Pocket PC Phone Apps

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.


Time Synchronisation issues in Server 2003

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)
w32tm /unregister
w32tm /register
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

Microsoft Security Bulletins October 2004

October Summary

Critical Bulletins:

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)

Important Bulletins:

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)

Re-Released Bulletins:

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.

Cool Tools from Microsoft

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.

microsoft Calculator Plus
This application allows you to complete many different types of conversions. It also includes all the mathematical functions offered in microsoft Calculator.

microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator
Want to create your own keyboard layout? Here’s the tool from microsoft!

microsoft Time Zone Utility
This utility allows you to easily view the date and time in various locations around the world.

SMS Sender
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!

Windows Server 2003 Time Fix

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.