Mozilla getting ready to push Firefox 3.0.1 on 2.0 users

August 20th, 2008

Mozilla is getting ready to push Firefox 3.0.1 on all users still running version 2.0.x, so if you're still running the old version, consider yourself on notice!

Users will be able to postpone or decline the update but unless you have a compelling reason to avoid the upgrade, then it's probably a good idea to install it.

My thoughts on Firefox 3.0 can be found here.

Vista/Disk Cleanup bug

August 20th, 2008

Over the past few months a number of readers have emailed me to let me know of a Windows Vista/Disk Cleanup bug that they've come across. It seems that this bug can hose your OS and cause severe data loss.

I've not come across the bug personally but it is well documented over on the Winhelponline blog.

A symptom of this bug is that Disk Cleanup offers to rid your system of a huge number of error reports.

Cleanmgr_risk

These files, as it turns out, are the files on the system volume.

The blog has developed a registry fix that they claim will solve the problem.

Keep your eyes peeled when using Disk Cleanup, and always have a backup handy!

Mystery Second Life problem …

August 15th, 2008

Here's a mysterious issue that I came across the other day affecting Second Life.

Check out the appalling frame rate when using the standard Second Life viewer (version 1.20.15):

Second Life viewer

Averaging just under 10 frames per second. This was running with graphics detail set to medium. I also tried the latest release candidate ... no better.

Then, just for fun, I downloaded a viewer called OnRez (version 1.18.5.3.1). Installed it and here's what I got:

OnRez

Not only am I seeing 40+ frames per second, the graphics detail is set higher.

Beats me why there's such a difference, especially considering that OnRez is based on the code for the standard viewer.

Hmmmm ....

August’s Patch Tuesday

August 12th, 2008

Eleven bulletins today:

Critical:

  • MS08-041 - Vulnerability in the ActiveX Control for the Snapshot Viewer for Microsoft Access Could Allow Remote Code Execution (955617)
  • MS08-043 - Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (954066)
  • MS08-044 - Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Filters Could Allow Remote Code Execution (924090)
  • MS08-045 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (953838)
  • MS08-046 - Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Image Color Management System Could Allow Remote Code Execution (952954)
  • MS08-051 - Vulnerabilities in Microsoft PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (949785)

Important:

  • MS08-051 - Vulnerabilities in Microsoft PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (949785)
  • MS08-047 - Vulnerability in IPsec Policy Processing Could Allow Information Disclosure (953733)
  • MS08-048 - Security Update for Outlook Express and Windows Mail (951066)
  • MS08-049 - Vulnerabilities in Event System Could Allow Remote Code Execution (950974)
  • MS08-050 - Vulnerability in Windows Messenger Could Allow Information Disclosure (955702)

Get ZoneAlarm ForceField for free … one day only

August 12th, 2008

For one day only (today) CheckPoint Software is making available ZoneAlarm ForceField browser virtualization security tool for free.

This Patch Tuesday deal gets you the full product and a year's worth of updates for the princely sum of $0.

ZoneAlarm ForceField isolates your browser from the rest of the operating system and blocks unauthorized downloads and malicious software installations. It also protects your identity by blocking phishers and stopping keyloggers, and helps you browse the internet in complete privacy by erasing all cache, cookies, history and passwords.

I've tested this software a few times and found that it does what it says it does, doesn't take up much in the way of system resources, doesn't seem to slow down browsing and offers that extra bit of piece of mind.

The offer is valid from 08/12/08, 6am to 08/13/08, 6am PST for one computer. You do have to provide a valid email address to be able to participate in this offer.

Sign up here.