BetaNews | Microsoft: Patch Tuesday Didn’t Cause Thursday Skype Outage

 

Microsoft: Patch Tuesday Didn’t Cause Thursday Skype Outage

By Scott M. Fulton, III, BetaNews

August 21, 2007, 12:32 PM

Yesterday afternoon, Microsoft’s security engineers formally ruled out the possibility of its regular monthly “Patch Tuesday” update sequence as having triggered a worldwide outage of Skype VoIP communication service on Thursday, which lasted for about two days.

BetaNews | Microsoft: Patch Tuesday Didn’t Cause Thursday Skype Outage

BetaNews | MTV Kills URGE, Joins Real on Rhapsody

 

MTV Kills URGE, Joins Real on Rhapsody

By BetaNews Staff, BetaNews

August 20, 2007, 9:47 PM

MTV Networks is set to announce a joint venture Tuesday morning, which will tie the company’s digital music offerings with RealNetworks’ Rhapsody service. In turn, MTV will abandon its URGE service that was launched with Microsoft, but largely ignored after the debut of the Zune player and Zune Marketplace.

BetaNews | MTV Kills URGE, Joins Real on Rhapsody

 

I never cared for Rhapsody software or the company or Real Player (Buggy, bloated and tries to take over your PC). I will continue to use Y! Music but use WMP11 to play the music.

BetaNews | Skype: Users Rebooting Brought Service Down

 

Skype: Users Rebooting Brought Service Down

By Scott M. Fulton, III, BetaNews

August 20, 2007, 12:03 PM

A system outage that impacted Skype users for about 48 hours last week has officially been attributed to a multitude of Windows-based clients receiving critical security patches and rebooting at roughly the same time. According to the company, the reboots triggered a flood of logon requests that collided at Skype’s network hub, like a circumstantial form of denial-of-service.

BetaNews | Skype: Users Rebooting Brought Service Down

An update is available that improves the performance and reliability of Windows Vista

 

INTRODUCTION

This update resolves issues that may affect some Windows Vista-based computers. These issues have been reported by customers who are using the Error Reporting service or Microsoft Customer Support Services.
By applying this update, you can achieve better performance and responsiveness in various scenarios. This update also improves the reliability of Windows Vista.
This update resolves the following issues on a Windows Vista-based computer:

• You experience a long delay when you try to exit the Photos screen saver.

• A memory leak occurs when you use the Windows Energy screen saver.

• If User Account Control is disabled on the computer, you cannot install a network printer successfully. This problem occurs if the network printer is hosted by a Windows XP-based or a Windows Server 2003-based computer.

• When you write data to an AVI file by using the AVIStreamWrite function, the file header of the AVI file is corrupted.

• When you copy or move a large file, the “estimated time remaining” takes a long time to be calculated and displayed.

• After you resume the computer from hibernation, it takes a long time to display the logon screen.

• When you synchronize an offline file to a server, the offline file is corrupted.

• If you edit an image file that uses the RAW image format, data loss occurs in the image file. This problem occurs if the RAW image is from any of the following digital SLR camera models:

• Canon EOS 1D

• Canon EOS 1DS

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

932988 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932988/) Files from a Canon EOD 1D or 1DS camera may be corrupted after you use Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Live Photo Gallery, or Windows Explorer to edit the file metadata in Windows Vista or in Windows XP Service Pack 2

• After you resume the computer from hibernation, the computer loses its default gateway address.

• Poor memory management performance occurs.

An update is available that improves the performance and reliability of Windows Vista

An update is available that improves the compatibility and reliability of Windows Vista

 

INTRODUCTION

This update resolves some compatibility issues and reliability issues in Windows Vista. By applying this update, you can achieve better reliability and hardware compatibility in various scenarios.
This update resolves the following issues:

• The screen may go blank when you try to upgrade the video driver. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

932539 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932539/) The screen may go blank when you try to upgrade the video driver on a Windows Vista-based computer

• The computer stops responding, and you receive a “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” error message. You can restart the computer only by pressing the computer’s power button.

• The computer stops responding or restarts unexpectedly when you play video games or perform desktop operations.

• The Diagnostic Policy Service (DPS) stops responding when the computer is under heavy load or when very little memory is available. This problem prevents diagnostics from working.

• The screen goes blank after an external display device that is connected to the computer is turned off. For example, this problem may occur when a projector is turned off during a presentation.

• There are stability issues with some graphics processing units (GPUs). These issues could cause GPUs to stop responding (hang).

• Visual appearance issues occur when you play graphics-intensive games.

• You experience poor playback quality when you play HD DVD disks or Blu-ray disks on a large monitor.

• Applications that load the Netcfgx.dll component exit unexpectedly.

• Windows Calendar exits unexpectedly after you create a new appointment, create a new task, and then restart the computer.

• Internet Connection Sharing stops responding after you upgrade a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP to Windows Vista and then restart the computer.

• The Printer Spooler service stops unexpectedly.

• You receive a “Stop 0x0000009F” error when you put the computer to sleep while a Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) connection is active. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

931671 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931671/) Error message when you put a Windows Vista-based computer to sleep while a PPP connection is active: “STOP 0x0000009F”

An update is available that improves the compatibility and reliability of Windows Vista