Archive for March, 2008

Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview

According to Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows, Windows XP Service Pack 3 will not include any major new features, but it will include four minor new features that improve the system’s reliability and security. It will include some new features, but mostly be an accumulation of all of the updates released for Windows XP since Service Pack 2 was released in 2003. The new features will include…

Product Key-less install option. As with Windows Vista, new XP with SP3 installs can proceed without entering a product key during Setup.

"Black hole" router detection algorithm. XP gains the ability to ignore network routers that incorrectly drop certain kinds of network packets. This, too, is a feature of Windows Vista.

other more technical changes can be found at Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows.

Service Pack 3 will be released in the second quarter of 2008.

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Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Overview

Microsoft has released on it’s Download Center the final version of Windows Vista Service Pack 1. According to Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows, this is what it includes…

Security 

  • changes to Windows Security Center that will allow third-party security software makers to more effectively communicate with and replace Microsoft’s security dashboard with their own solutions
  • new APIs aimed at helping security software makers work with the Kernel Patch Protection feature in 64-bit versions of Vista
  • changes to the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP),
  • and a change to BitLocker Drive Encryption that adds optional multifactor authentication method combining keys protected by a TPM hardware module, a Startup Key stored on a USB memory key device, and a user-generated personal identification number.

Reliability

  • better reliability and compatibility with newer graphics cards
  • improved reliability when using notebook computers with an external display
  • improved networking configuration reliability
  • improved reliability of systems that are upgraded from XP to Vista
  • better compatibility with many printers
  • increased reliability and performance when entering and resuming from sleep mode.

Performance

  • increases the speed of copying and extracting files
  • increasing the performance of Hibernate and Resume
  • increasing the performance of domain-joined PCs when working offline from the domain
  • improving the performance of Internet Explorer (IE) 7 by reducing CPU utilization and speeding JavaScript parsing
  • improving battery life on certain mobile systems by reducing screen redraws and thus CPU utilization
  • increasing the performance of the CTRL+ALT+DEL logon dialog
  • improving the performance of browsing network file shares.

Disk Defragmenter

updated so that customers can configure exactly which volumes are automatically defragged.

Network Diagnostics.

a new version of the Network Diagnostics tool that will also help administrators and end users diagnose common file sharing problems

other changes can be found at Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows.

Time To Waste Survey

1. Do you still tαlk to the first person you fell the hαrdest for?
No

2. Hαve you ever seen your best friend nαked?
No, thankfully

3. Are you obsessed with someone?
No

5. Do you like more thαn one person right now?
Yes, though I can’t afford to ask a girl out right now, time wise or money wise.

6. Nαme something thαt you would love to eαt right now?
Pizza

7. Did you get αny compliments todαy?
No

9. Who wαs the lαst two people to cαll you?
Deb

12. If you could pick the temperαture of the outdoors for the rest of your life would you?
23 degrees celsius

13. If you could hαve one super power whαt would it be?
telekinesis (move things with your mind)

16. Are you hαppy?
No, too busy to be happy, but I try to be kind at least.

17. Whαt’s your fαvorite smell?
perfume

18. Whαt is your leαst fαvorite sound?
metal against metal

19. Are you moody?
No

22. Lαst person you hung out with?
the second-years at Rides Pub on St. Pat’s day

23. Hαve you ever tried to get bαck with αn ex?
No

24. Hαve you ever toilet pαpered someone’s house?
No

25. Hαve you ever liked someone but never told them?
Yes

26. Hαve you ever gone cαmping?
Yes, but it was nearly 10 years ago, but something tells me I’ll be going this year.

27. Are you friends with αll your exes?
aside from on FB, no.

28. Hαve you ever gone to α nude beαch?
No

29. Hαve you ever hαd α stαlker?
No

31. Hαve you ever gone skinny dipping?
No

33. Listening to music?
No, not right now

35. Hαve you ever been betrαyed by your best friend?
No

36. Hαve you ever lied to your pαrents?
Yes

37. Have you ever worn your best friends clothes?
No. That would be weird.

38. Hαve you ever thrown up from working out?
No

39. Hαve you hαd α bαd hαircut?
Yes. Please, don’t remind me.

41. Where αre your siblings right now?
Since he works night shifts, probably at home sleeping

42. Lαst plαce you kissed someone?
In a friend’s car. She was “evaluating” my kissing skills. I did alright, but I need experience. I knew that.

43. Nαme three things you did todαy not in order:
worked on the Public Relations project, went to Comm Process, woke my ass up this morning at 6am (never easy)

44. Lαst person you text messαged?
Kristyn about our PR project.

45. Future kids nαmes?
Caitlyn, Michael

51. Whαt αre you doing tomorrow?
Schoolwork, like always, and going to Suede.

54. Do you remember singing αny songs αs α kid?
too many too count. Still can’t sing.

55. Would you kiss the lαst 2 people you kissed αgαin?
probably not.

59. Are you αllergic to αnything?
Penicillin and Solfa drugs

60. Whαt is your mood?
blah

67. Is αnyone jeαlous of you?
not likely.

68. When is the lαst time you got flowers?
I’m a guy, I don’t get flowers, I give them, and that was a couple of years ago

69. Where were you 2 hours αgo?
at school, as always

70. Where were you 4 hours αgo?
in Comm Process class

71. Whαt does your hαir look like right now?
newly cut, spiked.

72. Hαs αnyone ever used you?
yes

73. Hαs αnyone ever told you thαt they like you more thαn αs α friend?
Yes, and I really want to hear it again. I’m tired of hearing “I like you more as a friend”

74. Whαt hαve you eαten todαy?
a sandwich, couple of granola bars.

75. Is your hαir nαturαlly curly, strαight, or nαppy?
Straight

76. Who wαs the lαst friend you were in the cαr with?
Deb

77. Whαt αre you looking forwαrd to?
The long weekend

78. Whαt do you think αbout mαrriαge?
it’s great, if you’re ready for it.

79. Any of your friends getting mαrried?
No.

 

Bored out of My Mind Survey

1. Does anyone know your password to your facebook?
No

2. What was the last thing you ordered at McDonald’s?
grilled chicken burger and two bacon cheeseburgers

3. Are you an emotional person?
Normally, no

4. Do you like your name?
I like it enough

5. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes, but it’s very rare

6. Does the person you like know that you like them?
Not sure yet.

7.What was the last thing you did?
Surfed the net for tech news

8. Who was the last person you ate with?
Deb

9. What song are you listening to right now?
Dead silence…good point…turning on mp3 player now…damn, forgot it in the other computer lab…I hope it’s still there.

11. Last person who called you?
Deb, I think

12. Last lie you told?
None as of late

13. Last song you sang?
I’ve had “Break the Ice” by Britney Spears in my head ever since I saw the shitty music video this morning.

14. Lost a friendship over something stupid?
Probably.

15. Last thing you drank?
Coke

16. Last time you had starbucks?
Two years ago or so, way to expensive. It’s coffee…honestly.

17. Where do you wish you were at?
In Nova Scotia, off the top of my head

18. Faked being sick to miss work/school?
Yes, some days you just don’t feel like going

19. What time did you wake up today?
6am, as per usual on weekdays.

20. Last person you talked to?
Ray, one of our instructors

21. Last person you made fun of?
Ray, jokingly of course, and he was right there.

22. What are you wearing?
Lethbridge college hoodie, jeans.

23. What’s the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
Body, personality, mannerisms

24. Where are you right now?
Mac lab at school. Class was cancelled, just haven’t left yet.

25. What day and date is it?
Friday, March 14, 2008

26. Did you go anywhere today?
To school. Later, to Essies.

27. What did you do there?
I’m still here, and so far, not much. Learned how to use InDesign a bit more, learned I’ll be running the campus radio station on April 15th with Marika.

28. Where else are you going today?
Like I said, Essies. Won’t be drinking much though, got too much to do this weekend.

29. Are you watching tv?
No, nothing worth watching any more. 24 doesn’t return until next January.

30. Are you mature or immature?
Usually mature, depends on where I’m at.

31. What school do you go to?
Lethbridge College, but you knew that.

32. Whats the most annoying thing someone has said to you?
Not sure, I’ve blocked it from memory.

33. Do you like music?
Correction, this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever been asked.

34. Do you want to get married?
Getting kind of personal with this one, yeah, maybe some day.

36. Would you bungee jump?
Yes, probably shit my pants, but it’s on the list to do before I die

37. Do you like roller coasters?
Love ‘em, but it’s been since I was 14 that I went on one

38. Is there anything you wish for every summer?
Thunder storms, beautiful weather, green grass, and people aren’t as depressed.

39. Do you use chopsticks?
No.

40. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Supper.

41. Thinking of someone right now?
No, but now that you mention it, I’m thinking of Deb ‘cause she sent me a text message.
42. Concerned about life right now?
A little, but it’s a good thing, keeps me on the ball.

43. Have you ever tripped going up the stairs?
Somehow, yes. It’s just l like tripping while walking on flat surfaces, not sure how it happens.

44. What are you looking forward to this summer?
Refer to number 38

45. How do you feel right now?
Mellow, calm, basically bored out of my mind.

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