I reported on Feb. 1 that the upgrade version of
Windows Vista accepts itself as a product it can upgrade over, and on
Feb. 15 that Vista
has a built-in command that allows you to extend its activation deadline from 30
days to 120 days.
Those articles were very popular with readers — the Feb. 1 story
garnered a reader rating of
4.49 out of 5, the highest score of any article the
newsletter has ever published — but that doesn’t mean that these reports aren’t controversial.
The June 3
issue of Brian’s Buzz on Windows described how you can keep black-hat
hackers from capturing your passwords and credit-card numbers when you type
them using your PC.
In my last issue, reader Glen Loopresented a problem
that plagues his
users when they move from one office to another. As he put
“We use ‘offline’ files for our laptop users,
typically comprising their personal and shared folders on the
network. The problem we have is that when the user works from
another office but on the same domain (we’re in New Zealand and
the office is in Australia), Windows connects the drives to the
original location rather than ‘work offline.’
My top story last issue – that Windows XP allows anyone to log on to the
Recovery Console without entering an administrator password if they use
Windows 2000 CD – was picked up media around the world.