I bought a copy of Microsoft Voice Comand. It is really cool. I can tell the PPC to ring someone by name, and it does. I can say “Whats my next appointment” and it tells me. It does a few other things, like launch apps, play media, you can find out more on their site.
RSS Sync is a free RSS aggregator and viewer for the PPC. I like it because it is simple and straightforward.
I have had many issues with the Windows Time Service over the years.
First with Windows 2000 and now with Windows 2003
For some reason, some DC’s are not getting a time source.
The w32tm /monitor command showed 6 out of 20 not having a source.
Now as all the servers were built using the same process, at the same location, I can’t explain why.
I have always felt that the time service is flaky, since back in 2001 when having similar issues.
An old fix was to stop, unregister, register and restart the service
net stop w32time
w32tm /unregister (get an access denied message the first time)
net start w32time
After this time service worked but eventually would run into problems.
I came across this KB article and hotfix, looks new.
W32Time frequently logs Event ID 50 and poor time synchronization occurs on Windows Server 2003
Perhaps this will fix it……….
Well, 7 days have passed since applying this hotifx. The Time Service looks like it is working OK
I had to unregister/register the service on one server that didn’t seem to pick it up.Since then there have been no errors
Also note, start with your forest root PDC emulator, child domain PDC emulators and then the other DC’s
This new tool was released today – 12 Oct 2004
It checks for MS04-028
They support both a SMS and standalone version
For non SMS environments: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=886988
For SMS: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/885920
MS04-032 – Security Update for microsoft Windows (840987)
MS04-033 – Vulnerability in microsoft Excel Could Allow Code Execution (886836)
MS04-034 – Vulnerability in Compressed (zipped) Folders Could Allow Code Execution (873376)
MS04-035 – Vulnerability in SMTP Could Allow Remote Code Execution (885881)
MS04-036 – Vulnerability in NNTP Could Allow Code Execution (883935)
MS04-037 – Vulnerability in Windows Shell Could Allow Remote Code Execution (841356)
MS04-038 – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (834707)
MS04-029 – Vulnerability in RPC Runtime Library Could Allow Information Disclosure and Denial of Service (873350)
MS04-030 – Bulletin Title Vulnerability in WebDAV XML Message Handler Could Lead to a Denial of Service (824151) http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/ms04-030.mspx
MS04-031 – Vulnerability in NetDDE Could Allow Remote Code Execution (841533)
MS04-028 – Buffer Overrun in JPEG Processing (GDI+) Could Allow Code Execution (833987)
This represents our regularly scheduled monthly bulletin release (second Tuesday of each month). Please note that microsoft may release bulletins out side of this schedule if we determine the need to do so.
I found this page of tools today on the microsoft site. I am finding the Time Zone tool to be quite handy and the calculator is great for conversions.
A utility that allows you to run legacy (code-page based) applications on your Windows XP or Server 2003, without changing the system locale.
|European Union (EU) Screensaver|
On May 1, 2004, the EU welcomed 10 new member states. See the flags of the new member states as well as those of the orignal 15 EU states.
Send SMS text messages from your PC to your friends’ and family’s GSM cellular phones.
|Valentine’s Day Screensaver|
This screensaver was released in celebration of Valentine’s Day 2004. Express your feelings on the PC of someone you love!
microsoft ASP.NET ValidatePath Module has been released.
This is not the final security update.
It is an interim fix that will protect your webserver from all known (by microsoft) canoncalisation vulnerabilities
Information is available here and will be updated when the security update is ready.
There is a KB article addressing the issue as well. Programmatically check for canonicalization issues with ASP.NET
Note: This vulnerability affects all versions of ASP.NET
I was wondering how many had been released so I fired up Google and ran this search
The result is 522. Does that seem high?
How does it compare to Windows 2000 or XP
Now these results may have duplicates as I see some different language stuff in there, but it is a good indication of the numbers of bugfixes.
In an earlier post I mentioned problems with the Time Service on Windows Server 2003
I applied the hotfix mentioned in W32Time frequently logs Event ID 50 and poor time synchronization occurs on Windows Server 2003 and the problem has been fixed.
Out of interest I did a search on Google for all hotfixes associated with the w32tm.exe, there were 224 of them.
Makes you wonder how hard it is to build a time service that works.