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Acer is about to be the second largest PC maker

Acer is about to be the second largest PC maker

About three months ago, Gianfranco Lanci flew into San Francisco International Airport, got off the plane and made his way to the passport control stations. As he pulled out his documents, the passport agent immediately recognized him as the chief executive of Acer. “It was the first time in my life that has ever happened,” he says. Mr. Lanci may need to come to...

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Microsoft Software Inventory Analyzer breaks Internet Explorer

A post today on the IE support blog got me really curious. Apparently, if you install the Microsoft Software Inventory Analyzer, you lose print preview functionality. The culprit would be the fact that MSIA registers itself to use the .dlg file extension. Feeling unsatisfied, I decided to investigate further. I can confirm that it’s easy to reproduce and it affects more then just the...

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Microsoft to replace Live OneCare with free Morro

Exactly one year after it re-announced the commercial subscription edition of its anti-malware service for individual Windows users, Microsoft announced it will discontinue Windows Live OneCare, replacing it with a free alternative. The new service, which has yet to be formally named but which is being referred to by its code-name “Morro” (perhaps named after a famous Spanish fortress) is said to be constructed...

Malware testing gains some structure

Malware testing gains some structure

An international group formed in May to lay some ground rules for anti-malware testing has delivered a pair of documents setting forth basic principles. The Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO), which includes representatives from most of the major vendors on its membership roster, has published two documents setting forth fundamental principles (PDF available here) and best practices for dynamic testing (PDF available here). There’s...

AVG Update Crashes Windows

AVG Update Crashes Windows

Reports are reaching us that today’s update of the AVG 8.0 crashed many computers. After the update AVG 8.0 thinks that “user32.dll” is a virus: PSW. banker4.APSA. This file, however, is not (part of ) a virus but in fact an essential part of your Windows program. In the event you have deleted this vital file as a result of the faulty detection, your...

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Windows Vista Service Pack 2 is underway

Microsoft is hard at work on Service Pack 2 for both Windows Vista and Server 2008. Very little information is available at this time. Currently, the product release notes and related information about Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista SP2 are not available. We will be keeping a watchful eye for any changes and updates about Service Pack 2. If you want to...

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Tailoring Windows 7 to Solid-State Drives

Microsoft is tailoring Windows 7 to solid-state drives. Mum’s the word on the matter as far as the Redmond giant is concerned, but this will no longer be the case come November 2008. Starting with the Windows 7 road show scheduled to debut with PDC2008, Microsoft promised to unveil the successor of Windows Vista to the world. Between November 5 and 7, at the...

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Microsoft Offers Peek At Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4.0

Microsoft is giving customers and channel partners their first look at the next generation of its Visual Studio and .NET Framework developer tools and platform. The move comes less than a year after Microsoft debuted the current releases of those products, Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5. Application life-cycle management will be a key theme in the Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework...

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Microsoft to sue scareware security vendors

Microsoft and Washington state are cracking down on scareware scammers who bombard computer users with fake warning messages in hopes of selling them useless software. The state’s attorney general and lawyers from Microsoft’s Internet Safety Enforcement team are expected to announce today several lawsuits against so-called ‘scareware’ vendors, who are being charged under Washington state’s Computer Spyware Act. The vendors targeted by the lawsuits...

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Microsoft chief dreams of “world of no reboots”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has admitted the company intentionally accepted some early compatibility problems to make sure Vista was as secure as possible. But he claims customer complaint figures show Vista is better than previous editions of Windows. Ballmer spoke at an event hosted by the Churchill Club, which bills itself as “Silicon Valley’s premier business and technology forum”. Asked by a “long-time Windows...