Windows Live Essentials Services Included

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Jun 082009
 

I have updated my Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Service Configurations to include "optional" services installed with Add/Remove Windows Components as well as Windows Live Essentials.

Server Service Still Causing Issues

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Feb 262009
 

The Server Service issue is still causing quite a stir on the internet. Ensure that you have fully updated your system as to not be infected by "Conficker" or its several variants.

In order to fix this issue, you need to patch your system using the latest update fix version: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS08-067.mspx

In order to remove the problem, you can use Microsoft’s own removal tool or anything else offered from the company links above: http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

Regardless of what you do or how you choose to go about it, fix/patch/prevent.

Server Service Vulnerability

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Oct 242008
 

A vulnerability in the Server Service has been discovered for Windows 2000 -> Windows 7 (basically, all versions in the last 9 years). Please see this security bulletin and update your PC accordingly: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS08-067.mspx

DD-WRT Outstanding Firmware

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Oct 102007
 

The last thing that I wanted to do was toot a Microsoft horn, but I wanted to test out Windows Media Center with an Extender (XBOX 360) and stream TV. This test really is only for me to determine the minimum amount of service that need to be enabled/automatic for this function to work. This sounds like an easy task, but it took me several hours to finish it. (and several more months previously to jump into the task).

First off, my Xbox 360 does not have a wireless card in it, and sometime during our move, one of the cats or my wife ate the 100′ Ethernet cable that I had, but I have known for a long time that the WRT54G v5 Linksys router is capable of doing so with dd-wrt.com updated firmware. This router was just sitting around doing nothing as I upgraded my main routers to Dlink 655’s.

The warnings throughout the site say "you could make your router unusable," but in all honesty, I don’t think I would have ever used the old wireless access point again, anyway, so a bricked router meant nothing to me… but a router that can act as a bridge for my Xbox 360 magically would become useful.

The guide I used (to the letter) to get updated firmware with additional features is here:

http://bitsum.com/openwiking/owbase/WRT54G5_CFE/

After getting the system set up and working, it was just a matter of connecting up and *bam* the Xbox 360 has a connection to my PC as a Media Center Extender.

Several other obstacles I encountered were that my previous service settings in Vista were too strict and I had to set them all back to default. Thus the posting yesterday about needing a registry file to set them back to default. I did it the old fashion way and all worked after 30 to 45 minutes. Now I need to go back and narrow down what "really" is needed and not just what "works." There the trick stands.

Anyway, after much fiddling, I got the systems to hook up and now I can watch internet TV in my living room from my XBOX 360 directly connected to a Linksys wrt54g v5 using www.dd-wrt.com firmware (which, by the way, is the best router firmware I have ever used). Kudos to the team.

Windows Media Center has come a long way and it is pretty good, even in "internet TV Beta" state.

Just if my readers were wondering "what" I actually do daily…. this is it. First was getting the PS3 to connect to my media server, now the XBOX 360 was an obvious extension (no pun intended) of this effort.

I will try and draft a more through "How To" outlining the exact steps that I took, but for now, I am going to go lay on the couch and… basically… chill and watch streaming TV.

Windows Update Failure

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Oct 092007
 

I am working on a way to determine what services are required to ensure that all updates from Microsoft Automatic Update are being applied properly. Currently, some updates will fail if a particular service is not set to its default value or disabled. At this time, it is best for you to ensure that all services are set to the default values before updating your system. More then likely, I will make registry patches for the default settings of Vista to easily perform this task.

The Number 1 Emailed Question

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Jan 162005
 

What is the number 1 question in my inbox lately? "What do you do about Spyware?"

Answer: Nothing. I use Firefox.

Some people have been reporting issues while using the Firefox browser and flaming me for "coding in only Internet Explorer." I have used Firefox since v 0.1 (yes, a couple of years) and actually code for Firefox and adjust it to work in IE. My web site (at this second) is valid CSS and valid XHTML Strict. Validate Page’s XHTML ~ Validate Web Site CSS.

Other people have noticed that I no longer have my picture displayed on every page. The reason is that my bandwidth (outbound) is maxed 24/7. As such, something had to go. Hopefully, the picture will return someday.

Even more people have stated that I have not updated content in a very long time. The reason? I am having a lot of fun playing World of Warcraft. It is nice to forget about the real world and just have a great time playing games.

New and updated content will be posted in the next several weeks. I am not going anywhere.

A few of the updates will include: Windows XP Service Pack 2 registry files, custom tool and printer friendly versions of the XP SP2 pages.

Search Page Online and Firefox Plugged

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Sep 162004
 

I have placed the Search page back online and the index of 421 searchable pages on the domain is current. It also is formatted with the new domain look recently placed online. I appreciate your patience while I worked the issue.

On a totally unrelated matter: If you are still using Internet Explorer of any version, I highly recommend that you download, install and give FireFox a try. I have been using this browser for well over a year with no problems. Spyware? Adware? Pop-Ups? Changing of your home page? Security problems? Not an issue with FireFox. Some people have spent $20-$40 on getting rid of those same problems. FireFox is "free as in speech". I convinced my "non-technical Mother-In-Law" to make the switch and she is thrilled with the result. She was plagued with spyware and changing of her home page daily. She made the switch, you can do it, too!

Go get FireFox now. You have nothing to lose.

My goal is to have over 50% of my visitors using FireFox. Help me reach that goal. What are you doing still reading this page? Go, go now… :)

I have placed the Search page back online and the index of 421 searchable pages on the domain is current. It also is formatted with the new domain look recently placed online. I appreciate your patience while I worked the issue.

On a totally unrelated matter: If you are still using Internet Explorer of any version, I highly recommend that you download, install and give FireFox a try. I have been using this browser for well over a year with no problems. Spyware? Adware? Pop-Ups? Changing of your home page? Security problems? Not an issue with FireFox. Some people have spent $20-$40 on getting rid of those same problems. FireFox is "free as in speech". I convinced my "non-technical Mother-In-Law" to make the switch and she is thrilled with the result. She was plagued with spyware and changing of her home page daily. She made the switch, you can do it, too!

Go get FireFox now. You have nothing to lose.

My goal is to have over 50% of my visitors using FireFox. Help me reach that goal. What are you doing still reading this page? Go, go now… :)

Email Backlog Caught Up

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Sep 052004
 

I have caught up on my E-Mails. My response rate was about 50%. Mainly due to the overwhelming amount of "technical support questions" that I received. Due to the great demand for such services, I cannot answer your personal technical support questions: READ WHY.

My E-Mail address is again posted on my Contact BV page.

A few answers to common questions:

  • Will you be posting information about Windows XP Service Pack 2? Yes
  • When will that be? When it is done. Hopefully, soon.
  • How do you get rid of/avoid spyware? Do not use Internet Explorer of any version. Use Firefox: http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
  • What software firewall should I use? None: Use a hardware firewall like a Linksys or Dlink "gateway/router".
  • When are you going to update your Kitties page? Eventually. Unfortunately, higher priorities are in work right now. If I have the camera in hand and they each do something cute, it will be posted.

I have caught up on my E-Mails. My response rate was about 50%. Mainly due to the overwhelming amount of "technical support questions" that I received. Due to the great demand for such services, I cannot answer your personal technical support questions: READ WHY.

My E-Mail address is again posted on my Contact BV page.

A few answers to common questions:

  • Will you be posting information about Windows XP Service Pack 2? Yes
  • When will that be? When it is done. Hopefully, soon.
  • How do you get rid of/avoid spyware? Do not use Internet Explorer of any version. Use Firefox: http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
  • What software firewall should I use? None: Use a hardware firewall like a Linksys or Dlink "gateway/router".
  • When are you going to update your Kitties page? Eventually. Unfortunately, higher priorities are in work right now. If I have the camera in hand and they each do something cute, it will be posted.

SPF Record Implemented

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Sep 042004
 

I encourage all DNS server administrators and E-Mail server administrators to consider adding a SPF record to help fight spammers using your domain to send their solicitations. More information can be found at http://spf.pobox.com/.

Automatic Banning Removed

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Aug 032004
 

I have removed the "automatic" banning feature of the domain outlined in my Abuse Rant.

I have also placed online a page describing the Web Site Layout CSS files and JavaScript file used throughout the domain.