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Banks in Australia attacked via MS Security Hole

Read more about this story here and make sure that your systems are secured http://news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9397776%255E15318,00.html .

Tejas Patel

Posted On Wednesday, April 28, 2004 11:25 AM

Yahoo replies to MSN Messenger
Yahoo replies to MSN messegner by pulling out a bit better IM offering few more features, an beta version of their new IM was released and I downloaded it and installed it today, some of the mistakes were too eay to find out, but yes it looks kewl and new features are good and the asthetics of the IM looks good as well, some of the new features are ability to create avatars, can create and display image, integration of radio in IM, synchronisation of contacts into IM, more IM environments, integratration ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2004 7:23 PM

What happened about MSDN Connection Kits?

It's quite a while now and I have'nt still received my MSDN Connection Welcome Kit, I was and am so excited about it, but why is the kit not coming, I am sure it's more than 5 weeks now? Is there anybody out there who has recived the kits? Frank Arrigo would you know what's the plan for May for this program?

Tejas Patel

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2004 2:45 PM

Edit for ContentSaver
I have six more email in my inbox from my group saying that they agree to my comments on speed of ContentSaver (wonder why can't they say put the comments on the blog, are they shy ? ). Also Dysan, I quite don't agree to the results that I see on http://www.tiantian.cn/dotn... , as I get better results using ContentSaver ( I am using it with the latest patch, released nearly week back). Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2004 3:30 AM

Back to ContentSaver and Onfolio
I am getting a bit lazy and tied up with few things at this stage, but I had to blog about this few days back. Do you still remember Jeff's 'Seven Day Rule', where he said that if you continously use the software for seven days the changes are there that you will continue to use that software, I have just dragged that rule till one month. I blogged about Onfolio and then ContenSaver long time back when I came to knew about this products, since then I have been propogating both these products wherever ......

Posted On Monday, April 26, 2004 8:48 PM

My Productivity tool
I wanted to put some good words about my new productivity tool called Lookout which I have been using now for a long time. I am really happy with the performace and hope it does better in the coming future and comes up with more features. Lookout is a small tool that gets integrated into Outlook and it indexes Outlook .pst file and it can index other folders too. The results are amazingly fast and much more better than Microsoft OS search and inbuilt Outlook search. By default it updates its index ......

Posted On Monday, April 26, 2004 8:28 PM

Justice Department in USA announces International Piracy Sweep
Read the news about Justice department announcing Operating Fastlink which is considered the largest Global enforcement action ever taken against online piracy. I can see quite a few people getting busted and quite a few companies might go bust.This will be done in USA including few other countries like in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden as well as Great Britain and Northern Ireland This might be a good news for some, bad news for some and no ......

Posted On Friday, April 23, 2004 9:55 AM

Lenn Pyror take on evangelism
Robert Scoble links to Lenn Pryor's post on rules of Evangelism. Let me admit first, I am still learning more about evagelism and in's and out's of it and yes I am enjoying it more and more and building up the passion for the whole concept. I have learned something new about evangelism from Lenn's post too, I liked his 6 rules to Evangelism. Lenn’s 6 Evangelism Rules: 1.) Show and share, don’t preach and sell. 2.) Arm yourself with the facts, not hype or rhetoric 3.) Know thy competition ......

Posted On Friday, April 23, 2004 3:18 AM

I am excited about OneNote SP1
Just read more info about OneNote Sp1 Preview on Microsoft Website after reading it on Chris Pratley's blog, just don't have the CD with me now, so will get it and install the Sp1 preview on my system. For me the main features for which I am diving are as follows:- Import pictures into OneNote. Illustrate notes and ideas visually by adding photos taken with a digital camera or webcam. Better Integrate with Other Office Programs • Insert documents from other Office programs into OneNote. Insert ......

Posted On Thursday, April 22, 2004 5:19 AM

Restricting Users to install hardware devices
How do I restrict users to install hardware devices on their systems? Ofcourse I know that normally with Windows 2000 and Windows 2003, they will need to have permissions to be able to do so, but what about USB drives? is there a way to disable USB drives in anyway using Group Policies. One way is to use hardware profiles and disable USB devices and other unwanted devices, but it is too cumbersome and not efficient way. Another way is to user third party devices like SecureNT and disable the USB ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 21, 2004 11:44 AM

Cut, Copy, Paste and you are off to jail
Read a nice case by Mark Rasch on Securityfocus.com, where a police man seemed to have offended the law when he was investing something over the chat program and he did the 'cut, copy and paste' act, just becuase he did not take the consent of the opposite person chatting to him. I somewhat agree to the privacy laws, but then which criminal will give you consent about storing the conversation you had it him/her and producing it in the court later?? Also, most of the chat programs do come with a logging ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 21, 2004 10:34 AM

Fine tune ClearType fonts
Ok, finally I got off my back and fine tuned clear type fonts on my system, offf, I can'nt tell you what I was missing all this while, I kept reading about ClearType put never used it myself. Will have to tell you guys, I am loving it. Ok where did this start, I was reading Channel 9's forum and was reading a thread created by my friend Robert Scoble titled “Bill Hill - Do you think anyone is going to read a book on the screen? “. Thanks to Robert as he linked to the Microsoft Website ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 21, 2004 9:04 AM

DJ'ing with the Windows default sounds + extra's
Anand posted to an excellent piece of work here, somebody has done wonderful work with the default windows sounds , check it out for yourself. Also as I navigated more, I found a link to the 'F-word' audio. I enjoy hearing to this again and again and to motivate myself to start using this word more on a daily basis. I hope nobody gets offended when I tell him/her 'F*** Off' Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 20, 2004 7:48 PM

Pornolize your site
Pornolize is a nice site to 'porn sites day and night'one can enter the url and can enjoy the porn pages day and night :). I had few laughs as well today. Firstly I pornolize my own blog and my heading says “IT Digest - Ingenious "Mount" Raids's Digest "Sniff-my-Ass" Blog “ now is'nt that funny. Kent Tegel linked me to this site, thanks Kent for the laughs that I had today.I took the chance and pornolize Kent's blog too.I have linked to Frank Arrigo on my blog and it reads as “Frank ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 20, 2004 8:01 AM

An encounter with BookCrossing Books
BookCrossing.com is a very interesting concept, I liked it too much. I had an encounter with a book today in my own suburb while I was shopping. I found book lying on one corner of a shop. I book had a bookmark of Bookcrossing.com and had a small blurb of what Bookcrossing.com is and how it works. I came home browsed their website and indeed I was impressed. One another form of sharing that can take place and can give people much in return. I will write down my few minutes on Bookcrossing.com website ......

Posted On Sunday, April 18, 2004 3:10 PM

O'Reilly Research on State of Computer Book Market
Tim O'Reilly posts on State of Computer Book Market , O'Reilly research along with one another company is doing market research on quantifiable metrics about the state of technology adoption. His posts shows some data on how the book buying trend is going on and what OS book sell the most. Quite an interesting graph, I was not thinking that MAC OS X will have such a huge share!! Also what I will be interested is a graph or some figures that shows how many people are reading ebooks, subscribe to services ......

Posted On Friday, April 16, 2004 2:10 PM

Trial testing with OneNote

Posted On Friday, April 16, 2004 9:01 AM

Technical Careers @ Microsoft Post
OK, I still have'nt caught up with Technical Careers @ Microsoft blog, but I just read a nice entry on it about a question that is frequently asking in job interviews and quite a few other places,”what do you think are your strength and weaknesses ?”. I think this is a very important question, not just from a job or interview point of view but also on a personal level. Knowing your own strenght and weaknesses not only helps you to make yourself a better person but also than you know where ......

Posted On Thursday, April 15, 2004 3:30 AM

"DasBlog: Notes from Building a Distributed .NET Collaboration System"
Another informative article on MSDN DasBlog: Notes from Building a Distributed .NET Collaboration System , it covers the following topics:- Part 1: The Weblog PhenomenonWeblogs in the Software BusinessWeblogs as an Enterprise Communication and Collaboration ToolPart 2: Weblog Technologies and ApplicationsRSS Publishing and Aggregating Information via XMLReferrals Sparking Discussion and InteractiondasBlog: Implementing a Weblog EnginedasBlog: Requirements, Considerations, and SolutionsSummaryResources ......

Posted On Thursday, April 15, 2004 3:15 AM

Master of Information Systems Security from Microsoft
Received Microsoft's Security newsletter and found the following interesting:- “ Master of Information Systems Security Microsoft has partnered with one of the world's leading suppliers of Distance Education-Charles Sturt University-to develop a fully accredited university qualification targeted at IT professionals.“ This leads to IT Masters which also offers quite a few other Masters courses as well. I think this is a nice concept of integrating the latest technologies and industry relevant ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 14, 2004 5:13 PM

MSDNAA Curriculum Depository & Resource Kits
While browsing MSDNAA website, I just found that they are offering Microsoft Curriculum to public now, lots of interesting powerpoint slides on a variety of topics, the whole database can be found at http://www.msdnaa.com/browse/ , some very good introductory lessons can be found on this website on Microsoft Technologies and on some basic topics like “Introduction to Programming”. The other interesting thing that can be found is MSDNAA Resource Kits, which are the size of two CD's, the ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 14, 2004 2:57 PM

"Now the only way Microsoft can die is by suicide" says Robert Cringely
I read the article "Now the only way Microsoft can die is by suicide" , I am still thinking what to comment on this! If I start adding all the negative thoughts that I have been feed for all those years about Microsoft, in the back of my mind there is a voice murmering “hooow Ssssmart and cunning Microsoft is”. I have this fear somewhere in my mind that the way Microsoft is moving ahead, there might be a time where everything (the base ) will be Microsoft and they will dominate every ......

Posted On Saturday, April 10, 2004 5:51 AM

Open Source Vulnerability Database
So far I was getting software vulnerability informatoin from SecurityFocus.com, but today I found Open Source Vulnerability Database website. “OSVDB Synopsis:OSVDB is an independent and open source database created by and for the security community. The goal of the project is to provide accurate, detailed, current, and unbiased technical information on security vulnerabilities. The project will promote greater, more open collaboration between companies and individuals, eliminate redundant works, ......

Posted On Friday, April 9, 2004 12:45 PM

Microsoft Office Ads.
This proved that I should be spending some time in reading Microsoft competitor blogs too, Scoble linked to Tim Bray's rant on removing Microsoft's Office's stupid ads. from air.Seriously I have never seen those ads. before, but becuase of Tim's link I got a chance to look at the Microsoft Office's new ads, they made me laugh and chuckle. But would agree, I have had some “Great moments at Work” because of Microsoft Office and some of it's features, my recent great moment at work was from ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 7, 2004 7:02 PM

One more feature and query for Channel 9

One more feature I will like to have is the feature of searching through the forums, I don't want to ask the same questions that might have allready been discussed before and increase the clutter on the forum.

Why everything here seems to be developer focused, will IT Professionals from Microsoft being taking part in this too or are u planning Channel10.technet.microsoft.com for those guys?

Tejas Patel

Posted On Wednesday, April 7, 2004 2:13 PM

My 10 minutes on Channel 9
Let me complain to myself first, I was so busy with my work, with reading all the blogs and putting entries on my own blog (here), working on my University assignment, my personal studies, checking all the forums, replying email, my wife, my friends, surfing Internet and now there is one more thing added to it and it is Microsoft's Channel9 website. I have spend nearly 10 minutes on the forum so far including resitration, my first complain, why is'nt Microsoft Passport integrated with the website ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 7, 2004 7:54 AM

Get the full package and not just free 1 GB email space
While Gmail is in focus, I found SpyMac, which not only provides 1 GB of email space but also provides 100 MB of web space, Private and Public iCal Hosting, 250 MB of Picture Storage, Personal Blog, Forum and Gallery, Customizable Content Tracker & Community along with few other features and all of the above for no moneytory costs. Check it out for yourself. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Monday, April 5, 2004 6:07 PM

Andrew crossing the dots on Google's Gmail
Buzz word for the last few days is Google's new Gmail. I will have to admit, since last three days, I go on Gmail's website 5-8 times a day just to check if Gmail is open to public or not. While I was thinking about how Google can pull all the information from our cookie, Orkut and Gmail together, Andrew Orlowski of Register crosses all the dots to show us the right picture or might become a reality someday. I am buying into Andrew's story here. Also thinking on the other side, who says that your ......

Posted On Monday, April 5, 2004 5:49 PM

I am still around
Hi guys, one of my loyal readers emailed me and asked me if I was O.K. as I was not around for few days on my blog, well thanks for your concern buddy, I am still alive and very much here. It is just that I am busy with few things in last 10 days, so could not give enough time for blogging, but was watching my favourite blogs. Anand M is at a MVP summit, I am sure he is enjoying his stay in Redmond. I had a interesting conversation with Ansari this afternoon, thanks for your time Ansari.As time passes, ......

Posted On Monday, April 5, 2004 5:40 PM

Pigeon Enabled Internet & Pringle Chip Antenas
I read a article headlines on a Israeli blog and was amused and interested at the same time, as there TCP stands for Transmission by Carrier Pigeons. The article states as to how Israel conducted a test to compares ADSL and Pigeon Enabled Internet and see which is faster and at the end Pigeon Enabled Internet wins. While reading the article I also found that people in UK were using Pringles chips container to hack into wireless networks, what a need idea I think:) Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Friday, April 2, 2004 1:56 AM

Check Google's Gmail
Vasantha Dharmaraj links me to Google's Gmail , along with other normal mail features, it has a great feature which you normally won't get with free mail, you get 1 GB storage space free, although the product is under lab testing at the moment and not available to public, you can register your email and they will let you know when they are ready with it.So register now and be the first ones to get Google's Gmail. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Thursday, April 1, 2004 4:21 PM

Some reasons to consider for 'Software restriction policies'
While I am doing this training on Windows 2003 and finding some of the neat features in it and I also ordered the conference DVD for Windows 2003 from Microsoft and it has amazing stuff on it, it is highly recommended for people who are thinking of getting trained in Windows 2003 environment.As I was going through 'Software restriction' in Windows 2003, I read this article on MCP Magazine on 14 reasons to consider using 'Software policies' and make your environemnt a bit secure by Roberta. Although ......

Posted On Thursday, April 1, 2004 1:59 AM

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