June 30, 2004


G-Mailto: "G-Mailto is a utility that automatically associates 'mailto' email links on the web with GMail. So clicking a link like this: Email me! will open up the GMail compose window instead of opening up something like Outlook Express that doesn't work with GMail (yet)."

Windows XP update could cause support chaos


Windows XP update could cause support chaos - Computerworld: "The major changes to Windows XP included in the upcoming Service Pack 2 are expected to cause support headaches, and analysts, users, PC makers and Microsoft Corp. are all expecting a spike in help desk calls. "

- I've been running XPSP2RC2 since it's release at home and for the past week at work. I've seen no issues whatsoever. Actually, I like the additional security, the firewall, the pop-up blocker, and the fact that it asks permission to run programs/scripts it doesn't know about.

Mac OS X security myth exposed

June 27, 2004


Techworld.com - Mac OS X security myth exposed: "Windows is more secure than you think, and Mac OS X is worse than you ever imagined. That is according to statistics published for the first time this week by Danish security firm Secunia. "

Free Shell Accounts

June 26, 2004


Free Shell Accounts - huge list of free linux shell accounts

How To Test SMTP/POP3 operations using Telnet

June 25, 2004


How To Test Exchange SMTP operations using Telnet
How To retrieve Exchange mail via POP3 using Telnet

BBS Networks

June 24, 2004


BBS Networks the world's largest interactive BBS, In conjunction with Hafa Adai Exchange and the Filearchive Network


June 17, 2004


Xnews - Xnews, a free Usenet newsreader for Windows 9x/NT/2000/XP
Xnews - Reviews and free downloads at Download.com

From my tests, it seems to be a great little program.. no installation, easy to configure, small..

Windows XP SP2 Technical Preview Newsgroups


Microsoft Newsgroups: Windows XP SP2 Technical Preview Newsgroups"

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Release Candidate 2 Technical Preview Download

June 16, 2004


Windows XP Service Pack 2 Release Candidate 2 Technical Preview Download: "Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides an enhanced security infrastructure that defends against viruses, worms and hackers, along with increased manageability and control for IT professionals and an improved experience for users.

To aid IT professionals in planning and testing for the deployment of Windows XP SP2, Microsoft is making available this preview, based on Release Candidate 2 (RC2) of the SP2. Additionally, we have established 11 newsgroups for sharing information."

Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack

June 15, 2004


Download details: Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack: "The Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack (adminpak.msi) provides server management tools that allow administrators to remotely manage Windows 2000 Servers & Windows Server 2003 family servers. This is the final version (build 3790) of the adminpak.msi file."

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Technical Documentation Library

June 10, 2004


Microsoft TechNet: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Technical Documentation Library - This is your source for Exchange Server 2003 technical documentation that has been reviewed and approved by the Exchange Server product team. The library is a catalog of technical content about Exchange Server


June 09, 2004


GNUWin II online Version :: GNUWin -- Open your Windows !: "GNUWin II is a free software compilation for Windows. GNUWin II includes numerous programs, completely free, which cover a wide spectrum of uses. The software included in GNUWin is not shareware nor freeware, but original free software and Open Source software, for which the source code is available, and that is and will always be free (free both as in "free speech", and as in "free beer"). "

Symantec: New Virus Deletes All Files


Hack In The Box - Symantec: New Virus Deletes All Files: "The malware targets Windows computers, and arrives in an email bearing the subject 'Re' and an attachment that will have an .asp, .hta, .htm, .htt, .html, .vbe or .vbs extension. Upon infection, the virus uses Microsoft Outlook to send itself to everyone in the Microsoft Outlook Address Book. 'If the day is the 6th, 13th, 21st, or 28th, the worm will delete all the files from the computer,' Symantec reports."

Internet Explorer carved up by zero-day hole


Computerworld | Internet Explorer carved up by zero-day hole: "Two new vulnerabilities have been discovered in Internet Explorer which allow a complete bypass of security and provide system access to a computer, including the installation of files on someone's hard disk without their knowledge, through a single click.

In simple terms, the link uses an unknown vulnerability to open up a local Explorer help file -- ms-its:C:\WINDOWS\Help\iexplore.chm::/iegetsrt.htm. It delays executing anything immediately but instead uses another unknown vulnerability to run another file which in turn runs some script. This script is then used to run more script. And finally that script is used to run an exploit that Microsoft Corp. has been aware of since August 2003 but hasn't patched.

That exploit -- Adodb.stream -- has not been viewed as particularly dangerous, since it only works when the file containing the code is present on the user's hard disk. The problem comes in the fact that the Help file initially opened is assumed to be safe since it is a local file and so has minimal security restrictions. "


June 08, 2004


TinyResmeter - TinyResMeter is a small tool that display usefull realtime system resources informations, but it also give much more details thru context menu when you right-click over displayed fields ! TinyResMeter it's only ~100KB, no EXE-compression cheating, no install needed, just download and launch.
Check out some of his other stuff.

Black Tuesday: June Microsoft Security Bulletins


Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-016: Vulnerability in DirectPlay Could Allow Denial of Service (839643) - Moderate

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-017: Vulnerability in Crystal Reports Web Viewer Could Allow Information Disclosure and Denial of Service (842689) - Moderate

No big ones this month.

The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities


The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities - Very nice list of tools.. pay attention to the Best Notepad Replacement section.. very recommended.

Ultr@VNC - Remote Control Software - TIP


Ultr@VNC - Remote Control Software - If I'm not mistaken, I've blogged about this before, but check out this tip:

If you want to get maximum refresh rate, responsivness and performances, you can try to completely disable "Hardware Acceleration" on the machines that run WinVNC. It can be done in "Display Properties" Panel - "Settings" Tab - "Advanced..." Button - "Troubleshooting" Tab - "Harware Acceleration" Tab set to "None". This makes a BIG difference, especially over LAN connections and even with others VNC distributions.WARNING: Turning off hardware acceleration with some ATI cards with result in BSODs under windows 2000. When you can turn it off however, the results are impressive. WARNING: This trick is pointless if the Video Hook Driver (W2000/XP) is used on the server.

Seriously, this tip works great. I am dead-heading a test machine and I was finding the refresh to be extremely sluggish. Now it seems quicker than if I was sitting at the machine itself!

Also, today's Black Tuesday (MS patch day). They don't have the patches up on Technet yet, but expect some Direct X issues.. (rss is good).

Somix - MIB Resources

June 07, 2004


Somix - Support - This MIB Archive is freely available to help users find the SNMP information they need. .
MIBs for 3com, alcatel, checkpoint, cisco, citrix, compaq, dell, foundry, hp, ibm, linksys, lucent, microsoft, motorola, netscreen, nokia, nortel, novel, oracle, sun, etc (just to name a few).

How do I install applications for use with Terminal Server?

June 03, 2004


How do I install applications for use with Terminal Server?: "There are two modes in terminal server, Execute and Install. By default all users are logged on in Execute mode and this means they can run programs etc. When you want to install an Application for use by everyone the Administrator should change to Install mode.
The best way to install software is to use the Add/Remove programs control panel applet as this will automatically set the mode to Install during the installation and then back to Execute at the end. Alternatively you can manually change your mode to install by typing
C:\> change user /install
To change back to execute use
C:\> change user /execute
And to check you current mode use
C:\> change user /query"