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* LEAKED LONGHORN BUILD SHOWS LITTLE PROGRESS
A newly leaked build of Longhorn, the next Windows desktop version, shows little progress over previous builds I've evaluated, suggesting that the product is still many months away from completion. Longhorn build 4008 mysteriously showed up on Usenet on February 28, sending enthusiasts scrambling to download the prerelease code. Delivered in ISO form, the Longhorn build can upgrade an existing Windows XP installation or be installed from scratch in its own partition.
One advance in build 4008 is a setup routine that lets you install the product in less than 20 minutes with only one reboot--a major improvement over XP or Windows 2000, which generally take 45 minutes to an hour to install. How Microsoft achieved such a speedy installation time is unclear, but many previously configurable options are missing.
The basic Longhorn UI has changed little from previous builds, and build 4008 still uses the ugly and temporary "Plex" visual style. However, Plex is a placeholder and will be replaced by a visually stunning new UI. Missing in this build is Windows Future Storage (WinFS), the Microsoft SQL Server "Yukon"-based file system, although interesting improvements to search and file-display filtering perhaps hint at functionality to come.
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* TIP: DISABLING EFS IN XP AND WIN2K (contributed by David Chernicoff, [email protected])
A reader who supports traveling users dropped me a line to ask whether he could stop these casually connected users from using Encrypting File System (EFS) in Windows XP and Windows 2000 to encrypt files and folders on their computers. A slight change to the registry can disable this OS feature. Take the following steps:
1. Launch regedit.
2. Open the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\EFS registry subkey.
3. Create a subkey of type REG_DWORD and name it EfsConfiguration.
4. Set the data value to 1.
5. Exit the registry editor.
6. Reboot Windows.
* FEATURED THREAD: INTERNET EXPLORER SERVICE PACKS AND HOTFIXES
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(contributed by Sue Cooper, [email protected]
* CONTROL TWO COMPUTERS FROM ONE CONSOLE
Belkin introduced the OmniView 2-Port KVM Switch with Built-In Cabling, which lets you control two PS/2 computers from one console. Features include PS/2 mouse and keyboard emulation for smooth booting and operation, and hot-key keyboard commands. Built-in 8-foot coaxial VGA cabling supports video resolution of as much as 2048 x 1536. The OmniView 2-Port KVM Switch supports Windows, DOS, Linux, and Novell NetWare OSs. Pricing is $49.99. Contact Belkin at [email protected] or Belkin's Web site. http://www.belkin.com
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