microsoft

Microsoft Corporation (/ˈmaɪkrɵˌsɒft/ or /-ˌsɔːft/) is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. [read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft]

  • 2 interesting articles...

    For as long as most technologists can remember, there has been "Wintel," the $250 billion industry dominated by Microsoft's Windows operating systems and Intel's microprocessors. But "Lintel," or the Linux operating system and Intel, is now encroaching on this empire, and behind it is the entire open-source software movement, which threatens to overthrow the Windows industry. Faced with this challenge, Microsoft is showing classic symptoms of "incumbents' disease." Rather than remaking itself, Microsoft is using legal threats, short-term deals, and fear, uncertainty, and doubt to fortify its position. But this strategy probably won't work. The Linux operating system and the open-source model for software development are far from perfect, but they look increasingly likely to depose Microsoft....By Charles Ferguson. Read more HERE at www.technologyreview.com

    and the feature article column  ("Linux vs. Windows: Why Linux will win" ) of www.librenix.com

  • Now the funny question! :-)

    Is Google under attack by a BOTNET or is it just real users seeking for solution ???

    google.flood.vista

    Note: this is how I land to that page, it seems that other query lead to the same results, but randomly.. so it look like Google was under attack. After the jump, the original text

    Here is also the query that lead to this page

    We're sorry...

    ... but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.

    We'll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.

    If you're continually receiving this error, you may be able to resolve the problem by deleting your Google cookie and revisiting Google. For browser-specific instructions, please consult your browser's online support center.

    If your entire network is affected, more information is available in the Google Web Search Help Center.

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  • Microsoft Windows XP suddenly dying in a blue screen of death :-(

    windows.xp.blue.screen.of.death.1&160;DSC00976

    As soon as I have 10 TUX on my desk, I will switch to Linux

  • A good article with a lot of points against OOXML, and why this file format MUST BE REJECTED by the ISO National Bodies.

    Microsoft’s position is hardening as the ISO vote on OOXML (DIS 29500) in Geneva approaches at the end of this month. We know more clearly now how Microsoft and its proxy group, ECMA, will position Microsoft’s OOXML specification in advance of the vote. In short, Microsoft is betting that its influence with National Bodies will allow it to push through a specification which elevates its own interests over that of truly competitive, open international standards.  

    A Deluge of Facts KOs OOXML (Office Open XML)

     

  • 1400$ electricity yearly!!!!
    "A few weeks ago, we started investigating the possibility of putting Linux on an XBOX. We played with some ideas in our heads, a render farm, a cheap office computer or a distributed crypto platform, just to start. The idea required a little bit of elbow grease, a mod chip, Linux and a bunch of free time. " MORE on Anandtech


  • Microsoft cool gadget, is it not time to fire some gadget designer?

    No monkey has been hurt during the process...

    developer developer developer (more famous as the
    monkey dance)


     

  • (I am and you?)

    Purpose

    This page is dedicated to all persons who want to find alternatives to Microsoft (and we are each days more). Personnaly I now hate Microsoft&39;s politics of innovation, Microsoft&39;s ideas against the open source community, and the way they acquire new technologies with their money: no heart at all. Moreover with my firewall, I discover that a lot of their applications use Internet Explorer to send data on the port 80: Direct X install, MSN Messenger, Internet Explorer, MSinstaller and so on. i already hear some of You saying: "yes We (M$) send data using webservices mainly because We (M$) want to improve your experience with windows XP"
    A lot of the alternatives below are now free, thanks to the open source community. If in the past a lot of complains have rised, mainly on usability and graphical user interface of free software, many of them can now compete with M$

    Microsoft&39;s main weaknesses? It seems to me that security, stability, and standards compliance are three areas where open source really has the advantage over proprietary software!

    • In todays society a new computer is like $600, and windows is $200, You could cut the cost by 25% just by using a open source os. and it would be more secure.
    • To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your Windows box, you just need to work on it.
    • Windows Xp is stable as long as you decide to restart it every day by your own! (try not to do this 1 week long, for example go in sleep mode, you will see how much it is insstable :-( )

    REASONS TO AVOID MICROSOFThttp://www.lugod.org/microsoft/

    The explanation for what microsoft products improve or are &39;good&39;is very simple. When microsoft has had significant competition it has competed on features, price and quality. As soon as the competition was eliminated all significant improvement stopped. This explains excel (quite good because of lotus), IE (improved until netscape became insignificant) etc...
    This is why the MS monopoly has been so damaging it has stagnated development and led to a much lower level of quality than would have been the case without it.

    Why are Microsoft so popular, or why have they been so in the past? To me this is not a difficult question to answer.
    In the past, (a fair few years ago now) the users of a number of other operating systems/formats (the Amiga and the UNIXes, primarily) believed and made themselves out to be vastly superior to the rest of the human race. Elitism was a real problem. Granted, the UNIXes in particular genuinely were technically a lot better, but the attitude of "If you don&39;t understand it, you don&39;t have the right to use a computer in the first place," did not help expand computer use beyond specialised areas, nor did it help those few hapless individuals back then who were not technically minded or of above-average intelligence, but who were still forced for whatever reason to use a computer.
    Enter Microsoft. They were a company with the now oft-quoted philosophy of, "a computer on every desk and in every home." Granted, it may well have been their philosophy mainly for monopolistic reasons, but it was still very different from the exclusive attitudes which prevailed among users of other systems at the time. The major contrast is that UNIX operating systems make the assumption that the person at the keyboard is a) intelligent, b) willing to invest time solving problems, and c) most likely has some degree of technical knowledge already, and proceed on that basis. Windows&39; philosophy on the other hand is that the person using it either a) is relatively unintelligent, or b) *is* reasonably intelligent, but has no desire to go to the effort of using whatever brains they might have. Windows&39; subsequent popularity is in my mind direct evidence of the validity of this philosophy.
    Windows is the McDonald&39;s of software. It is technologically monumentally inferior to any other operating system in existence, but it is quick to use, convenient, is generally very aesthetically pleasing on a superficial level, and above all is designed with the idea in mind that the person using it has the desire to exert the least possible amount of effort (intellectual or otherwise) in order to accomplish a given task.
    Despite how disparaging that assessment of Windows might have sounded, the fact that it gave the layperson the ability to use a computer in earlier years was an extremely positive and important thing. When you have a group of starving children, if easily digestible junk food is the only thing on the menu, it will at least allow the children in question to survive, and is therefore desirable until a more nutritious alternative is available. I believe Microsoft&39;s popularity is now waning, and will continue to wane. The reason for this is that initially, their entire reason for popularity was that they allowed people a way of using computers which was easy but at the same time technically very deficient. At the time, for non-technical people Microsoft were the only alternative, and so Windows&39; insecurity, instability and unreliability was something that simply had to be endured. Now that other operating systems which are excellent technically are reaching levels where they are also as easy to use as Windows itself, non-technical users no longer need to settle for Microsoft simply because the alternatives are too difficult for them. They can finally have an operating system which is not only easy enough for them to use, but which has a far greater level of stability than anything Microsoft can give them...They have the opportunity to have the best of both worlds.

    So if a user is comfortable with windows, why would they want to switch to Linux?
    It&39;s pretty simple: you don&39;t have too. You&39;re free to use whatever you like and you shouldn&39;t be locked down to a specific system or be forced to switch to another one. As long as you know what you are doing, losing or gaining, it&39;s all fine. Read more reasons why you may want to switch to Linux here

    What is GNU/GPL?
    The GNU GPL is a license commonly used for many free software projects, such as the Linux Operating System Kernel. The GPL licenses software free of cost, but requires any redistributor to provide the full source code. To resume, any company in the world can use a GNU/GPL project as a start or integrate it in a commercial product as long as all source code changes is shipped with the product! That is great! why reinvent the wheel?

    12.12.2003 I decide to buy Suse 9.0 and switch my 2 PC to linux, and to work actively for the open source community

     

    Microsoft (M$)
    /Others
    AlternativesRemarqs
    Internet ExplorerOpera
    www.operasoftware.com

    Netscape

    Mozilla

    Firefox
    www.mozilla.org/firefox

    Internet explorer is maybe now the worst browser on earth..
    • It has so many security flaws, that no internet page is ever capable of list them all,
    • Is accepting nearly every bad html code, -> in fact it promote bad coding and bad design guidelines on internet
    • Is not respecting any W3C standards (internet commission for standards)
    • is not portable, no way to run it on linux, mac os, beos
    • US-CERT Computer emergency readiness team recomend to avoid IE: http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/713878

    -> throw it away. As a bonus, you will have less spyware as most of the malicious javascript/activex code is tuned and is based on design and security flaws of internet explorer...

    OperaIf you try it you wont go back to IE: Mouse gesture, panel organisation are better. Highly skinnable. Small memory footprint and it is SO fast. Cost 29â?¬ End of year 2003, acquire 1 get 2 licences!!!! If you want to learn more about Opera, first take a look at a wide-ranging examination of its features. Then read this documeent "30 Days to Becoming an Opera7 Lover." And learn how to configure the browser.

    Firefox:
    Once it is started, it is as fast and rendering page faster than IE

    Sick of IE? Scrap It Completely or Beef It Up Mozilla&39;s release of Firefox this month prompts us to reconsider: "Should IE be put out to pasture?"

    Media PlayerVLC
    www.videolan.org

    Winamp 5.0
    www.winamp.com

    BsPlayer

    VLC: "The VideoLAN project targets multimedia streaming of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and DivX files, DVDs, digital satellite channels, digital terrestial television channels and live videos on a high-bandwidth IPv4 or IPv6 network in unicast or multicast under many OSes. VideoLAN also features a cross-platform multimedia player, VLC, which can be used to read the stream from the network or display video read locally on the computer under all GNU/Linux flavours, all BSD flavours, Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, Solaris, QNX, Familiar Linux..."
    Is getting better with each release. Now a lot of video who do not work on Media Player
    are working on VLC. Open source and multi plattform. Free of use.Interface still slow and ugly but latest version now support skinning.

    Winamp 5.0: I am using it since 4 weeks now, stable and great quality of output, it outpass the media player in all domains! NEW a part of winamp 5 will be open source!

    Windows FirewallKerio personal firewall
    www.kerio.com
    Install a firewall and block all Microsoft applications when they try to send packet on port 80 and others. Free for personal use.
    Office 2003www.openoffice.orgFree of use. Use virtually any office documents. This tools has never been so atractive as today. Moreover don&39;t let M$ create closed source format as it lead to a monopole. Prefer the XML native format of Open Office.
    MSN Messenger
    ICQ
    YAHOO Messenger
    Miranda IM
    www.miranda-im.org

    GAIM (linux/windows others)
    www.gaim.org
    All these instant messaging tools are proprietary and full of spy to track your habits. Miranda is free, open source and has a huge number of plugins: 179 as todays, is skinnable
    and can use any protocol through plugins. In one interface you have all IM. I use it since 1 months now without any problems :-)

    but it is only working on windows...

    GAIM:

    Windows XPMandrake 10
    www.mandrakestore.com

    Suse 9.0
    www.suse.com

    Zeta
    www.yellowtabs.com

    Knoppix
    www.knoppix.net
    Or
    Suse live eval.
    You listen mp3, watch DVD, video, browse internet and never play any latest games.
    Are sick of updating your system all the time with windows update? maybe it is time to go to linux. It has been never as attractive as today. Mandrake 10 and suse 9.1 are really user friendly and look even better than windows XP with KDE 3.2. Wine, a windows wrapper/emulator, is working correctly with all windows apps without installing any M$ code..

    Zeta, if they can migrate a JDK 1.4 and Mono (open source .NET), it may be a good choice, stable, fast and the multimedia API&39;s of the future.

    "From zero to GNU Linux in 5 minutes" Want to try a linux installation without any modifications to your configuration? It is time to use a live evaluation CD like: Knoppix www.knoppix.org or Suse 9.0 live eval. They do not write on your disk, and are extract everything to RAM. You can also use these system, to access to any damaged hard disk: The power of linux on one CD.
    "KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it." from www.knoppix.net

    Paint Shop ProGIMP
    www.gimp.org
    GNU Image Manipulation Program, run on Unix and on Windows. Great tool which is compatible with adobe photoshop plugin.
     VirtualDub
    http://www.virtualdub.org
    GNU editing tools, open source Simply the best video editor available.
    eMuleXmule,aMule
    eMule under linux
     SpybotThe ultimative free anti spyware tool
    mp3Ogg Vorbis
    "Ogg Vorbis is a completely open, patent-free, professional audio encoding and streaming technology with all the benefits of Open Source."

    Only drawback: you may not always find a portable ogg vorbis player.
    DIVXXVID
    Review here: http://www.doom9.org/index.html?/codecs-203-1.htm

    Xvid is open source, no licence, and has better performance than Divx, and no restrictions on video size

    Download managerDownloader for X 2.5.0rc2
    http://www.krasu.ru/soft/chuchelo/


    http://prozilla.genesys.ro/
    There are several download managers that enable you to resume downloading after an interruption.

    "Downloader for X is a Linux/Unix userfriendly program with nice X interface to download files from the Internet. It suppotrs both FTP and HTTP protocols, supports resuming (of course if server side supports it) and makes downloading files from internet easy. Downloader for X is an analogue for Linux/Unix of such famous applications for Windows as ReGet, Go!Zilla and GetRight."

    "ProZilla is a download accelerator for Linux which gives you a 200% to 300% improvement in your file downloading speeds."
    Email Reader:
    outlook express
    FoxMail
    http://foxmail.free.fr/www/home.php (french)
    http://fox.foxmail.com.cn/english/index.htm
    (English)
    "Foxmail is one of the most popular Internet email client, especially in China, more than 3 million people are using Foxmail to handle their email everyday, and the English version is also widely used in more than 20 countries.
    Foxmail is rated as 5 STAR software by ZDNet.
    "

    After using all these tools, you will notice that you are no more using closed source commercial tools, next step would be to replace windows!

     

    Se faire rembourser les logiciels fournis avec son ordinateur: c&39;est possible!

    - HP rembourse 261â?¬ a un utilisateur Windows qui n&39;en voulait pas... Lire ICI Par This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , ZDNet France
    - DELL rembourse aussi! http://wiki.aful.org/Reussie2

     

    To be continued...

  • apache-poi-logo The Apache POI Project's mission is to create and maintain Java APIs for manipulating various file formats based upon the Office Open XML standards (OOXML) and Microsoft's OLE 2 Compound Document format (OLE2). In short, you can read and write MS Excel files using Java. In addition, you can read and write MS Word and MS PowerPoint files using Java. Apache POI is your Java Excel solution (for Excel 97-2008). We have a complete API for porting other OOXML and OLE2 formats and welcome others to participate.

    Switch Off logging

    From the documentation at http://poi.apache.org/utils/logging.html

    Logging in POI is used only as a debugging mechanism, not a normal runtime logging system. Logging is ONLY for autopsie type debugging, and should NEVER be enabled on a production system. Enabling logging will reduce performance by at least a factor of 100. If you are not developing POI or trying to debug why POI isn't reading a file correctly, then DO NOT enable logging. You've been warned.

    In order to effectively disable the logging functionality in Apache POI you must use an alternative logger. This is accomplished by providing a property to the POILogFactory to override the default logger. You can add one of these –D to your JVM settings

    -Dorg.apache.poi.util.POILogger=org.apache.poi.util.NullLogger
    -Dorg.apache.poi.util.POILogger=org.apache.commons.logging.impl.NoOpLog

    I found Apache POI to slightly better perform with the NoOpLog of apache common!

    Recompile poi with more adapted settings

    You can create a custom build of Apache POI 3.8 and alter the following properties to better match the size of the excel files you are generating or reading:

  • org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFRowINITIAL_CAPACITY=5;
  • org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFSheetINITIAL_CAPACITY= 20;&160;&160;&160; // used for compile-time optimization.&160; This is the initial size for the collection of rows.&160; It is currently set to 20.&160; If you generate larger sheets you may benefit by setting this to a higher number and recompiling a custom edition of HSSFSheet.
  • org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFWorkbookINITIAL_CAPACITY=3;&160; // used for compile-time performance/memory optimization.&160; This determines the&160; initial capacity for the sheet collection.&160; Its currently set to 3.Changing it in this release will decrease performance since you're never allowed to have more or less than three sheets!&160;&160;&160;&160;&160;
  • INITIAL_CAPACITY">http://poi.apache.org/apidocs/org/apache/poi/hssf/usermodel/HSSFWorkbook.htmlINITIAL_CAPACITY

    Don’t use xlsx, prefer xls!

    This will only work if you do not reach xls limitations which may avoid you to go to that extreme solution. XLS is not compressed (XLSX is xml based and compressed) and your workbook may double size in memory as a result!

    For example, data beyond 256 (IV) columns by 65,536 rows will not be saved in xls! In Excel 2010 and Excel 2007, the worksheet size is 16,384 columns by 1,048,576 rows, but the worksheet size of Excel 97-2003 is only 256 columns by 65,536 rows. Data in cells outside of this column and row limit is lost in Excel 97-2003. But there is a lot more limitations listed at office.com

    The biggest side effect was that my excel file went from 354kb to 967kb, but the speed increase was quite interesting: more than 44% less evaluation time.

    Small localized optimization

    I don’t think these bring a lot of speed, JIT should optimize this bad piece of code for us but it is always worth trying Speeding up org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFRow.compareTo() and http://affy.blogspot.ch/2004/04/poi-optimization-speeding-_108265938673224937.html

  • This copy of Microsoft Windows XP is not genuine. Windows XP Pirates have again found workaround methods to bypass the latest Microsoft Anti-Piracy effort - Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications that notifies you through annonying pop-up messages if your copy of Windows is not genuine.

    Nearly five method to get rid of the Microsoft check are floating around! Instead of hacking the check, maybe it is time to give Linux a chance with Knoppix 5.0 or Suse...especially if You do not play any games with Your computer.

  • Microsoft Vista, the big lie about reusing your hardware...

    Interview with Alex Ionescu, he has found a flaw in the driver installation to remove PMP locking functionalities in Vista.

    According to this very instructive article above, the PMP Digital Rights Management framework (Conditional Access, Copy Protection, Digital Rights Management and Link Protection) will force us to throw away our LCD monitor (having no HDMI plugs), videocard (being not HDCP). You can read also this WikiPedia entry about Digital Righ Management (DRM)

    Solution:
    • Do not rush on a Vista box, but who is really doing this? yesterday in Zürich, I found a lot of Vista box lying and no one were looking at them except me...I think a lot of person are shocked by the price: 450CHF and 850CHF! the price of a middle range  computer!
    • Only buy Vista with a new computer...paying it 100CHF is more acceptable.
    • Find a DRM fair play use tool (allow You to remove DRM lock) and play the result with VideoLan(the famous open source video player)
    • Simply refuse the Microsoft future  by sending email to hardware manufacturers asking them to better support Linux.


  • Tomshardware has an interesting articles for all XBOX modder which prefer having an original Network attached Storage instead of a game machine.

    With the arrival of the Xbox360, there will soon be a buyer's market for its older sibling. Kevin Herring shows how to give an Xbox a new lease on life as a full-featured NAS.


    {mosgoogle}

  • From the software Freedom Law Center

    There has been much discussion in the free software community and in the press about the inadequacy of Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) as a standard, including good analysis of some of the shortcomings of Microsoft's Open Specification Promise (OSP), a promise that is supposed to protect projects from patent risk. Nonetheless, following the close of the ISO-BRM meeting in Geneva, SFLC's clients and colleagues have continued to express uncertainty as to whether the OSP would adequately apply to implementations licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). In response to these requests for clarification, we publicly conclude that the OSP provides no assurance to GPL developers and that it is unsafe to rely upon the OSP for any free software implementation, whether under the GPL or another free software license.

    Read More HERE at www.softwarefreedom.org

    Note that all my Joomla! components are now covered by the GPL v3

    gplv3-logo-red

    And this because I agree with the new protection coming with the GPL v3

    [We] update the GPL to protect its copyleft from being undermined by legal or technological developments. The most recent version protects users from three recent threats:

    • Tivoization: Some companies have created various different kinds of devices that run GPLed software, and then rigged the hardware so that they can change the software that's running, but you cannot. If a device can run arbitrary software, it's a general-purpose computer, and its owner should control what it does. When a device thwarts you from doing that, we call that tivoization.
    • Laws prohibiting free software: Legislation like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the European Union Copyright Directive make it a crime to write or share software that can break DRM. These laws should not interfere with the rights the GPL grants you.
    • Discriminatory patent deals: Microsoft has recently started telling people that they will not sue free software users for patent infringement—as long as you get the software from a vendor that's paying Microsoft for the privilege. Ultimately, Microsoft is trying to collect royalties for the use of free software, which interferes with users' freedom. No company should be able to do this.

    Read the Quick Guide to GPL v3 HERE

  •  The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That in it's [sic] essence, is Fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any controlling private power."   -- Franklin D. Roosevelt, Message proposing the "Standard Oil" Monopoly Investigation, 1938
    Read more here: Examining Microsoft's business practices and lobbying, an article found at LXER Linux news
  • Hack into a Windows PC - no password needed

    A security consultant based in New Zealand has released a tool that can unlock Windows computers in seconds without the need for a password.

    Adam Boileau first demonstrated the hack, which affects Windows XP computers but has not yet been tested with Windows Vista, at a security conference in Sydney in 2006, but Microsoft has yet to develop a fix.

    Interviewed in ITRadio'sRisky Business podcast, Boileau said the tool, released to the public today, could "unlock locked Windows machines or login without a password... merely by plugging in your Firewire cable and running a command".

    Read More HERE

    It's official: Pirates crack Vista at last

    A genuine crack for Windows Vista has just been released by pirate group Pantheon, which allows a pirated, non-activated installation of Vista (Home Basic/Premium and Ultimate) to be properly activated and made fully-operational.

    Unlike cracks which have been floating around since Vista RTM was released in late November, this crack doesn&8217;t simply get around product activation with beta activation files or timestop cracks - it actually makes use of the activation process. It seems that Microsoft has allowed large OEMs like ASUS to ship their products with a pre-installed version of Vista that doesn&8217;t require product activation &8211; apparently because end users would find it too inconvenient.

    This version of Vista uses System-Locked Pre-Installation 2.0 (SLP 2.0). It allows the &8220;Royalty OEMs&8221; to embed specific licensing information into the operating system which Vista can activate without having to go back to Microsoft for verification. The licensing components include the OEM&8217;s hardware-embedded BIOS ACPI_SLIC (which has been signed by Microsoft), an XML certificate file which corresponds to this ACPI_SLIC and a specific OEM product key.

    Pantheon released a bundle which includes the certificate files from ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo along with OEM product keys for Vista Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate, and an emulator which allows the BIOS ACPI_SLIC driver for any manufacturer to be installed without requiring the system to be physically running that hardware. For example, you can install the ASUS certificate information on any machine, not just an ASUS.

    Via APCMag, read more HERE

  • Some things that are still missing:

    • Dead or Alive 4
    • a Modchip, Teamxecuter is well place to ship the first one in weeks or months....
    • a way to use it as a media center with an open source software
    • samba share and not proprietary protocol which require XP/MCE

    Annoying

    1. noise
    2. size of alimentation

    but I am able to support it when I play in 720pp on a 5 meters display :-)

    some sites on hacking:

    Not related to hacking but some good news on games, mods http://www.xbox360fanboy.com/

  • "European Union judges delved on Thursday into the technical quagmire at the heart of Microsoft's challenge to a landmark European Commission decision that the software giant illegally muscled out rivals.

    In a weeklong hearing at Europe's second-highest court, the Court of First Instance, 13 judges are weighing whether to uphold the decision to order Microsoft to change its business practices and fine it a record $617 million (497 million euros).
    The Commission's reputation as Europe's top antitrust authority hinges on the outcome of the hearing.
    In 2004, the Commission said Microsoft must give rivals more information so their print, file access and log-in server software could work smoothly with its Windows system, used by 95 percent of the world's PCs."

    Read more qt ZDnews


  • WinXP SP2 = security placebo?
    Why SP2 deserved every shred of the scrutiny

  • James Gosling, fellow at Sun and father of Java, has called the relevance of the pact between Sun and Microsoft into doubt
    It speak also about NDA, reverse engineering in Samba, openoffice
    "In the United States a really vile law got passed a few years ago called the DMCA. It is legal for stuff except stuff doing Digital Rights Management (DRM). So what has been happening is folks like Microsoft, have been putting DRM into everything. DRM has been put into places you wouldn't think would make a whole lot of sense, like the document format being wrapped in DRM stuff…" more here [ZdnetUK]
  • Another lock-in of users  format full of promise by Microsoft: Metro
    Metro will be based on XML (eXtensible Markup Language), an open standard widely used on the internet.
    read more here:
    Metro is basically M$ response to the widely use Adobe PDF (Portable Document File) file format...There is some articles which try to explain why M$ is now trying to control PDF:  Microsoft gunning for Adobe's PDF format? and  Microsoft Metro Threatens Adobe Acrobat, a very good article on what Metro may change in our lives.

    Metro Specification and Reference Guide is available on M$ HERE

    Note: If You ever want to create, read, modifiy PDF using Java, there is a huge list of open source libraries and tools list HERE

  • Funny Video

  • Microsoft FUD by Steve Ballmer
    http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/execmail/
    and response from Novell SUSE:
    http://www.suse.com/us/company/press/press_releases/archive04/response.html
    So lets summarize

    • Bill Gates has not see that a PC may need one day more than 640Kb...
    • M$ has not see the boom of internet and has waited till Netscape show them what to do... (browser)
    • M$ has not see the boom of internet search engine (Google), they start MSN search...
    • M$ has not see the boom of mobile mp3 player (Ipod & Itunes), they start MSN Music service...
    • M$ has not seen Linux Server and High Power Computing coming (HPC clusters), but M$ has now W2k 2003 with a media player and Internet explorer: an insecure browser running in kernel space!!!
    • M$ has not see managed code and JVM abstraction advantages (JAVA), they start .NET
    • M$ has not see that a PC may belong to a familly (real multiuser)
    • M$ has not see that an OS need a firewall installed as default, the have one in SP2 (2004, 10 years after windows95) but it can be switch off by the first worm....
    Hum for the first company In world, I am asking myself what M$ is doing with their R&D budget? correcting a huge moutain of bugs or only buying nearly finished products from startup?
    Lets face, M$ is the first company in world not because they merit it, simply they were at the right place at the right time.


  • State of Massachusetts want to protect consumers againt the giant Microsoft...is it the start of a change?

    Even as millions of dollars worth of Office business hangs in the balance, Microsoft says it will not support the OpenDocument format likely to be adopted by the state of Massachusetts this month as its standard XML format.
    By Paula Rooney 
    ...
    "Desktop software that supports OpenDocument and PDF in the future is acceptable; Microsoft's proprietary XML formats are not," Eric Kriss, Secretary of Administration & Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, told CRN during an telephone interview Friday.
    ...
    Microsoft Blasts Massachusetts' New XML Policy at http://informationweek.com

  • Microsoft Australia has come under fire from rival vendors and open-source advocates for keeping its Office document standards proprietary.

    Greg Stone, Microsoft's national technology officer for Australia and New Zealand, faced the criticism during his presentation at the Australian Unix User Group's Open Computing in Government conference in Canberra. However, he stood firm on the company's policy of making the XML schemas for its Office 2003 document standard publicly available provided interested parties sign an agreement with the software heavyweight. More at ZDnet

  • And alter the user-agent of Firefox!

    firefox.eat.internetexplorer Seems that Microsoft is considering now adding extensions to Firefox in order not to loose market share in the browser (a war is restarting?)

    microsoft.net.assistant

    I've notice on Sunday evening the install of a new (HIDDEN) Firefox add-on

    • XP don&8217;t display this add-on so it CANT be removed easily using the add-on manager
    • VISTA display the add-on &8220;Microsoft .Net Framework Assistant&8221; but uninstalling it in Firefox, restarting do not WORK

    Attention: you will encounter this issue

    • if you run Microsoft Update and install Microsoft .NET 3.5
    • If you install Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 (which require the above component)

    Removing it wont make you loose a lot of things:

    "Adds ClickOnce support and the ability to report installed .NET versions to the web server&8221;

    How to remove it

    You'll have to hack the registry of Windows for now :-(

    1. Open your Start Menu and choose Run.
    2. Type in regedit and click OK.
    3. Within there, you have to look for something like calledHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\extensions and delete the key there
      For Windows Vista 64-bit HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions
    4. Type in Firefox about:config in the address bar in Firefox, accept the warning
    5. Remove (right click reset) general.useragent.extra.microsoftdotnet
    6. Remove (right click reset) microsoft.CLR.clickonce.autolaunch.
    7. Open Windows Explorer and go to\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5\Windows Presentation Foundation\DotNetAssistantExtension\ to remove the last remnants of the evil extension.

    Links

    This is such a way