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.
From Engineering Windows 7:
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.
To be be included in the Release Candidate for Windows 7:
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
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
28. Enriching the Device Stage ecosystem
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
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.
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% and %windir% are system variables.
The value for arrFolderPaths can be edited to delete files and folders of different folders.
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.
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.