The Microsoft Safety Scanner was just released a few days ago. The free portable antivirus tool only comes as a simple EXE file and is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit version. The EXE file contains all the virus signatures.

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The free portable tool TMnetSim Network Simulator enables you to simulate a poor or slow network connection in your lab.

TMnetSim sits between the client and the server and allows only as much network quality as you admit.

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downrightnow monitors the status of your favorite web services, combining user reports and official announcements to tell you when there's service trouble.

Great way to find out if service is up. Currently monitor the follwing services :

  • Facebook
  • Foursquare
  • Google Mail (Gmail)
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • Windows Live Hotmail
  • Yahoo! Mail
  • Youtube
  • Blogger
  • LinkedIn
  • LiveJournal
  • Netflix
  • Ning
  • PayPal
  • Skype
  • TypePad

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Compat Inspector is a JavaScript-based testing tool that analyzes your site while it runs. Compat Inspector reports patterns of interaction which cause issues in standards mode. This allows you to identify problems quickly without memorizing a bunch of documentation or searching through the entirety of your site's code. We developed Compat Inspector during the course of IE9 to speed up the process of recognizing common issues across different sites. Along the way many members of the IE team contributed to the set of test cases that make up the rules in Compat Inspector. Now we're making it all available to you. Check out the Compat Inspector Test Drive to try it out before using it on your own site.

Source : IEBlog

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Oh, the rationalizations people come up with to explain away what they don’t want to hear.

Last week, when I wrote Coming soon to a Mac near you: serious malware, I expected to get an earful from Mac partisans telling me how wrong I was. They didn’t disappoint.

In this post, I want to respond, in detail, to the arguments that I heard in response to that post. They’re the same ones that come up over and over again when the topic turns to Macs and malware.

Source : Ed Bott's Microsoft Report

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