Vista software compatibility concerns and license restrictions…

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

I should say that George Ou has been trying to put to rest some of the concerns people have about “will xyz program run on vista”. The All About Microsoft blogpost on virtual PC seems to have started all this. I should say that virtual machines seem to be a good way to make sure [...]

Free (and legal) music downloads coming by Christmas 2006 and DRM

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

I’ve seen several news reports picking up this story from yesterday. SpiralFrog will provide an advertising supported, free music download service and is expected to launch in time for Christmas 2006. There is an agreement with the Universal Music Group and SpiralFrog and the concept is that users must agree to watch advertising before downloading [...]

Intel Proset Wireless update

Monday, August 28th, 2006

A couple weeks back, there was a pretty important security update for the Intel Proset Wireless driver. The big problem is that the update was a memory hog and caused porblems. Sans has info on the update to the update, also George Ou is encouraging everyone to make sure they’ve got things updated. It’s possible [...]

Mac Wireless driver Security vulnerability revisited

Friday, August 18th, 2006

A couple weeks ago the hot story was about the demonstration of a vulnerability in a 3rd party wireless card driver on a Mac. The individuals that demonstrated the vulnerability (in a video taped presentation) also claimed that many wireless drivers were vulnerable to this same flaw and it included the MacBook native drivers (among [...]

Microsoft should use a /home partition….

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

I saw this yesterday or day before… George Ou has said that Microsoft should move user data to it’s own volume (or partition). He is ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. I think these days the default install for any modern operating system ought to assume you care enough about your data to seperate it from the main OS. [...]

Vista UAP (User Account Protection) – too much?

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

First let me tell you I have not seen first hand Microsoft’s Vista UAP (User Account Protection) I cannot then claim firsthand experience with it, the following is and will be based on what I have read plus how it relates and compares to linux and “run as” functionality. George Ou thinks that UAP is [...]

WMF exploit and DEP

Friday, December 30th, 2005

There’s a bit of controversy over the suggestion that Hardware DEP seemed to protect against the WMF zero day exploit. Sunbeltblog has responded to the controversy. George Ou in the first link above claims that there’s a lot of bad advice out about this exploit and that hardware DEP (Data execution prevention) doesn’t work to [...]

Improving KDE start time

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

One of the things about running KDE in linux is it can be a big resource grabber and be slow starting. By contrast “light” window managers can be up and running in a relative flash (xfce). OSnews has a story on SUSE/Novell KDe developers that have managed to get down to 4-5 second start time [...]


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