Microsoft “explains” 18 month delay in patching major security hole

Mike Reavey has explained on his official Microsoft blog why it took Microsoft over a year to get around to disabling a major ActiveX security hole. Short version: (Paraphrased) “We wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t be a problem for anyone who was actually using this ActiveX control, which we’ve never documented for customers… Continue reading Microsoft “explains” 18 month delay in patching major security hole

Yahoo Instant Messenger: The Virus du Jour?

The latest social-networking virus going around is being spread through Yahoo Instant Messenger. One of your contacts sends you an IM (“instant message”) asking “is this your pic” with a link which contains the string www.facebook.com – but if you actually read the link, it’s pointing to someplace in the .ly domain. That’s Libya – not exactly a friend to Western nations.

Finally, the ultimate app for Windows Phones!

How did we ever get along without this? I refer, of course, to Screaming Bee LLC’s Pocket Fart! Yes, friends, for less than two measly US dollars, you can finally impress your friends and family with an amazing variety of farting sounds. PocketFartTM uses advanced flatulence simulator technology to produce custom audio events, anything from… Continue reading Finally, the ultimate app for Windows Phones!

How to get fired in one easy step

Lifehacker.com often presents useful and informative articles. This isn’t about those; it’s about the other articles they sometimes present, like this one: Bypass Heavy-Handed Web Filters with Your Own Proxy Server Your IT Department installs filters for a number of reasons, including (but not limited to): The lawyers told them to. HR told them to.… Continue reading How to get fired in one easy step

Better Battery Management for Windows Vista and 7

BattCursor (no relation to the Caped Crusader) gives you a free method of managing your laptop’s battery usage that is so much better than the built-in “management” tools in Windows, you’ll wonder why Microsoft didn’t steal it think of it themselves

Netflix Watch Instantly Review: 30-Second Bunnies Theater

Got a minute? Watch a couple of movies! So it’s Monday, Labor Day, around nine PM, and I don’t feel like going to bed yet. So I asked the wife, “Want to watch a movie?” She says, “Do we have time?” “Sure!” I reply, “We can watch a dozen or so!” So, during the next… Continue reading Netflix Watch Instantly Review: 30-Second Bunnies Theater