Monthly Archives: April 2011

Old Operating Systems never die, and it seems they don’t fully fade away either

In Time and Malware I mention that very old malware is still with us.  That made me curious about just how many PCs are still running pre-XP versions of Microsoft Windows (e.g., Windows 98).  The data from a number of sources … Continue reading

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This one doesn’t count

Right after posting “Time and Malware” I was looking at my blog site on Google’s Webmaster Tools and decided to check out a site that was linking to mine. BLAM! That web site tried to install the Adclicker Trojan on … Continue reading

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Time and Malware

I’m in the process of setting up a PC that I’m going to use exclusively for playing around with malware.  In fact, I’m thinking of starting a pool to capture people’s guesses as to how long it takes someone who … Continue reading

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Why haven’t we seen a Microsoft Windows Application Store?

If you talk to Microsoft veterans you can find many who either proposed, or actually worked on, Windows application stores dating back to the 1990s.  None of these actually shipped.  There are now plenty of leaks out on the web … Continue reading

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When are we going to get serious about computer/network security (Part 3 – WiFi)?

I recently updated my Samsung Focus with the Windows Phone 7 NODO update and received a feature I am not sure I wanted, support for the WISPr protocol.  WISPr support, long present on the iPhone, allows your AT&T smartphone to automatically and transparently switch … Continue reading

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Is Bing Putting the Squeeze on Google?

There were two interesting pieces of news out this week.  One was news from Experian Hitwise adding to other evidence that by some measures Bing has grown to about 30% of the search market in the U.S.   The second interesting … Continue reading

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Quick Take on Windows Phone at MIX11

I’m not going to try to do a deep dive here, just a few comments on what I’ve seen so far in reading about and watching talks as compared to what I’d predicted. My biggest miss was in predicting Silverlight … Continue reading

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