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Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 released

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 25-Apr-2006 16:54

If you are running the Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview then it is time to update to a newer version of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 with some updates and fixes.

The following versions are available now:
- Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)
- Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition
- Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 SP1
- Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 for Windows Server 2003 ia64 Edition (Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based systems)

If you are a developer and not running this yet, I suggest you donwload and install this beta on a test machine to make sure your web-based application runs ok with this new browser.

Also, if your organisation runs Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, then make sure you download this update:
In the upcoming Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2 release, the Dynamic HTML Editing ActiveX control is being removed from the Internet Explorer browser. As a result, there is functionality missing that Microsoft Exchange Outlook Web Access relies on. This update replaces that deprecated functionality on the Microsoft Exchange servers so that Microsoft Exchange Outlook Web Access continues to function smoothly.



.Net Code Camp NZ 2006 details

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Apr-2006 20:59

The .Net Code Camp NZ 2006 is happening now (22-23 April) at the Whitireia Community Polytechnic Campus (Porirua).

I am participating this Sunday 23 April of a lunch session entitled From Spare Room to Board Room: Making great ideas into a successful business. Session description and speakers' profiles available here.  

In this discussion Chris Auld, Mauricio Freitas (that's me) & Rod Drury will discuss their successes and learning experiences with their businesses, their plans for the future and where they see IT and software development going. This is an essential session for any budding business leaders wanting to start or grow a business from their passion in software.





Overcoming limits with technology: Tablet PC review

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Apr-2006 21:47

Showing that technology is created to help us overcome our limits, David Wallace has posted a Tablet PC review. David used the Sahara Pen Slate to write the Tablet PC - a lifekludger view post.

David is an IT Coordinator, but he was actually a mechanic before being involved in a car accident that left him with a disability (C4 quadriplegic). His blog tells us about solving problems and getting the most out of life.

And that's why this Tablet PC review is something everyone interested in technology should read.

Via the UberTablet blog.



Help us donate server software to a New Zealand school or charity organisation: we accept suggestions

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Apr-2006 08:40

Our Windows Mobile User Group is part of the Culminis, an organisation that brings together IT professionals from around the world and provide tools and resources to develop these people's abilities and skills.

As part of the worldwide launch of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2, thanks to Microsoft and Culminis, I have been given a few copies of Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (25 Cals) for giveaway.

Since we have lots of companies already using this server software in our groups, I thought an interesting way to help others would be by donating two copies of this software to a couple of school or groups with direct actions and impact on the community (one copy each).

Schools could use this fo administrative purposes, or in a tech lab for teaching purposes. Non-profit organisations can use the software for administrative purposes.

The rules are simple: if you want to nominate a New Zealand-based school or non-profit organisation to receive a copy of this software on DVD (NFR), then post your suggestion as a comment on this blog entry.

We will draw two schools or non-profit organisation from all suggestions, contact them and arrange to have the software delivered.

Also, if your suggestion is the lucky one, I will send you a Windows Server water bottle.

We are not donating the hardware. This is the server software only, so you should be sure that the organisation you are suggesting can arrange proper hardware to be used - perhaps someone else reading this blog post can arrange some desktop to be donated to run this software?

I will close the suggestions on Monday 24 April 2006.

Note that we expect suggestions to point to active groups, not some Church of the Flying Spagetthi Monster, sect or political party.



UMPC ready for ordering in Australia/New Zealand

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Mar-2006 12:20

Just received an e-mail from a friend who has already ordered his UMPC from Tegatech, based in Australia. The devices are the eo UMPC v7110 256/30 and eo UMPC v7110 512/40 with options of Black or White. The main difference seems to be the memory (256MB x 512MB) and hard drive (30GB x 40GB).



The question now is: shall I buy now, or later?

By the way, Darryl is going to be one of the first 300 people in the world to receive their UMPC!




Internet Explorer Vulnerability does not affect Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 29-Mar-2006 10:50

The Microsoft Security Advisory 917077 details a vulnerability recently found on Microsoft Internet Explorer, in the way HTML Objects handle unexpected method calls. It appears that a few exploits are already in the open, and these could allow remote code execution.

Of course this code would be executed on the security context of the logged-on user - so if you don't use your Windows computer as an Administrator the risks are minimised - but still there.

This means that an attacker could create a website with some special code, and without warning, just by visiting the page, a series of commands could be executed on the user's computer. This obviously include things such as deleting files, changing configuration even installing malware such as keyloggers or trojan and bot clients.

On its advisory Microsoft says it is completing development of a cumulative security update for Internet Explorer that addresses the “createTextRange” vulnerability. The security update is now being finalized through testing to ensure quality and application compatibility and is on schedule to be released as part of the April security updates on 11 April 2006, or sooner.

Really I hope this is sooner than later. Can you imagine an entire army of password stealling, spam bots and other malware, installed without the owner's knowledge?

According to Microsoft, customers who use the Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview that was released on 20 March 2006 are not affected by the public reported vulnerability. also users of other browsers such as Firefox are not being affected by this.

This can not be exploited automatically through e-mail or while viewing e-mail in the preview pane while using Outlook or Outlook Express. Customers would have to click on a link that would take them to a malicious Web site, or open an attachment that could exploit the vulnerability to be at risk.

While Microsoft is working on the fix, security firm eEye has released a patch that will secure things for now, but should be removed before installing the permanent fix coming from Microsoft.



.Net Code Camp NZ 2006 details - when I am speaking

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 29-Mar-2006 07:33

The agenda for the .Net Code Camp NZ 2006, happening 22-23 April, in the Whitireia Community Polytechnic Campus (Porirua) is almost done, but our session description is complete and up.

Our sessions is entitled From Spare Room to Board Room: Making great ideas into a successful business.

"In this discussion Chris Auld, Mauricio Freitas (that's me) & Rod Drury will discuss their successes and learning experiences with their businesses, their plans for the future and where they see IT and software development going. This is an essential session for any budding business leaders wanting to start or grow a business from their passion in software."

You want to know why? Well, I think the session covers the whole gamut of experiences from the spare bedroom (me, with my decision to leave a large IT organisation to run Geekzone, Microsoft MVP Mobile Devices), Office (Chris Auld, CEO of Kognition, developer of mobility software and processes, Microsoft MVP Mobile Devices), and Boardroom (Rod Drury, entrepeneur, CEO of Aftermail, now part of Quest, Independent Director at Trademe, ex-Microsoft Regional Director and MVP).

If you are interested in .Net in general, and some other Microsoft technologies, check the .Net Code Camp page, check the agenda and join the weekend fun of coding.




The first Geekzone Windows Live Gadget (Beta)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 26-Mar-2006 12:59

Darryl Burling, Microsoft Developer Evangelist/Developer Advisor here in Wellington (read his Geekzone Blog, Darryl Burling MSDN Blog) and ex-Microsoft MVP Mobile Devices, has written the first Geekzone Microsoft Gadget.

Microsoft Gadgets are a feature being introduced with Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Live.

This Microsoft Gadget shows the last users (with link and post count) who created new posts in our Geekzone Blog:



This is just an example Darryl has created to show me (and a couple of Microsoft NZ clients) how this thing works. This is using the Live.com website as the host, but it could also be used directly on the Microsoft Windows Vista sidebar, like these examples below:


All very nice, but:

1. I want Microsoft Gadgets to live freely in my desktop, like Yahoo! Widgets (which is just a rebranded Konfabulator) and not require a website;
2. When Microsoft Gadgets are living freely in my desktop, I want them to work on Windows XP, not only Windows Vista.

An idea of Microsoft Gadget I'd like to see implemented is one that would retrieve the list of Geekzone Forums (we already have this in XML), and show a drop down list to the user to select a forum, and then retrieving the latest posts for this select forum (we already have the RSS feed for all Geekzone Forums). Does anyone want to write it?

This would be so cool if the Microsoft Gadgets could live in the desktop...

I know of a couple of other things that are nice, but can't say much because of my NDA with Microsoft. But those two changes would make me happy.



BostonPocketPC: UMPC Questions Answered

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 25-Mar-2006 11:05

The guys at Boston Pocket PC have just published an interview with Otto Berkes, general manager of the Mobile Platforms Division at Microsoft Corp.

 Otto Berkes, general manager of the Mobile Platforms Division at Microsoft Corp

Steven Hughes (whom I'e met a few times before, including the Microsoft MVP Summit and the Las Vegas CES), have taken some time to write "uPC: UMPC Questions Answered". Some of the questions include gems like this:

"Who is the target user? Many people are confused at what the market target is. Will the UMPC be replacing the Portable Media Center, Tablet PC, Windows Media Center, Windows Mobile device, etc or will it be a compliment to those devices?

While we feel that UMPCs will eventually be of great use to a number of different audiences, we anticipate the strongest interest off the bat from media and technology enthusiasts and early technology adopters. UMPCs do not compete with either Tablet PCs or Windows Mobile devices. The UMPC is part of Microsoft’s vision of expanding its mobile Windows PC offerings while incorporating mature features from Tablet PCs in a broader range of PCs.  In addition, the UMPC is a great complement to Windows Mobile phones, which can be used as Bluetooth modems to enable a wireless wide area network (WWAN) scenario for constant Internet connectivity. The UMPC is also a great complement to other Windows PCs, such as Tablet PCs or Media Center PCs. Files can be easily synchronized using USB drives or products such as Microsoft FolderShare."



Speaking at Code Camp NZ 2006

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Mar-2006 09:33

I have just received an invitation to speak at the Code Camp NZ 2006 about our experience in bringing Geekzone up and running and other tech related stuff.

The event is happening 22 - 23 april 2006, 9am to 5pm in the Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Porirua.

I don't have all the details yet, but the whole thing seems to be a cool gathering for .Net developers in New Zealand.

According to their page: "Code Camp is all about the code.  You will see demonstrations of new and future technology as well as lots of coding.  You will not die from PowerPoint poisoning! Code Camp is aimed at all levels of .Net developers.  Sessions are 1 hour long and will be presented consecutively in a single room. Panel discussions will be run during the lunch breaks.  These will be short presentations by experts, followed by discussions with the audience."

I guess I will have time during the lunch break discussions...



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