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Saturday, July 06, 2002 Permanent link to this day

Monday, May 27, 2002 Permanent link to this day
Criminal code

Allchin: Disclosure May Endanger U.S.

A senior Microsoft Corp. executive told a federal court last week that sharing information with competitors could damage national security and even threaten the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. He later acknowledged that some Microsoft code was so flawed it could not be safely disclosed.

So, Microsoft admits that their code is so buggy that disclosing those bugs could pose a risk to the country. Is writing that code a crime? Is selling it? Is failing to fix it? Is using it in a military context? [via Red Rock Eater]

Monday, May 20, 2002 Permanent link to this day
Questing for bugs

Microsoft to launch massive online games network

The network will allow large groups of Xbox users to play tournaments together via the internet. But access to the network will come at a price. It will reportedly cost $9.95 per month to connect to Xbox Live, on top of the price of each game, and the service will only be available to those already paying for high-speed internet access.

The first security holes games are expected to be open this summer.

See also: Microsoft's $1 Billion Bet on Xbox Network

Thursday, February 21, 2002 Permanent link to this day
Media Player phones home

Microsoft Media Player Logs Choices: It seems Media Player 8 logs songs and movies that are played with it and sends the information back to Microsoft. [via the null device]

Saturday, February 16, 2002 Permanent link to this day
Microsoft public comments

Of the over 30,000 public comments received by the Department of Justice on the final judgement in the Microsoft anti-trust case, 47 have been released as being "major". [via Red Rock Eater]

Wednesday, February 13, 2002 Permanent link to this day
Giving Microsoft a hand

Last month, Bill announced the Trustworthy Computing initiative within Microsoft. Shortly after, some loyal fan launches, clearly in the spirit of helping Microsoft know where to start looking. [via Red Rock Eater]

Stupid Outlook tricks

Do you want your mail to be read by Outlook users? Two tips from the latest Risks Digest:

  1. Don't use the text "over 18", even if there's another character right smack up against it.
  2. Don't use the uncapitalized word "begin" if it might possibly fall at the beginning of a line.
Remember kids, friends don't let friends use Outlook.

Friday, February 08, 2002 Permanent link to this day
The One Runtime?

One Runtime to Bind Them All: on the illusion of universal language support by .NET's Common Language Runtime.

The Common Language Runtime is being sold as a libertarian technology that levels the playing field for minority languages. The CLR would offer to all languages a neutral typesystem, a state-of-the-art back-end compiler, runtime and set of enterprise-class frameworks. VisualStudio.NET makes this complete with a first-rate IDE that can be extended to support any language. It would almost zero the barrier to entry for new languages.

The reality looks much darker instead. The CLR is not truly language-neutral, and it will ostensibly favor languages that look a lot like C#. Those not in this group will be severely bastardized, producing dialects which are really "C# with another syntax"; look at ISE's Eiffel# (or even Microsoft's own VB.NET and J#) for great examples. Programmers' choice will be limited to superficial features: whether to delimit their blocks with curly braces, Begin/End or parentheses. It's also worth notice that the CTS/CTS do not allow use of the full set of CLR features; for example, unsigned integers are supported by the CLR but not considered language-neutral, simply because many languages share Java's abomination for the signed/unsigned duality (this includes Microsoft's own VB) and there's no good solution for this issue.

[via CamWorld]

Thursday, January 24, 2002 Permanent link to this day
Microsoft antitrust comments

The public comment period on the Microsoft antitrust settlement ends Sunday. Here's how to comment. [via Voidstar]

Tuesday, January 15, 2002 Permanent link to this day
Microsoft poll rigging

Microsoft .Net: Vote early, vote often.

Monday, January 14, 2002 Permanent link to this day
Anti-Word attachment campaign

Help stamp out Word attachments today. [via CamWorld]

Monday, December 24, 2001 Permanent link to this day

Friday, December 21, 2001 Permanent link to this day
XP hole

Windows XP has serious flaw: are we surprised?

The hundreds of thousands of British computer users who have installed Microsoft's new Windows XP, billed as the most secure ever, have left their machines open to hackers, the company admitted yesterday.

Sunday, December 16, 2001 Permanent link to this day
XP phones home

Office XP is configured by default to send debugging information, including a memory dump which could include all or part of the document being worked on, to Microsoft in the event of a crash. [via Risks]

Sunday, December 09, 2001 Permanent link to this day
Gates gets the blue screen too

Bill Gates: "My computer crashes too" [via Weblog Wannabe]

Friday, December 07, 2001 Permanent link to this day
End of the line for Win95

Win95 is now officially unsupported. [via /.]

Monday, November 26, 2001 Permanent link to this day
Microsoft support

Comparing two support hotlines in providing support for Microsoft Products: Microsoft Technical Support vs. The Psychic Friends Network. [via Memepool]

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