I've been very busy with work work work and a little social stuff, I'll keep you from the details.
Obviously a lot has happened in the last month, the whole world has changed.
I'll focus on the things that happened in nerdy world as you aspect from me. This flash is longer then normal and has a lot of cool downloads, so take your time... :-)
My server died on me 2 weeks ago, while I was adding memory to it. So now my workstation is my server and replaced XP with win2k server. After a night work my mail server and websites were up and running again.
bought new hardware (P4 1.7Ghz) but haven't had the time to move my server back
to the new box. I was thinking when doing the swap, why don't run all my
services on .NET server Beta, but I'm too depended of my servers now with
10.000 visitors a day so Beta is risky. On the other hand I want to play with
it and I like risk so when Beta 3 is out I may turn to .NET server.
I run win2k on the server since Beta 2 but had no website back then.
Enough of me...
20 days to go and Windows XP is on the shelves in the computer stores!!
will start in
Wanna go to? In my country nothing is planned but maybe you are lucky.
Wininformant told last week that Windows Update would have a lot new gadgets in store for XP. Unfortunately the Java Virtual Machine is the only update available. Considering the source I would keep an eye on Windows Update
New Beta XP Power toys!
There were 2 releases of powertoys for XP this week, still beta and still not complete.
Some cool new tools are included, some are in the readme but not yet available
Read more on the tools here: http://www.windowsxp.nu/powertoyreadme.htm
XP forum: 12,722 members!!
subscriobe too to duscuss Windows XP get tools and wallpapers.
Read e-books? Get MS Reader 2.0!
I read my last book in high school :-) I did get MS Reader 1.0 because it had cleartype included. This special font rendering feature gives you a more "clear" view of fonts on TFT and LCD screens. Now this is natively included in Windows XP. Anyway get this and have a try, you can get an Encarta Dictionary for free! Get them here
This is not new but now it is
I thought it would come with a
cradle where you put it in after your computer session to recharge. The
batteries won't last a day with the IntelliEye light. But it seems batteries
will last 6 months!!
Here is why:
Breakthrough power saving technology conserves battery life. Intelligent Touch engages the optical technology when you touch the mouse and puts the mouse into "sleep" mode when you remove your hand. Intelligent Illumination allows the mouse to illuminate brightly on a dark surface and dimly on a light surface. Intelligent Surface Detection senses when you lift the mouse off the surface below and responds by placing it into "sleep" mode.
While we're talking about it, MS released new software tools for the mice. Intellipoint 4.01. This software is for all MS mice and add extra features to it. Now it is compatible with WindowsXP !! Get it here.
Get it here
New build released to testers
While XP is finished and being pressed on CD's, its bigger brother .Net Server is still in Beta stage. September 20th MS released build 3451 of .NET server to its testers. Unlike the XP builds this one didn't leak and spread as fast as XP builds. This is of course less people are interested in the Server version but I think the uniquely identifying of the ISO files downloaded by the testers also a reason.
This is a pre-beta 3 release and I have had no time yet to play with it. Maybe I'll wait when Beta 3 is released in November.
New names for server editions:
.NET standard server
I will start a new email based forum for only .NET Server. I'll let you know when it is up!
URL Scanner for IIS/ New Security Toolkit
IIS has been under attack cause of its flaws. Gartner recently stated it is better to get rid of all your IIS servers and replace them by apache. That don't work for me cause I only know MS software, so I keep patching :-). Sunbelt tells in its newsletter: "over the same time frame of about a month, 16 holes were found in IIS and 13 in Apache." Hmmmm.....
MS did release another tool to secure your IIS4 /IIS5 servers: The URL scanner, this tool looks at the url requests, detects unusual ones then denies it. before you install this, RTFM first, because my Outlook Web Access did not work after implementing it.
In my last issue I told you about other IIS /win2k security tools. Now MS has put them together in one security toolkit. You can order the CD or if you are a TechNet subscriber you will receive it. You can also get the tools via download.
Order the CD or get the tools online here
Check your system for known holes at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/mpsa/start.asp
A cool tool to backup restore network configuration, ideal for network administrators and mobile users.
I haven't played with it much and it is too much to explain here so jump to this URL:
Java for SQL 2000: JDBC beta
The SQL Server 2000 JDBC Driver is a best-in-class Type 4 JDBC driver that provides highly scalable and reliable connectivity for the enterprise Java environment. The SQL Server 2000 JDBC Driver provides JDBC access through any Java-enabled applet, application, or application server. It delivers high-performance point-to-point and n-tier access to SQL Server 2000 across the Internet and intranets. The driver is optimized for the Java environment, allowing you to incorporate Java technology and extend the functionality and performance of your existing system
NT4 Beginning of the End
Over five years after its initial release, Windows NT 4.0 edged into retirement on October 1st, when Microsoft discontinued the sale of the product through its volume licensing programs, though support for the product is still available. The announcement comes almost simultaneously with news that shipments of Windows 2000 Server are far outpacing demand for NT 4 Server, according to Microsoft.
"Customers are moving to Windows 2000 in record numbers, and anyone that's made the move to Windows 2000 has no interest in going back to NT for any reason," Peter Conway, Senior Director in the Windows .NET Server Solutions Group told me Tuesday. "The shift to Windows 2000 has happened more quickly than we expected. Customers are making the migration very quickly, and they want Windows 2000, not NT 4. We're very excited about the foundation in the base 2000 platform."
As part of its NT 4 scale back, Microsoft has also removed all upgrade versions of NT 4.0 from retail locations, though full versions will still be available for the foreseeable future. And NT 4 isn't the only Microsoft product getting a pink slip: As of December 31, Windows 95, Windows NT 3.5, and all versions of MS-DOS and Windows 3.x will be retired, and Microsoft will offer no further support for these products. For more information about Microsoft product life cycles, please visit the Microsoft Web site.
Twin Towers removed from Flight Sim 2002
Flight Simulator in Te
Within days of last week's te
"We did decide, after some careful consideration, that we want to do the appropriate thing, the right thing, so we decided to remove the towers [from the next version of Flight Simulator]," Microsoft spokesperson Matt Pilla said this weekend. "Obviously, everyone's hearts are in this here, too. We don't want to have any imagery in [the game] that would upset anyone." Flight Simulator 2002 is scheduled to go on sale October 18, and Pilla says that the change won't affect that release date. The company is also considering a patch that would remove the landmark from previous Flight Simulator versions.
the company's decision, various software sellers around the world had already
removed the cu
Windows Installer 2.0
Microsoft has released a new version of Windows Installer for users of non-XP systems... Please note that Windows XP already ships with the latest Windows Installer binaries and therefore doesn't need to be updated!
Office XP updates
Just like Windows Update you can automatically update your MS office with the latest patches.
First updates for Office XP are online
MSN Explorer 7.0 Beta build 2117
It leaked then went public but now the download link is dead.
Direct X 9.0 testers needed
DirectX 8.1 RC2 released to testers
source: Iexbeta.com, Neowin.net
Direct X 8.1 Release Candidate 2 Build (0710)
For the RC2 release, we have provided you with the DirectX 8.1 Runtime and SDK downloads. Your assistance in quickly evaluating the quality of this RC is appreciated! We ask that you install the Release Candidate as soon as possible and provide us with your immediate feedback. Bug reports must be received by October 12th to have any chance of affecting the final release.
The only change between RC1 and RC2 is one fix in D3D8.dll relating to alpha in texture palettes. If you have not encountered this issues, you do not need to download RC2.
I put back my sites on my server so the UGLY URL problem is gone.
I updated my bootCD page with info in unattended installs and To Boot or Not To Boot in NT4 section.
My XP page conatins new downloads.
Start here http://www.bink.nu
Ok that's it,
I hope the next issue won't take so long,