User profile
Nick Neklioudov, Cgi Group Inc.
Nick Neklioudov, M.Sc., CNA, works as Senior Analyst with CGI Group Inc. in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Programming in all versions of FoxPro/VFP since 1987, in .Net since 2003, not counting some other developer tools and environments. Nick received Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award three times. Nick Neklioudov has over 20 years experience with computers and information technologies, especially in database-oriented programming, object-oriented programming and information systems development.

General information

Address:Nova Scotia, Canada
Web site:
Number of messages:6728
Spoken languages:English, Russian

Articles written

Talk to Me! FoxPro Advisor, August 2001.
Raise Events From Your Applications. FoxPro Advisor, February 2001.
Make Your Controls Click-Transparent. Feature article, FoxPro Advisor, December 2000.
Make Your Form Modal/Modeless on-the-Fly. FoxPro Advisor, December 2000.
"Transparent" Grid Cover. FoxPro Advisor, October 1997.
Highlight the Active Page. FoxTalk, June 1997.
Yet another approach to forms and grids. VFUG Newsletter, May, 1997.

Learning brochures:

Computer viruses and computer safety. Moscow, 1990.
Working with Hayes-compatible modems. Moscow, 1992.
More than 20 publications in area of technical and economical evaluation of foreign automobile design and production. Moscow, 1980-1990

Speaking experience

Presented at User groups across North America
Speaker at VFP DevCon 2001 September 9-12, San Diego, CA
OOP seminar. Maritime Life Assurance Co., July 2000.
Training course for Jacques Whitford company users,
including Novell 4.10 and Perfect Office 6.0 (June 1995)
Training courses for PC users in SANDVIK Moscow office. (1990-1993)
2 years as an Instructor at the Moscow Computer Centre. PC User Training Course included MS-DOS, word processing, database management systems and electronic spreadsheets. (1988-1990)


Statements reporting system (VB.Net)
Rate of Return client-server (built completely in VFP 8)
Tax slips repository and XML slip generation for Revenue Canada. (VFP 8.0)
Electric billing system for Riverport Electric Lights Commission.(VFP 8.0)
Client/Server software developments for Maritime Life Assurance Co. (VFP 3.0, 5.0, 6.0, 8.0)
Levy Control & Management System, Halifax Employers Association. (VFP 6.0)
Asset Information Management System, Maritime Life Assurance Co. (VFP 5.0a)
Tourist Accommodation System II, Nova Scotia Economic Reneval Agency. (VFP 5.0)
Data collection programs for field use in hand-held PC-9000 computers. (FoxBase+,FoxPro 2.5 DOS)
Novell 4.10 network for Jacques Whitford Co. (150 workstations).
Several Novell 3.11 networks for 30-50 workstations.
Various accounting programs in FoxPro 1.0 - 2.5 DOS, VFP 3.0, 5.0.
Inventory system in FoxPro 2.0 DOS for Moscow "Belgrade" supermarket.
Votes counting system. (FoxPro 2.5 DOS)
Shareholders Register system, contained more 300,000 records. (FoxPro 2.5 DOS)
Client Register program for SANDVIK company(FoxPro 1.0,2.0 DOS)
Client Tracking program (FoxPro 2.5 WINDOWS)
Numerous database information systems in Dbase III+, Foxbase+, FoxPro.

Company worked for

Maritime Life Assurance Co., Halifax NS. Systems Analyst.
DDA Computer Consultants Ltd., Halifax, NS. VFP Client/Server software developments in VFP 3.0, 5.0
CQA Consulting Group Ltd., Enfield, NS. Software developments in VFP 5.0
Practical Business Software Ltd., Dartmouth, NS. Programmer/Analyst, LAN Administrator, Accounting software developments in VFP.
EOR Information Technologies Ltd., Jacques Whitford Group of Companies, Dartmouth, NS. LAN Administrator.
Department of Natural Resources, NS Government. Programmer/Analyst.
Moscow office of the SANDVIK company (Sweden). Computer consulting, software developments.
Industry Investment Company AMOINVEST, Moscow.
Leading Programmer.
Moscow Automotive Plant AMO ZIL. Senior Programmer, LAN Administrator.
Central Institute of Information, Technical and Economical Researches of Automotive Industries, Moscow. Senior Scientist.

User group presentations

The Power of Interceptor-type classes - Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 at 18h30
Nick Neklioudov, three times Microsoft MVP, Senior Analyst at CGI Inc. Canada, will be in town to give the presentation about using the Interceptor-type class for handling Drag & Drop functionality in VFP forms. Drag & Drop functionality is common in Windows applications and typically requires adding the code to every control to support Drag & Drop operations. However, there is a way to implement it without changing a single line of code in your existing form controls.
The Hidden Powers of Drag and Drop. - Tuesday, July 11th, 2006 at 17h30
Nick Neklioudov, three times Microsoft MVP, will be in town to give the presentation about using the Interceptor-type class for handling Drag & Drop functionality in VFP forms. Drag & Drop functionality is common in Windows applications and typically requires adding the code to every control to support Drag & Drop operations. However, there is a way to implement it without changing a single line of code in your existing form controls.
The Hidden Face of Drag and Drop - Thursday, August 4th, 2005 at 18h30
Nick Neklioudov, a Microsoft MVP will show us the intricacies and oddities of Drag and Drop. Drag & Drop functionality is common in Windows applications and typically requires adding the code to every control to support Drag & Drop operations. However, there is a way to implement it without changing a single line of code in your existing form controls. This session is not just about Drag & Drop and it shows: - How to implement Drag & Drop without changing a single line of code in the existin...
Nick Neklioudov Speaks - The Hidden Face of Drag and Drop - Thursday, May 6th, 2004 at 19h30
Meeting Agenda May 6, 2004 Monthly Meeting 6:30pm Pre-Meeting Technology Tracks  Track 1: D/FW FoxPro User Group Web Site Development with Web Connect Present...
Nick Neklioudov Demo's Visual Foxpro 8 - Tuesday, November 5th, 2002 at 17h15
What an opportunity! Nick Neklioudov of the Universal Thread, Microsoft MVP, will be in town for our November meeting.He was the UT on-the-spot correspondent at the recently concluded Ft. Lauderdale Devcon where VFP 8.0 was unveiled. Nick will give a "First Look" presentation which is being prepared by Ken Levy, Microsoft 's product manager for VFP. Described as the most stable and feature-full release yet, VFP 8 includes an impressive array of improvements, many of which had been on develo...


Sunday, January 1st, 2006, by Nick Neklioudov
Nick Neklioudov resumes the highlights in the VFP community in the last month
Wednesday, February 1st, 2006, by Nick Neklioudov
Nick Neklioudov resumes the highlights in the VFP community in the last month
Wednesday, March 1st, 2006, by Nick Neklioudov
Nick Neklioudov resumes the highlights in the VFP community in the last month
Saturday, April 1st, 2006, by Nick Neklioudov
Nick Neklioudov resumes the highlights in the VFP community in the last month
Monday, May 1st, 2006, by Nick Neklioudov
Nick Neklioudov resumes the highlights in the VFP community in the last month
Thursday, June 1st, 2006, by Nick Neklioudov
Nick Neklioudov resumes the highlights in the VFP community in the last month
Saturday, July 1st, 2006, by Nick Neklioudov
Nick Neklioudov resumes the highlights in the VFP community in the last month
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, by Nick Neklioudov
Nick Neklioudov resumes the highlights in the VFP community in the last month
Friday, September 1st, 2006, by Nick Neklioudov
Nick Neklioudov resumes the highlights in the VFP community in the last month
Sunday, October 1st, 2006, by Nick Neklioudov
Nick Neklioudov resumes the highlights in the VFP community in the last month
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006, by Nick Neklioudov
Nick Neklioudov resumes the highlights in the VFP community in the last month
Friday, December 1st, 2006, by Nick Neklioudov
Nick Neklioudov resumes the highlights in the VFP community in the last month
Thursday, March 1st, 2007, by Nick Neklioudov
Nick Neklioudov resumes the highlights in the VFP community in the last month
Friday, June 23rd, 2000, by Nick Neklioudov
You can make your form Modal/Modeless on the fly. This may be useful for preventing users to switch to other forms before they finished entering the data.
Friday, April 7th, 2000, by Nick Neklioudov
This will translate the HEX encrypted text. It is a little wrapper around George Tasker class for automatic translation back and forth and placing the translated text to the Clipboard. You can explicitly pass your text as a parameter, or the program automatically picks the clipboard content.
Wednesday, May 29th, 2002, by Nick Neklioudov
Instead of trying to add properties with some third-party tools like ADDPROP5.FLL to the native object created with SCATTER NAME command you may try to approach this problem from the other side. You can replace the native SCATTER command with your own function MYSCATTER which may work on any area and create the object from one of standard VFP classes and use its native .AddProperty method.
Wednesday, April 5th, 2000, by Nick Neklioudov
Checkboxes supports both Numeric and Logical data types. When you check its value, do not just write IF thisform.mycheckbox.Value = 1 or IF thisform.mycheckbox.Value = .t. Check it as IF !EMPTY(thisform.mycheckbox.Value) This way you don't care what the type of value really is and the code will not bomb if you occasionally changed the value type in the Property sheet.
Monday, June 26th, 2000, by Nick Neklioudov
Say, you have the client birth date and you want your program to tell you if the birthday is within the certain date range (even when the given range starts in one year and finishes in another). SELECT * FROM CLIENTS ; WHERE BETWEEN(GOMONTH(birth_date,(YEAR(start_date)- YEAR(birth_date))*12), start_date, end_date ) ; OR BETWEEN(GOMONTH(birth_date,(YEAR(end_date)- YEAR(birth_date))*12), start_date, end_date)
Thursday, November 1st, 2001, by Nick Neklioudov
I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia with my wife Tanya (who I happily married 22 years ago) and our 18-year old daughter Nadya. The 3-year old cat Stanley is also a family member :) As you might have guessed, I do VFP programming. Tanya works at Dalhousie University. She is Ph. D. in Biology and has been to many expeditions for wild animals in exotic places like Vietnam, Ethiopia, Mongolia, and Comandor Islands in Bering Sea. Our daughter Nadya is going to study animation and hopes to work in Hollyw...
Friday, November 1st, 2002, by Nick Neklioudov
Author: Whil Hentzen Publisher: Hentzenwerke Corporation ISBN: 193091900X Paperback: 548 pages Dimensions (in inches): 1.14 x 9.10 x 7.02 3rd edition (July 2002) Amazon link: ref=sr_8_3/104-4551462-5371141?v=glance&n=507846 I was very pleased when I was asked to do the review of Whil Hentzen’s book "The Software Developer’s Guide". When I started to work as an Independent Consult...
Monday, July 17th, 2000, by Nick Neklioudov
If you get an error "Expression is invalid. Use a valid expression for DYNAMIC... property" you may try different type of addressing your PEMs: For example, in Grid.Init() this syntax does not work this.SETALL('DynamicBackColor', 'IIF(ASCAN(This.Parent.aRecNosSelected,RECNO()) > 0, RGB(255,0,0), RGB(255,255,255))' ,"Column") and this works: this.SETALL('DynamicBackColor', 'IIF(ASCAN(thisform.Grid1.aRecNosSelected,RECNO()) > 0, RGB(255,0,0), RGB(255,255,255))' ,"Column")
Saturday, January 17th, 1998, by Nick Neklioudov
This works: this.column1.DynamicForeColor = "IIF(some_type = 2, RGB(255,0,0), RGB(0,0,0))" And this does not work: this.column1.DynamicForeColor = "IIF(some_type = 2, RGB(255,0,0), RGB(0,0,0)) " Reason: one extra space before closing quotes.
Monday, January 1st, 2001, by Nick Neklioudov
I believe all of us are familiar with that set of four navigational buttons "First", "Prior", "Next", "Last" we use for data entry or maintenance forms. You need to put some code in their Click() events, enable or disable navigation buttons, according to the position of record pointer in a table. Of course, usually all we do it only once, and save this commandgroup as a class for reuse. I would like to suggest another approach for VFP 5.0 which eliminates the need in that commandgroup at all. ...


Monday, March 6th, 2000 at 00h25
The purpose of this container class is to provide the ability to work with the delimited text files as a source for the combobox/listbox. Think of it as equivalent of adding the RowSourceType 10 - TextFile to the combo/listboxes with the text data type. It allows you: - fill your combo/listbox with data - save/retrieve the data to/from the text file. - edit any element of data - enable/disable rows - sort by any column VFP 5.0, 6.0. Sample form and DOC file provided.
Sunday, September 10th, 2000 at 23h54
FoxSpeaker is an applicaton that allows you to add speech capabilities to your VFP forms and add comments to all your controls. Any form can be turned into an interactive demo or tutorial easily. FoxSpeaker does not require any changes to your forms except adding one button to switch FoxSpeaker on/off.
Thursday, September 21st, 2000 at 00h30
You said you wanted highlighted row in the grid? Forget adding properties and code in different places. Forget creating a special grid class with built-in highlight row functionality. You don't need to do it anymore.
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2001 at 00h46
You want to drag and drop cell values within the grid, between the grids or to outside controls? Forget to think of it as a very complicated task that requires adding properties and code in many different methods/controls. Nothing is easier if you have GridDragDropper. You just need to drop GridDragDropper class over your grid. That's it.
Thursday, January 9th, 1997 at 13h53
Being dropped on any Pageframe page changes Page Caption appearance when the page is Active/Inactive. You may manipulate the ForeColor, FontName and FontSize of the Page tab Caption. Automatically refreshes the Page when it is activated (if the property is set to .T. to do so). Does not require any changes to your pageframe and can be removed anytime.
Thursday, July 23rd, 1998 at 00h04
Pick-A-Project is the simple VFP form which runs in your development environment. It can help you easily organize your numerous VFP projects and switch between them.
Thursday, February 17th, 2000 at 23h50
Allows to automatically replace the application EXE (and other files) with the newest version from the location on the server. The list of files to update is in LAUNCHER.INI text file. All you need to do - to point your shortcut on the workstation to Launcher.exe and pass it the parameter (your local application path). Launcher.exe, launcher.ini and all application files to update should reside in the same network directory.
Wednesday, November 17th, 1999 at 22h00
This little program allows to create a new class library with all classes subclassed from another class library. Usage: DO SUBCLASS_IT WITH 'c', 'MyNewLibrary'. The first parameter is new subclass prefix (allowed to be empty). Second parameter is a new class library name. Do not forget to make a backup copy of the source class library!

Conference coverages

Sunday, September 29th, 2002, Contribution, Fort Lauderdale, United States
Sunday, September 29 Monday, September 30 Tuesday, October 1 Wednesday October 2 Sunday, September 29 by Robert Pierce and Nick Neklioudov It's that time of year again, when the Foxheads congregate to share ideas and network with others in the community. This year, Ft Lauderdale is the location of the invasion. I arrived at the conference hotel on Friday evening, the hotel seemed lifeless. I took the opportunity to check out the hotel, walk the grounds, and to check ou...


Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 at 09h05
From ComputerWorld: "Google plans to announce within the next day or so the names of PC makers in Taiwan and China that have already signed on to work with its new Chrome operating system, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The new Chrome OS will compete against Microsoft Windows in netbooks, laptop computers and desktops. Google is developing the Linux-based operating system for heavy Internet users, and it will begin appearing in netbooks in the second half of 2010, the company said in a blog posti...
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 at 09h02
From ArsTechnica: "Two separate sources—one inside the company and one outside it—have confirmed to Ars tonight that Google plans to launch an operating system built in some fashion around its new web browser, Chrome. One source says that the new OS will be launched soon, perhaps as early as tomorrow. Tentatively called "Google Chrome OS," the project appears targeted at netbooks."
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at 20h44
From ZDNet: "As I’ve noted here before, I am not among the true believers who are convinced that adding multi-touch support to Windows 7 PCs is going to spur sales. Yes, it might look cool to be able to touch a screen saver and see a simulated stream ripple. Or to use afinger to navigate a Virtual Earth globe/map. But the downside of fingerprints on my screen outweigh any benefits of touch applications I’ve seen or read about to date."
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at 20h42
From CNet: "More than three dozen security and privacy advocates and researchers are asking Google to offer better data protection for users of Gmail and other Google apps and Google said on Tuesday that it is considering doing that, if it doesn't slow down the apps too much. You may not know this but you can set Gmail to encrypt your session data by default to protect it from being sniffed over the network."
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at 20h41
From ComputerWorld: "As expected, Microsoft will let computer makers sell PCs with the aged Windows XP for six months after it releases Windows 7, a move that will confuse companies and make it tougher for them to manage their licensing, an analyst said today. A slide from a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that Computerworld has seen shows that the company plans to cut off OEMs' XP downgrade rights six months after Windows 7 debuts, limiting computer makers' moves after that to offering Vista-...
Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 23h08
From ZDNet: "Microsoft’s overzealous .Net branding campaign is a pretty much a thing of the past. But that doesn’t mean the .Net confusion is completely over. Microsoft’s attempt to juggle too many .Nets is coming home to roost with testers writing workflow-centric apps and services that can be hosted in the Azure cloud. In a posting to the Azure Services Platform blog last week, Microsoft officials admitted that .Net Services was based on a different, older version of .Net — and that the newer ...
Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 23h06
From RealTechNews: "In November of last year, Microsoft said that it would be both dropping its OneCare security product and releasing a free product in the second half of 2009. At the time, Microsoft said that the free software would allow them to “to protect an even greater number of consumers, especially in markets where the growth of new PC purchases is outpaced only by the growth of malware.” It now appears that Microsoft is on the verge of releasing a beta version of that product."
Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 23h05
From ZDNet: "At the end of the day Microsoft acknowledged its plan to ship a browser-less version of Windows 7 in the European Union to attempt to appease antitrust regulators, those same regulators and Opera Software weighed in on Redmond’s plan. Neither the European regulators nor Opera, the company which originally filed the antitrust case over browser-bundling against Microsoft in 2007, is completely keen on Microsoft’s proposed self-inflicted remedy. But the European Commission (EC) did lik...
Sunday, June 14th, 2009 at 21h06
It’s that time of the year again for another great event from DevTeach. DevTeach brings together some of the greatest minds and speakers for a collection of hands on training session. The conference focuses on .NET, web development, Silverlight, SQL Server development and IT, Agile, software architecture, and application life-cycle. All of this all of this is presented using the latest Microsoft tools and products.
Saturday, June 13th, 2009 at 05h10
From TechNewsWorld: "At midnight, Facebook will give users the chance to claim a cleaner URL for their pages. What was once a messy string of numbers and letters could simply be changed to, for example. The move may make it easier to find other people and companies, but did the social networking site give businesses enough time to gear up? Is there potential for IP conflicts?"
Saturday, June 13th, 2009 at 05h08
From ZDNet: "Experts have warned of serious security flaws in the Chinese government's censorship software, which could open the door to hackers creating huge botnets. Programming errors in the Green Dam Youth Escort software, which the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on Tuesday must be pre-installed on all new computers in the country, are at the root of the flaws, according to experts from the University of Michigan. "Once Green Dam is installed, any website the us...
Saturday, June 13th, 2009 at 05h04
From EWeek: "Google and Mozilla both updated their Web browsers this week. Mozilla fixed 11 vulnerabilities in its update to Firefox, while Google fixed two in its Chrome browser. Mozilla and Google both patched critical vulnerabilities in their browsers this week. Of the two, Mozilla plugged the most security holes. The company fixed 11 vulnerabilities in a June 11 update to Firefox. More than half of the bugs were labeled as "critical.""
Friday, June 12th, 2009 at 10h55
From ZDNet: "Satisfied that its security underpinnings are solid, Google has promoted its open-source Native Client technology to accelerate web applications out of its research phase and is taking steps to build it into the Chrome web browser. "Based on our experience to date, we believe that the basic architecture of our system is sound and the implementation is supportable. So now we are undertaking a number of tasks to transition Native Client from a research technology to a development plat...
Friday, June 12th, 2009 at 10h43
From ZDNet: "Microsoft is stepping up its campaign to try to appease European Commission (EC) regulators who are mulling possible remedies in the ongoing Opera-Microsoft browser-bundling case in the European Union. According to, Microsoft’s newest proposal is to offer a version of Windows 7 which strips out Internet Explorer (IE) 8. Not hides it — like is currently possible via a “remove features” capability. The Softies are proposing to sell a separate version, designated Windows 7 E w...
Friday, June 12th, 2009 at 10h41
From Ars Technica: "The world's rightsholders gathered in Washington this week to discuss copyright in all its variegated glory, but the event was essentially about one topic: how do we survive in a digital world? Over the last two days, copyright owners from around the world gathered in Washington, DC for the second World Copyright Summit."
Thursday, June 11th, 2009 at 06h50
From ZDNet: "The world of open-source development could be divided if the European Commission succeeds in passing a law extending consumer protection rules to software, according to experts. The Commission proposes software companies be held liable in the EU for the security and efficacy of their products. David Mitchell, senior vice president of IT Research at Ovum, thinks this may lead to a situation boosting current open-source vendors' business models, but making it more difficult for indepe...
Thursday, June 11th, 2009 at 06h47
From ZDNet: "Microsoft is getting ready to unveil its long-anticipated free antivirus software, which will compete with products sold by Symantec and McAfee. On Wednesday, a Microsoft spokesman said the world's biggest software manufacturer is testing an early version of the product with its own employees. Microsoft would "soon" make a beta available via its website, he added, but declined to provide a specific date."
Thursday, June 11th, 2009 at 06h42
From EWeek: "Global Language Monitor, a language-monitoring group, claims that the millionth word to enter the English lexicon is "Web 2.0," an occurrence seemingly tailor-made to bring joy to technophiles and tears of rage to linguistic purists. Other linguists have taken issue with Global Language Monitor’s methods, decrying them as nonsense. The Global Language Monitor, an Austin, Texas-based firm devoted to tracking worldwide trends in language, decreed that the millionth word to enter the E...
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 at 08h01
From ZDNet: "Microsoft has released 10 security updates fixing a record number of Patch Tuesday holes, including one for a critical hole in Internet Explorer 8 that was exploited as part of a hacking contest at CanSecWest in March. The bulletin addresses 31 vulnerabilities. "It's the most since Microsoft started releasing updates on a regular schedule of the second Tuesday of every month in October 2003," a Microsoft spokesman said."
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 at 07h52
From ComputerWorld: "Adobe has released critical security patches, fixing 13 bugs in its Reader and Acrobat software. The patches were released Tuesday, the same day as Microsoft's monthly security update, making for a hectic day of patching for some system administrators. Microsoft patched a record 31 bugs, including critical flaws in Windows, Office, and Internet Explorer."
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 at 07h51
From Ars Technica: "Researchers have combed search engine logs to determine when and how users refine their search queries, and when they find the built-in help system is actually helpful. We've spent a bit of time testing the limits of some new approaches to online search lately, and one of the key factors we judged the services by is their ability to fail in a useful manner. Anyone that performs searches on a regular basis is all too familiar with the experience of not getting the search terms...
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 10h20
From CNet: "On the same day that Apple released the public version of Safari 4 for Windows and Mac, Mozilla published an update to its Firefox 3.5 beta. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, they're not calling this a beta version, but it's not a release candidate, either. Within the next 24 hours, the Firefox 3.5 beta 4 will auto-update to what Mozilla is calling a "preview" version. Users can also force the update by going to the Help menu, then Check for Updates. At the time of writing, it d...
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 10h18
From ExtremeTech: "10 Microsoft Updates Arriving Soon Expect 10 Microsoft updates next Tuesday, with patches for Windows, Office, Word, and IE. Busy Patch From Microsoft in June Microsoft has released their Advance Notification Bulletin for next Tuesday's vulnerability disclosures and updates. It describes 10 updates: 6 to Windows, 1 to Office, 1 to Excel, 1 to Word, and 1 to Internet Explorer. The IE update appears to address the most serious vulnerabilities."
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 10h16
From ZDNet: "Penetration-testing company Immunity has exploited a flaw in VMware software that allows malicious code running in a virtual machine to take over the host operating system. Immunity included the attack code in an update to its commercial penetration-testing tool, Canvas 6.47, released on Tuesday last week. The attack code is in a module of the tool called Cloudburst. Cloudburst uses a vulnerability in the virtual-machine display functions of VMware Workstation that can be exploited ...
Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 11h20
From TheRegister: "US researchers have demonstrated a form of nanotube archival memory that can store a memory bit for a billion years, and has a theoretical trillion bits/square inch density. The researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley were led by physicist Alex Zettl. They built a prototype device based on a nanoscale iron particle, about 1/50,000th the width of a human hair, moving along...
Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 07h27
From CNet: "Verdiem on Monday is expected to release an add-on to its PC power-management software that gives people a customizable view of energy savings and carbon emissions reductions. The Seattle-based company said that the software, called Sustainability Dashboard, offers a visual display for a number of metrics, such as savings over time, and translates that into the equivalent of cars removed from the road or trees planted. It works with Surveyor, a program that lets IT departments automa...
Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 07h25
From CNet: "The first retail sales of Windows 7 will take place in New Zealand and Australia on 22 October, Microsoft confirmed this week. Windows 7 will hit first New Zealand, then Australia, due to the countries' placement with respect to the International Date Line. Microsoft announced last week that its new operating system would hit retail shelves and start showing up on new PCs from October 22."
Friday, June 5th, 2009 at 08h07
From RealTechNews: "Google Squared is a new Google Labs experiment. No, it doesn’t mean a Google search returned with results with relevance (squared), but rather results returned in a grid-like (spreadsheet-like) format, with columns representing different types of relevant (hopefully) data for the query, and rows representing results of the query. Google Squared was first demonstrated at Google’s Searchology event in May, and has now been released to the public."
Friday, June 5th, 2009 at 08h04
From ExtremeTech: "MIT engineers said they have built a radio which uses the human inner ear as inspiration. The radio that Rahul Sarpeshkar and graduate student Soumyajit Manday built is a silicon chip 1 mm by 3 mm. An array of electronic inductors and capacitors traps radio waves, passing them along via transistors to the chip itself. Instead of sound, the device captures radio frequencies, a million times higher than the 100 Hz to 100,000 Hz normally captured by a human ear."
Friday, June 5th, 2009 at 08h00
From TechNewsWorld: "Cost-cutting demands and the desire for greater agility have motivated businesses to investigate their options in software legacy modernization. A successful modernization approach should consider third-party adapters and toolkits, ensuring enterprise-wide familiarity with new technologies, and include well-defined testing procedures for legacy integration."
Thursday, June 4th, 2009 at 06h43
From ComputerWorld: "Forty years ago this summer, a programmer sat down and knocked out in one month what would become one of the most important pieces of software ever created. In August 1969, Ken Thompson, a programmer at AT&T subsidiary Bell Laboratories, saw the month-long departure of his wife and young son as an opportunity to put his ideas for a new operating system into practice. He wrote the first version of Unix in assembly language for a wimpy Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) PDP-7 minic...
Thursday, June 4th, 2009 at 06h39
From ZDNet: "While there has been a lot of talk about Windows 7, not much has been heard about the software and hardware that will take advantage of Microsoft's new operating system. But that is starting to change. Touchscreen maker N-trig plans this week to show off a variety of third-party software programs that take advantage of the multitouch features of Windows 7. Meanwhile, Microsoft's hardware unit has said it is also building support for Windows 7's new taskbar and thumbnail previews int...
Thursday, June 4th, 2009 at 06h33
From ComputerWorld: " A Massachusetts company today announced that its flying car has has successfully completed its initial flight testing program. Woburn, Mass.-based Terrafugia Inc., founded four years ago by MIT graduates, reported today that a proof of concept version of its Transition "roadable" aircraft has completed the first of a four-stage process aimed at getting the flying car into production."
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 at 04h57
From ZDNet: "Microsoft has made the mobile edition of its newly launched Bing search engine available for cell phones and other mobile devices. The update is available to mobile users at as of yesterday, June 1. The new Bing for Mobile engine is able to format results to “fit on my phone.” The engine creates a “visual image-map of a Web page, allowing users to click the numbered zones to view the corresponding section of that web page.”
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 at 04h56
From CNet: "Opera 10 enters beta with the unstated goal of becoming more than a mere browser. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, the Norwegian program hopes to become a speedy utility--Turbo-charged, in their words--that handles browsing, e-mail, RSS, and torrents with robust features."
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 at 04h43
From ZDNet: "Microsoft confirmed on Tuesday that it is planning for Windows 7 to hit retail shelves and start showing up on new PCs on 22 October. To reach that milestone, Microsoft plans to wrap up development of the operating system by the middle or end of next month, senior vice president Bill Veghte said in an interview. "The feedback from the release candidate has been good," Veghte said."
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 at 08h08
From ComputerWorld: "Apple on Monday patched 10 critical vulnerabilities in QuickTime, including one that was hinted at in a Mac hacking book three months ago. Eight of the bugs patched by QuickTime 7.6.2 affect both the Mac and Windows versions, while two others affect only QuickTime for Windows XP and Vista. Apple described all 10 as allowing "arbitrary code execution," a phrase it uses to describe the most serious threats that if exploited, could result in a PC or Mac hijacking. Unlike vendor...
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 at 05h37
From EWeek: "Hackers have compromised about 40,000 legitimate Websites, infecting them with malicious JavaScript that ultimately redirects users to a malicious site, says Websense. Security researchers at Websense say the tactics are reminiscent of the notorious RBN group."
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 at 04h44
From ComputerWorld: "Advanced Micro Devices on Monday said it had started shipping the dual-core Athlon Neo processor for thin and light laptops, upping the ante in its battle with rival Intel, which offers processors for similar laptops. The new Neo chip will be an upgrade over the single-core Neo processor launched by AMD in January. Laptops with the dual-core processor will offer faster processing and graphics performance, said David Schwarzbach, senior manager for platform marketing at AMD."
Monday, June 1st, 2009 at 06h53
From EWeek: "Palm Pre, the smartphone that Palm hopes will revive its ailing fortunes and provide a viable smartphone competitor to Apple's iPhone and Research In Motion's BlackBerry, was reviewed by The Boy Genius Report. Apparently, the Pre has some innovative and interesting features, but it also has a few quirks that could prevent it from becoming a full-on iPhone killer."
Monday, June 1st, 2009 at 06h49
From ZDNet: "Mozilla is close to releasing of its near-final version of Firefox 3.5, but the updated browser was not quite ready in time for a planned day of widespread testing. Earlier this month, Mozilla set Friday 29 May to be Firefox 3.5 RC1 Test Day. But RC1, the first release candidate designed to be more stable than the earlier Firefox beta versions, was not finished for the occasion."
Monday, June 1st, 2009 at 06h47
From ExtremeTech: "Corsair just struck a new blow in the battle against wasted energy, unleashing a pair of power supplies that boast a 90% efficiency rating. The HX850W and HX750W, part of the Corsair Professional Series of PSUs, meet 80 Plus Silver certification standards for reducing wasted energy and lowering the amount of excess heat generated."
Sunday, May 31st, 2009 at 09h07
From TechNewsWorld: "Amazon's Kindle e-readers will have some additional competition to deal with soon. Two new devices were demoed at the D: All Things Digital conference. The Interead Cool-er flaunts a low price, and the Plastic Logic reader offers a big screen and low weight."
Sunday, May 31st, 2009 at 09h02
From ZDNet: "The website compromise attack known as Gumblar has added new domain names that are downloading malware onto unsuspecting computers, stealing FTP credentials to compromise more sites, and tampering with web traffic, a security firm said on Thursday."
Sunday, May 31st, 2009 at 08h55
From ExtremeTech: "With Windows 7 on the horizon, those who skipped Vista and stuck with XP may find a compelling reason to finally upgrade. Herein, we look at various methods to move from the old OS to the new one: Has in-place upgrading become smoother? Is Windows Easy Transfer improved?"
Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 06h38
From ArsTechnica: " The SATA-IO has finalized the SATA 3.0 spec, which, in addition to a 6.0Gbps transfer rate, packs some other nifty features. This transition, a little more urgent than prior speed bumps because of SSDs, can't happen soon enough, but what will it do to the motherboard market? While current hard disk drives can't saturate SATA 2.0's 3Gbps data rate, SSDs can, and the new features are moderately compelling."
Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 06h37
From ArsTechnica: "The group that defines the HDMI connection specification has hammered out a 1.4 update, and will publish the spec next month. It brings welcome future-proofing to video resolution handling, but the number of possible cables and connectors is starting to proliferate. Unfortunately, the spec comes with no less than five different cable types, and defines an additional "micro" port and an automotive-specific connection system, which joins the standard and "mini" HDMI port variant...
Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 06h35
From ZDNet: "Earlier this year, Microsoft officials said they planned to deliver the final version of Silverlight 3 before the end of 2009. Looks like they meant months before… Microsoft is planning to launch Silverlight 3 and its Expression Studio 3 family of designer tools on July 10 in San Francisco, company officials said on May 28."
Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 06h34
From ArsTechnica: "Google has previewed a new technology called Wave that combines collaboration with chat, e-mail, event planning, document sharing, and nearly anything else you can think of. The service makes use of the Federation protocol and already offers a set of APIs for developers to work with."
Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 06h33
From ZDNet: "Microsoft took the wraps off the new version of its search engine — and its new search brand, “Bing” — at the D7 conference on May 28. More surprising than the actual brand choice (which I first noted was under consideration in August 2008) is the way Microsoft is trying to reposition the whole search category. Microsoft is calling Bing a “decision engine” instead of a “search engine.” Microsoft’s reasoning: Customers are ready to move “beyond search” and Bing will help them make be...
Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 06h32
From ZDNet: "As one Microsoft official acknowledged last week, Microsoft has begun making the second service pack for Vista and Windows Server 2008 available to the public on May 26. SP2 for Vista and Windows Server 2008 is available for download from the Download Center (x86, ISO and 64-bit flavors). Microsoft is expected to begin pushing SP2 to users via Windows Update on June 30, according to the aforementioned company official."
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 04h52
From eWeek: "The recession has slammed sales of printers and printing supplies as hard as it's slammed most other technology sales. But vendors such as HP, Lexmark and Xerox are grappling with the question of whether the move toward green technology and doing more with less will fundamentally change how companies consume printers and printing supplies. And how will reseller solution providers evolve to fit the new model?"
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 04h52
From ComputerWorld: "Anne Agee is living a dual life at work these days. On the one hand, she's preparing for a cut to her IT budget that could be as high as 9% for the next fiscal year. On the other, she's bracing for a boom in business. Agee, vice provost for information technology and CIO at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is in a position that many IT managers find themselves these days -- coping with the ongoing effects of a grinding recession while simultaneously being asked to get...
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 04h51
From ComputerWorld: "Google's upgrade of Chrome to 2.0 is exceedingly underwhelming --- there's so little new that if you blinked you'd miss the changes. It's baffling that a company that keeps fully featured software like Gmail in beta for years has jumped to 2.0 for a browser with so little to offer. After the upgrade, you won't notice a change in Chrome at all --- it looks just like the previous version, and largely behaves like it as well. "
Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 09h05
From RealTechNews: "Get ready for long lines and “out of stock” signs. It’s official, and Sprint surprised me, but only by one day. Sprint has announced the Palm Pre will be launching on June 6th for $199.99 after $100 mail-in rebate. I had previously thought the launch date would be June 7th due to Sprint’s history of Sunday launches, but this gives Sprint and Palm two days before Apple’s WWDC and the likely launch of one or more new iPhones. There’s a distinct possibility that launch will draw...
Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 09h03
From ZDNet: "The next revision of the HTML web language will make Adobe's Flash technology largely redundant, according to the chief executive of browser company Opera. The open web standards included in HyperText Markup Language version 5 (HTML 5) provide a viable alternative to Adobe's proprietary Flash for the delivery of rich media web content, Jon von Tetzchner told ZDNet UK on Wednesday."
Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 09h01
From TechNewsWorld: "A new version of Google's Chrome browser boasts faster speed by way of improvements to V8 and WebKit. Other new features include full-screen mode and autofill. A faster JavaScript experience, however, could also pave the way for faster malware, since the language is a favorite among scammers. Google contends Chrome is no less safe than other browsers."
Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 09h00
From RegHardware: "NEC last week announced what it claims is the world's first host controller chip for USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed USB because of its 5Gb/s peak data-transfer rate. Whether you dive in to USB 3.0 as soon as you can or wait until there are plenty of devices out there than can take advantage of it, the move from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 should be as smooth as upgrading from USB 1.1 was."
Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 08h59
From eWeek: "Google Chrome 2.0 browser includes some new security features with which to arm itself as it competes in a browser market still dominated by Microsoft Internet Explorer. The new Chrome features include protections against cross-site request forgery and clickjacking. UPDATE: Google Chrome 2.0 apparently beats the speed of other browsers in many test by anywhere from 20-32% in performance across multiple systems."
Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 08h58
From ComputerWorld: "The mystery surrounding why fraudsters shelled out big bucks for old Nokia phones was solved this week. The answer, of course, involves illegal activities. Another puzzle possibly close to being solved involves Microsoft's new search engine, which supposedly debuts next week. In security news, Adobe Systems took a patch practice from Microsoft and Conficker isn't dead yet."
Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 08h58
From ComputerWorld: "The number of IT workers in the U.S. has declined steadily since December, a trend that wasn't helped by Hewlett Packard Co.'s announcement last week that it is cutting 6,000 employees. The number of U.S. technology workers peaked last November at 4.058 million, according to the TechServe Alliance (formerly the National Association of Computer Consultants), which analyzes federal labor data on IT-related occupations. By the end of April, the number had declined to 3.87 milli...
Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 08h57
From ZDNet: "Microsoft still isn’t saying anything more about why Vista SP2 still isn’t available yet on the Microsoft Download site, but company officials are telling customers that Microsoft will push SP2 automatically via Windows Update “in the coming weeks.” A couple of days ago, I wondered aloud why Microsoft still had yet to provide anyone other than MSDN and TechNet subscribers with Vista Service Pack (SP) 2."
Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 08h55
From ZDNet: "Microsoft is confirming that it is cutting off Windows Live Messenger service for users in five countries that are “subject to United States sanctions.” As reported first by earlier this week, “users in Cuba, Syria, Iran, Sudan and North Korea can no longer IM with Windows Live Messenger.”
Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 08h46
From eWeek: "Mozilla Labs announces the launch of Jetpack, a project that aims to explore new ways to extend and personalize the Web for users. With Jetpack, Mozilla is making the add-on creation process much more accessible technically, allowing anyone who can build a Website to participate in making the Web a better place to work, communicate and play, the company said."
Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 08h44
From ZDNet: "As expected, on May 20, Microsoft made the Beta 1 bits of its Visual Studio 2010 release downloable by anyone interested in testing Microsoft’s forthcoming release of its developer tool suite. Microsoft released the Beta 1 VS 2010 bits on Monday, May 18, to TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Both MSDN/TechNet subscribers and the public are able to test VS 2010 Professional, Team Suite, Team Foundation Server and the .Net Framework 4."
Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 08h43
From eWeek: "Virgin America’s entire fleet of airplanes now offer WiFi Internet access, and with typical Virgin bravado, the company celebrated the event with an air-to-ground Skype video call with Oprah Winfrey during her show. Virgin America is the first airline in the country to offer its customers WiFi on every flight."
Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 08h38
From ComputerWorld: "The Conficker worm is still infecting systems at a brisk rate and continues to snag computers in Fortune 1000 companies, according to security researchers. The worm is infecting about 50,000 new PCs each day, according to researchers at Symantec, who reported Wednesday that the U.S., Brazil and India have been hit the hardest.. "Much of the media hype seems to have died down around Conficker/Downadup, but it is still out there spreading far and wide," Symantec said in a blog...
Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 08h38
From CNet: "Once again, Microsoft is finding itself beaten to the punch in the search game. While it has been readying Kumo for its first public airing--probably at next week's D: All Things Digital event--Yahoo and Google have already shown off their latest search enhancements. Worse still, their demos show that Redmond's rivals are heading in some of the same directions as Microsoft itself."
Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 08h37
From CNet: "Last month, GE revealed that its research scientists had discovered a way, using holographic technology, to store 100 DVDs worth of information on a single standard DVD. What a difference a few weeks make. In what can only be seen as a "serving" (or pwning) of the GE researchers, the B-Boys researchers at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, have gone way past 100 and on to 2,000. While standard DVDs are made with three spatial dimensions, the Aussie resear...
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 21h10
From TechNewsWorld: "For the last decade, the PC market has kind of sucked. Against the massive growth of the '90s, and with the exception of Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Save 50% on Microsoft Office for Mac 2008. Click here to learn more. More about Apple, which didn't do well in that decade, the PC market has been a poor reflection of the excitement that once surrounded it. Part of the problem was the focus on computation and the lack of focus on things that make computing exciting. In this respect, A...
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 20h43
From eWeek: "Google is offering one-click automatic translation for Gmail in 41 languages, allowing Gmail users to read e-mails in languages such as Turkish, Thai and Estonian. Google has introduced several new features in 2009 to Google Apps and Gmail designed to make those services more robust for the enterprise, in addition to increasing their consumer user base."
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 20h42
From CNet: "The month before Microsoft’s expected rollout of its “Kumo” search release, the company continued to stagnate in terms of its search share. According to comScore’s April data (released on May 18) for searches conducted from U.S. sites, Google sites cumulatively grew their U.S. share .5 percent, to 64.2 percent. Yahoo and Microsoft sites both lost .1 percent share, resulting in Yahoo sites with 20.4 percent and Microsoft sites with 8.2 percent share."
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 20h39
From ZDNet: "Even though Microsoft seems increasingly reticent to say the “V” word (Vista), some users still do care. I’ve had several readers ask me when the Redmondians are going to release Vista SP2 on the Microsoft Download site. The answer, from Microsoft, is no answer (beyond the already-stated “some time in the second calendar quarter of this year”)."
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 20h38
From Slashdot: "A new attack that peppers Google search results with malicious links is spreading quickly, CERT has warned. The attack, which can be found on several thousand legitimate Web sites, exploits flaws in Adobe software to install malware that steals FTP login credentials and hijacks the victim's browser, replacing Google search results with links chosen by the attackers. Known as Gumblar because at one point it used the domain, the attack is spreading quickly in part becaus...
Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 07h32
From eWeek: "The Google outage on May 14 points out the extent to which so many of us—businesses included—have become dependent on Google and other cloud-based services. Soon after Google fully returned to service, company officials said the outage—which affected users across the United States and in several other countries—was caused by a traffic routing error. Too many users had been routed to the same location, Google explained, adding that engineers were working to make sure that the problem...
Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 07h31
From eWeek: "Version 3.1 of the open-source productivity suite provides plenty of feature and performance enhancements. The performance of the Calc spreadsheet program has been notably improved, as has rendering of on-screen objects in the Impress presentation app. The Write word processor offers new collaboration functionality."
Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 07h30
From ComputerWorld: "Imagine a world where your phone is smart enough to order and pay for your morning coffee. No more giving orders, handing over your payment or waiting in lines. No more face-to-face chit-chat or human interaction. Technology changes our interactions, our sense of the world and each other. For many, this might seem like a blessing. Who likes to wait in line? But on a grand scale, might this kind of automated world dramatically change -- perhaps even eliminate -- how we commun...
Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 07h23
From ZDNet: "One of the biggest questions at Microsoft’s TechEd conference this week — other than the whereabouts of popular speaker and former Microsoft security expert Steve Riley — is where is the beta of Visual Studio 2010. A number of TechEd attendees have tweeted that they’ve been eagerly awaiting information on the beta of Microsoft’s next version of its development suite, but to no avail."
Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 07h21
From CNet: "In what's just the latest Facebook phishing scam, hackers on Thursday broke into accounts and sent e-mails to friends urging them to log on to fake Facebook sites, according to new reports and anecdotes from members. The social-networking site is in the process of cleaning up from the hack and is blocking compromised accounts, Reuters reported. "Victims were directed to log back in to the site, but actually logged into the one controlled by the hackers, unwittingly giving away their ...
Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 07h20
from eWeek: "Amazon will format and distribute your blog through its Kindle Store, giving you a channel to deliver marketing messages, technology tips and business observations to your customers and prospects. There’s a catch, of course. Amazon will charge for the blogs, and you only get a small portion of the proceeds."
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at 09h31
From ZDNet: "The few bits I’ve managed to glean about Office 2010 so far have made it seem that SharePoint 2010 is the family member most likely to be tweaked the most. (The rest of the Office 2010 (”Office 14?) suite sounds like it will be getting relatively minor updates.) Exactly what will be changing in SharePoint — Microsoft’s integrated suite of six back-end servers that handle search, content management, collaboration, etc. — with the next release is still somewhat murky. But at this week...
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at 09h24
From ZDNet: "When Microsoft first disclosed its plans for “Kilimanjaro” (SQL Server 2008 R2), officials also made mention of a related project, codenamed “Madison.” On May 11, Microsoft announced a first Community Technology Preview (CTP) for Madison is now slated for July. Madison is expected to be Microsoft’s entree into the data-warehouse appliance market. It is based on technology Microsoft acquired when it bought DATAllegro in July 2008."
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at 09h24
From ZDNet: "While rumors about what is/isn’t part of the next Zunes and “Pink” phones swirl, I figured I’d add a few more tidbits that I’ve been hoarding. First up: A list of what may or may not be the final specs for the Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1. Chassis 1 seems to be the the heart of the rumored “Pink” Microsoft phone and possibly other Windows Mobile 7 phones made by Microsoft partners."
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at 09h23
From ArsTechnica: "When does the use of a trademark in third-party advertising constitute infringement? To an extent, it depends on where you are. In the US, eBay is in the clear, while the same behavior has caused it trouble in France. Google is facing similar suits in a variety of countries over the use of trademarked names in its Adwords service, and its attempts to quash one of these cases before the trial was turned down on appeal last month."
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at 09h22
From CNet: "With Windows 7 reaching the near-final stage and due out later this year, lots of folks are trying to get their heads around the next version of the operating system. I've gotten a lot of questions from readers, mostly centered on key issues such as what Windows 7 has to offer, whether it will work with their existing software, and if they should buy a PC now or wait for Microsoft to offer Windows 7, or at least a free upgrade. In this post, I will try to tackle some of those issues....
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at 09h22
From ComputerWorld: "With Linux having gained traction in business, certifications of Linux expertise are becoming more popular, similar to how Novell or Microsoft systems certifications became important for those platforms. But some in the Linux community say the emergence of certifications is by no means a golden ticket for admins, and perhaps just a waste of time and money."
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at 09h21
From eWeek: "Anti-virus systems: can't live with them, can't live without them. But that may all change with Windows 7, improves on and streamlines security measures already baked into Windows operating systems. We all know that security solutions are typically major resource hogs."
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 at 12h05
From ZDNet: "Microsoft’s TechEd is an enterprise show, but that didn’t stop the Softies from leading off with Windows 7 client in its kick-off keynote on May 11. Microsoft execs didn’t totally skip over Windows 7’s big brother, Windows Server 2008 R2 (a k a Windows 7 Server), however. Microsoft also spent part of its Monday keynote showing off some Windows Server 2008 R2 capabiliies that are new to the Release Candidate test build that Microsoft made available to testers in waves over the past c...
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 at 12h04
From ZDNet: "Microsoft officials are finally admitting what many company watchers, customers and partners have known for a while: Windows 7 is going to ship in 2009. Specifically, Windows 7 is going to be generally available in time for holiday 2009. Windows Server 2008 R2 will ship “in the same timeframe,” officials are conceding."
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 at 12h03
From TechNewsWorld: "Packet switching, in short, is a method to deliver data across a computer network connection. The impact of packet switching cannot be understated, as it essentially makes today's Internet function. Looking to the future, packet switching is on the precipice of impacting and disrupting another technology -- storage -- which is gaining more and more attention in the enterprise as the amount of digital data that needs to be stored grows exponentially."
Friday, May 8th, 2009 at 22h34
From ZDNet: "At least one Facebook account that was hijacked in phishing attacks last week was used to send out spam directing people to a malware site, according to the social-networking company. Some Facebook users reported receiving messages on Thursday that said "look at" and contained a link leading to a site that appeared to be hosting adware, said Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt. Adware is software that automatically displays or plays ads on a computer once it has been install...
Friday, May 8th, 2009 at 22h34
From TechNewsWorld: "Microsoft is letting the world take a prerelease version of its next operating system for a test drive, and opinions range from delighted to disgusted. Some users -- even a few who consider themselves Mac fans -- have said they're impressed. Others have said the RC has soured them on PCs in general. Also, a security firm has noted the presence of what it says is a persistent Windows problem."
Friday, May 8th, 2009 at 22h33
From ComputerWorld: "Just days after it launched Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC), Microsoft has released a fix for a major flaw that slipped through testing. The patch, which Microsoft describes as an "Important" update when it appears in Windows Update, was released yesterday. Depending on Windows 7's Automatic Updates setting, the fix may have already been downloaded and installed."
Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 23h37
From ZDNet: "Microsoft is giving its anti-piracy/DRM technology a PR face lift with Windows 7. The “Windows Genuine” branding is being supplanted by a new name: Windows Activation. The choice is interesting. Microsoft’s anti-piracy technology consists of two parts: Activation and validation. By emphasizing “Activation” with the new name, Microsoft is downplaying the part of its Genuine technology that has been most criticized for both heavy-handed punishment tactics and false-positive results."
Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 23h36
From CNet: "Google fixed security holes with a new release of its stable version of Chrome--then released a replacement shortly afterward to prevent a batch of crashes that turned up as well. Chrome emerged Tuesday and was intended to fix one critical security problem and one high-severity one. With the first problem, an attacker under some circumstances could run attack software with the same privilege as the computer user. With the second, an issue handling 2D graphics could potent...
Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 23h34
From TheRegister: "Microsoft plans to patch a hole in its PowerPoint presentation program, the company said in an advanced bulletin that was notable because it contained only a single update. As is almost always the case with advanced notification bulletins issued the first Thursday of the month, Microsoft didn't provide many details about the following Tuesday's release, except to say it carried a severity rating of "critical," the company's highest level."
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 at 23h50
From CNet: "I was looking through the Google Maps directory recently and found a variety of maps worth checking out. From up-to-date weather to barbershops, they should all be added to your list of Google Maps modules. f you see a map here that you'd like to access frequently, you can add it to the "My Maps" section of Google Maps if you're logged in."
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 at 23h49
From ArsTechnica: "People who use Firefox or Chrome are more likely to be running the latest version of the software when compared against Safari and Opera users, according to Swiss security researchers. This is thanks to the browsers' auto-update mechanisms that are keeping the users of Firefox and Chrome as secure as possible with minimal user interaction."
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 at 23h48
From ZDNet: "Microsoft is turning the source code for its embedded .Net Micro Framework over to the community and slowly withdrawing from that business, company officials are confirming. On the rumored list of teams most heavily impacted by second wave of Microsoft layoffs announced on May 5 was the .Net Micro Framework team — as well as the related MSN Direct unit. Indeed, both groups were affected, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed on May 6."
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 at 21h57
From ZDNet: "Three months after releasing the final 1.0 version of its Silverlight-to-Linux port, the Moonlight team has posted a downloadable preview version of their 2.0 release. Microsoft, for its part, already has released a beta of Silverlight 3.0. Toshok said that the differences between Silverlight 2.0 and 3.0 “are much, much smaller than the differences between 1.0 and 2.0.”