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OpenOffice.org 2.2 released

March 30, 2007 1 comment

The OpenOffice.org Community announce the release of OpenOffice.org 2.2, the latest version of the leading open-source office suite. With upgrades to its word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, and database software, the free software package provides a real alternative to Microsoft’s recently-released Office 2007 product – and an easier upgrade path for existing Microsoft Office users. OpenOffice.org 2.2 also protects users from newly discovered vulnerabilities, where users’ PCs could be open to attack if they opened documents from, or accessed web sites set up by, malicious individuals.

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Stop User Account Control (UAC) screen flicker / flash

March 29, 2007 Leave a comment

Every time I get one of those UAC prompts asking me to authorize an administrative action my LCD screen flashes when the box pops up. This is caused by the switch to the secure desktop, similar to what happens when you hit CTRL + ALT + DELETE. The only difference is that the background is a snapshot of your desktop that gives it the effect that it is just a pop up window. Although if you look carefully you will notice it is static since the clock does not change and anything else that was animated is now static. The secure desktop provides an extra level of security to UAC by making it immune to any application that may try to automate the click on the allow button bypassing the purpose of UAC.

This sounds like a great thing but it is really annoying to me. I hate that screen flicker. Rather than disable UAC, there is a better alternative.  Instead, I can just disable the secure desktop switch that causes the flicker. I know this is not as secure but it is better than disabling UAC completely.

Follow the steps below to disable UAC secure desktop:

  1. Click on the Start Button and key in secpol.msc and hit Enter.
  2. Navigate through Local Policies and Security Options.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and right click on “User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation” and select Properties.
  4. Set the option to Disabled and hit OK.

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Microsoft allows bypass of Vista activation

March 29, 2007 Leave a comment

Microsoft Vista Logo

Microsoft always says it opposes “software pirates” who sell thousands of unauthorized copies of Windows.

But the Redmond company has made things a lot easier for pirates by adding a line to the Registry that can be changed from 0 to 1 to postpone the need to “activate” Vista indefinitely.

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Cool Dollar Origami

March 27, 2007 Leave a comment

Amazing what a few folds and a couple of dollar bills can make. Not the usual ones you may have seen – the guitar player is a must see.

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Vista’s BitLocker vs. Mac’s FileVault

March 22, 2007 Leave a comment

Both Windows Vista and Mac OS X can encrypt files and protect them from the prying eyes of thieves and snoops. Vista’s new BitLocker feature and Mac OS X’s FileVault are especially useful to those of you toting laptops that contain sensitive data.

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Firefox 2.0.0.3 Available

March 22, 2007 Leave a comment

FirefoxAlthough not officially announced, Firefox 2.0.0.3 is available on ftp sites. This release fixes several security issues described as a memory corruption issue making users vulnerable to phishing and spoofing. This release is also the first to have been tested through a newly executed beta testing program for security and update releases.

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Windows Applications in Ubuntu with a Seamless Desktop

March 22, 2007 Leave a comment

A step by step tutorial on how to set up Windows applications to work seamlessly with the new Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn.

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