Ext2 IFS For Windows

“It provides Windows NT4.0/2000/XP with full access to Linux Ext2 volumes (read access and write access). This may be useful if you have installed both Windows and Linux as a dual boot environment on your computer. The “Ext2 Installable File System for Windows” software is freeware. […] Linux Ext3 volumes can also be accessed.”

fs-driver.org via BlogsNow

Microsoft back to drawing board on piracy

“[Barely] 24 hours after the announcement [of WGA], simple code to bypass the check – a line of Javascript – was posted on the internet. Within a week, two more methods had been posted to different sites. A Microsoft spokesman said […] WGA was not designed to catch counterfeiters or prevent hacks.”

SMH (®) via The Inquirer via BlogsNow
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Um, what was it designed for, then? According to the spokesperson, “its intent is to help innocent customers realise the full value of authentic Windows software while protecting investments made by our partners.”

So they think people undervalue Microsoft software because they’re using illegal copies – which are inferior to legal copies… how? And “protecting investments” – isn’t that just trying to spin “knocking out the pirates” so that it no longer looks like “knocking out the pirates” when asked whether or not they’re, in fact, just trying to “knock out the pirates”?

Your Password Must Be at Least 18770 Characters

“If you log on to an MIT realm, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE, click Change Password, type your existing MIT password, and then type a new, simple password that does not pass the dictionary check in Kadmind, you may receive the following error message:

Your password must be at least 18770 characters and cannot repeat any of your previous 30689 passwords. Please type a different password. Type a password that meets these requirements in both text boxes.

Note that the number of required characters changes from 17,145 to 18,770 with the installation of SP1.”

Microsoft via justsopivasti

"Microsoft ääkkösten tiellä fi-osoitteissa"

“Kansallisia å-, ä- ja ö-merkkejä, eli tuttavallisemmin ääkkösiä, sisältäviä suomalaisia fi-verkkotunnuksia voi hakea 1.9. alkaen. […] Ohjelmistot, joilla on kansallisten verkkotunnusten tuki, kuten internet-selaimet ja sähköpostiohjelmat, tekevät muunnoksen automaattisesti selväkielisestä muodosta nimipalvelinjärjestelmien ymmärtämään ace-muotoon. Suurin ongelma on kuitenkin Microsoftin hitaus uudessa tekniikassa.

Microsoftin Internet Explorer ei vielä tue kansallisia merkkejä sisältäviä verkkotunnuksia. Sama koskee myös Outlook- ja Outlook Express -sähköpostiohjelmia. Suurin osa internetin käyttäjistä käyttää juuri näitä ohjelmia, joten tuen puute on pahin yksittäinen ongelma uusien osoitteiden tiellä. […]

Seuraavilla internet-selaimilla on Viestintäviraston mukaan kansallisia merkkejä sisältävien verkkotunnusten tuki:

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USB Devices Can Crack Windows

“Vulnerabilities in USB drivers for Windows could allow an attacker to take control of locked workstations using a specially programmed Universal Serial Bus device, according to an executive from SPI Dynamics, which discovered the security hole. The buffer-overflow vulnerabilities could enable an attacker to circumvent Windows security and gain administrative access to a user’s machine.”

eWeek.com via /.

"Making Windows 2000 run (rather well) on only 32MB RAM"

“This is a short guide to show you how to run Windows 2000 on such old computers and maintain a fast perfroming system. The computer I installed Windows 2000 on was a Toshiba Libretto 110 sub-notebook with 233 Mhz and 32 MB RAM.”

D. Iversen via /.

Pretty cool, though I can’t see any reason to choose W2k over Linux for such use, at least for myself. For some obscure piece of hardware with no Linux drivers in sight ever, perhaps.

Microsoft Investigates New XP SP2 Flaw

“Microsoft has acknowledged that it is working on a patch for a potentially serious security hole in fully patched versions of Windows XP Service Pack 2. […] In an advisory posted at SecurityProtocols.com, [a private security] researcher described the issue as a remote kernel denial-of-service flaw affecting XP SP2, with the default firewall turned on. […] the flaw resides in the Windows “Remote Desktop” feature that allows XP users to remotely control computers from another office, from home or while traveling.”

eweek.com via /.