Hackers launch phishing attack on Facebook users

Quoted from Reuters (05/15/2009) that Hackers launched an attack on Facebook's 200 million users on Thursday, successfully gathering passwords from some of them in the latest campaign to prey on members of the popular social networking site.

Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt said on Thursday that the site was in the process of cleaning up damage from the attack.

He said that Facebook was blocking compromised accounts.

Schnitt declined to say how many accounts had been compromised.

The hackers got passwords through what is known as a phishing attack, breaking into accounts of some Facebook members, then sending e-mails to friends and urging them to click on links to fake websites.

Those sites were designed to look like the Facebook home page. The victims were directed to log back in to the site, but actually logged into the one controlled by the hackers, unwittingly giving away their passwords.

The purpose of such attacks is generally identify theft and to spread spam.

The fake domains include www.151.im, www.121.im and www.123.im. Facebook has deleted all references to those domains.

Schnitt said that Facebook's security team believes the hackers intended to collect a large number of credentials, then use those accounts at a later time to send spam hawking fake pharmaceuticals and other goods to Facebook members.

The site fought off a similar attack two weeks ago, he said.

Privately held Facebook and rival social network MySpace, which is owned by News Corp, require senders of messages within the network to be members and hide user data from people who do not have accounts. Because of that, users tend to be far less suspicious of messages they receive.

Hackers used a phishing attack last year to spread a malicious virus known as Koobface (a reference to Facebook). It was downloaded onto Facebook members' PCs when they clicked on a link sent to them in an email that looked like it had been sent by a friend on Facebook.

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Windows 7 Build 7137 download x32 and x64 + screenshots

Here the list of download links for Windows 7 build 7137 for x32 and x64. First download links of Windows 7 Build 7137 download x32 and x64 available here!

Build 7137 x86 also leaked:

MD5 2f7520915dff55380e979e67ae4687db
SHA1 ff9c8751095e77be0fd4a0a0a937e3eab0c18943
CRC32 3d4eef0c
Size 2.37 GB.

build 7137 x64 leaked:

MD5: 0d863472414efc337d032e8ed33c347b
SHA1: 8e35d15281a554fd890ad682249e485b9b82278c
CRC32: 06047573
ISO size 3.04 GB
x86: http://odsiebie.com/pokaz/3124432---1564.html
x64: http://torrents.ru/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1882348



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Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 Beta Updated Log Collection Utility

The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 are now available, here are the new update for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 by Microsoft.

One illustrative example in this regard is the Collect.exe log collection utility. The tool was updated and tailored to the successor of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5. The Redmond company is asking testers running the Beta development milestones of Visual Studio 2010 Beta and .NET Framework 4.0 Beta to download the utility and use it to collect logs for submission when bugs are reported to the support website.

“While we have worked hard to reduce install times and installation issues and hope you don’t encounter any, in case you do experience an issue we encourage you to gather and upload logs using our updated log collection utility available for download. This will automatically package a lot of logs and product information we can use to diagnose problems and compress them into %TEMP%\vslogs.cab by default,” Heath Stewart, software design engineer DDCPX, Microsoft, revealed.

Visual Studio 2010 Beta and .NET Framework 4.0 Beta have been offered as public downloads starting on May 20, 2009. Stewart emphasized that the Collect.exe log collection utility was designed to help Microsoft deal with any issues testers came across during the setup process of the next version of Visual Studio and .NET Framework.

“If you encounter any setup issues, we will need all relevant logs. Please follow the instructions below to collect all those logs. Download collect.exe. You may choose to save the tool for later use, or to run directly. The utility creates a compressed cabinet of all the VS and .NET logs to %TEMP%\vslogs.cab,” Stewart said. At the same time, he indicated that testers should initially check to see whether their issue hadn't been already submitted.

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 (link 1)
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 (link 2)
.NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 (link 1)
.NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 (link 2)

source: softpedia.com

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Facebook raises $200 million from Russian Internet firm

Thats amazing, i need to setup a Facebook acc too..

Facebook Inc. said Tuesday it has raised $200 million from a Russian Internet firm in a deal that values the online social-networking service at roughly two-thirds the amount set when Microsoft Corp. came on board as an investor in late 2007.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Facebook said Digital Sky Technologies will take a 1.96% ownership stake that values it at $10 billion. Microsoft's /quotes/nls/msft (MSFT 20.34, +0.59, +2.99%) $240 million investment in Facebook less than two years ago, for a 1.6% ownership stake, implied a valuation of $15 billion. See full story.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, in a conference call with reporters, cited external economic conditions for the difference in valuations, in addition to the more complete partnership implied in the Microsoft deal.

"We did the Microsoft investment ... at the absolute peak of the market," Zuckerberg said. "That was a year and a half ago, and the world was in a pretty different place at the time."

In addition, Zuckerberg said, Microsoft's investment "was just one piece" of a deal that also involved developing online advertising formats. "Relative to the economic conditions for when the Microsoft deal happened... we feel really good about the progress we've made," the CEO said.

Zuckerberg said Facebook is in no urgent need of the new money. He said the company expects 70% annual revenue growth, and to become "cash flow positive" in 2010.

Founded in 2005, Facebook is expected to pull in some $230 million in revenue this year, compared with an estimated $210 million last year, according to research firm eMarketer. As a private company, Facebook doesn't disclose financial results.

In addition to its current investment, Digital Sky has also agreed to acquire as much as $100 million worth of common shares from current and former Facebook employees looking to liquidate some of their holdings in the company.

Facebook has long been searching for a way to allow employees to cash in on their equity, in lieu of a sale of the company or an initial public offering of its stock -- both an unlikely prospect any time in the near future. Late last year, Facebook delayed a plan to allow employees to sell a limited number of shares, citing the economic environment. See story about Facebook's delayed employee share sale.

Digital Sky Chief Executive Yuri Milner said that the purchase of Facebook employee shares "will happen in the next few months," but offered no further details.

Digital Sky, with offices in Moscow and London, focuses on Internet investments in the Russian and Eastern European markets, and says it has poured more than $1 billion into over 30 companies since 2005.

Facebook said Digital Sky will not receive a seat on the company's board as part of the investment.

"I have my own business to run," Milner said.

According to media reports, Facebook has been shopping around for some time to raise additional funding. The soaring popularity of its social-networking service has resulted in more than 200 million users, boosting the costs of its infrastructure such as data centers.

Zuckerberg said the company doesn't have "any specific plans to talk about" in terms of putting its new round of funding to work.

Source : marketwatch.com

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FireAtlas : ASP.NET AJAX debugging.

FireAtlas-ASP.NET AJAX FireAtlas is an extension to Firebug dedicated to ASP.NET AJAX debugging.

Still experimental this extension will provide you with useful services when developing ASP.NET AJAX web sites:

PageRequestManager events tracing
WebService calls tracing and inspection
Partial Update inspection within Firebug Net Panel
More to come!

Before download the latest version remember that you will need Firebug and Firefox.

This extension requires Firebug version 1.4X.0a27 and later.

You may download the Firebug standard version or Firebug with tracing enabled.

Platform support

FireAtlas has been designed using Firebug 1.4.0a. You may try to use Firebug 1.3 it has not been tested using this version.

Compatibility has been tested with Firefox 3.0 only. Please send us feedback if you experience issues newer versions.

More : FireAtlas Website

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Wolfram Alpha Versus Google, who is the winner?

Wolfram Alpha VS Google LONDON - Wolfram Alpha is a new search engine that could recast the way we use the website.

As a new competitor of Google, often compared to Google.

Since launch last week, the  millions website users want to try the ability of this new search engine.

Stephen Wolfram, creator of the website says this on the first 24 hours Wolfarm Alpha started life online, he has received 10,000 messages as feedback from our users.

"Feedback that they send a very useful and entertaining. They give a lot of advice for Wolfarm Alpha progress in the future," he said as quoted from the Telegraph, Tuesday (5/20/2009).

Some analysts trying to compare Wolfarm Alpha with Google's to know the importance in which ability is often compared between Google and Wolfarm.

Here are five Wolfarm Alpha comparison with Google:
1. Estimated weather
Wolfram Alpha: the present results are grid-style seem less visually satisfying as is done by Google. However Wolfarm Alpha presents the latest information about the temperature, conditions, wind speed and relative humidity. Even equipped with the same historical weather data that occurred on the same day in different years in the past.

Google: With as many as 4,340,000 search results, Google also provides a glimpse weather in particular regions with the temperature data and weather forecast three days future.

Which is better? for practical use, Google is winning in this case. Meanwhile, Wolfram Alpha has advantages in providing historical weather words.

2) What is 46 km per hour in a matter of feet per second?
Wolfram Alpha: Results from Wolfram tells that 46km per hour, equivalent to 41.92 feet per second. This information is very helpful to know the speed in meters per second, miles per minute even in knots.

Google: While Google can do many tasks and the conversion only with the 1.8 m in ft, for example, but Google should admit the benefits of Wolfarm Alpha in this case. If users want to get the answers questions such as this precisely through Google, must avoid the acronym. While Wolfarm Alpha can do this better.

3) Plot Ai(x)

Wolfram Alpha: When typing this sentence, analysts do not know the purpose this question. However, Wolfarm Alpha respond with a graph showing two believed that the sense of a genius mathematic owned by Wolfarm Alpha.

Google: What about Google? This search engine provides search results of 674,000 that is not useful. Fact, for this Wolfarm Alpha be more responsive and genius in responding to difficult questions such as this.

4) The characters in Star Wars
Wolfram Alpha: this search engine respond to questions with answers Spock-like, appears to be Wolfarm Alpha does not seem confident with the answers that result in a search engine.

Google: top results on Google showed the link to the Wikipedia page of a site that displays detail information of a characters in Star Wars. This adds the benefits of Google.

5) The highest mountain
Wolfram Alpha: In surprise, the results do not reveal anything on this search. Apparently an error occurred on the input language search bar. When replaced with a sentence that is correct, then Wolfarm Alpha search results display the five highest mountains. However, it can be seen that Wolfarm Alpha does not have the capacity in correction input language automatically.

Google: Instead, as predicted earlier, Google is more responsive. Google automatically presents a list of 100's highest mountain with the height data, the point coordinates, and completeness of data supporting the other more comprehensive.

Visit: Wolfram Alpha and Google.com

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Windows 7 Superbar for Vista

Windows 7 Superbar for Vista This is my modyfication Windows 7 superbar theme for Windows Vista

Theme work on Vista x32 / x64 SP1 and SP2 RC , SP2 RTM
Thanks for mufflerexoz and giannisgx89

UPDATE 20.05.2009

Disable tooltip and infotip from taskbar icons !
UPDATE 14.05.2009

update start button
update icon animation on quick launch
update wallpaper

Run Theme patcher
Install invisible1.ttf font ( right click on font and install )
Enable large icons on taskbar ( right click on quick launch , unlock , set view to large icons ) and import this registry
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]

next copy theme to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes and change settings to this theme

The package contains:
Theme patcher for Windows Vista SP1/SP2/RC/RTM x32/x64
Icon style registry key
Font file : invisible1.ttf
Windows 7 SuperBar Theme

BEST Theme patcher !!! Work with Vista SP2 x64 RTM

Download : http://alazifart.deviantart.com/

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Is That TV on Your iPhone

Watch TV on iPhone 3G Want to watch hundreds of TV channels overseas? MTV, ESPN, CNN, NBC and other our favorites channels, now it can be enjoyed through the iPhone 3G.

You bet it is. When connected to a Slingbox SOLO, PRO, or PRO-HD, this award winning app will play anything you can see on your TV at home on your iPhone or iPod touch. Change channels, control your DVR and watch your favorite shows right on your phone. And best of all, there are no monthly fees. We really think this app is one of the best reasons to own a Slingbox – a seamless, high quality experience that shows off the magic of Sling technology and the iPhone. This app is restricted to Wi-Fi only at Apple's request.

Sling Media to use the Internet to do video streaming, and send them on a 'box' of the recipient named Sling box. By using Wi-Fi connection from the Sling box, then we’ll be able to access hundreds of our favorite channel in our iPhone 3G.

If interested to buy this application, iPhone users have to grope for pocket U.S. $ 30 USD.

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Street View under fire in Japan

Google's Street View service suffered a second blow this week after numerous complaints in Japan forced the firm to start reshooting all the photos.

Cameras attached to the Street View car were "too high" for Japanese buildings, allowing them to see over walls into private areas.

Google said it would lower the cameras on its cars by 40cm (16in).

On 12 May, Greece's data protection agency ordered Google to stop filming because of privacy concerns.

In a statement, Google said it would make "locally appropriate modifications to ensure a better user experience".

"We have lowered the height of the camera due to the unique characteristics of many Japanese roads; they tend to be narrow, without pavements and driveways, and houses are built close to the street," the statement said.

"We think the new camera height allows us to get a high-quality image of the street while respecting the privacy of homeowners."

The Street View service covers 12 cities in Japan, including Tokyo and Osaka.


First launched in the US two years ago, Street View now covers nine countries including the United Kingdom, and Google wants to expand the service to cover all of Europe.

Users zoom in to a location in Google Maps, and then drag the "Pegman" icon above the zoom bar on to a given street.

A picture of that street appears, which users can control to get a 360-degree view of the area or to progress on street level, throughout the city.

Google says the service shows only imagery already visible from public thoroughfares.

However, it has come in for criticism from some quarters, being accused of an invasion of privacy.

Earlier this week, Greece's data protection agency banned Google from expanding its Street View service in the country, pending "additional information" from the firm.

Authorities want to know how long the images will be kept on Google's database and what measures it will take to make people aware of privacy rights.

In the UK, residents near Milton Keynes blocked the driver of a Google Street View car in April when he started taking photographs of their homes saying the service was "facilitating crime".

The Pentagon has also banned Google from filming near or inside its military bases, saying it posed a "potential threat" to security.

Source : BBC

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download Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview

Thus far, our thirst for new stuff to rip to bits has been kept quenched by Windows 7, and now that there won’t be anything really new with Windows 7 builds except for under the hood bug fixes and performance improvements here and there.

It seems that there will be another widely used Microsoft product to keep us occupied: Microsoft Office 2010, also known as Microsoft Office 14.

Build 14.0.4006.1010, which is a technical preview, has seeped its way onto the internet, and it may be found at the torrent links at the bottom of this article. Office 2010 is confirmed to ship in both x64 and x86 flavors, and both have leaked.

Keep your eyes out on GeekSmack for a screenshot gallery and an overview of all the new and exciting things in Office 2010, and I’d like to thank community member Panda X for the tip!

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview x86
Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview x64

source: geeksmack.net

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Download Windows 7 Build 7127

When downloading leaked builds, always check the hashes to ensure that you have an image that has not been tampered with. Recently, attackers pushed out fake copies of Windows 7 RC on Bittorrent to build their botnet.

You can check the MD5 hash of an image by using MD5Checker (download here). The hashes are as follows:

Windows 7 Build 7127 x86 (32-bit):

MD5 4045CB2A8E50B65ED9E1C2B8D6026B2F
SHA1 F2D615E674B64053D299CFA5E80B777269F0DFF2
CRC-32 F691687F

Windows 7 Build 7127 x64 (64-bit):

MD5 F805A6595DDC6D12956588BB0F1B9B83
SHA1 9BEB69BE3C2D113ECEB944145951A2123FBBBBF8
CRC-32 460FAD4E
Windows 7 Build 7127 32-bit
Windows 7 Build 7127 32-bit
Windows 7 Build 7127 64-bit
Windows 7 Build 7127 64-bit

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Download : new version of AJAX Control Toolkit

The AJAX Control Toolkit provides server and client side functionality that developers can quickly integrate to AJAX enable their Web applications. The ASP.NET team has just released a new version of AJAX Control Toolkit including three new controls HTMLEditor, ColorPicker, and ComboBox.

HTML Editor Control

The HTMLEditor control includes options for changing font size, selecting a font, changing background color, modifying the foreground color, adding links, adding images, changing text alignment, and performing cut, copy, and paste operations

Color Picker Control

The ColorPicker control extender displays a popup dialog that enables you to select a color. The ColorPicker is useful whenever you want to provide an intuitive user interface for a user to pick a color.

Combo Box Control

The ComboBox control works like a combination between a standard ASP.NET DropDownList control and a TextBox control. You can either select from a pre-existing list of items or enter a new item.

Links to Resources

· To learn more or to download you can visit the ASP.NET AJAX page: http://www.asp.net/ajax/#3

· For samples or to see the controls live you can visit: http://www.asp.net/ajax/AjaxControlToolkit/Samples/Default.aspx

· We even have added new videos and tutorials from Joe Stagner and Stephen Walther



· If you run into issues and need help you can post questions on the AJAX Control Toolkit forum http://forums.asp.net/1022.aspx

· To submit feedback on the AJAX Control Toolkit visit our Codeplex page: http://ajaxcontroltoolkit.codeplex.com/

Going forward you will see many more such additions and improvements to the AJAX Control Toolkit.

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 expected as soon as next week

One of the biggest questions at Microsoft’s TechEd conference this week — other than the whereabouts of popular speaker and former Microsoft security expert Steve Riley — is where is the beta of Visual Studio 2010.

A number of TechEd attendees have tweeted that they’ve been eagerly awaiting information on the beta of Microsoft’s next version of its development suite, but to no avail.
It sounds from a couple of my tipsters that the Beta 1 releases of VS2010 and .Net 4 are both likely to be made available for download sometime over the next couple of weeks, and possibly as soon as the week of May 18.
Microsoft officials already have outlined broadly some of the new functionality expected in the VS2010 release, a product which many are expecting to ship in final form before the end of 2009. At TechEd this week, a few attendees mentioned additional specifics, such as the fact that Microsoft’s concurrent-programming language F# will ship in the VS2010 box, while Iron Python will “ship out of band, like F# does now.”
Another tweeter noted that the “Sharepoint TFS (Team Foundation Server) integration in VS2010 looks cool,” but developers will need an upgrade tool to move old 2008 projects into new templates.

source: blogs.zdnet.com

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Google unveils new tools

Google has announced a new application it hopes will make internet searches more relevant. The Google Search options will let users sort their results in several new ways to narrow their search down.

These include showing only pages with a certain type of content, those organized by date or time and graphical searches.

There is also a 'related searches' option. This feature suggests other possibilities that could aid searches. A 'Wonder Wheel' uses graphics to show people how related topics are clustered together.

Google Search options could prove particularly helpful for searches that are hard to express with keywords (such as 'Show me discussions about the Oscars in forums') or when you want to explore topics more broadly or refine them.

The tool will be available immediately so that when a user inputs search terms into the search box, there will be a 'show options' link.

Despite being the most popular search engine in the UK, the web giant said it could not afford to take anything for granted and has more new tools on the way.

Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice-president of products, said: "The race in search is far from over and innovation and continued improvement is absolutely pivotal. "

There are three new products in the pipeline worth watching out for. Rich Snippets will give additional information about the content of suggested website links. For example, a restaurant review may include menu prices.

Google Squared, which is expected to be made publicly available in a month or so, takes information from the web and displays in a spreadsheet. For example, a query for a small dog typed into the search box will bring up a table showing photos of various dogs, their origin, weight and height.

And the company also wants to reach out to the stars with Skymap. This application is for mobile phones using the Android operating system. By using a smartphone's GPS capabilities it will display the constellations and show the person where they are standing and which way they are pointing.

Source : vnunet.com

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Final Fantasy XIII Is the Most Wanted Game for the PlayStation 3

The biggest announcement at the 2008 edition of the E3 trade show was that Microsoft had persuaded Square Enix to also bring Final Fantasy XIII to the Xbox 360. But the Japanese role playing game is still more interesting to those who plan to play it on the PlayStation 3, according to data compiled by research group OTX.

The data provided to Gamesutra shows which are the most wanted 20 videogames for the Sony made home gaming console. The chart was compiled during March and April, with about 1,000 gamers questioned.

God of War III, which is created by Sony Computer Entertainment Santa Monica, is in second place, with Madden NFL 10 from EA Sports being third in the most wanted chart. Assassin's Creed 2 from Ubisoft and Modern Warfare 2 from Infinity Ward complete the top five.

Tekken 6, from Namco Bandai, is sixth, followed by X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is now out for all those who are interested in playing it. Uncharted 2 is also appealing to PS3 gamers, although its position is rather low, considering that it is an exclusive for the Sony platform. The new Need For Speed is at number nine, while Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time is at number ten.

The other half of the chart is made up off BioShock 2; Batman: Arkham Asylum; Fight Night Round 4; NCAA Football 10; Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10; Ghostbusters: The Video Game; Infamous; Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: Fusion; Half-Life 2: Episode Three; UFC 2009 Undisputed.

It's interesting to see that the list is rather similar to that compiled by OTX for the Xbox 360. Infamous, which sits at number 17 in the most wanted chart, is the only new intellectual property that is interesting to gamers. There are no new IPs in the Xbox 360 chart.

Source : Softpedia.com

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Download Office 2007 Service Pack 2: Support ODF & PDF

The Microsoft finally issued a Service Pack 2 on Tuesday to package Office 2007 applications through a variety of sources download is in the network or site. Office 2007 users throughout the world have been awaiting the release of the second update package is promised there is an increase of the functionality, performance, and stability.

An interesting update of this time Microsoft is finally enter the ODF (Open Document Format) format and PDF (Portable Document Format), of course this will add full support for the document file format that can be opened by Office 2007 applications.

By installing this Service Pack 2 into your Office 2007 then you can open / read, and create / write and save documents in ODF and PDF format without needing additional plugins or applications that support the format as ex OpenOffice. ODF format itself consists of three types, namely odt (Open Document Text), ods (Open Document Spreadsheet), and ODP (Open Document Presentations). This format is supported completely full by Microsoft so you can set ODF as the standard so that every time you save a document through the applications Word, Excel and Powerpoint in Office 2007.

You can view a list of improvements, changes and improvements brought by Service Pack 2 for each application in Office 2007 package to download the complete document in this form of Excel.

If your Office 2007 users, to get this update can be easily through Windows Update - Automatic Update (around 28 July) that will help you download and install a package the size of the total 290 MB. If you do not want to activate Windows Update, please download the package directly through the Microsoft Download Center site The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Link to download Office 2007 SP2's Download.com site.

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1st fix for Windows 7 RC 32bit

A folder that is created under the root of the system drive is missing entries in its security descriptor, which may cause some application failures on the English version of Windows 7 Release Candidate 32-bit Ultimate

In the English version of Windows 7 Release Candidate (build 7100) 32-bit Ultimate, the folder that is created as the root folder of the system drive (%SystemDrive%) is missing entries in its security descriptor. One effect of this problem is that standard users such as non-administrators cannot perform all operations to subfolders that are created directly under the root. Therefore, applications that reference folders under the root may not install successfully or may not uninstall successfully. Additionally, operations or applications that reference these folders may fail.
For example, if a folder is created under the root of the system drive from an elevated command prompt, this folder will not correctly inherit permissions from the root of the drive. Therefore, some specific operations, such as deleting the folder, will fail when they are performed from a non-elevated command prompt. Additionally, the following error message appears when the operation fails:
Access is denied.
Furthermore, the missing security descriptor entries protect non-admin file operations directly under the root.

source: bink.nu

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Mozilla and Opera still unhappy about Windows 7

Microsoft has a history of strategically monopolizing the browser sector in the computing world, among others. Presumably in keeping with recent antitrust action against the corporation from the European Commission, as previously reported, their latest OS, Windows 7, is featuring a first-time option to all but completely remove Internet Explorer, meaning a couple of clicks and a restart and your browser of choice will always be opened by default.

Apparently Mozilla -- makers of the ever-popular Firefox -- and Opera are not satisfied, however, still maintaining IE is given an unfair advantage due to it being the included browser by default. Mozilla's chairperson Mitchell Baker explains:

"Our initial review suggests this is a blatant use of the Windows operating system to change the market dynamics of browser usage. What we've seen so far is a clear example of why and how Microsoft's Windows monopoly damages competition in related products."

Opera were the ones who complained to the Commission over Microsoft's anti-competitive tactics, leading to a provisional finding against them. Their chief technology officer Hakon Wium Lie says they'd like to clear the air:

"This issue highlights the problem with the browser market. It's certainly something we would want to discuss."

Microsoft has stated the software, newly in the release candidate stage and previously in beta, was "only a test version aimed at a limited audience of experienced computer users" and the final experience will be different.

The proposed solution is to offer rival browsers as well as IE. Should this come to fruition, our suggestion, specifically (which is not to say this isn't asking too much), would be to offer a choice upon first installation, featuring a concise "preview" of each browser, instead of having three or more installed by default.

We look forward to seeing how this situation turns out in the final version of Windows 7; some headway should be made on June 3 following a meeting in Brussels.

In the meantime, what are your opinions? Are Mozilla and Opera's demands reasonable?

Source : Neoseeker

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Windows 7 RC API Code Pack for .NET Framework

Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework is designed to permit developers to access a range of features associated with the next iteration of Windows that are not available in .NET Framework, in managed code.

Essentially, the package contains the source code library for features implemented in Windows 7, and even in Windows Vista. Version 0.85 of Windows 7 RC API Code Pack for .NET Framework went live following the availability of the first and only Release Candidate of Windows 7, which was served to MSDN and TechNet subscribers on April 30 and to the public on May 5.
“As a part of the Windows 7 RC release wave, the Windows SDK team has released the “Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework (v0.85)”. What is this code pack you may ask? This .NET source code supports new Windows 7 light-up developer features including the following: Shell features, Direct 3D 11.0, and Sensor Platform APIs,” revealed Gavin Gear, program manager at Microsoft for Windows SideShow.
The current release of the library is tailored to Windows 7 RC Build 7100. However, this does not mean that developers won't be able to use the release with Windows 7's precursors. Among the features made available with version 0.85, Microsoft enumerated: Windows 7 Task Dialogs; Windows 7 Explorer Browser Control supporting both WPF and Windows Forms; Helpers for Windows 7 Taskbar Jumplists, Icon Overlay and Progress bar; support for Windows Vista and Windows 7 common file dialogs; Support for Direct3D 11.0 and DXGI 1.0/1.1 APIs; Sensor Platform APIs; and Extended Linguistic Services APIs.
“This is a preview release, so it may change between now and RTM, but it does enable you to code against these features with your favorite .NET language for Windows 7. The sensor API code even includes samples (For accelerometer and light sensor) that show off the capabilities of the Windows 7 Sensor Development Kit hardware,” Gear added.

source: news.softpedia.com

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Download Windows Server 2008 with SP2 RTM ISO

Windows Server 2008 shares the aforementioned cipher abject with Windows Vista, and that explains why a individual Service Pack 2 (SP2) is appear for both operating system.

With the RTM of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 adaptation 6.0.6002.18005, the Windows Server 2008 with SP2 slipstreamed or chip DVD ISO images are as well been able by Microsoft.

People who wants to install WS2008 in apple-pie accompaniment from beginning blemish can download the accession ISO application BT network.

Download Windows Server 2008 Standard with SP2 RTM

32-bit (x86) English Volume Licensing Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.2008.WITH.SP2.X86.RTM.VOLUME.ENGLISH.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_x86fre_Server_en-us_VL-KRTMSVOL_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,032,248,832 byte
SHA1: 49D0D6917C1256FE81048D414FA473BBC76A8724
MD5: B9201AEB6EEF04A3C573D036A8780BDF
CRC: 18243291

32-bit (x86) English Retail Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.2008.WITH.SP2.X86.RTM.RETAIL.ENGLISH.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_x86fre_Server_en-us-KRTMSFRE_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2032181248 byte
SHA1: F732C5E031C07C5A20E501DC3ECFCB6F414E4750
MD5: A571251133FB485A0953CF8E40B692AE

64-bit (x64) English Volume License Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.2008.WITH.SP2.X64.RTM.VOLUME.ENGLISH.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_amd64fre_Server_en-us_VL-KRTMSXVOL_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2755887104 byte
SHA1: 34C7D726C57B0F8B19BA3B40D1B4044C15FC2029
MD5: E94943EF484035B3288D8DB69599A6B5

64-bit (x64) English Retail Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.2008.WITH.SP2.X64.RTM.RETAIL.ENGLISH.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_amd64fre_Server_en-us-KRTMSXFRE_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2752997376 byte
SHA1: 50791CF02B94D04A4D551D841F50F9D4B6006CED
MD5: 088F29CD4819DF8DC5D08ECC7E452693

32-bit (x86) Russian Volume Licensing Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.2008.WITH.SP2.X86.RTM.VOLUME.RUSSIAN.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_x86fre_Server_ru-ru_VL-KRTMSVOL_RU_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,125,342,720 byte
SHA1: 3AD66DEFDF9C0418388A0527A1C77196B5C3EC76
MD5: 3A707BA5BACDA8D158E67E732145D1E7

32bit (x86) Russian Retail Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.2008.WITH.SP2.X86.RTM.RETAIL.RUSSIAN.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_x86fre_Server_ru-ru-KRTMSFRE_RU_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,125,228,032 byte
SHA1: 37B8D7419CD2BDB288AEB31AB7FBA62FF255E5A7
MD5: 3824610DE00FFF37AF01716406E0EEE7

BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_amd64fre_Server_ru-ru_VL-KRTMSXVOL_RU_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,597,382,144 byte
SHA1: 8D84360B79301453557065CB645C779224F6F782
MD5: 63C0231761336977154EE981BE7B93CE
CRC: 2138BCD8

64-bit (x64) Russian Retail Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.2008.WITH.SP2.X64.RTM.RETAIL.RUSSIAN.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_amd64fre_Server_ru-ru-KRTMSXFRE_RU_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,896,330,752 byte
SHA1: BD42ABF4A0D9A74AB7509A8E398B6B5686CD20F0
MD5: E57B2B5F4A7661D17D59531EAE3508F4
CRC: DEA35018

Download Windows Server 2008 Enterprise with SP2 RTM

BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
SIZE: 2,597,382,144 byte
SHA1: 690A50FC19F89C19598F8D4E777C263673A2C842
MD5: 0EA58BF4A2718CE98EAAEC7F32124066
CRC: 24A28293

BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
SIZE: 2,596,847,616 byte
SHA1: 00EE1956E29F5B515F6D2807EF03D66A6DADC467
MD5: 4BDBDDF9B557F5A2A392D102F7E6378A

Download Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V with SP2 RTM

32-bit (x86) English Volume Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.V.2008.WITH.SP2.X86.RTM.VOLUME.ENGLISH.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_x86fre_ServerV_en-us_vl-KRTMSWOHVOL_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,033,383,424 byte
SHA1: 7002031C61008F31D22E483224FA980B27159B42
MD5: E0815782B2694D15CA8DE22E64030E16

32-bit (x86) English Retail Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.V.2008.WITH.SP2.X86.RTM.RETAIL.ENGLISH.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_x86fre_ServerV_en-us-KRTMSWOH_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,033,321,984 byte
SHA1: 0B2245161E6049C765143A5E8CC630B491F95501
MD5: A75A6C8716B65FE32A53D49CB13B97CE

BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_amd64fre_ServerV_en-us_vl-KRTMSxWOHVOL_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,727,526,400 byte
SHA1: 8B0F5C7D3D0113B9AAA384C341A5AE70D90C6226
MD5: 7B4D642F266D4FD7723202FA9049C4A9

64-bit (x64) English Retail Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.V.2008.WITH.SP2.X64.RTM.RETAIL.ENGLISH.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_amd64fre_ServerV_en-us-KRTMSXWOH_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,724,667,392 byte
SHA1: B438C3D4BC0D4F0C159C7BB3ADF4FF2D748C9FC3
MD5: B72CD0C42B1073FAAD5AE9285DC2D7F0
CRC: 786D9D69

32-bit (x86) Russian Volume Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.V.2008.WITH.SP2.X86.RTM.VOLUME.RUSSIAN.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_x86fre_ServerV_ru-ru_vl-KRTMSWOHVOL_RU_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,125,789,184 byte
SHA1: C764E2CA15033B5A2F3549F073701E54E0D60D61
MD5: 4147730AFCB6BEC652A8385A717F02FE
CRC: 813624A5

64-bit (x64) Russian Volume Licensing Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.V.2008.WITH.SP2.X64.RTM.VOLUME.RUSSIAN.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_amd64fre_ServerV_ru-ru_vl-KRTMSxWOHVOL_RU_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,859,972,608 byte
SHA1: 569C410787571532483DB106342B1772A0C4B8AC
MD5: 6F5A358B37E4A1DC2A1DB3084B286886
CRC: A2396920

Download Windows Web Server 2008 with SP2 RTM

BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_x86fre_ServerWeb_en-us_VL-KRTMWVOL_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 1,785,407,488 byte
SHA1: 376088DF34C5AB91F2146EE2436A3906A5586E36
MD5: C052F14B8F4746803D3043B87F1C59AA
CRC: 1BE55F83

32bit (x32) English Retail Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.2008.WEB.WITH.SP2.X86.RTM.RETAIL.ENGLISH.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_x86fre_ServerWeb_en-us-KRTMWFRE_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 1,785,380,864 byte
SHA1: A4754AC2CF9C406AAE17D5E24A7A1C0331204F64
MD5: ECF26236C62377480885D2C55CC2FB1E
CRC: AD673031

64-bit (x64) English Volume Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.WEB.2008.WITH.SP2.X64.RTM.VOLUME.ENGLISH.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_amd64fre_ServerWeb_en-us_VL-KRTMWXVOL_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,424,758,272 byte
SHA1: 755D2776F18566F2C1206137F3613A6770912C89
CRC: F8548EC2

64-bit (x64) English Retail Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.WEB.2008.WITH.SP2.X64.RTM.RETAIL.ENGLISH.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_amd64fre_ServerWeb_en-us-KRTMWXFRE_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,423,844,864 byte
SHA1: 26A56A5F1A4CE7536FFAB5B087D65097F781B5D3
MD5: 46680ED1142EEB39CE58186A824586DF
CRC: 4A931337

BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_x86fre_ServerWeb_ru-ru_VL-KRTMWVOL_RU_DVD.iso
SIZE: 1,793,474,560 byte
SHA1: 6148B1E6735BF5248A30CED1A32A063399DFD06D
MD5: 5260BDAC205441254E2C5CDA17BBD930
CRC: AD73170D

32-bit (x86) Russian Retail Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.2008.WEB.WITH.SP2.X86.RTM.RETAIL.RUSSIAN.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_x86fre_ServerWeb_ru-ru-KRTMWFRE_RU_DVD.iso
SIZE: 1,793,445,888 byte
SHA1: D4F8E8497094237CB0F3EDFC5CE0BC40F0566D8F
MD5: 0A182969F416F521DB323CC002A3B56A

BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_amd64fre_ServerWeb_ru-ru_VL-KRTMWXVOL_RU_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,436,747,264 byte
SHA1: 3E0D10258C6549846A97D944718A7A4EA7DB51D3
MD5: 99F6482BB5FED81212A4266FCF6504B7
CRC: 794C89FE

64-bit (x64) Russian Retail Edition: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.SERVER.WEB.2008.WITH.SP2.X64.RTM.RETAIL.RUSSIAN.DVD-WZTiSO.torrent
BUILD: 6002.18005.090410-1830
FILE: 6002.18005.090410-1830_amd64fre_ServerWeb_ru-ru-KRTMWXFRE_RU_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,436,743,168 byte
SHA1: 7324BE895A21E0172354D16B22A351CAD60B71D3
MD5: 7B11E286FA61FA13D17376AA9FCB55F6

The Language Interface Packs (LIP) for Windows Server 2008 SP2 are also available for download. If you’re a student, or with a little trick, it’s possible to get a free licensed product key for Windows Server 2008 from Microsoft DreamSpark program.


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Old Japanese maps on Google Earth unveil secrets

Government of Japan angry due to a service owned by Google, Google Earth. In one collection, Google Earth detail reveals the location of the existence of caste in Japan that actually has been eliminated.

Caste system living in the era of feudal rule in SHOGUN and they apply the rules with a very loud.

With their presence a secret location, Japan is not likely to want to have discrimination in the community. Through the Department of Justice, Japan to shake on Google.

As a response, Google issued a formal statement to this case. Quoted from CNBC on Monday (5/4/2009), Google said, "We really put the attention on the big issues of human rights and did not aim to break it".

Now a map of old Japan was repaired by Google, as well as a reference point in the village Buraku, the lowest caste isolated by Japan because of their lifestyle that are associated with mortality.

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How 10 Iconic Tech Products Got Their Names?

Coming up with a great technology product or service is only half the battle these days. Creating a name for said product that is at once cool but not too cool or exclusionary, marketable to both early adopters and a broader audience, and, of course, isn't already in use and protected by various trademarks and copyright laws is difficult—to say the least.

The makers of these 10 tech products—the iPod, BlackBerry, Firefox, Twitter, Windows 7, ThinkPad, Android, Wikipedia, Mac OS X and the "Big Cats," and Red Hat Linux—all have displayed certain amounts marketing savvy, common sense and fun-loving spirit in settling on their products' names. Here are the intriguing, surprising and sometimes predictable accounts of their creation.

iPod: 'Open the pod bay door, Hal'

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During Apple's MP3 player development, Steve Jobs spoke of Apple's strategy: the Mac as a hub to other gadgets. Vinnie Chieco, a freelance copywriter Apple hired to help name the gadget before its debut in 2001, fixed on that idea, according to Wired. He brainstormed hubs of all kinds, eventually coming to the concept of a spaceship. You could leave it, but you'd have to return to refuel. The stark plastic front of the prototype inspired the final connection: pod, a la 2001. Add an "i" and the connection to the iMac was complete.

BlackBerry: Sweet Addictiveness

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Canada's Research in Motion called on Lexicon Branding to help name its new wireless e-mail device in 2001. The consultancy pushed RIM founders away from the word "e-mail," which research shows can raise blood pressure. Instead, they looked for a name that would evoke joy and somehow give feelings of peace. After someone made the connection that the small buttons on the device resembled a bunch of seeds, Lexicon's team explored names like strawberry, melon and various vegetables before settling on blackberry—a word both pleasing and which evoked the black color of the device.

Firefox: Second Time's a Charm

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Choosing a name that evokes a product's essence and is available can be quite complicated, as the Mozilla folks found out. The early version of Mozilla's browser was called Firebird, but due to another open-source project with the same name, the Mozilla elders renamed their browser Firefox, which is another name for red panda. Why? "It's easy to remember. It sounds good. It's unique. We like it," they said. Best of all? Nobody else was using it.

Twitter: Connecting the Digital Flock 140 Characters at a Time

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When cofounder Biz Stone saw the application that Jack Dorsey created in 2006 he was reminded of the way birds communicate: "Short bursts of information...Everyone is chirping, having a good time." In response, Stone came up with "twttr," and the group eventually added some vowels. It's hard to think of a more evocative name in the tech world than twitter, but what began as what Stone described as "trivial" bursts of communication developed into a powerful means of networking, breaking news, and a forum for the 44th U.S. president's campaign.

Windows 7: Counting on the Power of 7

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While Microsoft's next OS has kind of a "ho-hum" name, one has only to look at what happened with the most recent Windows release to understand why Microsoft might have gone back to a tried-and-true naming philosophy: Vista? Ouch. Windows 95 and XP? Those have done much better. Microsoft's Mike Nash announced the name this way: "Simply put, this is the seventh release of Windows, so therefore 'Windows 7' just makes sense." We're betting that Microsoft execs are hoping that number 7 will deliver on its promise of luck—they could sure use a win after Vista.

ThinkPad: Simplicity Wins Out

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The venerable line of PC notebooks rolled onto the scene in 1992. While the concept was spot on, there was turmoil at IBM as to what to call it. IBM's pen-computing group wanted to keep it simple; they liked ThinkPad. But IBM's corporate naming committee didn't—it didn't have a number, and every IBM product had to have a number, and how would ThinkPad translate into other languages? Due to the chutzpah of the IBMer who unveiled it, ThinkPad won out, and it was a huge hit for IBM, which eventually sold it to Lenovo in 2005.

Android: Secretive, But Still Not Exciting

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You'd think the story behind the naming of the Open Handset Alliance's new open-source platform for mobile devices, which includes the brand-new G1 loaded with Google's goodies, would be cool. But, uh, not so much. Back in 2005, Google quietly acquired a mysterious startup named Android Inc., which had been operating under "a cloak of secrecy" on "making software for mobile phones," reported Businessweek. The result of all Google's secrecy and Internet hype was the debut of T-Mobile's G1 on Oct. 22, 2008.

Wikipedia: Just What It Sounds Like

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According to Wikipedia, the name Wikipedia is a portmanteau of wiki (a technology for creating collaborative Web sites) and encyclopedia (you remember, those large books that, as kids, we ruthlessly plagiarized for school book reports). FYI, a portmanteau is a fancy way of saying that we're going to take two words, jam them together, and (hopefully) create a new concept that people will love. So far, so good. In an illustration of the axiom, "the more things change, the more they stay the same," kids and adults now ruthlessly plagiarize Wikipedia instead of encyclopedias.

Mac OS X and 'The Big Cats': Catlike Sleekness and Style

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Apple's popular Mac operating system X actually denotes the Roman numeral for 10, since it is the OS's tenth release, following Mac OS 9. To the ire of Apple fanboys, many people do refer to it as the letter "X." More interesting have been the "big cat" code names assigned to each succeeding X release that have stuck with Apple's marketing: Cheetah (10.0), Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, and the current kitty, Leopard. Snow Leopard has been assigned for the 10.6 release, with rumors that Lynx and Cougar are in the works.

Red Hat Linux: A Name Rich with Meaning

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Cofounder Bob Young (pictured) has given multidimensional origins of the red fedora name:

1. It was named after red, which in Western history is "the symbol of liberation and challenge of authority." 2. Cofounder Marc Ewing wore his grandfather's red Cornell lacrosse hat in college and became known for his tech expertise—those with problems went to see the guy in the red hat. 3. Ewing named his software projects Red Hat 1, Red Hat 2 and so on. "So, when he started his Linux project, he just named it Red Hat Linux," Young said. All righty then!

Source : PCWorld

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