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Ferrari 5000 – the first few days

December 31st 2006

Repeat disclosure: This article is about one of the Ferrari 5000’s sent to Hive Featured Community owners and bloggers by AMD and Microsoft. The Ferrari 5000 is a beautiful machine, and for somebody like me who is used to lower end hardware feels quite luxurious.  There’s not a wobbly button or rough edge to be seen.  […]

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It’s Showtime video – advanced malware cleaning

December 30th 2006

I haven’t had a chance to watch this video yet, and don’t know high level the information will be, but have high hopes about the content – Mark really knows his stuff [:)]  Advanced Malware Cleaninghttp://www.microsoft.com/emea/itsshowtime/sessionh.aspx?videoid=359Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow, Platform and Services Division, Microsoft

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Yes, Sandi got a Ferrari too

December 28th 2006

Some of the regular readers of my blog will have seen the brouhaha that has been brewing at Robert Scoble’s blog, istartedsomething, slashdot, and several other sites about various site owners and bloggers receiving a Ferrari 1000, Ferrari 5000 or Media Centre PC thanks to the collaborative efforts of AMD, Velocity Micro and Microsoft. I also […]

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False positive affecting TrendMicro’s online scanner "Housecall" and NitroPDF

December 19th 2006

If you use NitroPDF and Housecall, watch out.  TrendMicro’s online scanner Housecall is labelling a legitimate, and important, file installed by NitroPDF, zeon98.dll, as adware.  NitroPDF, as my regular readers will know, is an Adobe replacement that we’ve been using on site since we built the new network in June.  Its much cheaper, and faster, than […]

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Ok, so the problem of winfixer is being addressed.. what did we see advertised tonight?

December 19th 2006

Overall things have been pretty quiet on the malware front since Circle Distribution pushed out the HOSTS file update the other day – not much more than irritating ring-tone ads, and some casino stuff, and SMS dating. But, that being said, the sponsor program was kind enough to introduce me to pcsecurityshield.com – an illustrious […]

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Quote of the Day

December 17th 2006

“Sometimes something is true even if George Bush believes it”, Tom Friedman, Meet the Press, 17 December 2006

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Poetic justice?

December 17th 2006

Umm, “Duo To A Communication Problem”?

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Are you patched? Interesting statistics from Secunia Software Inspector

December 16th 2006

So, are you patched?  Secunia have released statistics harvested via their new Software Inspector that make interesting reading:http://secunia.com/blog/4/ Synopsis: Of the 400,000 detected applications, over 35% were insecure versions. In particular, Secunia have revealed that: 4.12% of IE6 users were insecure. 35.47% of Firefox users were running vulnerable versions. 13.04% of Opera users are unpatched. […]

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ASUS servers compromised??

December 16th 2006

Welcome to the brave new world of “ok, so they’re too smart to go to porn sites or open email attachments, so let’s hack every server we can get into and get them that way”.  Once again we are shown that danger lurks everywhere on the Internet. I just spotted this – it looks like […]

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New KB article – IE7 – missing options under "settings" in the advanced tab

December 16th 2006

No options appear under Settings on the Advanced tab of the “Internet Options” dialog box in Windows Internet Explorer 7 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/928849

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