End of Support: AVG 7.5

Support for AVG 7.5 Free will be provided until February 28, 2009.   You will need to update to AVG Free 8 to continue using AVG antivirus, free edition. http://freeforum.avg.com/read.php?1,136697,backpage=,sv= Posted too in Calendar of Updates and we often post “Discontinued” or “End of Support” products and applications.

Localized Media Center Gadgets for SideShow Released

The Windows SideShow team is very excited to announce availability of the Windows Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow in 16 more languages on the Windows Live Gallery! http://blogs.msdn.com/sideshow/archive/2009/02/17/localized-media-center-gadgets-for-sideshow-released-available-in-16-more-languages.aspx I want more for my XPS mini-viewer in XPS 420!

Microsoft My Phone

Microsoft® My Phone syncs information between your mobile phone and the web, enabling you to: Back up and restore your phone’s information to a password-protected web site Access and update your contacts and appointments through your web account Share photos on your phone with family and friends http://myphone.microsoft.com/ http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsmobile/archive/2009/02/16/microsoft-my-phone.aspx

Microsoft Surface

  What is Microsoft Surface™? Microsoft Surface turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, interactive surface. It’s the first commercially-available surface computing platform from Microsoft. The product provides effortless access to digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. Today, it’s a 30-inch diagonal display in a table-like form factor that’s easy for individuals or multiple people to interact with in a way that feels familiar, just like in the real world. In essence, it’s a surface come to life for exploring, learning, sharing, creating, buying and much more. Today Microsoft Surface is available in the retail, hospitality, automotive, … Continue reading Microsoft Surface

Microsoft offers a simple online tool to help evaluate the functionality of routers.

The Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool checks your Internet router to see if it supports certain technologies. You can use this tool on a PC running either the Windows Vista or Windows XP operating system. If you’re planning to run Windows Vista, this tool can verify whether your existing Internet router supports advanced features, such as improved download speeds and face-to-face collaboration using Windows Meeting Space. The tool is intended to be run from a home network behind a home Internet (NAT) router. Running this tool from behind a corporate firewall or on operating systems other than those specified above won’t … Continue reading Microsoft offers a simple online tool to help evaluate the functionality of routers.

Judge orders defendant to decrypt PGP-protected laptop

A federal judge has ordered a criminal defendant to decrypt his hard drive by typing in his PGP passphrase so prosecutors can view the unencrypted files, a ruling that raises serious concerns about self-incrimination in an electronic age. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10172866-38.html

Adobe Reader got security issue; Users turned to Foxit Reader but…

Foxit Reader will serve you Ask Toolbar that until now have questionable status.  Corrine said “Beware Foxit Reader Includes AskToolbar!” and I have to agree with her because Ask Toolbar has vulnerability too that is unpatched since 2007.  At least, Adobe guys are saying something and they are always patching if required because Security matters! See the post of Corrine at CoU and at her Security Garden.  And if you like to stay away from products with vulnerable toolbar, see the Installers Hall of Shame

Facebook hit by new ‘Terms of Service’ scam

Facebook has suffered its second malware attack in a week, after it emerged that a rogue application has been posting notifications to user profiles containing malicious links. This time the scam took advantage of the publicity surrounding the proposed new terms and conditions for the popular social networking site. The message read: "[Friend’s name] has just reported you to Facebook for violating our Terms of Service. This is your official warning! Click here to find out why you were reported! Request Facebook look at what has happened and rule immediately." Users following the link had an application called ‘facebook – … Continue reading Facebook hit by new ‘Terms of Service’ scam

Windows 7 Team blogs changes since Beta

Windows 7 team blogs about the changes since beta for the RC on Desktop Experience, Networking, Control Panel, Windows Media Player, Device Stage, Sound UX, Windows Explorer and Libraries and Performance http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/02/26/some-changes-since-beta.aspx I have Windows 7 Beta on a laptop and I getting use to it already! The gripes I had about the Taskbar is not a problem to me anymore. I am like it now!  At Brighthub.com, I mention the dozen of new and enhanced or changed security features on Windows 7 Beta. For example: I don’t see “Software Explorer” any longer in Windows Defender (not sure if that … Continue reading Windows 7 Team blogs changes since Beta