Microsoft Releases Longhorn Server Beta

Microsoft Corp. released to their beta testers Monday a build for both the Windows Vista client and for the Longhorn Server. Both the Longhorn Server and Vista client build number is 5270, testers said. Microsoft made the bits for both Windows builds available simultaneously for testers to download from the Microsoft Connect tester Web site.

Longhorn Server Beta Released

Now, the question is, will the final resulting server operating system be more stable than in the past?

Geek Software of the Week – PopTray

OK, so I like web based e-mail because, unlike Microsoft Outlook, web based e-mail isn’t as prone to open virus attachments, and have security issues in general. I use Squirrelmail on my own Linux servers, which is a great Open Source IMAP package using PHP. I also like Gmail, which is very handy free e-mail service and offers large storage and searchable e-mail. However, one thing that is nice about Outlook, or even Mozilla Thunderbird, is that when you get an e-mail, you get instant notification… if you are logged in to your PC. You don’t have to remember to check your e-mail via a web site. Well, as usual, some kind individual has created a free, Open Source utility that does just what I need! It is called PopTray. It sits in your Windows tray, and checks your e-mail on any server, and then pops up and notifies you of incoming e-mail. (Thus the name, “PopTray”, get it?)

PopTray Open Source E-mail Notifier

Download it and configure it as you like.


  • Unlimited number of Accounts
  • Show number of messages directly on the TrayIcon (rotating by account)
  • Quickly preview a message
  • Delete messages from the server without downloading them
  • Rules that identify a message according to your criteria, then does one of these actions:

  • Play different notification sound
  • Delete from the server
  • Run any EXE file
  • Mark as Spam, etc.
  • Configurable Hot-keys/Mouse-Buttons/Command-Line options for most functions
  • Plug-in Support:

  • Protocol plug-ins (e.g. IMAP4, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.)
  • Notify plug-ins (e.g. Flashing scroll-lock light, ScreenSaver)
  • Spam management using rules and white/black lists
  • Mulitple notfications (play sound, pop-up, etc)
  • Translated into 30+ languages
  • Complete Install / Uninstall
  • PC Viruses – We May Not Be as Safe as We Think!

    Security firm Ironport counted how long it took anti-virus firms to produce an antidote following the first appearance of a malicious program. It found that, on average, anti-virus firms took 17 hours to respond to new threats.

    Virus Response Slow!

    Ironport gathered its statistics from its monitoring system that looks at incoming and outgoing e-mail traffic for more than 100,000 organizations. Come on, guys… let’s get it together!

    No IE for Macs!

    Remember the “Soup Nazi?” “No soup for you!” Well, Microsoft is saying to Mac users, “No IE for you!” Microsoft plans to discontinue support for its Internet Explorer browser on Mac OS X at the end of this year.

    Microsoft Drops IE for Mac

    “While IE for Mac will continue to be available for another month after support ends, Microsoft is advising all users to move to ‘more recent browsing technology such as Apple’s Safari.’ The lack of support for IE is unlikely to be an issue for Apple users, most of whom already use alternatives. The only potential difficulty could lie with some sites that have been designed to work with IE only.”

    So, another reason not to develop sites that cater to IE only. Get wit’ the program!

    Google Antes Up 1 BILLION for AOL

    1 BILLION for AOL?!?! And, only 5% of AOL, at that. I wouldn’t give you 1 penny for all of AOL, but that is just me!

    Google Offers 1 Billion for 5% of AOL

    Unquestionably, Google has the bucks to do this… but, I have to wonder, are they just doing it to bust Microsoft’s chops?

    “Google has offered to pay $1 billion for a 5 percent stake in America Online, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, effectively pushing Microsoft out of any negotiation with Time Warner. The news marks a major setback to Microsoft’s efforts to gain a more even footing with Google in the search industry.

    If the rumors prove true, it would mean nearly a year’s worth of negotiations between Microsoft and AOL would have been for naught. Microsoft had endeavored to convince AOL to drop Google for MSN Search, as well as combine the sales and advertising departments of the two companies.”

    Dr. Bill Podcast for this week! #15

    This week’s podcast is “in the can!”

    Dr. Bill Podcast – 15 – (12/16/05)
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    (I had to re-engineer the audio after the fact… sorry for the “just OK” audio quality! LONG Story!) Bad Nietzche Quote!, Early Edition (Friday Evening), Geek Software of the Week: 7-Zip, Shareware authors deserve their money!, Shareware vs. Open Source, all the formats 7zip will unpack, Linux loves KDE, so he has an opinion, leave him alone!, different window managers for Linux, CGI Image that looks like a real photograph!, Movies without human actors aren’t far off, as are video games that are photorealistic!, “Easter Egg” in OpenOffice 2.0!, Microsoft patch for IE is out, fixes the fix for the Song BMG Rootkit!, 3000 Swiss servers move to Linux!, Slowing down and stopping light!, Quantum Computers, Anti-Spyware uses Rootkit technology… what do YOU think about it?, Hints about what coming… Star Wars and Bunnies?, Dell attempts a secret Open Source trial, M$ is evil!, M$ forces “Microsoft-Only” policies, another hint about bunnies, the coolest Geek Software EVER!, VPN for peer-to-peer, Star Wars done in 30 seconds by bunnies… yeah. Bunnies are fast. Until next week!

    Hamachi – Free Peer-to-Peer VPN Connections!

    OK, I have long given you “Geek Software of the Week” recommendations… this may be Geek Software of the YEAR! VPN (or “Virtual Private Networks”) can be hard to configure, use and manage. Also some VPN configurations can be less secure than others. Now, we have a SIMPLE, FREE and VERY SECURE VPN for users to connect two (or more) computers (and therefore LANs) to one another even behind firewalls and NAT addressing schemes. It is multi-platform (Windows and Linux now, shortly for the Mac), and can be useful for “Road Warriors” in hotels that need to connect to a system behind a firewall safely. DEWD! This is SO cool!

    Hamachi FREE VPN

    Sign up for free now, and enjoy secure VPN computing! This totally rocks! Also, use Steve Gibson’s Super Secure Private Password creator to further secure this connection. That link is available here:

    Gibson Research Private Password Generator

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