It’s convention time in America, and that means people will be seeing a lot
of President George W. Bush and his Democratic opponent, John Kerry. But
you probably haven’t seen them as you’ll see them in the now-famous JibJab
video, “This Land,” Gregg and Evan Spiridellis.
In this section, exclusively for paid subscribers, we link to respected expert
reviews of the best hardware available today. Only head-to-head ratings of
competing products — not individual reviews — are
indexed here. Use the “more info” links, then click any price to see the
latest figures and other details.
In a few weeks, the comparisons we’ll have summarized by that time in
successive issues of the Windows Secrets Newsletter will be collected into a
basic but growing online directory for our paid readers. Stay tuned.
MS04-025 (KB 867801): Microsoft issued a cumulative update for
Internet Explorer on July 30 that fixes three critical flaws with the
browser. This security bulletin includes patches to stop the Download.Ject
Trojan attacks that are “in the wild” and which succeeded against many
machines in mid-June.
The June 17
edition of this newsletter (which was known then as Brian’s Buzz on Windows)
carried a main story about the coming Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. It said,
“SP2 will include a new version of Internet Explorer” that will “block
ActiveX controls, downloadable add-ins, pop-up windows, and other features
commonly used in many Web sites. If you or your company maintain a site,
you owe it to yourself to check Microsoft’s list of changes and adjust your
technology accordingly.” We recommended a Microsoft document entitled
How to Make Your Web Site Work with Windows XP Service Pack 2.
Last year, Microsoft released an Office family product called
OneNote. You may not have heard of OneNote, because Microsoft
curiously chose not to include it with any of its Office 2003
product bundles (Standard, Professional, and so on). Or you may have
dismissed this application as one you can do without.
The paid version of today’s Windows Secrets Newsletter features an
information-rich section that we’ve wanted to offer for a long, long
time. This new content is called the Index of Reviews.
Our new section will give you quick links to the latest competitive ratings
of new Windows-compatible hardware. Allow us to illustrate why
a feature like this is needed: