WinInfo Short Takes: Week of November 27

An irreverent look at some of the week's other news

No WinInfo Thursday and Friday
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday here in America, we won't be publishing WinInfo Daily UPDATE Thursday and Friday this week. But if anything important happens over the weekend, I'll be publishing updates as required to the WinInfo Web site. So since this is the end of the week, so to speak, here's a shortened, weekly dose of Short Takes. Remember folks, it's all in good fun. And have a great Thanksgiving, if you're into that kind of thing.

I hacked Microsoft's network and all I got was this lousy source code
You gotta love the Internet: Apparently the latest in geek garb is a t-shirt with the line, "I hacked Microsoft's network and all I got was this lousy source code." It's perfect for mugs and mouse-pads too.

Welcome back, Borland
After changing its name to Inprise in 1998, Borland lost some of that magical identity it had, and apparently the company has seen the light: Inprise, which went by the name Inprise/Borland most of the time anyway, will be switching its name back to Borland as soon as possible. Hopefully, the name change won't affect the wonderful infinite loop index items that made its programming manuals so much fun.

Dangerous new virus makes the rounds
After my last disastrous attempt at quoting Shakespeare in WinInfo, I'll simply forgo the obvious and note that there's a new virus around by the name of "Romeo and Juliet" that takes advantage of a vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook. No surprise there, of course, but Romeo and Juliet, which is also known as W32/[email protected] or simply "Bleblam" to close friends, can wipe out systems in a manner similar to the Love Bug from earlier this year. So if you've got a message with the text, "ble bla, bee", "I Love You", "sorry... Hey you !", "Matrix has you..." or "my picture from shake-beer", make sure your virus definitions are up-to-date. You are using anti-virus software, right?

Comparing the Whistler UI with GNOME and KDE
Jeff Field of NewsForge has written an interesting article comparing the user interface in Whistler, the next version of Windows 2000, with the leading Linux UIs, GNOME and KDE. If you're not familiar with Linux yet, the open source OS has some compelling features that won't be found in Windows any time soon, including easily-accessed multiple desktops, fine-grained configuration options, and an amazing Internet-based system update. And while the Linux UIs have obviously stolen a few ideas from Windows, its high-time Redmond returned the favor. Check out Jeff's article for more information

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