Re-awarded as Microsoft MVP

     I received an email on Dec. 28th from the regional MVP Lead informing me that I’ve been re-awarded as Microsoft MVP again (January – December 2007).  It’s my 4th consecutive year award with Microsoft MVP Program.  I’m actually surprised to receive the early re-award notification because it is not the usual date to know the status but I’m *guessing* that the reason behind the early notification on the award status is the coming soon event for Microsoft MVPs called MVP Global Summit (March 12 – 15, 2007) in which Mr. Bill Gates will deliver the keynote.  The early notification will allow MVPs to prepare … Continue reading Re-awarded as Microsoft MVP

The 20 Most Innovative Products of the Year

Always intriguing, often useful, and sometimes surprising, these 20 products showcase some of the best in tech this year. 1. Microsoft Office 20072. Intel Core 2 Duo3. Parallels Desktop for Mac4. Nintendo Wii5. Samsung 32GB SSD6. Sony Reader 7. YouOS8. Dell XPS M2010 9. Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB10. T-Mobile Dash 11. Pioneer Inno12. Farecast 13. Sony BWU-100A Blu-Ray Disc Rewritable Drive14. Olympus EVolt E-330 15. Google SketchUp16. Sony PlayStation 3 17. RIM BlackBerry Pearl 810018. Rhapsody 4.0 19. Logitech NuLooq20. Shure E500PTH Sound Isolating Earphones,128176-page,1/article.html,128176/printable.html

ID Vault – a hardware security for online transactions. Vista will be supported.

My fellow admin Hardhead (blog: at Calendar of Updates received a Christmas present from his mom.  It’s ID Vault by GuardID (  He shared some thoughts and screenshots on how ID Vault works.  You can see it at I think ID Vault is cool.  I am using Microsoft Fingerprint Reader as my password keeper.  Then I’m using Norton Internet Security to guard private stuff that I want it protect.  Next, I have to make sure that the bank website or financial institution site that I’m viewing is not fraud, I have to check this and that (protocol https, secure lock … Continue reading ID Vault – a hardware security for online transactions. Vista will be supported.


Dec. 27th at 3:45AM, my internet connection dropped.  I turned on/off the wifi catcher but still no luck in getting an internet connection.  Wifi manager also show I’m connected locally (to my router and networked computer).  I thought there is a problem with the wifi manager in Vista or maybe my modem or router.  I unplug everything but still no luck. I gave up after 1 hour of troubleshooting [:D] and Iet the wifi manager, modem and router as on.  Then suddenly I have internet connection again.  Hhmm what’s that? I mean, what happened.  I was guessing that it is … Continue reading Affected

MXINSPECT Announces Hosted Prevention Solution That Makes Internet Browsing Safe

MXINSPECT today announces a hosted prevention solution that makes internet browsing safe. The service filters internet traffic for threats and content so only what you desire from the web actually arrives. Web Defense also provides content filtering to protect business interests by limiting the sites that employees may visit. Employee productivity increases are seen not only in impeding the drain in resources caused by malware, but also by preventing staff from wasting work time browsing the internet for personal purpose. Web Defense extends the MXINSPECT portfolio of services, which currently include SPAM and antivirus filtering of email traffic, to cover … Continue reading MXINSPECT Announces Hosted Prevention Solution That Makes Internet Browsing Safe

Is Malware Hiding Behind that Certified Site?

A new study warns that Web sites containing security certificates are not necessarily safe. The results were somewhat surprising when Web sites bearing the TRUSTe security certificate were compared against a list of known malware sites from McAfee’s Siteadvisor product, a service that black-lists Web sites containing spyware, spam, viruses and online scams. Web sites that feature the TRUSTe security  certificate are two times more likely to contain badware than Web sites without any security certification, spyware and adware researcher Ben Edelman alleges in a new report. Among others, adware providers Direct-revenue and Webhancer are using TRUSTe certificates in an … Continue reading Is Malware Hiding Behind that Certified Site?

Vista flaw discovered, risk believed low

Windows Vista, the new computer operating system that Microsoft Corp. is touting as its most secure ever, contains a programming flaw that might let hackers gain full control of vulnerable computers. Microsoft and independent security researchers, however, tried to play down the risk from the flaw, which was posted on a Russian site recently and is apparently the first affecting the new Vista system released to larger businesses in late November. The software company said it was investigating the threat but found so far that a hacker must already have access to the vulnerable computer in order to execute an … Continue reading Vista flaw discovered, risk believed low

Windows Workstation Service NetrWkstaUserEnum Denial of Service

Affected OS:Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced ServerMicrosoft Windows 2000 Datacenter ServerMicrosoft Windows 2000 ProfessionalMicrosoft Windows 2000 ServerMicrosoft Windows XP Home EditionMicrosoft Windows XP Professional h07 has discovered a weakness in Microsoft Windows, which can be exploited by malicious people to cause a DoS (Denial of Service). The weakness is caused due to an error in the Workstation service when handling NetrWkstaUserEnum RPC requests with a large value in the maxlen field. Successful exploitation causes svchost.exe to consume a large amount of memory and may result in the system becoming temporarily unresponsive. The weakness is confirmed on a fully patched Windows XP … Continue reading Windows Workstation Service NetrWkstaUserEnum Denial of Service

Active users of Messenger Plus! is 14 million — It’s sad and alarming!

Microsoft MVP Sandi Dawn Hardmeier has been researching a lot about Winfixer & Messenger Plus!.If you are not familiar with both, here’s a brief info: Messenger Plus! is a free add-on for Microsoft’s Messenger program.  It is not developed by Microsoft.  It’s a 3rd party software.  Winfixer is a rogue antispyware program.  It’s a SECURITY RISK – See Symantec’s article on Winfixer Symantec is one of the security vendors out there that detects WinFixer and they’ve been updating the detections for it.  Sandi has the blog entries on this Winfixer and it’s much better to read than Symantec’s article because … Continue reading Active users of Messenger Plus! is 14 million — It’s sad and alarming!

Microsoft Windows MessageBoxA Denial of Service Vulnerability

Microsoft Windows is prone to a local denial-of-service vulnerability because the operating system fails to handle certain API calls with unexpected parameters. A local unprivileged attacker may exploit this issue by executing a malicious application. Successful exploits will crash the operating system, denying further service to legitimate users.