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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1335 on: May 13, 2009, 07:23:59 PM »
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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1336 on: May 13, 2009, 07:31:04 PM »
Me being a trusting sod (NOT) don't trust people that offer this type of checking, do I trust that they don't harvest any data, no. I told you I was a trusting sod and Microsoft has so much form in trustworthy computing NOT, that I would be less likely to use their checker.

I much prefer if someone gives the theory behind what makes a strong password and then the user can heed the advice, but to subsequently test that password on what is a publicly available site for me invalidates that particular password.
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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1337 on: May 13, 2009, 08:52:28 PM »
  my husband user's IE7 and he does not want me to update to IE8 because he saw on the screen once there could be a problem with using the Hp printer. (would have to get the box to make sure I wrote what it really is so will just say it is and HP printer that goes with my HP computer) he feels like most times not wanting to update or download  much of any thing. lets see if I can explane better. it working so it don't need any. and if some thing go wrong with the computer because of updating or downloading any thing it is my fault when some things goes wrong I should have just left it a lone when it was working because I created the problem. { I am sure glad he won't see this.}  :o :)

Edit 2: Don't read the following, Mac, unless you want a good laugh.  :P

I finally installed IE8 last night and had the following problems on my dual cpu 600 MHz PIII, 1 GB RAM, XPSP3 computer:
- IE8 repeatedly took 60-85 seconds to load.
- the Java automatic update checker, jusched.exe, would occasionally grab 50% cpu for for up to 20 seconds.  It normally uses none.
- Google's gmail notifier, gnotify.exe, would use 50% cpu for 40 seconds just to load and get to its password prompt.  This is while IE8 wasn't running.

I've uninstalled IE8 now and everything's seems to work properly again.  Oh wonderful, I see it's left behind some Errors for the XP Event Viewer to report[1].  A web search might help me figure out how to address those.  Seems like most of the other vendors can push new versions of Internet software without horking my machine, but this one didn't.

I checked the minimum system requirements:
    * 233MHz processor or higher
    * RAM: 64MB for Windows XP
I pity the poor fool who believes them.  There are other browsers that run well on a system that old, but IE8 does not appear to be one of them.   >:(

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[1] Windows cannot query DllName registry entry for {CF7639F3-ABA2-41DB-97F2-81E2C5DBFC5D} and it will not be loaded. This is most likely caused by a faulty registration.
Windows cannot query DllName registry entry for {7B849a69-220F-451E-B3FE-2CB811AF94AE} and it will not be loaded. This is most likely caused by a faulty registration.

Edit: Found fix and deleted the two empty registry keys.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957700/
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After you uninstall Internet Explorer 8, you may notice Application event log errors after each reboot. To resolve this problem, delete the following Internet Explorer User Accelerators and Internet Explorer Machine Accelerators registry keys in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\GPExtensions:

{7B849a69-220F-451E-B3FE-2CB811AF94AE}
{CF7639F3-ABA2-41DB-97F2-81E2C5DBFC5D}

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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1338 on: May 13, 2009, 09:23:56 PM »
Microsoft Password Checker:

http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/password/checker.mspx

Helps you figure out if your password is strong or not.
it said my password is "BEST", but, is it really best?
it said best because it has both capitaled and not capitaled letters, Number, special correcter and +15 correcter in it, OK, safe and best.
but is it really safe those things be mix of my name and my phone number plus a few !@#$%^&*? nope!
a strong password is what nothing of that be related to you, how that MS thing can detect it? ;)

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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1339 on: May 13, 2009, 11:24:45 PM »
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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1340 on: May 14, 2009, 03:31:35 AM »
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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1341 on: May 14, 2009, 04:40:40 AM »
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Me being a trusting sod (NOT) don't trust people that offer this type of checking, do I trust that they don't harvest any data, no. I told you I was a trusting sod and Microsoft has so much form in trustworthy computing NOT, that I would be less likely to use their checker.

I much prefer if someone gives the theory behind what makes a strong password and then the user can heed the advice, but to subsequently test that password on what is a publicly available site for me invalidates that particular password.

Meh, I just wanted to share it with people.  There are a lot of people with some worthless passwords, and they wouldn't know it if they used something like that.

I agree that a strong password "theory" would suffice, but I explain to my users what a, "complex password" is, and why it's required on all of my networks, but it seems like they try 8 times to pick a password that meets the requirements, and they still don't get it.  Some people just need this sort of thing, because they don't listen or understand or care.

Of course, if you use some versions of linux, it will check how strong your password is when you first enter it during setup, many websites will do it too.

Say what you want, but it's good to know that if your password is "pass1234" it's not very strong, but if it's "bCEV23&^dk21z" then it's not very likely that it will be guessed / or hacked using an automated program.

I pretty much put this out there for well, "dullards" that don't know any better about why they need a strong password or if they have one (by, "dullard" I mean users who do things such as putting their password on a sticky note, and sticking it on their monitor for all to see).

The rest of us know how to pick a strong password, and know not to put it on a sticky note on our monitor, nor do we need to test it to find out.  So, don't use it if you don't need it.
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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1342 on: May 14, 2009, 10:28:55 AM »
Bit Defender released the Beta of Total Security 2010...
An article with pictures can be read here.

Alwil, where is your Beta?! ;)

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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1343 on: May 18, 2009, 11:46:01 PM »
Microsoft Office 2010 tech preview hits torrent sites
It isn't slated for release to beta testers till July......
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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1344 on: May 19, 2009, 01:59:24 AM »
Are you sure the "IP locater" address above is correct. I tried to click on it and was taken to a page that said there is no such address.

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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1345 on: May 19, 2009, 02:01:11 AM »
Microsoft Password Checker:

http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/password/checker.mspx

Helps you figure out if your password is strong or not.

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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1346 on: May 19, 2009, 07:28:11 AM »
I am on line for only a min or two but wanted to say if some one say's test to see if your password is strong they are our go to try to still your password.am I right or wrong!!?
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Me being a trusting sod (NOT) don't trust people that offer this type of checking, do I trust that they don't harvest any data, no. I told you I was a trusting sod and Microsoft has so much form in trustworthy computing NOT, that I would be less likely to use their checker.

I much prefer if someone gives the theory behind what makes a strong password and then the user can heed the advice, but to subsequently test that password on what is a publicly available site for me invalidates that particular password.

Meh, I just wanted to share it with people.  There are a lot of people with some worthless passwords, and they wouldn't know it if they used something like that.

I agree that a strong password "theory" would suffice, but I explain to my users what a, "complex password" is, and why it's required on all of my networks, but it seems like they try 8 times to pick a password that meets the requirements, and they still don't get it.  Some people just need this sort of thing, because they don't listen or understand or care.

Of course, if you use some versions of linux, it will check how strong your password is when you first enter it during setup, many websites will do it too.

Say what you want, but it's good to know that if your password is "pass1234" it's not very strong, but if it's "bCEV23&^dk21z" then it's not very likely that it will be guessed / or hacked using an automated program.

I pretty much put this out there for well, "dullards" that don't know any better about why they need a strong password or if they have one (by, "dullard" I mean users who do things such as putting their password on a sticky note, and sticking it on their monitor for all to see).

The rest of us know how to pick a strong password, and know not to put it on a sticky note on our monitor, nor do we need to test it to find out.  So, don't use it if you don't need it.

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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1347 on: May 19, 2009, 08:19:56 AM »
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You could be right, Sharon. But, I doubt that MS would try to steal your password.

Still, I am mostly like DavidR ... not very trusting of such things.


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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1348 on: May 19, 2009, 05:08:03 PM »
If they wanted to steal your password, wouldn't they just do it from your machine that you plug a password into everyday?

Come on guys.

All it does is check whatever you type in to see the length, and complexity.  They have no idea who you are except for your IP address.
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Re: Interesting Software and System News
« Reply #1349 on: May 19, 2009, 05:41:17 PM »
Seems paranoia ;D
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