Those 8-megapixel cameras take great pictures, don’t they? Faaaaaaat. In
more ways than one.
The top complaint I’ve heard since the holidays has nothing to do with
rootkits, WMF files, or patches of patches. Nope. The people I know who scream
the loudest got expensive new cameras, and they’ve learned that they can’t do
much with their pictures.
If your holiday season was anything like mine, you probably received a fair amount of
software, either off the shelf, or bundled with a new PC. Seems that CDs have replaced
silk ties as the gift of choice when trying to buy for someone who has
But CDs and DVDs today can hold dangers that you should avoid. Let’s look at how
one simple change can make you immune to those headaches.
I’ve spent most of this year — I’m tempted to say “wasted most of this year”
— writing about Windows security holes, patches, patches of patches, threats,
and vulnerabilities, both real and imagined.
That is the question.
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to…
Oooops, wait a sec. Wrong century.
The three changes Office 2003 SP2 makes to Outlook, which I describe in
part 1, operate quite independently. The overall effect is really weird, to me anyway.
No doubt you’ve read about Microsoft’s new Outlook antiphishing software, built into
the recent Office 2003 Service Pack 2. Some of the media coverage I’ve seen
sounds like it was copied, verbatim, from the company’s press releases.
Office service packs have a long, tortured history. The little letters at
the end of the release numbers — SR-1a, SR-2b — tell a sad
tale of botched patches and patches of patches.
Of all the Windows tricks I’ve encountered over the years, the following tip
has saved so many of my friends, so many times, that it deserves a
permanent spot in the Windows Secrets Hall of Fame.
Only an Apple employee would install iTunes and expect it to replace Windows Media
Sometimes, Microsoft's patches really turn my stomach.
This week? It’s the “Windows Task Scheduler” security patch that’s identified as
If you slog through Microsoft's miles and miles of technical discussion, you
might come to the conclusion that poor ol’ Microsoft had fallen victim to yet
another bunch of wily black-hat virus writers. These miscreants do their worst
to lure you to their wicked Web sites in order to infect your poor, unsuspecting
PC with a bogus Windows Task Scheduler job. (The problem afflicts Windows XP,
Windows 2000, and Windows NT 4 if Internet Explorer 6 is installed.)