Archive for November, 2005
Check this out and see how Microsoft does offer stuff for free, it really annoys me when people say nothing from Microsoft is free because it’s just not true, this is one of the reasons that I really would like to work for Microsoft one day, they really are a good employer and it would be a great experience for me to work for them.
As you have expressed an interest in Web Development in MSDN Connection, we wanted to let you know about a super-strength web development tool that won’t make your head hurt and double your caffeine dependency, but might just help you make a name for yourself online.
We found out your frustrations*, then squeezed in cool stuff like IntelliSense, 100% source code preservation, slick integrated debuggers, a built-in web server, sexy WYSIWYG design, ASP.NET 2.0 Masters, no code databinding… stuff we have a sneaking suspicion you’ll rather like. Download Visual Web Developer now
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*well, the relevant ones.
I’ve just been invited to another one of these internet community things, I’m not sure if this one will be a success or not but it looks interesting.
PPLParty is a large e-community that specialises into bringing people together. We provide a free service that allows people to communicate from all over the world. After all, you can never have too many friends! We’re currently at around 70,000 registered users which is around 10,000 new users a month!
What’s important to us?
The most important thing to us, is you. After all, if we don’t have you we don’t have a community! It’s our primary aim to ensure all our customers (be them paying or not) get the best quality service from the point they register, to their every day usage and whenever they need help.
We aren’t after your money, this is why we don’t charge for your registration. We do however offer a subscription service to give you extra features.
Who runs PPLParty?
PPLParty is a small business located in the heart of England. It’s managed by two people and has a small team of 5 people who work in Member Services and Image Verification. Th team itself is very lively and many of the people are extroverts. So you can usually expect a very happy reply e-mail or voice when they answer the telephone. Here at PPLParty we believe a happy work environment is what makes a happy worker, therefore we look after all our staff like our children. They’re loved, cared for and oftenly have their nappies changed!
Some amazing facts!
Since our launch in April of 2005 we’ve had over 50,000 registered users and are expanding ever so quickly. The average waiting time for an e-mail response is just 24 hours and almost no e-mails go unanswered.
Great another Microsoft Beta to look forward to participating in, this time it’s for the Windows Live Safety Center, thanks goes to my friend Henrik for telling me about the invite as he found out about it first when he found it in his inbox, I then checked mine and realized I too had been invited!
We’d like to invite you to be among the first to try a new PC health and security service called Windows Live Safety Center beta. More importantly, we’d like to invite to tell us how it can be better.
If you accept this invitation, you’ll be one of the first to try out a convenient new way to help maintain and protect your PC. You’ll also be among the select few who will shape the future of this service.
Interested? Here’s how to get started:
Go to Microsoft Connect
Click on Invitations on the left-side menu
Sign in with your Passport user name and password
Enter your Invitation ID in the blank.
Your invitation ID is: [ID Removed]
Complete the Microsoft Connect Registration Form
Complete the survey called ‘Windows Live Safety Center Nomination Survey’
If you are selected as a participant, we’ll send you an e-mail telling you what you should do next.
Then you’ll be able to start doing on-demand scans of your computer at safety.live.com, to improve your PC’s performance and help get rid of viruses. And you’ll have a direct line to the developers building this service, so you can tell them exactly what you thinkâ€”good or badâ€”and together we can make Windows Live Safety Center the best it can be.
We hope to hear from you soon.
Windows Live Safey Center Beta Team
Today I once again have received something special in the post this time it was my Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200 7.2 Mega Pixel Digital Camera
The pack was purchased from pixmania and included the following:
Cyber-shot DSC-P200 Silver
Memory Stick PRO 1 GB
Compatible battery NP FR1
PIX compact black case 11 x 3.5 x 8cm
I’ve taken some night time pictures with it and the quality is really good, I cant wait too test it probably tomorrow, not sure if I’ll go anywhere with it but I feel like using it so we shall see.
Hey I have just been told about this phishing article from my friend Laurent, so thanks goes to him for telling me about it, don’t forget to test your self on the quiz!
Knowing the difference between a legitimate e-mail and a scammed phishing e-mail is not always as easy as one would think.
According to data from e-mail security firm MailFrontier, only 4 percent of users can spot a phished e-mail 100 percent of the time. That’s a very sobering thought as the holiday season is upon us and Americans flock online for their shopping needs.
MailFrontier’s data comes from its Phishing IQ Test, which is comprised of 10 examples of e-mails and users must choose whether they think the mail is legitimate, a fraud or if they have no answer.
The example e-mails are from Chase, PayPal, Bank of America, Washington Mutual, MSN, EarthLink and Amazon.
The average score in 2005, according to MailFrontier, is 75 percent, which is up from 61 percent in 2004.
Andrew Klein, manager with the MailFrontier Threat Center, noted that improvement in test takers’ ability to spot a phishing attempt occurred over time.
“We believe this is the result of people becoming more aware of phishing in general,” Klein told internetnews.com. “They got more suspicious.”
One of the surprising results of the survey, according to Klein, is that younger people (18-24) are more likely than older people (55+) to be fooled by a phishing attack.
MailFrontier said there are five main myths surrounding phishing.
The first myth is that users can actually detect a phishing attack. Though they are getting better at identifying phishing attacks, Klein argues that there is still a good chance someone will consider a phishing e-mail to actually be legitimate.
The second myth is that spam filters can detect and stop phishing attacks.
“By now most people agree that spam and phishing e-mail are different, with phishing e-mail designed to look like legitimate transactional e-mail a user would expect to receive,” Klein noted. “To catch a phish, a different set of evaluation criteria is required to help distinguish the legitimate from the phishing e-mail.”
Domain authentication as a vehicle to stop phishing e-mail is the third phishing myth. Klein argues that spammers, as well as phishers, have already shown they can publish authentication records for the domains they obtain.
The fourth myth is that detecting URL exploits can stop phishing attacks.
“URL exploits are a good indicator that something is amiss, but by itself they cannot be proof positive,” Klein explained. “Legitimate companies use techniques like URL redirection, long URLs (which run beyond the end of the status bar) and even raw IP addresses in their legitimate e-mail.”
“Phishers understand the legitimate uses and take advantage of them.”
Lastly and perhaps most importantly is the myth that users don’t need to do anything to protect themselves and their companies from phishing e-mail.
Doing nothing can lead to the loss of personal, financial and even corporate information. MailFrontier forecast that phishing e-mail will be up by 25 percent from 750 million last year to 1 billion this year.
Will this criminal deluge continue unabated, or is there a way to beat phishing? Klein asserts that it can’t be beaten but it can be made economically unattractive.
“Spam has not quite disappeared yet. Neither have viruses. So I don’t think phishing will, either,” Klein said. “The idea is to raise the technological, awareness, and economic hurdles so high that the phishers move on to the next exploitation.”
Something I greatly appreciate is when I receive emails like this for helping people out, it really does make my day because it makes me feel great to know that I’m helping people out and that they appreciate the effort I’ve gone to help them!
Thank you so much for helping me with the programming languages. I hope I can just learn them now. Thank you for not laughing at my dream. I hope I can learn enough programming to be able to create an operatin system at all, let alone the supreme one. Thanks for giving me confidence, too. Talk to you later.
Now this is another great piece of news, spell check as you type, you have too see the video to believe it!
Today I’d like to give you a sneak preview of one the most exciting features we have coming in our next beta refresh of Windows Live Mail(codename:Kahuna): Spell Check As You Type.(It was shown in the Windows Live demo on November 1st but you may not have seen it there.)This feature was driven by customers who told us they didn’t like how hard it was to check spelling on the web and wished they could have something closer to desktop applications like Microsoft Word without having to install any software. Well, we did it!With this feature, you can just start typing in Compose UI and we’ll check spelling in the background and put red squiggles under words that are misspelled. You can then right-click them and choose from our suggestions, tell us to ignore that word or add the word into the dictionary.
I know what you’re saying. Big deal, Microsoft Outlook already does that. Well, we’re the first webmail service I know that does this on the web without installing any software!In the video below you’ll see the feature in action and meet some of the people who made it happen.If you are on the Kahuna (Windows Live Mail) beta, you should see this feature very soon in the next beta refresh. If you are not on the beta, you must go here to add yourself to the waiting list. (Posting a comment here will NOT get you on the beta).If you have any questions about this feature or other WLM features, you can send me mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (replace "x" with a "."(period) before sending – this is to avoid spammers getting a hold of this address via web crawling). please do not send me email about getting on the beta – use the web site above.
Windows Live Program Manager
Just got this email, I have a feeling it might be Windows Live Messenger, whatever it is I cant wait!
Thanks for signing up. We understand how excited you are to get started, and we want to get going, too. We’re working as fast as we can to figure out the best way for us to get your feedback. We know the waiting is the hardest part, but soon we’ll be sending you an invitation for a specific Windows Live betaâ€”and that will make the wait worthwhile.
Late last week, word broke that an advertisement for the XBOX 360, entitled “Stand off,” wouldn’t be aired due to its questionable content. It was shown at Sunday’s “Zero Hour” event in Palmdale, but was hidden until today/last night. It’s on the MSN Video site, but many people have been having trouble getting it to function, so here’s how to get it.
A couple nights ago, we told you about a crazy XBOX 360 advertisement that wasn’t going to hit the airwaves anytime soon, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer‘s Todd Bishop. Well, it appears he was right, it’s not going to make television. At least not through an ad buy. I’ve gotta say, this ad is definitely all it’s cracked up to be, and I certainly am bummed that it didn’t get its 90 seconds of fame on television. Though the props it’s getting through this manner of distribution are better than it would have in the first place…
The ad, entitled “Stand Off,” can be found here at the MSN Video site, but works only if you aren’t located in the UK (or so it seems), and are using Internet Explorer. In any case, check it out here, 7.5 meg WMV. It should also be enclosed with this through the RSS feed.