Archive for April, 2007

WebRoot get’s caught up in some dodgy marketing

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Security firm WebRoot has been caught carrying out some dodgy marketing:

This is actually pretty funny. Last week I blogged about how WebRoot was doing some really weird things to get customers, like scraping our website for names from case studies, showcase customers, etc., and then contacting these customers. We had sent them a legal letter back in March on this activity, where they were doing this and giving customers misleading information. (If you’re curious, you can hear an actual wav file from a customer who was contacted here from WebRoot’s telemarketing boiler-room.)

It would have been probably regarded by most people as just a small spat between two competitors, but then someone posted a rather ugly comment on my blog, from what was clearly recognizable as a WebRoot IP number. This got a few people wondering exactly what was going on over there.

From my perspective, security is all about trust, and if a company is willing to behave in a shifty manner, it's not a company I would want to deal with.

The $175 “One Laptop Per Child” project – Now with Windows!

Friday, April 27th, 2007

It seems that Microsoft are getting in on the "One Laptop Per Child" (OLPC) project:

Yesterday Nicholas Negroponte, former director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab now head of the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child project, gave analysts and journalists an update on the OLPC project.   Two big changes were announced - the $100 OLPC is now the $175 OLPC, and it will be able to run Windows.

The OLPC was seen as a way for open source Linux distributions to achieve massive exposure in developing countries, but now Negroponte says that the OLPC machine will be able to run Windows as well as Linux.  Details are sketchy but Negroponte did confirm that the XO's developers have been working with Microsoft to get the OLPC up to spec for Windows.

Using the zoom feature in Internet Explorer 7

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Are you finding that some websites use fonts that are too small for you to see?  If this is a problem you can use the new zoom feature in Internet Explorer 7 to scale up the page without distorting the layout.

If you are running Internet Explorer 7 you can use the Zoom feature that's on the Status Bar at the bottom-right of the screen (if the Status Bar isn't showing click on Tools and then Toolbar and make sure Status Bar is checked).

IE 7 zoom feature

This feature is brilliant and a huge improvement on the zoom facility that other version of Internet Explorer had.

Microsoft offers Vista beta testers cheap upgrades

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Are you a Vista beta tester that's still running a pre-release version of Vista (maybe Beta 2, a Release Candidate builds and of a build that you got via Customer Preview Program)?  If you are, Microsoft has a deal for you - the chance to get your hands on a full version of Vista for upgrade pricing.

Beta testers who were part of the Connect beta program were entitled to a free copy, but now these testers are also eligible for cheap upgrade copies.

Microsoft are desperate to get users off beta code and onto RTM Vista.

Offer ends May 31st 2007.


Disable Aero in Vista

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Question: How do I disable the Aero interface in Windows Vista?

It's easy to disable Aero in Windows Vista.  Here's how:

  1. Right-click on the Windows desktop and click on Personalize:
    Disable Aero
  2. Click on Window Color and Appearance.
    Disable Aero
  3. Click on Open classic appearance properties for more color options:
    Disable Aero
  4. From the Color Scheme drop down select a scheme other than Windows Aero and then click Apply to see the new look.
    Disable Aero
  5. If you like the new look, click OK, otherwise try another scheme.  If you want to keep Aero, choose Windows Aero.