Monthly Archives: december 2005

New exploit blows by fully patched Windows XP systems

“A zero-day exploit affecting fully-patched Windows installations is afoot. Merely viewing a malicious WMF image in Internet Explorer will install various nasties to your PC. Time to upgrade to Firefox!”

Microsoft having a new security hole… What a surprise!

How bad are Microsoft’s programmers??
Are they just plain stupid or something? Why are there so many freaking buffer overflow vulnerabilities in their shitty Windows operating system? It’s just amazing how bad a such widely used operating system can be designed, and people are just eating up all the ridiculous “Get The Facts”-propaganda crap that Microsoft puts out.

Even if you use Firefox or Opera, which you should by the way because IE is just fundementally a dangerous browser to use, you’re still vulnerable to this new exploit because it’s still Windows which is handling the system calls.
There is a workaround though, you can unregister the DLL that’s vulnerable, which is a good solution, until the fools in Redmond gets their act together, and puts out a patch for it! You can find instructions for unregistering this DLL here.

Oh and by the way, you could also just install Linux, and be done with this total nonsense of security holes, viruses, adware, spyware, trojans and worms. Just go download SUSE Linux 10.0 for crying out load! It’s eaisier to install than Windows, it’s a better product, and includes more software than you could ever use, it’s really a wonderful operating system, and by the way, did I mention it’s free? And in case you need a little more handholding, just buy the retail package of SUSE Linux 10.0, in that you get the installation media, great instruction manuals and 90-days of installation support.
This might sound like some kind of advertisement, but it’s really just a recommendation!

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Debunking common GNU/Linux myths

“There is a lot of confusing information about the GNU/Linux operating system, open source and free software, and related issues in the press today. Many of these technologies and concepts are difficult to understand because they deviate from the standard historical traditions of the software industry.”

Generating fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) is one of Microsoft’s specialties, especially when it comes to down on Linux.
One thing I just never understand is why anyone can say that Linux is cheaper than Windows for SMBs, let’s look at it, what apps do SMBs use? A word processor, a spreadsheet, a web browser, an email client or maybe some sort of groupware stuff like Microsoft Exchange or Kolab. This is basicly it for a basic office worker, and all of them can be provided by Linux free of charge, and is of course freely available.

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Should Apple switch Mac OS X from Mach to Linux kernel?

“What if Apple were to build the equivalent of OpenStep for Linux? That is, take the whole of OS X and build it around a Linux kernel instead of Mach…”

I personally, think it would be pretty cool if Apple kicked Mach’s ass and went with the Linux kernel, because they give Micro$oft a smack in the face, by having their current biggest compeditor, on the desktop, be Linux-based. I find it highly unlikely though, because they are a proprietary software company, and I don’t think they like the “once free, always free” nature of the GPL.
If Steve are going to kick Mach out the tree (apple tree get it?), then I think it’s more likely, that they will just go with the regular FreeBSD kernel, after all, their system are already heavily based on FreeBSD, and it’s a great kernel with over 20 years of development put into it.

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Nintendo’s Response Letter to Dissapointed Gamers

“Our competitors would have you believe that the next generation of gaming will be solely defined by high definition graphics. High definition graphics look fantastic, but come at a price. To shine, high definition games must be played on high definition televisions, which aren’t cheap. Games with high definition graphics are expensive to develop because they must be developed in both standard and high definition formats. Those development costs are passed on to you in the form of more expensive software. Finally, playing games with high definition graphics requires a system with loads of RAM and costly high-end graphics chips, both of which make it prohibitively expensive for most consumers.”

That’s what Nintendo will tell you, if you ask them why they won’t have HDTV support in their next-gen console, Nintendo Revolution. I think they have a good point, making it more expensive for developers to make the games, it will be more expensive for us, the gamers, to buy the games. I just saw a news article on Slashdot today, that pointed out, that 50% of the HDTV owners out there actually watch HDTV content on their HDTV! And HDTV is certainly not a common thing around my neighborhood, and most of Denmark I think, let a lone be europe in general (That’s just what I think, I could be wrong), so what’s the point of supporting HDTV if it’s not something that most people would benefit from? I certainly don’t get it. Also, HDTV support takes up a big amount of memory which would make the price of the hardware even higher, and keep in mind that Nintendo is trying to expand the gaming market to people they reffer to as “non-gamers”, those people are certainly not gonna pay like 400 bucks to see if this gaming thing is something they *might* be interested in.

Also, why do you need crazy graphics, an insane amount of processing power and lots of violence (blood and gore) to make a fun game? I’ve been playing Mario since I was three years old and I still find it a great game, I’m 17 these days, and a lot of people really love MAME, which is an arcade emulator, that allows you to play 20 year old arcade games like Packman, Donkey Kong, Pong and stuff like that, which is very fun games at times. I think Nintendo is really doing something great with the Revolution, I’m certainly going to be in line to buy one when it launches along with a good handful of games for it. What really excites me about the Revolution is the new ways you’ll be able to play games on it, and maybe even new sorts of games, I’d sure like to see a sword fighting game, wouldn’t that be awesome, sitting in front of the TV, wielding the controller like a real sword! Now that would make of realistic gameplay!! 😀

The bottom line is, you certainly don’t need to have the greatest graphics to have the greatest games.

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