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ZDNET.COM
12-11-07
Mary Jo Foley

MICROSOFT STARTS ROLLING OUT PUBLIC XP SP3 TEST BUILD

Microsoft has begun making a near-final Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 available to anyone interested in trying out the new build — the same way that it is doing with Vista SP1.

Microsoft has begun posting XP SP3 RC documentation to its Microsoft Download site, which is open to the general public. And the XP SP3 RC bits are available from various file-download sites on the Web.

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ZDNET.COM
11-27-07
Suzanne Tindal

WINDOWS XP OUTSHINES VISTA IN BENCHMARKING TEST

New tests have revealed that Windows XP with the beta Service Pack 3 has twice the performance of Vista, even with its long-awaited Service Pack 1.

Vista's first service pack, to be released early next year, is intended to boost the operating system's performance. However, when Vista with the Service Pack 1 (SP1) beta was put through benchmark testing by researchers at Florida-based software development company Devil Mountain Software, the improvement was not overwhelming, leaving the latest Windows iteration outshined by its predecessor.

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ZDNET.COM
11-27-07
Ryan Naraine

SUNBELT SOFTWARE: GOOGLE SEARCH RESULTS DELIVERING MASSIVE MALWARE ATTACKS

For the last two days, security software firm Sunbelt Software has been all over what could develop into a scary trend: Rigged Google search results that deliver big malware payloads.

On Monday, Sunbelt reported “we’re seeing a large amount of seeded search results which lead to malware sites.” The search terms leading you to these malware payloads were pretty basic fare.

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ZDNET.COM
09-14-07
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

MICROSOFT DODGING THE REAL STEALTH UPDATE ISSUES

I’ve taken some time to properly digest Microsoft’s response to the stealth update issue that I’ve been discussing here for the last few days and I’ve come to the conclusion that Microsoft is dodging the real issues about the stealth updates.

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ZDNET.COM
09-13-07
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

CONFIRMATION OF STEALTH WINDOWS UPDATE

I can now confirm that the stealth Windows Update that I blogged about yesterday actually exists - because I’ve detected its presence on a machine at the PC Doc HQ.

At the PC Doc HQ we have several systems set not to update. This is so that they are kept at a specific patch level for testing duties. Many of these systems are virtual machines but some are physical. When I heard about this stealth update I decided to take a look at one of these systems that don’t update automatically - and within seconds I found what I was looking for.

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ZDNET.COM
09-12-07
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

CONFIRMED: MICROSOFT IS FIDDLING WITH SYSTEM FILES WITHOUT PERMISSION

[Updated: Sept 13, 2007 @ 6.50 am - After checking a system set not to automatically update I can confirm that this stealth update is real.]

If this turns out to be true, it has some very serious (and disturbing) implications:

Microsoft Corp. has started updating files on computers running Windows XP and Vista, even when users have explicitly disabled the operating systems’ automatic update feature, researchers said today.

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ZDNET.COM
07-25-07
Marc Orchan

VISTA IS TAKING BODY BLOWS

I’ve been on a bit of a blog and RSS hiatus the past couple of days and have been working my way through tales of destruction and distress (the 365 outage, not Lindsay Lohan’s latest episode), news, and views. In my reading, there’s a recurring theme that beats louder all the time. People are just not loving Vista.

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ZDNET.COM
07-02-07
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY SOME WANT TO DOWNGRADE FROM VISTA TO XP

Last week my ZDNet blogging colleague Mary Jo Foley reported that Microsoft is to make it easier for some Vista users (specifically those using Windows Vista Ultimate and Vista Business) to roll back to Windows XP until they are ready to make the move. This is a good move for everyone, except Microsoft.

Personally, I can understand why users who jumped onto the Vista train might want to get off. Even if you buy (or build) a PC specifically with Vista in mind, you can still end up with some nasty headaches when you try to slot a Vista PC into your hardware/software ecosystem.

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ZDNET.COM
04-30-07
Ed Bott

HOW TO GET SUED BY MICROSOFT

Shopping at SurplusComputers.com is like poking around an especially geeky Goodwill store, Most of the goods are surplus for a reason, but occasionally you’ll find a particularly useful bit of hardware or software whose market has crested, making it a great bargain.

I’ve been receiving the company’s Deals of the Week e-mails for years, and I’ve always been puzzled by one category of offers.

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ZDNET.COM
04-19-07
Dawn Kawamoto, CNET News.com

MOZILLA THUBDERBIRD 2 TAKES FLIGHT

Mozilla on Thursday launched Thunderbird 2, the latest version of its free, open-source e-mail client featuring message tagging and customization.

Thunderbird 2, with its enhanced features, is intended to ease the organization of e-mail via message tags, advanced folder viewing, and speedier inbox and message searching.

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ZDNET.COM
04-19-07
Anne Broache

CYBERATTACKS AT FEDERAL AGENCIES DRAWHOUSE SCRUTINY

WASHINGTON--As new details emerged about cyberattacks against networks at the State and Commerce departments last year, politicians on Thursday said they're concerned many federal agencies are ill-prepared to fend off such intrusions.

Members of a U.S. House of Representatives cybersecurity subcommittee said they weren't confident that the computer systems at bureaus within the State and Commerce departments were adequately secured and scrubbed of backdoors that could allow cybercrooks to re-enter. They also questioned agency representatives on whether they could truly guarantee that sensitive information hadn't been accessed or copied.

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ZDNET.COM
04-04-07
Mary Jo Foley

VISTA BRANDING IS CONFUSING, BUT IS IT CRIMINAL?

I feel Dianne Kelley's pain. But I think the idea of suing Microsoft for $5 million because the company's Windows Vista branding is confusing is over the top.

Kelley filed a class action suit against Microsoft, claiming deceptive Vista marketing practices.

"In sum, Microsoft engaged in bait and switch — assuring consumers they were purchasing 'Vista Capable' machines when, in fact, they could obtain only a stripped-down operating system lacking the functionality and features that Microsoft advertised as 'Vista,'" according to the suit, filed March 29.

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ZDNET.COM
03-26-07
George Ou

WIRELESS LAN SECURITY MYTHS THAT WON'T DIE

It's been two years since I wrote "The six dumbest ways to secure a wireless LAN," and it's probably been one of my more successful blog entries ever, with two flashes on Digg. Since that time, I've written a free electronic book on enterprise wireless LAN security for anyone to use and download from TechRepublic. Since it has been two years, I'm going to update the information with more defined categories and better explain why they're so bad from an ROI (return on investment) and security perspective...

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ZDNET.COM
03-17-07
Joris Evers

FEDERAL AGENCIES BAN WINDOWS VISTA

As Microsoft is out touting the "wow" of Windows Vista, two federal agencies are among those saying "whoa."

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cite fear of compatibility problems...

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C-NET.COM
03-05-07
Kathie Kingsley-Hughes

HOW NOT TO GET HACKED

It's important to know how not to get hacked. The following details the layers of security you can place on your wireless network, as well as the effectiveness of each layer...

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