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Hot news: the Internet is as insecure as ever

I’ve been writing about the Internet for years, and some of my earliest articles were about security problems. I’ve written about why anti-virus software is ineffective, how application insecurities leave web servers open to attack, and why we need authenticated email combined with collective whitelisting in order to solve the problem of spam and virus-laden emails.

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Salesforce.com + Google + Adobe Flex and AIR = New Internet platform?

I spoke to Adam Gross, vice president of developer marketing at Salesforce.com, about the new Summer 07 release. This includes the first full release of Apex Code, a server-side programming language which lets you customize and extend Salesforce.com applications. Currently Apex Code is only available in the high-end Unlimited Edition.

Gross told me that Apex Code

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From BT to VOIP

I have two BT (British Telecommunications) telephone lines, giving me the convenience of two separate numbers. I’ve known for some time that I could achieve greater flexibility at lower cost by using VOIP (Voice Over IP), but changing over was never urgent so I left well alone. That was until this month’s BT bills arrived,

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CodeGear abandons .NET Windows Forms?

Intriguing blog post here suggests that future versions of Delphi .NET will not support Windows Forms, the most widely used GUI library for .NET. Apparently the Delphi 2006 Windows Forms designer will not appear in Delphi “Highlander”. If you want to do GUI work in Delphi .NET, you will have to use VCL.NET, or else

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How to buy market share in search … or not

Microsoft gained remarkable market share in search last month, up from 8.4% to 13.2%. At last, competition for Google and Yahoo. Or is it? It turns out that most (not quite all) of the search gain was thanks to the Live Search Club, an online word game which links to Live Search. Remove its 3

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Performance expert becomes Visual Studio Chief Architect

Microsoft’s performance specialist Rico Mariani is to be Chief Architect of Visual Studio.

Mariani has earned huge respect for his detailed blog posts on performance issues in .NET. He’s recently posted some fascinating figures on Linq to SQL performance. From a technical point of view, it looks like Visual Studio architecture is in good

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Audio in Vista: more hell than heaven

Here is a contradiction. On the one hand, Vista audio is said to be much improved over audio in earlier versions of Windows. Certainly this was Microsoft’s intention. Larry Osterman’s 2005 post refers to several goals, including moving audio code out of the kernel to improve reliability, and making Windows a better platform for audio professionals. Osterman also describes

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Microsoft sets launch day for Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008

According to a press release just received, Microsoft has set 27 February 2008 for the “global launch” of its 2008 server and developer products:

Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, COO Kevin Turner announced that the company will jointly launch Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 in Los Angeles on 27

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Fixing the Xbox 360

Microsoft says it will give a retrospective 3 year warranty to all owners of Xbox 360 consoles. Here’s a snippet from the press release:

As a result of what Microsoft views as an unacceptable number of repairs to Xbox 360 consoles, the company conducted extensive investigations into potential sources of general hardware failures.  Having

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Sun’s ODF converter

I had a quick look at Sun’s Open Document Format (ODF) converter for Microsoft Office.

This is aimed at users of Microsoft Office who want to open and save documents in ODF, an XML document format also used by Open Office and standardised by ISO. Why would you want to do this? The main reasons

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