth and swiped my badge. For the last two years I am trying to get VMware to stop sending me emails. I've got news updates...
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    Microsoft Baseline Security Analyser (MBSA) V1.2

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    Check out the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyser site . There is new version available for download - MBSA v1.2. The tool is now localized in couple other languages, support for additional products was added, IE custom zones support and few other things...
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    Are blogs worth advertisements in them?

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    I use RSS so that I can avoid all the clutter of the HTML overhead. Including the advertisements. So imagine my dissapointment when clicking on the last post from one of the blogs I used to read showed a full-page advertisement in my browser. I realize...
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    MathWorld - the web's most extensive mathematics resource...

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    ... - at least that's what the site claims. :-) But I am inclined to believe it, given the fact that the site sponsors Wolfram Research make Mathematica - probably the best mathematics system out there. Anyway, if you're interested in mathematics,...
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    What's your lifestyle?

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    I'll make this one short. If you are doing all you stuff on the computer as admin - stop it now! Get through the pain and switch as a regular user once and for all. Here are the reasons why and some tips on how to ease the pain .
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    "Two Things I Hate" or "Macromedia, please help me!" - Part 2

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    John Dowdell from Macromedia has a very good point on my post about Flash ads . Bad ads and bad pages are indeed a problem, regardless of delivery format... GIF ads blink just as much, in-page MP3 are fortunately an aberration whose time has gone. The...
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    Introduction

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    I was trying to start new blog for about few months now. Unfortunately, my website host offers very limited environment, so no blog engine works. Thus, I finally gave up and joined the hordes of other Microsoft employees on ASP.Net weblogs. Here's...
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    Can a printer be a security threat for your computer?

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    Everybody has printer at home. Well, mostly everybody. Chances are if you have computer at home, you most probably have a printer as well. It is just sitting there on the shelf or on your desk and silently (or not so - depending on the model) waits for...
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    Google Maps

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    Google Maps is one slick web application. It's very fast and the interface is quite intuitive. On the other hand, searching for One Microsoft Way is definitely showing the wrong place. :-) Couple more complaints: Searching for my home address shows nearby...
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