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Microsoft backtracks, extends XP availability to 2011

Just hours after a noted research analyst criticized M|cr0s0ft’s plans to limit sales of Windows XP PCs, the company said it would extend the aged operating system’s lifespan in the post-Windows 7 world to as late as April 2011.

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Friday, June 19th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Microsoft backtracks, extends XP availability to 2011

Microsoft pitches $40 mouse for Netbooks

It’s worth noting that, at that price, the mouse costs more than the revenue M|cr0s0ft gets from selling Windows XP on the same Netbook.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Microsoft pitches $40 mouse for Netbooks

Central Anti-Virus For Small Business?

rduke15 writes “I’m trying to find a centrally managed anti-virus solution for a small business network, which has around 20 Windows XP machines with a Linux server. It is too big to manage each client manually. However, there is no no full-time IT person on site, and no Windows Active Directory server — just Linux with Samba. And the current solution with Symantec Endpoint Protection seems too expensive, and too complex for such a simple need. On the Linux server side, email is handled by amavisd and ClamAV. But the WinXP clients still need a real-time anti-virus for the USB disks they may bring to work, or stuff they download from their personal webmail or other sites. I’m wondering what others may be using in similar situations, and how satisfied they are with it.”

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Central Anti-Virus For Small Business?

Windows 7 to be shipped in Europe sans Internet Explorer

M|cr0s0ft has responded to the EU’s antitrust investigation into its bundling of its browser with Windows by deciding to ship Windows 7 in Europe without Internet Explorer 8 installed. Say hello to the spiritual successor of Windows XP N: Windows 7 E.

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Friday, June 12th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Windows 7 to be shipped in Europe sans Internet Explorer

Hackers Targeting Windows XP-Based ATM Machines

We’re not going to start hiding our millions under our mattress (that’s right, all bloggers roll in obscene amounts of money and own private jets), but the next time we withdraw a wad of cash, it might be a good idea to skip the ATM and flirt with a real live teller instead.

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Friday, June 5th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Hackers Targeting Windows XP-Based ATM Machines

Russia Launches Anti-trust Probe of Microsoft

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes “Russia’s state anti-monopoly service said on Thursday it had launched a probe of M|cr0s0ft over cutbacks in supplies of its Windows XP operating system in Russia. The agency said it thought M|cr0s0ft had violated antimonopoly legislation by cutting delivery of Windows XP operating system to Russia both separately and pre-installed on personal computers, as well as in its pricing policy on the product. It said it would consider the case on July 24, 2009.”

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Russia said to probe Microsoft over XP halt

According to Reuters, regulators in Moscow say that M|cr0s0ft’s move to end Windows XP sales in favor of Vista may have violated its antitrust laws.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Russia said to probe Microsoft over XP halt

Cybercriminals Refine ATM Data-sniffing Software

BobB-nw writes “Cybercriminals are improving a malicious software program that can be installed on ATMs running M|cr0s0ft’s Windows XP operating system that records sensitive card details, according to security vendor Trustwave. The malware has been found so far on ATMs in Eastern European countries, according to a Trustwave report. The malware records the magnetic stripe information on the back of a card as well as the PIN, which would potentially allow criminals to clone the card in order to withdraw cash. The collected card data, which is encrypted using the DES algorithm, can be printed out by the ATM’s receipt printer, Trustwave wrote.”

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Thursday, June 4th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Cybercriminals Refine ATM Data-sniffing Software

Windows XP: The Legacy Lives On


The end of mainstream support by M|cr0s0ft for Windows XP ended on April 14. That deadline came and left with barely an audible groan from the minions of enterprise, small business and consumer users of the decade-old operating system. The steadfast legions of corporate Windows XP users — and the M|cr0s0ft Office 2003 suite that also is no longer supported — are not facing any dire consequences for not migrating to Windows Vista and the Office 7 suite, however. No doomsday alarms have sounded.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Windows XP: The Legacy Lives On

What Data Recovery Tools Do the Pros Use?

Life2Death writes “I’ve been working with computers for a long time, and every once and a while someone close to me has a drive go belly up on them. I know there are big, expensive recovery houses that specialize in mission-critical data recovery, like if your house blew up and you have millions of files you need or something, but for the local IT group, what do you guys use? Given that most people are on NTFS (Windows XP) by the numbers, what would you use? I found a ton of tools when I googled, and everyone and their brother suggests something else, so I want to know what software ‘just works’ on most recoveries of bad, but partially working hard drives. Free software always has a warm spot in my heart.”

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on What Data Recovery Tools Do the Pros Use?