Does the BBC know something about the iPad 2 that Apple doesn’t want the rest of us to know?

February 8th, 2011

Do these tweets suggest that the BBC knows more about the iPad 2 than Apple would like the rest of us to know?

These tweets are by BBC Interactive Operations engineer Geoff Marshall. His tweets have now been set to private.

900 million Internet Explorer users hit by bug – How to protect yourself!

February 2nd, 2011

A very serious Internet Explorer bug has been uncovered that affects ALL Internet Explorer users on ALL versions of Windows.

Details here:

Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a vulnerability in all supported editions of Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to cause a victim to run malicious scripts when visiting various Web sites, resulting in information disclosure. This impact is similar to server-side cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities. Microsoft is aware of published information and proof-of-concept code that attempts to exploit this vulnerability. At this time, Microsoft has not seen any indications of active exploitation of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability exists due to the way MHTML interprets MIME-formatted requests for content blocks within a document. It is possible under certain conditions for this vulnerability to allow an attacker to inject a client-side script in the response of a Web request run in the context of the victim’s Internet Explorer. The script could spoof content, disclose information, or take any action that the user could take on the affected Web site on behalf of the targeted user.

Microsoft has published a one-click “Fix it” workaround for the bug that involved locking down MHTML. This will prevent the launch of script in all zones within an MHTML document. Any application that uses MHTML will be affected by this workaround.

Driver Sweeper causes problems with Windows 7 SP1 installation

January 24th, 2011

Use Windows 7? Run Driver Sweeper on the system? Having problems now installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (seeing Error code 0x800f0826)? Here's a possible solution:

  • Download Driver Sweeper 2.8.5 here.
  • Go to the Backup item in the menu.
  • The latest removed driver will be automatically selected in the drop down, if this is not the item with the entries below you need to locate these by browsing through the items.
    One (or all) of the following parts should be in the list:
    • *.manifest
    • *FileRepository*
    • *winsxs*
  • Click on the Restore button and Driver Sweeper will restore the files and directories. This can take a while, don't close the application before you get a notification that the backup is restored.
  • Restart your system and you are done!

Might work, saving you from a reinstall ... or it might not ...

First Look: Firefox 4 Beta 9

January 17th, 2011

Over on Hardware 2.0 I've posted a fist look at Mozilla's Firefox 4 Beta 9.

If you’ve been keeping up with the beta builds and have been using the Beta 8 release (released December 22) then you’re not going to see a lot of changes in Beta 9. In fact, going by the release notes there’s only two changes of any importance highlighted by Mozilla:

More on Hardware 2.0

Steve Jobs granted “medical leave of absence” from Apple, continues as CEO

January 17th, 2011

Apple CEO Steve Jobs just sent this email to all employees:


At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.