Thursday, March 29, 2012

Adobe's latest critical security update pushes scareware

Adobe just released a critical Flash Player security update. Good news: it includes a new automatic updater for Windows. Bad news: Adobe’s download page pushes a misleading “system optimizer” designed to scare users into paying for unneeded repairs.

Source : The Ed Boot Report

Monday, March 19, 2012

Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell

Microsoft® Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell® (Script Explorer) helps scripters find Windows PowerShell scripts, snippets, modules, and how-to guidance in online repositories and local or remote file systems. This collection of documents describe how to deploy, install, and configure Script Explorer, and how to configure the local and network file system repositories and the aggregation web service.

The documentation for Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell is listed below.

Source : social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki

Introducing: Log Parser Studio

Anyone who regularly uses Log Parser 2.2 knows just how useful and powerful it can be for obtaining valuable information from IIS (Internet Information Server) and other logs. In addition, adding the power of SQL allows explicit searching of gigabytes of logs returning only the data that is needed while filtering out the noise. The only thing missing is a great graphical user interface (GUI) to function as a front-end to Log Parser and a ‘Query Library’ in order to manage all those great queries and scripts that one builds up over time.

Log Parser Studio was created to fulfill this need; by allowing those who use Log Parser 2.2 (and even those who don’t due to lack of an interface) to work faster and more efficiently to get to the data they need with less “fiddling” with scripts and folders full of queries.

With Log Parser Studio (LPS for short) we can house all of our queries in a central location. We can edit and create new queries in the ‘Query Editor’ and save them for later. We can search for queries using free text search as well as export and import both libraries and queries in different formats allowing for easy collaboration as well as storing multiple types of separate libraries for different protocols.

Source : blogs.technet.com/b/exchange

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Where is the Windows 8 Consumer Preview product key?

Are you planning to test the Windows 8 Consumer Preview? Make sure you pick up a product key. Unlike Windows 7, you can’t skip this box and fill in a key later.

Read the complete post from Ed Boot.

The must NOT have Windows 8 Start Menu Group Policy Setting

Looks like there is a GPO settings to force Windows to not show the start menu when you log in (aka start Desktop) … but un fortunately it works only on with Windows Server 8 Beta !

Read Alan Burchill post on Group Policy Central to get all the details.

Customizing the Metro style Windows 8 Start screen

Over at ZDNet, I’ve put together a blog post that explains why some Windows 8 testers are unhappy with the Metro style Start screen. I also have some recommendations on how to customize Start to overcome some of those objections.

I explain, in detail, how to give your Start screen a complete makeover so it becomes a useful gateway to the Windows desktop. I also introduce a handful of keyboard shortcuts that will make switching between the Start screen and the desktop much easier.

The blog post is here.

For the step-by-step instructions, see The Metro hater’s guide to customizing Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Here’s what you’ll find in that gallery:

It also includes the five Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts you must know:

Much of this material will, of course, appear in the upcoming revision of Windows 8 Head Start.

Source : Ed Bott

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Read this before you Download Windows 8

If you have been following all the good press around Windows 8 and are waiting to try it on your own computer, here’s the good news. The consumer preview version of Windows 8 (just a fancy name for beta software) is now available for download and it is very likely that your existing system specs are good enough to run Windows 8.

The System Requirements for Windows 8

Should you download Windows 8 Setup or the ISO Image?

Will my software programs run inside Windows 8?

What route should you take?

Source : Digital Inspiration - Technology Blog