Links for the Week of February 23, 2009

Will The Art of Language Return? from Death By Email by Roger Matus:

I have received many text messages with such fine writing as R-U-There? and C-U-Soon.  But a recent article by Lucy Kellaway in the Irish Times reports that the fine art of writing may be returning:

LAST WEEK I received a text message from a colleague that read: “I, sadly, will be late for our meeting; the Underground is running with long delays.”

I gazed at this message for some time. The fact that this young man was going to be late was of little interest; the fact that he had used one full stop, two commas and one semicolon to tell me so was of very great interest indeed. If a 26-year-old sends elaborately punctuated text messages, does this herald the end of an era?

I suppose you could call me a stickler. My grammar is spot on most of the time although I do occasionally slip up (should that be slip up occasionally?). I thoroughly enjoyed Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss.

Windows 7

From Engineering Windows 7:

Upcoming updates for Windows 7 testing

from Microsoft Update Product Team Blog by muteam

Starting on February 24th we will be offering some test updates to Windows 7 Beta (build 7000) computers. We do typically verify update scenarios during a Beta, and releasing these test updates will help ensure that when we need to release real updates, the process will run smoothly. There will be at most five updates. These updates test the Windows 7 servicing infrastructure. They will not deliver any new features or fixes.

Windows Media Center’s New Pictures + Videos Features in Windows 7 from The Windows Blog by Brandon LeBlanc

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Windows Media Center Team here at Microsoft and shoot some videos of the new features that are currently in the Windows 7 Beta. I’m a fairly heavy user of Windows Media Center and know many of our readers are too. This post highlights many of the the changes and new features that people can enjoy for themselves as they try out the Windows 7 Beta.

Some Changes Since Beta for the RC from Engineering Windows 7

To be be included in the Release Candidate for Windows 7:

Desktop Experience

1. Windows Flip (ALT + TAB) with Aero Peek

2. Windows Logo + <#> keyboard shortcut

3. Needy State

4. Taskbar “Open With”

5. Taskbar scaling

6. Anchoring taskbar thumbnails

7. Newly installed programs

8. Jump List length

9. Increased pinning flexibility with Jump List

10. Desktop icon and gadget view options


11. Aero Peek for touch

12. Multi-touch touch keyboard

13. Multi-touch right-click

14. Drag/Drop and selection


15. Internet access feedback

Control Panel

16. User Account Control

17. Locking a machine without a screensaver

18. Faster access to High Performance power plan

19. Custom theme improvements

Windows Media Player

20. Improved Internet Radio playback

21. Improved playback support for video content from digital camcorders and cameras

22. Cleaner Now Playing view

23. Filtering content that cannot be played

24. Resume from sleep

25. Quieting Windows Media Player sync relationships

26. Easier access to advanced settings

27. Jump List improvement

Device Stage

28. Enriching the Device Stage ecosystem

Sound UX

29. Improving the headphone experience

30. Increased audio reliability

Windows Explorer and Libraries

31. Improved header

32. Reduced confusion with drag/drop

33. Reviving familiar entry points

34. FAT32 support

35. Arrangement view enhancements


36. Improving performance through data

IE8 Reliability Update for Windows 7 Beta Now Available from IEBlog

An update was released earlier today that will improve Internet Explorer’s reliability for users running the Windows 7 Beta. The update is now available via Windows Update, and can also be downloaded via Microsoft Update.


Speed up SharePoint list views by grouping data in calculated columns from Get the ‘Point: Posts

Improve list performance and usability with the Group By feature. Use list views and calculated columns to display employee data by alphabetical order of last name, chronological order of birth month, and number of years employed…



From Altiris Juice

A common issue that is encountered on a Windows-based system is the deletion of files. The following script deletes the contents of two temporary system folders; Files and folders in the folders, that error on delete, are bypassed.


  • %systemdrive%\temp
  • %windir%\temp

%systemdrive% and %windir% are system variables.

The value for arrFolderPaths can be edited to delete files and folders of different folders.

Welcome Juice Faithful from Altiris Juice

For those of you coming to Connect from Juice, I wanted to take just a couple of minutes to show you around the site, highlighting a few of the differences between Juice and Connect.


Windows USB Device Usage Report from Plugins

It is possible to get a list of USB devices that may have been
connected to the remote system in the past.

Misleading Patch Audits from Tenable Network Security by Ron Gula

I often tell Nessus users that patch auditing is more efficient and accurate than network scanning. And for the most part, this is absolutely true. However, there are several cases when patch auditing, or a lack of understanding of how patch auditing works, can actually give you bad data. This blog will describe the many subtle nuances to conducting patch audits.


Microsoft Security Advisory (967940): Update for Windows Autorun – 2/24/2009 from Latest Security Advisories

Revision Note: Advisory published Advisory Summary:Microsoft is announcing the availability of an update that corrects a functionality feature that can help customers in keeping their systems protected. The update corrects an issue that prevents the NoDriveTypeAutoRun registry key from functioning as expected.


Steve Mullen has been involved in information technology for over 35 years. He is also actively involved in the music program (voice and English hand bells) and Vestry of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Damascus, MD.

Posted in Altiris, Microsoft, MOSS, MOSS 2007, Nessus, Security, SharePoint, Windows, Windows 7
One comment on “Links for the Week of February 23, 2009
  1. Elvira says:

    Hello, yeah this post is truly pleasant and I have learned lot
    of things from it about blogging. thanks.

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