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Sametime (meanwhile) support in Pidgin on Arch Linux

January 18th 2009

We use IBM’s Lotus Sametime as our IM client at work. And i like to be signed in all the time even on my Arch machine at home. Pidgin does support sametime protocol, but through an external library called meanwhile. Although most popular distributions have meanwhile in their main repos, Arch does not. It has […]

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Phoenix BIOS Locks out all OS’s except Vista!!!

April 11th 2007

Taken from The Linux and OpenSource blog: If you’re buying a new computer in the near future, it may be a good idea to avoid systems with Phoenix bios on them. There’s recent proof that their 2003 contract with Microsoft has born fruit in their latest bios versions which now prevent you from installing any […]

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Windows Vista – the Last Big Windows Operating System

April 11th 2007

Windows Vista will be the last big Windows operating system. Further more, Microsoft is losing its grip on the desktop to business solutions built on SaaS, open source and virtualization. These are the conclusions put forward by analysts from Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs’ perspective on Windows Vista is not singular. In fact, the view that […]

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Windows Live Messenger Serves Malware

February 21st 2007

Microsoft has managed to put itself in an uncomfortable position after serving malicious code to Windows Live Messenger users via ads embedded in the instant messaging client. According to the Redmond Company, actions were taken swiftly in order to remove an advertisement banner featured for several days in the IM program that pointed to a […]

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Get Vista Features on Your XP

February 12th 2007

Windows Vista is on the shelves! Available for the general public, not only for enterprises, everyone can upgrade the current Windows XP or buy the brand new OS from Microsoft. Due to different reasons like high hardware requirements, software incompatibility or the price, some people cannot afford to do the migration, at least not in […]

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Kaspersky Reveals the Fundamental Vulnerability of Vista PatchGuard

February 10th 2007

Kaspersky regards the Kernel Patch Protection introduced in 64-bit Windows Vista as a joke. Alisa Shevchenko, Virus analyst, Kaspersky Lab, claims that PatchGuard can “hardly be viewed as providing serious protection against rootkits.” In this context, Kaspersky has revealed that the Windows Vista kernel, for 64-bit platforms only, is just “allegedly” immune to modifications.

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Windows Vista Ultimate Site

January 8th 2007

With, a website dedicated to Windows Vista Ultimate, Microsoft is offering a life experience outside the box. “Welcome to the new website for Windows Vista Ultimate. This is a space where we, the people who make Windows Vista Ultimate and Ultimate Extras, can talk to you about what we’re doing”, reads Microsoft’s welcoming message.

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A Windows Vista Zero-Day Exploit Costs $50,000

December 18th 2006

$50,000 for a Windows Vista zero-day exploit. The 0-day exploits have not been released in the wild but are, instead, made an integer part of the underground Internet commerce. The Proof of Concept code for an exploit affecting Microsoft’s latest operating system can cost as much as $50.000.

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VideoLan Client 0.8.6 Final

December 11th 2006

Building on feedback from the 29 million downloads of VLC media player 0.8.5, we bring you version 0.8.6 with many bugfixes, as well as a couple of new features we think you will truly enjoy. Most prominent are probably Windows Media Video 9 and Flash Video. Other important changes are improved H.264 decoding, better Windows […]

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Vista Launched at the Burj Al Arab – Dubai

November 21st 2006

The most luxurious hotel in the world was the stage where Microsoft launches Windows Vista, the Office 2007 System and Exchange Server 2007. The three Microsoft products were released with both English and Arabic language support.

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