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  • Now the funny question! :-)

    Is Google under attack by a BOTNET or is it just real users seeking for solution ???

    Note: this is how I land to that page, it seems that other query lead to the same results, but randomly.. so it look like Google was under attack. After the jump, the original text

    Here is also the query that lead to this page

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  • Hack into a Windows PC - no password needed

    A security consultant based in New Zealand has released a tool that can unlock Windows computers in seconds without the need for a password.

    Adam Boileau first demonstrated the hack, which affects Windows XP computers but has not yet been tested with Windows Vista, at a security conference in Sydney in 2006, but Microsoft has yet to develop a fix.

    Interviewed in ITRadio'sRisky Business podcast, Boileau said the tool, released to the public today, could "unlock locked Windows machines or login without a password... merely by plugging in your Firewire cable and running a command".

    Read More HERE

    It's official: Pirates crack Vista at last

    A genuine crack for Windows Vista has just been released by pirate group Pantheon, which allows a pirated, non-activated installation of Vista (Home Basic/Premium and Ultimate) to be properly activated and made fully-operational.

    Unlike cracks which have been floating around since Vista RTM was released in late November, this crack doesn&8217;t simply get around product activation with beta activation files or timestop cracks - it actually makes use of the activation process. It seems that Microsoft has allowed large OEMs like ASUS to ship their products with a pre-installed version of Vista that doesn&8217;t require product activation &8211; apparently because end users would find it too inconvenient.

    This version of Vista uses System-Locked Pre-Installation 2.0 (SLP 2.0). It allows the &8220;Royalty OEMs&8221; to embed specific licensing information into the operating system which Vista can activate without having to go back to Microsoft for verification. The licensing components include the OEM&8217;s hardware-embedded BIOS ACPI_SLIC (which has been signed by Microsoft), an XML certificate file which corresponds to this ACPI_SLIC and a specific OEM product key.

    Pantheon released a bundle which includes the certificate files from ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo along with OEM product keys for Vista Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate, and an emulator which allows the BIOS ACPI_SLIC driver for any manufacturer to be installed without requiring the system to be physically running that hardware. For example, you can install the ASUS certificate information on any machine, not just an ASUS.

    Via APCMag, read more HERE

  • While no more so common as in the past with windows 95/98/NT4, The Blue Screen of Death is still here. This time it was an unknown error.. .Or was it triggered by the evil TUX mascot sitting next to this shiny Vista powered notebook?


  • Hilarious....

    "George Ou writes in his blog that he found a remote exploit for the new and shiny Vista Speech Control. Specifically, websites playing soundfiles can trigger arbitrary commands. Ou reports that Microsoft confirmed the bug and suggested as workarounds that either 'A user can turn off their computer speakers and/or microphone'; or, 'If a user does run an audio file that attempts to execute commands on their system, they should close the Windows Media Player, turn off speech recognition, and restart their computer.' Well, who didn't see that coming? (Slashdot)"

    Read  "Vista Speech Command exposes remote exploit"
    Read  "Microsoft confirms"
  • Forbes is hosting an opinion which is nothing more than a virulent view of the current state of M$ Vista.

    The new version of Microsoft Windows, called Vista, has slipped again. It was originally going to ship in 2003. Then 2005. Then 2006. Now in early 2007. I'm not surprised, having seen a demo of Microsoft's new programs at an "event" for tech buyers in New York last week
    Worse yet was the grumbling afterward in the press room. Why the hell did they drag us here? we wondered. We'd been promised big news and some earth-shattering announcements by Microsoft flacks who insisted this was something we shouldn't miss. Instead, we got a demo that was about as compelling as a root canal followed by a 15-minute press conference with Ballmer, the Microsoft chief executive who seems incapable of speaking at any level softer than a bellow. Ballmer took a few potshots at IBM (nyse: IBM - news - people ), claiming the computer giant doesn't innovate anymore.
    Given Microsoft's delays I can't believe open-source stuff still hasn't caught on for desktop computers. It's amazing, but people will wait months and months for products that are so complicated that no ordinary person can figure out how to use them.
    read MORE HERE

    On other sites, a rumour state that a big part of the Vista code has to be rewritten before shipping, let's wait for an official position before propagating sch rumours ;-)


  • I work nearly 2 days for the installation of my first home cinema. It is far away to be finished (cables are not all in place, receiver and subwoofer have been ordered)

    The video part:

    The Sound setup:


    In a 7:1 THX Select 2 Setup powered by a Onkyo TX SR804E 170 Watts per channel (into 6 Ohms)