Saturday, February 28, 2009

Vista and Windows 7 trick - TAGS

Creating Tags

do you have problem finding the pictures or videos that you have taken ?

You can use a feature called TAGS – the allows you to organize by adding a descriptive Label (TAG)

Steps are as follows;

1. Double click on a picture and when the files open go to the INFO pane

2. Click on add TAG

3. Add  the new tag (Name, subject, or anything that you search by)

4. Your picture or video now as a tag that you can search on.

Buffer overflow issue in versions 9.0 and earlier of Adobe Reader and Acrobat

There is a major security hole is ALL Versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat!

 

The fix is being worked on if you are using a 3rd party to read your PDF you ok. If you are using ADOBE products be very careful The patches will not be out till March 11. 2009

Here is the article directly form Adobe

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Buffer overflow issue in versions 9.0 and earlier of Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Release date: February 19, 2009

Vulnerability identifier: APSA09-01

CVE number: CVE-2009-0658

Platform: All platforms

Summary

A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9 and earlier versions. This vulnerability would cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this issue is being exploited.

Adobe is planning to release updates to Adobe Reader and Acrobat to resolve the relevant security issue. Adobe expects to make available an update for Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9 by March 11th, 2009. Adobe is planning to make updates for Adobe Reader 7 and 8, and Acrobat 7 and 8, available by March 18th. In the meantime, Adobe is in contact with anti-virus and security vendors, including McAfee, Symantec and others, on this issue in order to ensure the security of our mutual customers. More information on protection for this issue from anti-virus and security vendors is now available on the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team blog.

Reports have been published that disabling JavaScript in Adobe Reader and Acrobat can protect users from this issue. Disabling JavaScript provides protection against currently known attacks. However, the vulnerability is not in the scripting engine and, therefore, disabling JavaScript does not eliminate all risk. Should users choose to disable JavaScript, it can be accomplished following the instructions below:

  1. Launch Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
  2. Select Edit>Preferences
  3. Select the JavaScript Category
  4. Uncheck the ‘Enable Acrobat JavaScript’ option
  5. Click OK

A security bulletin will be published on http://www.adobe.com/support/security as soon as product updates are available.

All documented security vulnerabilities and their solutions are distributed through the Adobe security notification service. You can sign up for the service at the following URL: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?e=szalert

Affected software versions

Adobe Reader 9 and earlier versions
Adobe Acrobat Standard, Pro, and Pro Extended 9 and earlier versions

Severity rating

Adobe categorizes this as a critical issue and recommends that users update their virus definitions and exercise caution when opening files from untrusted sources.

Revisions
February 24, 2008 – Advisory updated
February 19, 2009 – Advisory first created

Google Email Down

This drives a important point and maybe why Google email is still BETA.  When you use a Online provide for your email do you have a guarantee uptime ? What can they do with your data, can they profile you  by searching your email ?

This comes from Google

Dear Google Apps customer,

Between approximately 9AM to 12PM GMT / 1AM to 4AM PST on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, some Google Apps mail users were unable to access their accounts. The actual outage period varied by user because the recovery process was executed in stages. No data was lost during this time. The root cause of the problem was a software bug that caused an unexpected service disruption during the course of a routine maintenance event. The root cause of this unexpected service disruption has been found and fixed.

Additional Details

A few months ago, new software was implemented to optimize data center functionality to make more efficient use of Google's computing resources, as well as to achieve faster system performance for users.

Google's software is designed to allow maintenance work to be done in data centers without affecting users. User traffic that could potentially be impacted by a maintenance event is directed towards another instance of the service. On Tuesday, February 24, 2009, an unexpected service disruption occurred during a routine maintenance event in a data center. In this particular case, users were directed towards an alternate data center in preparation for the maintenance tasks, but the new software that optimizes the location of user data had the unexpected side effect of triggering a latent bug in the Google Mail code. The bug caused the destination data center to become overloaded when users were directed to it, and which in turn caused multiple downstream overload conditions as user traffic was automatically shifted in response to the failures. Google engineers acted quickly to re-balance load across data centers to restore users' access. This process took some time to complete.

The recently launched Apps Status Dashboard includes greater detail on this February 24th incident, including actions we are taking to continually improve performance. For a direct link to this Incident Report, visit http://www.google.com/appsstatus/ir/1nsexcr2jnrj1d6.pdf (English only).

For ongoing service performance information, please access the Apps Status Dashboard at http://www.google.com/appsstatus (English only).

We are very sorry for the inconvenience that this incident has caused. We understand that system problems are inconvenient and frustrating for customers who have come to rely on our products to do many different things. One of Google's core values is to focus on the user, so we are working very hard to make improvements to our technology and operational processes so as to prevent service disruptions. We are confident that we will achieve continuous improvements quickly and persistently.

Once again, we apologize for the impact that this incident has caused. Thank you very much for your continued support.

Sincerely,

The Google Apps Team

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat product

As a request of Neverfail I am removing the past post and Including this instead

READING, UK and AUSTIN, Tex. – Feb. 24, 2009 – Neverfail®, a leading global software company providing affordable continuous availability and disaster recovery solutions, today announced a new OEM license agreement with VMware.  The deal incorporates Neverfail’s continuous availability technology and application management framework (AMF) software into the new VMware vCenterTM Server Heartbeat, a new VMware product that monitors and manages the automatic failover of VMware vCenter Server.

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat can provide proactive protection against planned and unplanned downtime for VMware vCenter Server, protecting customers’ investments in their VMware Infrastructure deployments and ensuring that key capabilities such as VMware VMotionTM and VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) are continuously available.

With this OEM agreement, VMware extends its ability to protect VMware vCenter Server against a broad range of downtime risks by replicating the server configuration and data to a passive standby server. It monitors VMware vCenter Server connectivity and components, including the license server and VMware Update Manager, and can restart the entire VMware vCenter Server instance on the passive server. This helps ensure the consistent, reliable operation of VMware vCenter Server if it is threatened by unplanned or planned downtime, and it provides the broadest range of protection against operator errors, operating system or hardware failure, or external events.

“Over the years, our customers have come to depend on VMware Infrastructure as a flexible and reliable platform on which they can run their production applications.  At the same time, they have turned to VMware vCenter Server to ensure proper management of their virtualized applications and infrastructure,” said Patrick Lin, vice president, product management, server business unit, VMware. “By utilizing Neverfail’s proven industry-leading availability technology to provide comprehensive protection for the entire VMware vCenter Server stack, customers can help ensure that VMware vCenter Server's virtualization management capabilities are continuously available.”

In January 2008 Neverfail introduced Neverfail for VMware VirtualCenter (now called VMware vCenter Server) which has seen a growing level of interest and use by blue-chip organizations. The same technology behind Neverfail for VirtualCenter forms the basis of VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat.
“As a recognized leader in keeping users productive 24x7, we’re delighted that VMware chose Neverfail as the technology provider to power this new product,” said Nick Harmer, VP Alliances, Neverfail. “VMware vCenter Server is a mission-critical application that requires continuous availability. With thousands of organizations around the world already leveraging Neverfail to deliver continuous availability of their critical applications such as email and databases, it was a natural fit for our technology to be used to assure the resiliency and reliability of VMware
vCenter Server.”

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat will be available in March 2009. It will be available directly through VMware reseller and distribution channels and supported directly by VMware

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Neverfail for Virtual Center has been withdrawn from the market

This posted has been rmove on the request of NeverFail

Remote Server Administration Tools

 

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows® 7 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server® 2008, or Windows Server® 2003, from a remote computer that is running Windows 7.

Are you look to easy manage a Windows 2008 Core Server with the use of the Remote Server Administration Tools can be use to control and manage a core server with a GUI.

The best part of Server core is you do not load parts of the operating system that you do not need.

Server core roles include;

Active Directory Domain Services

DC, and a Read Only DC (great for security)

Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services

DHCP Server

DNS Server

File and Print Server

Hyper-v Server

IIS server (no support for ASP.net yet- Coming in Server 2008 R2)

Download the Remote Server Administration Tools

Monday, February 23, 2009

New Microsoft program dubbed Elevate America

 

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Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer to rally the public around the idea that the technology industry will be a driver of an eventual economic recovery. He also has urged Congress to support new technical skills training for the unemployed.

Microsoft wanted to do its part to help workers acquire the technology skills they need now and over the next decade.

So, Microsoft will create a new Web portal where visitors can learn what skills they lack and easily find resources to learn them.

On the site, they also will be able to access various Microsoft online training programs in order to learn some basic skills, such as how to use the Internet, send e-mail and create a resume, according to a Microsoft statement.

In conjunction with state and local governments, Microsoft also will provide a broad range of training programs and certification exams for free or at low cost.

Specifically, the company will give away 1 million vouchers so people can access Microsoft's eLearning software courses and some Microsoft business certification exams.

Access the site  here

Virtualization Partnership – Citrix and Microsoft

Microsoft and Citrix Systems have tightened their virtualization partnership to help both companies compete more effectively with market leader VMware, they announced Monday.

Citrix said it plans to release a new suite of virtualization management tools in April, called Citrix Essentials, that will be offered in two versions: one for Microsoft's Hyper-V software and another for Citrix XenServer.

Citrix has more advanced management tools than Microsoft for virtual environments, and Microsoft hopes the partnership will help spread the use of Hyper-V in datacenters. In return, Microsoft has pledged to manage XenServer environments with the next version of its Systems Center management software, which currently works only with Hyper-V and VMware's ESX. It will also market and sell Citrix Essentials for Microsoft Hyper-V to its customers worldwide, the companies said.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Resources for IT PROs

One of the complaints is that the hard to find information on Microsoft Products in ONE place. There is a resource you need to know about Discover > Explore > Pilot > Deploy > and Manage

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Products covered on the site include

XP, Vista, Windows7, and Server 2008.

Include on the site are Downloads, Troubleshoot, Answer to common questions.

Check the site out

2009 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Download

Executive Summary Protecting and ensuring the resiliency of the critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) of the United States is essential to the Nation’s security, public health and safety, economic vitality, and way of life. Attacks on CIKR could significantly disrupt the functioning of government and business alike and produce cascading effects far beyond the targeted sector and physical location of the incident. Direct terrorist attacks and natural, manmade, or technological hazards could produce catastrophic losses in terms of human casualties, property destruction, and economic effects, as well as profound damage to public morale and confidence. Attacks using components of the Nation’s CIKR as weapons of mass destruction could have even more devastating physical and psychological consequences.

Introduction The overarching goal of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) is to

Build a safer, more secure, and more resilient America by preventing, deterring, neutralizing, or mitigating the effects of deliberate efforts by terrorists to destroy, incapacitate, or exploit elements of our Nation’s CIKR and to strengthen national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery of CIKR in the event of an attack, natural disaster, or other emergency.The NIPP provides the unifying structure for the integration of existing and future CIKR protection efforts and resiliency strategies into a single national program to achieve this goal. The NIPP framework supports the prioritization of protection and resiliency initiatives and investments across sectors to ensure that government and private sector resources are applied where they offer the most benefit for mitigating risk by lessening vulnerabilities, deterring threats, and minimizing the consequences of terrorist attacks and other manmade and natural disasters. The NIPP risk management framework recognizes and builds on existing public and private sector protective programs and resiliency strategies in order to be cost-effective and to minimize the burden on CIKR owners and operators.

Protection includes actions to mitigate the overall risk to CIKR assets, systems, networks, functions, or their inter-connecting links. In the context of the NIPP, this includes actions to deter the threat, mitigate vulnerabilities, or minimize the consequences associated with a terrorist attack or other incident (see figure S-1). Protection can include a wide range of activities, such as improving security protocols, hardening facilities, building resiliency and redundancy, incorporating hazard resistance into facility design, initiating active or passive countermeasures, installing security systems, leveraging “self-healing” technologies, promoting workforce surety programs, implementing cybersecurity measures, training and exercises, business continuity planning, and restoration and recovery actions,among various others.

The 2009 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) is available at www.dhs.gov/NIPP

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Red Hat and Microsoft support one another's technology in virtualized environments

 

As part of the agreements, Microsoft will run Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 and 5.3 as a guest in Hyper-V environments, and will lend its hand to technical support and documentation. Red Hat will also run Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows 2000 Server SP4, and Windows Server 2008 as guests on Red Hat virtualization technologies, with similar tech support offered. Future products will be supported, and customers can expect the first pieces of support for these options sometime this year.

Microsoft has also announced plans to monitor and manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5 in System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, due sometime before midyear. Among other things, SCOM 2007 R2's Red Hat support means customers will be able to manage applications that are distributed among Windows Server and Red Hat environments.

Smart Computing 0n-Line support Resource

Smart Computing Magazine has some great support information for end users. I have written articles for the publication and the style of are aimed at the non technical users, you can find more  information at;

http://www.smartcomputing.com 

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The tech support section of their site has some great information for fixing common problems you computer may have.

Some are that have great information for end user include the;

How To Get Rid Of ...
We'll tell you what to do to eliminate malware programs from your computer.

Basic Security & Privacy Troubleshooting Articles:

Browser Hijackers
Fake Web Sites
Malicious Ads
Phishing Email Messages
Rootkits
Spam
Spyware
Trojan Horses
Viruses
Worms

Free Support for Virus, Malware for Microsoft Operating Systems

 

Microsoft has free support for Home Users

Monthly Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool to help remove specific prevalent malicious software from computers that are running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, or Windows 2000.

After you download the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, it runs one time to check your computer for inflection by specific prevalent malicious software and helps remove any infection it finds. Microsoft releases a new version of the tool every month. IF you find a issue that the Software Removal Tool does not fix you can call Microsoft for Free. This service is 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

If you been silly enough to work on your computer as Administrator and messed up your browser by clicking on Malware they will still support you. You should not use the administrator account when surfing the web

The Number is  1-866-PCSAFETY in the United States and in Canada

How do you stop users from connecting to USB storage devices

 

If a USB storage device is not already installed on the computer
If a USB storage device is not already installed on the computer, assign the user or the group Deny permissions to the following files:
  • %SystemRoot%\Inf\Usbstor.pnf
  • %SystemRoot%\Inf\Usbstor.inf
When you do this, users cannot install a USB storage device on the computer. To assign a user or group Deny permissions to the Usbstor.pnf and Usbstor.inf files, follow these steps:
  1. Start Windows Explorer, and then locate the %SystemRoot%\Inf folder.
  2. Right-click the Usbstor.pnf file, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Security tab.
  4. In the Group or user names list, click the user or group that you want to set Deny permissions for.
  5. In the Permissions for UserName or GroupName list, click to select the Deny check box next to Full Control, and then click OK.
    Note Also add the System account to the Deny list.
  6. Right-click the Usbstor.inf file, and then click Properties.
  7. Click the Security tab.
  8. In the Group or user names list, click the user or group that you want to set Deny permissions for.
  9. In the Permissions for UserName or GroupName list, click to select the Deny check box next to Full Control, and then click OK.
If a USB storage device is already installed on the computer, set the Start value in the following registry key to 4:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor

When you do this, the USB storage device does not work when the user connects the device to the computer. To set the Start value, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  3. Locate and then click the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor

  4. In the details pane, double-click Start.
  5. In the Value data box, type 4, click Hexadecimal (if it is not already selected), and then click OK.
  6. Exit Registry Editor.

Fixing Missing Trash Can

The Recycle Bin does not appear on the desktop in Windows Vista. Causing you cannot use the Recycle Bin to do such tasks as restoring a file that was deleted. This article will help you make the Recycle Bin work again

 

To fix this issue, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Appearance and Personalization, click Personalization, and then click Change desktop icons.
  3. Click to select the Recycle Bin check box, and then click OK.

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Microsoft Fix it Solution Center

Thank you for your interest in Microsoft Fix it. We're working hard to automate solutions to common software problems in an easy, intuitive way that is available when and where you need it. So whether you are looking for a solution in help or support content, or an error report, Fix it provides a way to apply automated fixes, workarounds, or configuration changes so you don’t have to perform a long list of manual steps yourself.

Use this solution center to browse for Fix it solutions by product, contact the Fix it team, or get help and support for problems that do not yet have Fix it solutions.

Join the Fix it Team for a live Webcast on February 19th

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Windows Mobile 6.5 Announced

Microsoft Reveals New Windows® Phones With Marketplace and My Phone Services

Microsoft mobile partners fly the Windows flag: HTC, LG and Orange preview first Windows® phones.

Steve Ballmer, Andy Lees and Prithvi Raj: Mobile World Congress 2009 – Feb. 16, 2009

BARCELONA, Spain — Feb. 16, 2009 — Today at Mobile World Congress 2009, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer along with key mobile partners, HTC, LG and Orange, unveiled new Windows® phones featuring new user-friendly software and services. The next generation of Windows® phones will be based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and feature a new user interface and a richer browsing experience. In addition, Windows® phones will feature two new services: My Phone, to sync text messages, photos, video, contacts and more to the Web; and Windows® Marketplace for Mobile, a new marketplace that will provide direct-to-phone mobile applications and can be accessed from both the phone and the Web.

Contacts are backed up with My Phone so users don’t have to worry about losing contacts.

Contacts are backed up with My Phone so users don’t have to worry about losing contacts.

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“Windows® phones bring together the best of the Web, the PC and the phone so you can connect instantly to the experiences you care about, no matter where you are,” Ballmer said. “We’re working with partners across the industry to deliver a new generation of Windows® phones that break down the barriers between people, information and applications and provide great end-to-end experiences that span your entire life, at work and at home.”

Windows Mobile 6.5 Delivers New User Experience

The new Windows Mobile 6.5 home screen keeps people up-to-date on important information by providing a dashboard-like experience to items such as new e-mails, texts, missed calls and calendar appointments. It also includes an improved touch-screen interface, making it easy to take action with a finger, and an updated version of the latest Internet Explorer Mobile browser, which in a third-party research study sponsored by Microsoft supported execution of up to 48 percent more assigned tasks than the other browsers and phones studied.

My Phone allow users to view and manage photos on their phone on the Web.

My Phone allow users to view and manage photos on their phone on the Web.

Click for larger version.

My Phone Service Connects the Phone to the Web

The free My Phone service will enable people to access, manage and back up their personal information on their device to a password-protected Web-based service, making it easier to upgrade phones without the worry of losing important information. With automatic syncing and backup, users can count on their contacts, appointments, text messages and other information being kept up to date and easily restored should they lose or upgrade their phone. Consumers also will be able to automatically upload photos and video from their Windows® phone directly to the My Phone service, making it simple to preserve content that, in the past, would have lived and died on the phone. The My Phone service is currently available in a limited invitation-only beta.

Rich and Integrated Marketplace Service Will Offer Easy Access to Mobile Applications

The new operating system features Windows® Marketplace for Mobile, a rich and integrated marketplace for searching, browsing and purchasing mobile applications from Windows® phones or from a PC by simply using a Windows Live ID. The new marketplace will be included with all Windows phones based on Windows Mobile 6.5, which will help consumers to easily find, install and experience those applications that fit their needs and make the phone truly personal. Developers, who have already built over 20,000 applications for Windows® phones, will be able to offer applications to customers through the marketplace via a simple security and compatibility check from Microsoft.

Partners Showcase New Windows® Phones

Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer speaks at a press conference during the 2009 Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Feb. 16, 2009.

Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer speaks at a press conference during the 2009 Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Feb. 16, 2009.

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Leading mobile partners from around the world revealed some of the first Windows® phones showcasing the new operating system. In particular, mobile operator Orange will update its portfolio to offer new Windows phones with enhanced browsing, diverse personalization options and new user experiences. Similarly, two of the world’s top phone manufacturers displayed their Windows® phones.

The LG-GM7300 is a stylish, user-friendly phone with features such as one-click e-mail set up to help people stay connected to the information they care about most. Available first on Windows Mobile 6.1, LG will add a Windows Mobile 6.5 version to the family, complementing an expanded alliance to dramatically increase the number of LG phones running Windows.

HTC’s Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2, announced today, will be upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5. New enhanced contact integration combined with new Internet capabilities deliver a people-centric approach to mobile communication. HTC’s Touch Diamond 2 features TouchFLO 3D, a sleek and compact design with a large 3.2-inch high-resolution wide-screen display, while HTC Touch Pro 2 introduces one of the best-ever mobile productivity experiences on a phone highlighted by HTC’s new Straight Talk technology, an integrated e-mail, voice and speakerphone experience.

The new Windows® phones are expected to be available in the second half of 2009. Additional information on companies supporting Windows Mobile 6.5 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/mobileworldcongress/docs/partnerlist.doc.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Free Software for Young people with Cancer

www.re-mission.net is a site where you can download software for young people with cancer. The game allow and teaches patient how to cope with cancer and learn about adherence to their prescribed treatments, in a fun way.

Imagine that you're working in a research laboratory during the day. You watch cancer cells multiplying under a microscope. At night, you go home and play video games with your family and friends. Then you get the idea that a video game for young people with cancer might play a positive role in helping them fight their disease. A video game designed especially for kids with cancer might give them a feeling of power over their disease as they blast away at the cancer cells. And you could use top-notch research to test the game and see if it really would help the kids. That's exactly what Pam Omidyar imagined.  And in 2001, she founded HopeLab to make this idea a reality. 

The result, a game called Re-Mission (featuring Roxxi, the intrepid nanobot), is a challenging, 3D "shooter" with 20 levels that takes the player on a journey through the body of young patients with different kinds of cancer.  Created by leading video game developers and animators in collaboration with scientific and medical consultants and HopeLab staff, this state-of-the-art game is designed to be cool and fun, while helping players to increase their personal knowledge about cancer and improve their confidence in their ability to manage their cancer. 

Teenagers and young adults with cancer participated actively throughout the game development process to ensure that the game was fun, and that it really spoke to the issues that they confront every day in their fight against cancer. 

Please support this great work by visiting www.re-mission.net

Monday, February 16, 2009

Face Book Issue

Face book has changed their policies and you need to be aware.

Facebook's terms of service (TOS) has changed !

You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.

That language is the same as in the old TOS, but there was an important couple of lines at the end of that section that have been removed:

You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.

Furthermore, the "Termination" section near the end of the TOs states:

The following sections will survive any termination of your use of the Facebook Service: Prohibited Conduct, User Content, Your Privacy Practices, Gift Credits, Ownership; Proprietary Rights, Licenses, Submissions, User Disputes; Complaints, Indemnity, General Disclaimers, Limitation on Liability, Termination and Changes to the Facebook Service, Arbitration, Governing Law; Venue and Jurisdiction and Other.

Make sure you never upload anything you don't feel comfortable giving away forever, because it's Facebook's now.

Several Facebook groups have formed to protest the new TOS:
"People Against the new Terms of Service (TOS)"
"FACEBOOK OWNS YOU: Protest the New Changes to the TOS!"
"Those against Facebook's new TOS!"

Thanks to the consumerist.com

Live messenger On SIM CARDS

Microsoft and Gemalto Partner to Bring

Windows Live Messenger to the Mass Market of Mobile Subscribers

Customers can keep in touch with friends and communities on the go through any handset that allows SIM cards.

BARCELONA, Spain — Feb. 16, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. and Gemalto today announced they are collaborating to offer Windows Live Messenger services to the mass market of mobile subscribers through a new Windows Live Messenger client application that comes pre-installed on phone Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards. The Gemalto application, named SIMessenger, is the world’s first Microsoft-certified instant messaging SIM client solution.

Gemalto’s SIMessenger enables users to easily keep in touch with their Windows Live Messenger contacts from their mobile phone. SIMessenger offers an intuitive menu that allows subscribers to access their Windows Live Messenger environment with an experience similar to what they get when accessing it from a PC. SIMessenger also automatically launches when they switch their handset on, so they can start chatting immediately. SIMessenger’s user-friendly interface enables quick and easy navigation, so that users retrieve the messaging service they are familiar with while on the move.

To date, three operators have successfully deployed SIMessenger: Oi in Brazil, Personal S.A. in Argentina and Movistar in Peru. Gemalto has already delivered close to 5 million SIM cards embedding the Windows Live instant messaging application.

“Through our alliance with Gemalto, we are able to greatly expand the reach of the Windows Live Messenger experience on mobile to new markets and more consumers,” said Tom Bailey, senior director of product management for Windows Live for Mobile services. “SIMessenger will enable the masses to easily use the popular Windows Live Messenger to communicate with the people they care about while on the go.”

“Worldwide, people who own a mobile phone widely outnumber those who have Internet access,” added Philippe VallĂ©e, executive vice president of the Telecommunications Business Unit at Gemalto. “With more than 320 million active Windows Live Messenger accounts worldwide, combined with 3.6 billion SIM cards currently in use, there is strong growth potential for SIMessenger, and Gemalto is proud to join forces with Microsoft to make messaging available to all.”

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Need a good laugh

 

Here a link on the The Onion, this video is about an new Product, Sometimes I think lot of products are built this way, or at least marketed like this.  This is a Great Spoof about a Sony Product.

Microsoft to Open Retail Stores

Look out Apple there a New Kid in town. It look like Microsoft wants to play head to head with Apple and open its own branded Stores. This is an interesting play, I wonder what the channel will say. Apple basically killed a lot of its channel when it opened stores. This will be tricky for Microsoft but with over 95% of it income coming from the channel this will need to be watched.

What if the Microsoft store are that place to look at new technology, Like surface, Play with Xbox, and Perhaps teach users about the Cloud Solutions. You know their need to be a experts zone.

I wonder could this also be the way that Microsoft Branded devices get announced. Hum….Maybe a Zune combo Device, New version of Home Server, I wonder what else Microsoft has up it sleeve.

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 12, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that David Porter will join the company as corporate vice president of Retail Stores. He will lead Microsoft’s efforts to create a better PC and Microsoft retail purchase experience for consumers worldwide through the development and opening of the company’s own retail stores. Porter will report to Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner. He is joining Microsoft from DreamWorks Animation SKG, where he was head of worldwide product distribution

Porter spent 25 years at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in roles of increasing responsibility and seniority in store operations, merchandising and information technology. In his last role at Wal-Mart, Porter was vice president and general merchandise manager of Entertainment, where he served as a strategic point of influence throughout the Wal-Mart business.

Hum… general merchandise manager of Entertainment. Maybe there going to be a new life in Xbox, PC games, Zune, and fun products at the Microsoft Stores….. Time will tell

Home Server

I will be presenting a Session on Home Server at the DACS Meeting March 2, 2009

DACS in its present form originated from several local computer organizations: the Danbury Computer Society (DCS), Western Connecticut Micro-computer Users Group formerly the Danbury Osborne Group (DOG); Danbury Area Users Group (DAUG); and the Macintosh Users Group of Greater Danbury (MUGGeD.)

I last talked to there group in April 2007 about Vista, They are a great group of people and you, if in the area should come to their meeting

http://www.dacs.org/ 

Home Server

Windows Home Server was designed for households and home-based businesses that have more than one personal computer. Your life has gone digital – it is time to simplify your life so you can easily access your files, photos, videos and music from any PC or TV in your home, or even while away from home.

  • Digital memories and media stored and organized in a central location

  • Home computers backed up daily, automatically

  • Simple restore of lost files or even entire hard drive contents

  • Complete access to files from both inside and outside the home

  • A secure and personalized website address for sharing photos and home videos

  • Easily add storage space and new software capabilities

  • Learn more about Windows Home Server features

System Repair Disc for Windows 7

You can now create a System Repair Disc.̵in Windows 7

This is bootable CD version of Windows 7 that includes the command prompt, system tools, This disk is a very slim down version of Windows,. Very handy for those who need to repair the operating system or if you need to get to a Vista or XP Hard drive that does not boot to copy off some data, This disk will work as well as a free solution.

To get to this, simply open the Start Menu and type:

system repair disc in the search field.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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With an Office Live Small Business Web site you can:

  • Easily create a free Web site for your business
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Hard Fault memory Error Explained

 

II have been asked what is a hard memory fault.  While using Task Manager's "Resource Monitor", the Memory section is showing several "Hard Faults".  I assume this is not a "Page Fault" (causing a memory-disk swap) because I expect there would be thousands (not dozens) over time.  What is a memory "Hard Fault"?

A:

Apparently there are now two types of Page Faults: Hard Faults when the desired page is not in the memory cache and can be found on the hard disk and Soft Faults when the desired page is found elsewhere in memory (Ready Boost?) I found this information on MSDN at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa964785(VS.85).aspx.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Computer Security

I get asked a lot what operating system is most secure. There is a simple answer, The one that patched. Then they ask why is Windows have so many patches.

The true is that all operating system have issues!

I hear Linux is much more secure that windows. Not True, look at the patches for Linux and you find lot more for Linux then windows.

But most important look at there rest of your system

Have you patch your browser, QuickTime, update the firmware on your router ?

So how do you find out about all you computer equipment in one spot go to http://secunia.com/advisories and look at the products  you have.

This site will tell you that you Router, Printer,  Cell Phone has an security issue and how to fix it. Yes I said Cell Phone, if you have an Apple iPhone there are over 7 advisories and, 53 Vulnerabilities.

If you want to be secure do the following;

1. Think before you open, or download items

2. Do not login as an Administrator (Vista and UAC’s can protect you here)

3. Patch your computer

4. Patch your applications

5. Patch your hardware

6. Be careful with e-mail it  is an easy way for people to steal your identify. If you won something, or you can buy something for a lot less than any where else be very concerned. My advise if you get e-mail from someone you do not know, do not read it.

Cell Phone Trick

Add in your  phone the Name ICE as a contact (In Case of Emergency) with a phone number of you family member in case of emergency that the Paramedics or emergency room. This way if you are injured or incapacitated then call get you family.

To add other emergency contacts add ICE, the ICE1, ICE2 and so one.

Please spread the word and help EMS help you when you can not.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Windows 7 Lineup Announced

Windows 7 there will be two primary editions: Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Professional. We think those two SKUs will meet most customers’ needs.

Windows 7 Home Premium is the recommended choice for consumers. It gives them a full-function PC experience and a visually rich environment in everything from the way they experience entertainment to the way they connect their devices.

Windows 7 Professional is the recommended choice for small businesses and for people who work at home but have to operate in an IT-managed or business environment where security and productivity are critical. For those running Windows Vista Business, it will be a very logical move to Windows 7 Professional.

to see the full article

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Internet Explorer 8 RC1

Internet Explorer 8 RC1 makes great strides in both features and performance improvements that provide faster day-to-day browsing, and is designed for the way people really use the web. We are excited about this new release and its cool features, functionality, and partner opportunities:

Add Value with Web Slices
Enable users to subscribe to content directly within a page, and monitor information as they browse the Web. IE8 Web Slices make it possible to integrate rich, real-time online services and content.

Add Functionality with Accelerators
Accelerators allow you to enhance selected text on your Web pages, enabling you to map addresses, define words, add blog functionality, and share website data across the Web and e-mail.

Enable Quicker Results with Instant Search
Help customers find the information they need, faster. Users can leverage suggested search terms to help find the data they need—without typing the entire word or phrase. Visual search functionality adds images and graphics to search results.

Protect Customers' Critical Data with Built-In Functionality
Inspire customers’ confidence by helping to reduce risk and protect their IT environments—on premises or hosted—from security and privacy threats. Identify malicious sites and blocks malware downloads.

We encourage you to download IE8 RC1 and if you haven’t already, install the compatibility patch on your own website today. The patch will help ensure that IE8’s advanced technology works with your site.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Software for Create panoramic images

In my coming and goings a friend show me a new application for creating high quality panoramic images, Trevor uses a Mac and did a demo of this software ( it took about 4 Minutes to build the picture made up of over 350 megs of pictures) i decided to download the software and install it into my Windows 7 beta build. Not sure if it would work, IT did !

I then ran the application and  and under 1 Minute had the same Picture.Trevor was impressed.

The software is PTGui is panoramic stitching software for Windows and Mac OSX. Originally developed as a Graphical User Interface for Panorama Tools (hence the name), PTGui now is a full featured photo stitching application.

  • PTGui can stitch multiple rows of images
  • Create 360 degree cylindrical panoramas, 'flat' partial panoramas and even spherical 360x180 degree panoramas
  • No need to keep the camera level: PTGui can stitch rotated and tilted images
  • Virtually unlimited output size: create Gigapixel panoramas from hundreds of images!
  • Layered output allows full control over the final stitched result
  • PTGui stitches most panoramas fully automatically, but at the same time provides full manual control over every single parameter. This enables stitching of 'difficult' scenes, where other programs fail.
  • Full 16 bit workflow for best image quality
  • To see some great pictures go here http://www.trevorcurtis.com/