Windows 7 Release Candidate Leaked to Web – OUCH!

In what, I am sure is frustrating to Microsoft, the Windows 7 Release Candidate seems to have made it’s way to the web!

Purported Windows 7 ‘release candidate’ leaks out

“Updated test versions of Windows 7 were making the rounds on a number of torrent sites on Friday, with many expecting the leak version to be the one that Microsoft distributes shortly as the official “release candidate” version. Microsoft has also reportedly given ‘build 7100’ to key partners, although Microsoft has not commented on that. The software maker also briefly posted a blog indicating that the release candidate was coming in May, although that blog was later pulled from Microsoft’s TechNet Web site. Blogger Long Zheng has an early look at the leaked code, though he doesn’t note much in the way of glaring differences between the RC and earlier test versions. In its earnings announcement on Thursday, Microsoft said only that it was making progress on the release candidate version, but didn’t note that it had reached the milestone or provide a date for its public distribution. The near-final release candidate version is expected to be the last public milestone before Microsoft finalizes the code for the new operating system. Microsoft has been publicly cagey about when to expect a final release, but it is widely expected to be in time for this year’s holiday PC buying season. A Microsoft representative declined to comment for this report.”

Geek Software of the Week: Revo Uninstaller

Revo UninstallerRevo Uninstaller helps you to uninstall software and remove unwanted programs installed on your computer even if you have problems uninstalling and cannot uninstall them from ‘Windows Add or Remove Programs’ control panel applet. Revo Uninstaller is a much faster and more powerful alternative to ‘Windows Add or Remove Programs’ applet! With its advanced and fast algorithm, Revo Uninstaller analyzes an application’s data before uninstall and scans after you uninstall an application. After the program’s regular uninstaller runs, you can remove additional unnecessary files, folders and registry keys that are usually left over on your computer. Even if you have a broken installation, Revo Uninstaller scans for an application’s data on your hard disk drives and in the Windows registry and shows all found files, folders and registry keys so you can delete them. With its unique ‘Hunter mode,’ Revo Uninstaller offers you some simple, easy to use, but effective and powerful methods for uninstalling software. You can use it to manage your installed and/or running software programs.”

Revo Uninstaller

VMware Announces vSphere 4!

VMware has announced a “cloud operating system for the Enterprise.” Sounds cool… I will be watching a webcast on Thursday to get more info.

Introducing VMware vSphere 4 – The Industry’s First Cloud Operating System

“VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today announced VMware vSphereâ„¢ 4, the industry’s first operating system for building the internal cloud, enabling the delivery of efficient, flexible and reliable IT as a service. With a wide range of groundbreaking new capabilities, VMware vSphere 4 brings cloud computing to enterprises in an evolutionary, non-disruptive way – delivering uncompromising control with greater efficiency while preserving customer choice. As the complexity of IT environments has continued to increase over time, customers’ share of IT budgets are increasingly spent on simply trying to ‘keep the lights on.’ With the promise of cloud computing, customers are eager to achieve the benefits, but struggle to see the path to getting there. Leveraging VMware vSphere 4, customers can take pragmatic steps to achieve cloud computing within their own IT environments. With these ‘internal’ clouds, IT departments can dramatically simplify how computing is delivered in order to help decrease its cost and increase its flexibility, enabling IT to respond more rapidly to changing business requirements. VMware vSphere 4 will aggregate and holistically manage large pools of infrastructure – processors, storage and networking – as a seamless, flexible and dynamic operating environment. Any application – an existing enterprise application or a next-generation application – runs more efficiently and with guaranteed service levels on VMware vSphere 4. For enterprises, VMware vSphere 4 will bring the power of cloud computing to the datacenter, slashing IT costs while dramatically increasing IT responsiveness. For hosting service providers, VMware vSphere 4 will enable a more economic and efficient path to delivering cloud services that are compatible with customers’ internal cloud infrastructures. Over time, VMware will support dynamic federation between internal and external clouds, enabling ‘private’ cloud environments that span multiple datacenters and/or cloud providers. VMware vSphere 4 delivers significant performance and scalability improvements over the previous generation VMware Infrastructure 3 to enable even the most resource intensive applications, such as large databases and Microsoft Exchange, to be deployed on internal clouds. With these performance and scalability improvements, VMware vSphere 4 will enable the 100 percent virtualized internal cloud.”

Twitter Had a Worm Attack, But Is Now Clear

A worm attacked 10s of thousands of Twitter users, but Twitter now says the network is clear.

Twitter all clear after worm wave

“Twitter has been given the all clear after a worm infected ‘tens of thousands of users’. But experts say the attack could have been much worse. Over the weekend, a self-replicating computer program, or worm, began to infect profiles on the social network. The worm was set up to promote a Twitter rival site, showing unwanted messages on infected user accounts. Michael Mooney, a 17-year-old US student, told the Associated Press he created the worm to promote his site. Mooney, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, said he wanted to expose vulnerabilities in Twitter. He told AP: ‘I really didn’t think it was going to get that much attention, but then I started to see all these stories about it and thought, ‘Oh, my God’.’ The worm worked by encouraging users to click on a link to the rival Twitter site, called Once the link was clicked, infected users themselves automatically began to send out messages to friends, promoting the site. No personal or sensitive information, such as passwords, was compromised in the attacks, according to Twitter, which has more than seven million users.”

Is There a New Blackberry Storm on the Horizon?

I have a Storm… and I love it! But, there may be an improved version coming down the pike!

Rumors gel around a possible BlackBerry Storm sequel

“As Research In Motion’s first all-touchscreen BlackBerry, and one of the ‘Big Four’ in the touchphone market that has dominated smartphone sales, the BlackBerry Storm is a formidable device. Director of Research at ChangeWave, Paul Carton, said in a Web conference yesterday, ‘This market is overwhelmingly dominated by two companies: Apple and RIM.’ Nearly all of ChangeWave’s consumer smartphone survey statistics were dominated by the iPhone and the Storm, and by proxy their US carriers, AT&T and Verizon. One figure from the company definitely stood out, though: Most people said their next phone purchase is likely to be a BlackBerry. Some 37% of those surveyed said they were either ‘very likely’ or ‘likely’ to buy a BlackBerry, while only 30% said the same of iPhone. While these figures do not address the Storm directly by name, it is interesting that BlackBerry remains such a strong draw after the Storm was so emphatically panned by the media, and the Bold repeatedly pulled from stores for overheating. Maybe the public is holding out for the Storm to improve in its second generation. On Monday, SlashGear cited ‘a source very close to the issue’ in saying that the second generation BlackBerry Storm will be released in September 2009, complete with Wi-Fi and an improved touchscreen. Today, Dutch site Tweakers said the as-of-yet-unnamed ‘Storm 2’ will include, among other things, ‘a new way of entering text,’ attributing the information to RIM sales Manager Alain Segond von Banchet. Both of these refer to the device’s clickable touchscreen, which works well for big onscreen buttons, but poorly for a small virtual keyboard. The latter of the two rumors includes the additional claim that the ‘Storm 2’ will be sold through Dutch mobile carrier KPN in addition to Vodafone, the current Storm’s exclusive carrier. The Dutch report did not, however, speculate upon whether this will simply be an incremental upgrade or a fully new handset.”