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    Stopping BitTorrent distro of SP2...wrong? I don't think so.

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    John Dvorak is apparently of the opinion that it was “wrong on so many levels” for Microsoft to tell file-swapper sites to stop distributing XP SP2 via BitTorrent. I heartily disagree. Microsoft is already battling a perception that our software...
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    Low-privileged accounts and non-Windows platforms

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    Those of you who’ve read my old blog for any length of time know that one of my particular areas of interest is trying to convince people to stop running their machines on a day-to-day basis using Administrator-level accounts, given that this opens them...
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    Oracle to release patches for multiple vulnerabilities

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    Oracle is preparing to release patches for a number of vulnerabilities, but apparently has delayed their release until a new distribution system is ready. Clearly, it’s a good thing that they’re getting the patches ready, but it seems to me...
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    Technological irony

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    What do the following sites have in common?    - http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/  - http://www.macworldexpo.com/  - http://lighthouse-partners.com/linux/home.htm   They're all running on Windows Server 2003:   http://news.netcraft.com/archives...
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    Good news for developers

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    Good news...Longhorn client is officially targeted for 2006, with the server to follow in 2007. Even better, Avalon (graphics subsystem) and Indigo (communication subsystem) will also be available on both Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, meaning that...
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    Interesting (and remarkably simple) solution for hidden root kit files

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    Microsoft Research has a short but sweet paper on using hackers' tricks against them, including using differential file system scans (using WinDiff) from infected vs. clean OS boots to detect hidden files. A good read if you're determined to attempt cleanup...
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    Passwords, Passphrases, and validation

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    In my old blog , I wrote about a post by one of my Microsoft colleagues recommending the use of passphrases rather than passwords for Windows security. One problem that I've run into with using passphrases (or long/complex passwords) is that some applications...
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    Have a fling!

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    This is way cool… [via Eric Gunnerson's C# Compendium ]
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    Scoble: Why geek get togethers are important (security security security)

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    Scoble reports on some security discussions he’s had recently: Getting together with other geeks has been part of this industry for more than 30 years and it's no less important today than it was back in the mid 70s when Wozniak showed his Apple...
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    XP SP2 Released…resources for developers

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    Windows XP Service Pack 2 has been released, and should be becoming available via automatic updates soon. In the meantime, you may want to check out the following articles, which will help you prepare:   http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...
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    Need to get Hotmail on your SmartPhone?

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    This question came up on a forum I belong to, so I thought I'd pass along a couple of options for getting Hotmail on your Smartphone (note that both of these are subscription-based services): Pocket MSN (SmartPhone 2003 only): http://mobile...
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    Interested in SQL Server 2005?

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    Find white papers, demos, etc. at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2005/ .
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    Sam Gentile Reloaded

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    Sam Gentile, a .net rockstar par excellence, has revamped his site, SamGentile.com based on DotNetNuke, and has asked for a little help in getting the word out. I'm more than happy to oblige, as Sam's a great resource for information on the CLR, Rotor...
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    Useful links:

    Geoff's links: http://blogs.msdn.com/gsnowman/articles/93823.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/gsnowman/articles/93226.aspx
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    More neat stuff from MS Research

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    Imagine if you could take a video, and use your computer to turn it into a cartoon…perhaps not so far off, based on this work being done by Microsoft Research: http://research.microsoft.com/displayArticle.aspx?id=689 Neat. Want to learn about this...
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