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March, 2005

  • Cable DVRs and Competition

    I’ve been a DVR user since around the year 2000 when I purchased a ReplayTV (then sold by SonicBlue). A couple of years later its disk was too small for the programs all I was recording and it lacked some of the features available newer DVRs, like broadband...
  • Polling and MSN Desktop Search

    One thing I do regularly is run Filemon and Regmon to identify poorly written software. In the context of these tools a poorly written application is one that polls (repeatedly queries) the file system or Registry for changes. Polling is undesirable because...
  • MSN Desktop Search Bugs

    Yesterday I discovered a bug in MSN Desktop Search (MDS) and its Outlook integration. I would enter a search term in the MDS toolbar in Outlook and the resulting Explorer window (someone pointed out that MDS uses an Explorer shell extension to display...
  • Updated RootkitRevealer

    Yesterday we released RootkitRevealer v1.30. This release is in direct response to Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS) discovering actual installations of the Hacker Defender rootkit on customer systems that target RootkitRevealer. RootkitRevealer...
  • More on MSN Desktop Search

    I've been using MSN Desktop Search (MDS) for several days now and overall am happy with it. Since I'm using Outlook and Office I don't have a problem with its lack of support for some non-MS technologies. Its search is fast, though the results aren't...
  • MSN Desktop Search

    I haven't blogged the last couple of days because I both wanted my desktop search testing to progress before reporting back, and because I've just finished an article on rootkits for Windows IT Pro Magazine's June issue. If you’re not familiar with rootkits...
  • More on Google Desktop

    Someone wrote in to tell me that Google has a FAQ that addresses my incomplete search issue: http://desktop.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=12764&query=5000&topic=0&type=f What good is a partial search of my documents, especially when...
  • Google Desktop

    Welcome to my first blog posting! I installed Google desktop a few days ago and have had a pretty lackluster experience with it so far. After it finished indexing my system (which has over 250,000 files), I decided to try sample searches. I was encouraged...