Tell us about the junk email you receive

Another gem in the download center: an Outlook (2003/2007) add-in with which you can report junk email to FrontBridge. Junk E-mail Reporting Tool 1.0 for Outlook The Junk E-mail Reporting Tool submits e-mail to Microsoft when you explicitly choose to do so. If you receive a junk e-mail and want to report it to us…

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Curious about the ways Windows talks to the Internet? Here’s your answer.

I was browsing through the Microsoft download pages today — yeah, even we employees occasionally find little nuggets interspersed among the usual updates and such. I noticed a pair of whitepapers that will answer a common question I hear from many of you in emails and at conferences. You’ll want to keep these handy. Using…

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BitLocker command line interface

Last week at TechEd Europe I showed the BitLocker command-line interface. At other TechEds I’ve mentioned it but didn’t show it. The CLI provides full control over BitLocker, including enabling it on any NTFS volume on the system (the Control Panel UI displays only the volume containing the operating system). To run it: Open an elevated command prompt…

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Windows Vista vs. hotels

At many TechEds this year I’ve presented information about the new TCP/IP stack in Windows Vista. One of the important advances is its automatic performance tuning. With some of the early pre-release builds of Windows Vista, people were reporting problems with public Internet connections, most notably in hotels. Some of the routers used in hotels don’t…

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Why administrative passwords will never be like nuclear missile launchers

During the past few months many people have lamented that Windows lacks a nuclear missile style control option for administrator passwords. Surely you’ve read about or seen photographs of missile silos where two operators, separated by a distance greater than the span of a single human’s arms, must each simultaneously turn a key in a…

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iPods spread disease?

Well well. Looks like a few new iPod owners are getting infected when they attach their players to their computers. I’ll quote the first paragraph from Apple’s web site: We recently discovered that a small number – less than 1% – of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006, left our contract…

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Must be a slow news day: reporter writes 100% crap

Imagine my surprise to read that Microsoft is removing NAP from Windows Vista! Does this guy actually get paid money to write this drivel? The particular folks quoted in the article all have their own agendas, of course. News flash: we aren’t dropping NAP. It’s in the product now, we’re actually running it on part of…

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My blog is not a forum for advertisements

It’s bad enough that the blasted spammers pollute the value of blogs and open forums by hijacking them with their nefarious comments for questionable pharmaceuticals claiming to extend particular body parts. I have recently received, only via private email so far, exhortations to explore mostly unknown security products claiming to magically eliminate a variety of security…

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Mythbusters beat "unbreakable" fingerprint door lock

My good friend Jamie Sharp sent me this link today. It’s amazing: watch how Adam and Jamie easily defeat a fingerprint lock the manufacturer claims has never been broken. As if to snub the claims, they break it three times! Supposedly it monitors pulse, sweat, temperature, and other attributes. First, Adam obtains an impression of…

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Did you know that you ALREADY have an e-mail policy?

An email access policy can be expressed in one of two ways: E-mail is mission critical to our business. Therefore, we permit employees to read and compose e-mail from any location in the world where employees can access the Internet, using either company-issued devices or public Internet terminals. This allows our employees to be maximally productive. E-mail is mission critical…

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