We published in our
Sept. 23 newsletter an analysis of Microsoft’s patch for
the so-called JPEG bug. Reader Warren Young says installing this patch,
MS04-028 (Knowledge Base article 833989), can cause
Windows Update to think the fix hasn’t been installed if TweakUI
has been used to re-locate the Program Files folder:
Inventors at the MIT Media Lab have created Topobo (pictured at left), a
construction kit consisting of what they call “dynamic biomorphic forms.”
By snapping together various parts, you can create dogs, skeletons, or whatever you
like, and then push and pull them in various ways. Your creations “remember”
the motions they went through and repeat them over and over using tiny
The State of the Computing Industry was the lead story in the
issue of the Windows Secrets Newsletter. This piece claimed that Windows
users were faced with overwhelming attacks and that the computing industry is
in denial of how bad the problem is.
For the past year and more, Microsoft’s coders worked to develop
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). This long, drawn-out effort turned
what was previously a minor collection of bug fixes and security
updates into a major Windows upgrade.
Temporary interruptions at two services used by the Windows Secrets Newsletter
caused inconveniences for some of our subscribers since our last issue.
These problems seem to have been solved, fortunately — but they
still burn us up.
In the Sept. 23 issue of the Windows Secrets Newsletter, we warned
you about the so-called GDI+/JPEG Processing flaw. This security hole allows a
vicim’s PC to be infected merely viewing a hacked JPEG file in Windows XP,
Microsoft Office XP/2003, and numerous other Microsoft products (and
third-party products that rely on Microsoft programming libraries). That
issue provides numerous hyperlinks to help you download the several patches
you need for different versions of MS software.
MS04-028 (833987): Microsoft issued on Sept. 14
a set of critical security patches for a flaw in numerous Microsoft products,
including several versions of Windows, Office, and various
With the recent release of Microsoft
Media Player 10, Windows users suddenly have a lot of choices when it comes
to online music services.
It’s a little late for Valentine’s Day and too early for Christmas. But
it’s just the right time to be thinking about which of your loved ones
you could give stuffed animals that look like disease-causing microbes —
enlarged one million times.
Since first alerting you to the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2
(SP2) in the
Aug. 19 issue of the Windows Secrets Newsletter, a number of glitches with
the upgrade have surfaced. This isn’t surprising. As we’ve noted repeatedly,
people are going to have some problems with SP2, one of Microsoft’s most
intrusive and potentially disruptive updates ever. In today’s issue, we’ll
examine some of these concerns.