Archive | May, 2005

Microsoft abandons Windows 2000 customers

Slashdot posts No IE7 For 2k, Now In Extended Service. Yankovic writes “Looks like MS will not support IE7 on Windows 2000. ‘It should be no surprise that we do not plan on releasing IE7 for Windows 2000… [S]ome of the security work in IE7 relies on operating system functionality in XPSP2 that is non-trivial to port back to Windows 2000.’ While security fixes will still be available until 2010, I guess that means the only browsers with tabs for W2k will be Opera and Firefox.” All the details about an MS product’s fall into senility available at the lifecycle page.

I think this is great news! Perhaps the IE7 security flaws won’t affect the many users of non-WinXP platforms, estimated to be around 200 million PC users. Microsoft’s continual shedding of responsibility for the software it has put out there has to come to an end.

TTGOOo Review

TTGOOo book coverTracey Donvito reviews Hentzenwerke‘s “The Tiny Guide to

The small publishing company Hentzenwerke focuses their books on two areas: the migration from Windows to Linux, and They have already published three books on OOo, and are becoming the go-to publisher for OOo information.

Congratulations to author Benjamin Horst, editor Solveig Haugland and publisher Whil Hentzen!

Apple adds a new stripe to Tiger: 10.4.1 released

MacMerc notes the update to Tiger, OS X 10.4.1. I think it is remarkable to see a version-point-one within a few weeks of the software shipping, but it looks like they’ve got some good bug fixes not caught in the beta process.

MacMerc says “Sayeth Software Update….

The 10.4.1 Update delivers overall improved reliability for Mac OS X v10.4 and is recommended for all users. It includes improvements for:

  • file sharing using AFP and SMB/CIFS network file services
  • using DHCP in wireless networks
  • user login when accessing LDAP and Active Directory servers
  • core graphics including updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
  • synchronization with .Mac
  • Address Book, iCal, Font Book, Mail, and Preview applications
  • Dashboard widgets: Address Book, Flight Tracker, Phone Book, and World Clock
  • creating and burning disk images using Disk Utility
  • compatibility with third party applications and devices

For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website.

Grab the update via Software Update or download it here. “

Taboo: Safari multi-tab close confirmation dialog

From the macosxhints Pick Of The Week department: Taboo – Prevent tab closing stupidity in Safari. “The macosxhints Rating:[Score: 10 out of 10], Developer: Obsessive Compulsive Development, Price: Free

“A simple PotW this week, as it really only does one thing. Taboo is a plug-in for Safari that warns you if you hit the red…” more.

I cannot tell you how many times I have screamed “No!” as I mean to close a tab or another document and inadvertently closed a dozen precious tabs in Safari. This is a must-have!

Yet another IE exploit…

Slashdot posting: Several Critical MSIE Flaws Uncovered. An anonymous reader writes “Several flaws have been uncovered by security firm eEye in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The flaws allow remote compromise of computers running Windows Operating Systems and affect IE, Outlook and possibly other MS software. With the next MS Windows security bulletin release scheduled for June 14, 2005 news sources are reporting that in comparison with the Mozilla Foundation’s prompt fix for the recently reported Mozilla 1.0.3 vulnerabilities MS appear to be leaving a large window for the possible malicious exploitation of these flaws.”

Of course, if Microsoft can come up with a patch, successfully test it against the many configurations it supports, and feels the threat of the exploit actually appear in the wild, I would expect them to release it. With Mozilla having delivered several quick turn-arounds on security patches, Microsoft has their work cut out for it: a quick response is required, but an admission of insecurity, and a huge liability if it fails (imagine a patch the brings down a large number of machines). If the release is not quickly forthcoming, Microsoft has an opportunity to downplay the threat, especially if it is more theoretical than something actually found in the wild. Playing the numbers game, if the release can beat out the exploit, Microsoft gets to claim they are taking care of their customers their best One Microsoft Way. But… if the exploit hits the street… if the exploit is nasty enough… another mess like Melissa or SQL Slammer will cost their customers millions of dollars of clean-up. Their customers have spent these millions before, and they will likely spend them again. But Microsoft plays a very dangerous game in dealing with security as a PR management process rather than a security issue to be dealt with out delay. Looking forward to learning more details on this problem, and watching Microsoft’s response.

Firefox updated to 1.0.4

A Slashdot post notes Firefox Updated to 1.0.4. Exstatica writes “Firefox has been updated to 1.0.4 and they have fixed a few critical security holes, all javascript vulnerabilities. The Mozilla Foundation announced these vulnerabilities May 7th. ‘There are currently no known active exploits of these vulnerabilities although a proof of concept has been reported.” You don’t have to upgrade, but it’s recommended.'” We’ve reported on these vulnerabilities previously.”

Roof! Roof!

Getting a new roof this week, and a new chimney. Our wound-up little dogs are not pleased. Needless to say, neither are Laura nor I. It’s pandemonium this week. Hope to blog more once I’ve regained my sanity.

SveaSoft releases Alchemy 1.0

A Slashdot blogger notes that Sveasoft releases Alchemy 1.0, an updated firmware image for the LinkSys WRT54G family of wireless routers. There’s been a lot of controversy with Sveasoft charging a subscription fee for access to the beta development forums for the software, which is a mixture of Linux software, modifications by LinkSys, and original development by SveaSoft. There have been a lot of charges on both sides of theft, DMCA violations, copyright and license infringement. It’s disappointing seeing so much controversy surrounding such a great project.

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