Franci Penov

Notes from the Microsoft campus

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    Malware, email scams and other...

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    Unfortunately, everything is a target nowadays. Malware for Mac: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-5424883.html RedHat security update email scam: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/65033/red-hat-hit-by-securityupdate-email-scam.html Slashdot discussion: http...
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    Public TV zapper

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    This is probably old news to some people, but it's sooo cool: A keychain device that enables people to turn off TVs just about anywhere According to the article, TV-B-Gone costs $15 and is capable of turning off about 1000 TV models.
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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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    Some "interesting" reactions to my Google Desktop concerns...

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    Overall, most readers that commented on my Google Desktop post took it for what it is - a list of my personal concerns with it. However, there are two "interesting" posts I'd like to comment on. Lazyboa thinks (post in Russian) I posted it because I am...
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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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    William Gibson has a blog

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    That might be old news for people out there, but it was a pleasant surprise for me to discover that William Gibson has a blog ( rss here ). Apparently, it's been up for the last two years or so. Oh well, I guess I can't keep an eye on everything. Although...
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    History is happening...

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    ...now. Anzari X Prize was won by SpaceShipOne. I wonder http://www.scaled.com/projects/tierone/ how long before the first comercial space ship flights? Next one is the Darpa Grand Challenge .
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    Indigo Belote - Part 1

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    George posted the first part of of multipart article on Indigo Belote. Go read it here ... Steve , does this post count or do I have to post something else? :-)
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    Was that really necessary?

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    I just stumbled upon these two posts . Compare them to these two posts . 'Nuf said. Update: To answer the question about my point - the first two posts above are verbatim copies of other peoples's posts, one of them being mine. I am ok with somebody republishing...
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    On The Road To Indigo...

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    For the last few days it seems that Richard Turner's blog "On The Road To Indigo " disappeared. Let's hope this post would flow some Google juice to his new home at http://blogs.msdn.com/richardt (RSS at http://blogs.msdn.com/richardt/Rss.aspx ). And...
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    PSSIR team is blogging...

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    Tim Rains and Robert Hensing are members of the Microsoft Product Support Services Incident Response team. Their blogs are a must read, especially if you are interested in investigating system intrusions and compromises.
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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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    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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    Excellent LUA/non-admin resource

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    Aaron Margosis has excellent set of posts on why and ho to run as LUA (non-admin). If you wander what's in it for you or have particular problem while running as non-admin, you owe it to yourself to read his blog. Here's a short list of Aaron's posts...
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    Email disclaimers and the BCC line...

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    Have you ever received an email with a disclaimer at the end? Something in the line of: This message is for the designated recipient only and may contain privileged or confidential information. If you have received it in error, please notify the sender...
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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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    "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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    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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    "Why I run as an Admin" or A story of a Wrong Attitude

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    Recently I stumbled across a posting named “Why I run as an admin” . As you can deduct from the title, it is a small rant from a guy about why he runs as an admin. There are lot of rants like this flying aroun in the blogosphere (and not only...
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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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    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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    How do your investments fare?

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    A bit of statistics I got over email. If you've invested last year 1000 euro in any of the following, here's what your current capital would be: Northel Networks - 59 euro Lucent Technologies - 70 euro Alcatel - 170 euro Beer (as in the drink) - 380...
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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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    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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