Friday, February 22, 2008

Tech Check for 22 Feb: Vista SP1 Leaked, Frozen Decryption,

Microsoft creates Service Pack Confusion, encryption gets bit by frost and a Northwest company makes a purchase on Tech Check for 22 Feb 2008.

When Microsoft announced it had finished the service pack update for its Windows Vista operating system -- but that users wouldn't see it for over a month -- confusion set in. Add to the rather mysterious launch plans new reports that the update is being made available to some users ahead of schedule. What's more, there are reports of requisite rebooting (an infinite loop in some cases) and incompatible software. Read more here, here and here.

MSNBC.com has a story on how hackers can bypass hard drive encryption with a blast of cold air. The results are somewhat alarmning and a good reminder that physical security is your best bet. In other words: Don't leave a laptop with sensitive data someplace thieves could get at it. Like your car.

Finally as we head into the weekend some business news. Northwest company Real Networks buys TryMedia. Of note? More fun and games!

Enjoy the weekend... we'll be back Monday with more on Tech Check.

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