August patch creates critical new vulnerability; Microsoft re-releases MS06-042
eEye Digital Security recently reported a critical NEW security bug in the August 8 Internet Explorer MS06-042 patch. The problem involves IT crashing and Microsoft reports the problem sometimes causes the display of this error message:
Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience. If you were in the middle of something, the information you were working on might be lost.
Please tell Microsoft about this problem.
We have created an error report that you can send to help us improve APPNAME. We will treat this report as confidential and anonymous.
To see what data this error report contains, click here.
Microsoft acknowledges the problem and updated the security article 923762 for the MS06-042 Bulletin. The problem apparently is affecting ONLY Internet Explorer 6 SP1 users, probably still found on many Windows 2000 with SP4 installed, and XP SP1 systems. eEye says it discovered the new security hole while investigating why the patch was causing Explorer to crash.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
August patch creates critical new vulnerability; Microsoft re-releases MS06-042
WASHINGTON, DC—In a nationally televised address Monday, President Bush urged all citizens, regardless of race, creed, color, or political affiliation, "to quiet down for just one minute" so he could have "a chance to think."
"Every American has an inalienable right to free speech and self-expression," Bush said. "Nonetheless, I call upon the American people to hold off on it for, say, 60 seconds. Just long enough for me to get this all sorted out in my head."
"Please," Bush added.
While the president said achieving a unilateral peace and quiet "would not be easy," he hoped that citizens would respect his wish and work toward a temporary cease-talk so that he could can hear his own thoughts "for once."
"Make no mistake: It will take patience and sacrifice," Bush said. "But such drastic measures could lead to a better tomorrow for all of us, especially for your commander in chief."
Bush then closed his speech by exhaling sharply, tightly closing his eyes, and massaging his temples. "I just—Christ, I just need a goddamn minute, you know?" he said.
The modern mercury thermometer was invented by a man named Fahrenheit.
Though the original idea for the thermometer is attributed to Galileo, the modern, sealed, mercury-filled thermometer was invented by German physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit. He also proposed the first temperature scale, widely adopted and bearing his name, whereby 32 degrees designates the freezing point of water and 212 degrees, the boiling temperature of water at standard atmosphere.
A newly discovered chapter in the Book of Genesis has provided the answer to the question "Where do pets come from?"
Adam and Eve said, "Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you any more. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us."
And God said, "I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves."
And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve.
And it was a good animal.
And God was pleased.
And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail.
And Adam said, "Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal."
And God said, "I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG."
And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them.
And they were comforted.
And God was pleased.
And Dog was content and wagged his tail.
After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, "Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well."
And God said, I will create for them a companion who will be with them and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration."
And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve.
And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat's eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings.
And Adam and Eve learned humility.
And they were greatly improved.
And God was pleased.
And Dog was happy.
And Cat didn't give a sh*t one way or the other.
Microsoft on Monday briefly posted pricing for Windows Vista on its Canadian Web site, giving an eye into what the company will charge for the new operating system.
The posting indicates that the Home Basic edition of Windows Vista will be priced the same as Windows XP Home, at $233 ($259 Canadian). The Home Premium version, which includes support for Media Center and tablet PC abilities will sell for 13 percent higher rate, a price that translates to about $269 in American dollars.
Microsoft quickly removed the price information, but blogger Ed Bott, who spotted the price list earlier Monday, included the price list in a ZDNet posting. Bott cautioned that those trying to figure out U.S. pricing would be better off comparing the Canadian Vista prices to their XP counterparts than to try and just convert to U.S. dollars.
A Microsoft representative said the company "inadvertently posted Windows Vista Canadian retail prices" on its Web site but said it has removed the posting and is not ready to share U.S. pricing information. The company said it would announce those prices when it ships the "Release Candidate 1" test version, due out by September.
On the business side, Microsoft listed Windows Vista Business at a price that equates to $341 in U.S. currency, 7 percent less than what Microsoft charges in Canada for Windows XP Professional.
The company is still wrapping up development work on the oft-delayed Windows update, which will come more than five years after its predecessor, Windows XP. After issuing the near-final release candidate next month, the company hopes to finalize the code in November in time for a mainstream launch in January.
Microsoft has yet to announce publicly its pricing plans but has said they will be generally similar to Windows XP prices, with a higher tag planned for Windows Vista Ultimate, a new high-end version that combines advanced media features with business-oriented features.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Actor Glenn Ford, who played strong, thoughtful protagonists in films such as "The Blackboard Jungle,""Gilda" and "The Big Heat," died Wednesday, police said. He was 90.
Paramedics called to Ford's home just before 4 p.m. found Ford dead, police Sgt. Terry Nutall said, reading a prepared statement. "They do not suspect foul play," he said.
Ford suffered a series of strokes in the 1990s.
Failing health forced him to skip a 90th birthday tribute on May 1 at Hollywood's historic Grauman's Egyptian Theatre. But he did send greetings via videotape, adding, "I wish I were up and around, but I'm doing the best that I can.... There's so much I have to be grateful for."
At the event, Shirley Jones, who co-starred with him in the comedy "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," called Ford "one of the cornerstones of our industry, and there aren't many left."
Ford appeared in scores of films during his 53-year Hollywood career. The Film Encyclopedia, a reference book, lists 85 films from 1939 to 1991.
He was cast usually as the handsome tough, but his acting talents ranged from romance to comedy. His more famous credits include "Superman,""Gilda,""The Sheepman,""The Gazebo,""Pocketful of Miracles" and "Don't Go Near the Water."
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Virgo August 23 - September 22
Tragedy and misfortune will strike those closest to you this week when your careful and thorough homicide plans go horribly right.
Taurus April 20 - May 20
While you've always been a little embarrassed of your day-of-the-week panties, it's really your repulsive day-of-the-month panties you should be ashamed of.
Scorpio October 24 - November 21
Remember: They may take your job, your house, and even your family away from you, but they can't ever take the grief and utter despair you'll feel when it happens.
Sagittarius November 22 - December 21
Just moments after surviving your fifth heart attack, an erroneous leap in logic will lead you to the belief that absolutely nothing can stop you now.
Pisces February 19 - March 20
Things will turn awkward this week when you accuse an entire village of Native American women of leading you on with mixed smoked signals.
Libra September 23 - October 23
You used think it was your rapier wit and raffish charm that made you attractive to the opposite sex, but as it turns out it's just your orifices.
Leo July 23 - August 22
Deceiving your very eyes this week, an optical illusion will at first glance appear interesting to you.
Gemini May 21 - June 21
Crime-scene investigators standing over your mangled and mutilated corpse next week will be shocked by the sheer number of grammatical errors carved into your forehead.
Aries March 21 - April 19
You'll find yourself surrounded by several pallets of gypsum having the time of their lives after mistakenly climbing aboard a Carnivale Cargo Ship this week.
Cancer June 22 - July 22
While Jackie Robinson should be venerated for how he forever changed the game of baseball, the stars aren't so sure about praising Willie Tyler and his dummy Lester for breaking ventriloquism's color barrier.
Aquarius January 20 - February 18
A harrowing brush with death will, in an unexpected turn, leave you with a much deeper appreciation for death this week.
Capricorn December 22 - January 19
Relying on ethnic stereotypes to form opinions of strangers you've never before met in your life makes you just as ignorant and lazy as most Mexicans.
"Well," said the Director, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub."
"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup."
"No." said the Director, "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"
DID YOU PASS, OR DO YOU WANT THE BED IN THE ROOM NEXT TO MINE?
Mrs. Andrews was a grade 3 teacher. She was discussing pets with her class. Little Johnny put up his hand and told the class that he used to have a kitten with a stutter.
The teacher knew how cute these stories often were, so she asked for details.
Johnny went on...
Last week my little kitty was playing in the back yard, and before I could stop her, she jumped the fence into my neighbor's yard. She started going "Fffffffff Ffffffff Ffffffff" and before she could say "F*ck", the Rottweiller ate her."
The inventor of Jell-O® sold the rights for $450 when the idea flopped.
Though Peter Cooper—the builder of Tom Thumb, America’s first steam locomotive—took out the first patent for gelatin, it was a carpenter named Pearle Wait who invented Jell-O by adding fruit flavor to the recipe. Wait’s wife came up with the Jell-O name. But after failing to sell it door-to-door, Wait sold the rights to his next-door neighbor, Orator Francis Woodward, in 1899. Woodward hired a stylish sales force and advertised heavily. Within four years, Woodward was a millionaire.
Music for the john
People who can't live without their music even while visiting the potty now have a way to bring their tunes to the loo. The iCarta, from Atech Flash Technology, is a toilet paper dispenser that also acts as an iPod docking station. According to the manufacturer, it is designed to make it easier for people "to listen to beats" while using the bathroom and to "enhance your experience in the smallest room".
Users just download music onto their iPods, then place it in the socket on top of the dispenser and voila! they are listening to music while on the toilet, in the shower or taking a bath.
The dispenser measures 8" wide and7" deep and delivers high quality sound from moisture resistant speakers. It also recharges the iPod while playing songs. The iCarta is available from July 21st and will cost US$99. For more information, visit www.atechflash.com
**Note: Creative license used on ad. There is no man on the toilet in the real ad.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I think that The Partidge Family really are under-rated. With David Cassidy and Shirley Jones at the helm... The Partidge Family music was and is all about feeling good... C'Mon Get Happy! Their music was and is really good... At lLeast as far as I am concerned... Point Me In The Direction of Albequerqu - a most excellent song!
I always had a crush on Mrs. Partridge! (Ok, maybe David Cassidy as well... ;-)
During World War II, citizens in Norway were arrested for wearing paper clips on their lapels.
In 1899, Johan Vaaler of Norway patented a simple device of twisted wire for fastening paper together: the paper clip. He did nothing with the patent, and by the 1940s, the Gem Company of England was selling millions of paper clips based on their “double U” design. Still, Norwegians proudly embraced their countryman, Vaaler, as the true inventor—so much so that when the Nazis occupied Norway during World War II and prohibited Norwegians from wearing buttons bearing the king’s initials, citizens expressed opposition to the occupation by wearing paper clips on their lapels. It was an act punishable by arrest.