SecurityFocus’ Mikhael Felker has written part two of his analysis of the security mechanisms, risks, attacks, and defenses of the two most commonly used password management systems: those found in Internet Explorer and Firefox. Read the rest of this entry

10 Windows Books To Buy For Christmas

It’s almost that time of year again. The time where we all sit by the fire and enjoy a nice cup of eggnog while cuddled under a fleece blanket reading our favorite books, waiting for Santa Clause to come down our chimney and deliver us gifts. So, if your a Microsoft Windows user or administrator, or you know someone who is, this list of 10 Windows books to buy for Christmas is just for you..

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Alternatives to Windows Programs

There are many alternatives to using Microsoft Windows and the applications that are made for it. One of the more popular alternatives is the Linux operating system. Just about everything you can do in Windows, you can do in Linux, sometimes even better and with more control. Linux has been around for quiet a long time, so its no surprise that there are a ton of applications out there that offer the same type of functionality that many of our favorite Windows applications have. This article takes a look at some of the most popular software applications used in Microsoft Windows and compares them with some alternatives that get the same job done. Read the rest of this entry

5 Reasons NOT To Upgrade to Windows Vista

Windows Vista (TM)Microsoft’s long awaited release of Windows Vista is set to debut at the end of this month for businesses, and in early 2007 for standard consumers. With so many views on the pros and cons of Vista, its hard to really get a grasp on if users should upgrade from their current operating system to the new Vista. It is my strong opinion that users should NOT upgrade at least until the new operating system has had time to live in the real world, under the hands of ordinary users. Read the rest of this entry

Linux Software on Windows?

Reuters is reporting that Microsoft is entering into an agreement with Novell Inc. that will allow open source Linux software to run on Microsoft Windows platforms. This could bring big changes to the open source community in a lot of ways. Read the rest of this entry

8 Windows XP Tips & Tricks

Following are a collection of nifty Windows XP Tips & Tricks that I have gathered and used over time.

  • Delete Files Immediately
    This will allow you to delete files from your system without sending them to the recycle bin first.
    Select Start > Run… type gpedit.msc then select User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer then locate the ‘Dsupo not move deleted files to the Recycle Bin‘ setting and set it.

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Windows Vista Screen Shots

Our favorite people over at Microsoft have a new pre release candidate for Windows Vista. Since the build is only available to the first 100,000 downloads, I decided to grab it as soon as I could rather than waiting for the actually release candidate. I downloaded it using the wget –referrer switch so that I could trick the Microsoft website into thinking I was coming from a referring URL. Once the download finished, I went ahead and loaded it up in VMWare.

Here are some screen shots of some areas of Windows Vista that I will further discuss and delve into later.
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