Due to a small budget, the prop department bought the cheapest mask they could find for the Michael Myers character. It was a Captain Kirk mask, who is portrayed by actor William Shatner. The mask was spray-painted.
Seriously… fictional Kwai Chang Caine’s real-life “brothers” have hired lawyers to get an apology from an Internet user who said a single Ninja beat a bunch of Shaolin monks.
Using a Low-Cost Electroencephalograph for Task Classification in HCI Research
From a post by Martin Chester to the myITforum AV list:
We are currently experiencing an issue where some documents relating to Endpoint Security Products (Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition, Symantec Client Security, etc) are not available when searching through the Platinum Website (http://search.symantec.com/custom/us/techsupp/platinum/kb/query.html). An ETA is not available at this time.
All documents are available when searching through the public KB (http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/support/index.jsp). Until this issue is resolved, please use the Public KB. An update will be sent when this service has been restored.
A new version of the web-based application WOL.NET from TOP TECHNOLOGIES CONSULTING has been released. According to the Microsoft® nomenclature, the solution to wake up or shut down workstations remotely is now called WOL.NET 2007.
But not only has the name changed. The first difference you can see is the new frontend. Although it´s web based, the behavior is like you are working with a client application. As total, the handling, speed and feedback of WOL.NET 2007 has been improved.
Although it’s a new version of the program, it still has a straightforward integration into your SMS 2003 environment - and the new version is also fully compatible to Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007.
It integrates by hierarchically displaying all SMS 2003 / SCCM 2007 collections in a browser window for selecting either single workstations or whole collections. The application just needs a simple one-time installation on a central server instance, based on Microsoft® MSI technology. After installing the application, all administrators can use WOL.NET 2007 from every workstation running Internet Explorer to create jobs for waking up and/or shutting down workstations at a specific date and time.
Also repeating jobs can be configured, for instance to power down all workstations after work or at the weekends. This way it’s possible to deploy critical or time consuming applications and hotfixes at off peak hours without any impact on your business workflow. Furthermore the integrated shutdown functionality can help lowering your energy expenses to great extent. This aspect is very interesting not only for huge environments, but also in small or medium ones. Of course, there are exclusion rules, so that important workstations won't be shut down when they are needed. You can also give a comment to your exclusion rules, so you can easily maintain an overview of your exclusions.
For controlling your systems, the complete new reporting functionality may be interesting. All reports are exportable to PDF or Excel, so you are able to analyze your wakeup- or shutdown-jobs and control the success of your deployments. If you have an established reporting environment you can integrate WOL.NET 2007 data into it.
But you are not limited to the SMS or SCCM workflows. WOL.NET is also able to support different applications, e.g. a virus scan at night.
Of course, WOL.NET 2007 is capable of utilizing directed broadcast technology to allow workstations located in different subnets to be woken up as well as it implements a hybrid mode which works by installing the WOL.NET 2007 service into each subnet, so that directed broadcasts are not necessary.
You can find a complete list of features and more information about WOL.NET 2007 and details about system requirements in the product flyer available here:
Product flyer at toptechnologies.com (English)
Product flyer at toptechnologies.com (German)
Ed Aldrich posts to the 1E forum:
Just to let you know, we’ve now updated our website in order to:
- Make our ‘1E Road Show: Enterprise Solutions’ micro site ‘live’ – as a bolt-on to our main site
- Include ‘1E Road Show’ button on ‘Home’ page
- Highlight/emphasize our ‘greener’ image on ‘Home’ page – Flash animated (large) panel now includes 2 ‘green’ images
- Add ‘Hot Jobs’ button on ‘Home’ page http://www.1e.com/
- ‘Jobs at 1E’ page has been re-vamped http://www.1e.com/AboutUs/Careers/index.aspx
- ‘News Room’ page has been re-vamped with articles now captured as they appeared (where possible) in pdf format and arranged in priority/date order http://www.1e.com/AboutUs/news/index.aspx
Halo 3 for Xbox 360 has gone Gold! That means we delivered a final version to our internal certification group that passed all the tests and is now being whisked away to top secret manufacturing locations to be turned into retail versions of the game – and eventually packaged and sent to stores in various cases, tins and cat-helmets. We can’t wait to share it with you guys on September 25th and 26th, but we have to say thanks.
We have to say thanks to everyone at Bungie who worked so hard to make this the best game we've ever made. We have to say thanks to everyone at Microsoft who helped us make it the best game we ever made. We have to say thanks to our tireless team of artists, designers, engineers, musicians, technicians, writers, directors, producers, thinkers, administrators, ninjas, specialists, gorillas, webmasters and pimps. We’re a family and we made this game for you, our extended family. We hope you like it. Nobody deserves any more recognition than anyone else, but an extra special thanks goes out anyway, to the test team who got it to this stage, in a pool of their own sweat, tears and blood.
And of course, we wouldn't be here today without the tireless devotion of our fan community - we thank you all as well for supporting Bungie Studios in our never ending quest for World Domination and we look forward to sharing another billion+ hours together on Xbox Live when Halo 3 lands in just a few short weeks. The wait is almost over.
We Finished our Fight. Your fight begins in 27 days.
Are you ready?
Here’s the current list of Windows Vista improvements that Microsoft is expecting to address in Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
- Provides security software vendors a more secure way to communicate with Windows Security Center.
- Includes application programming interfaces (APIs) by which third-party security and malicious software detection applications can work with kernel patch protection on x64 versions of Windows Vista. These APIs help ISVs develop software that extends the functionality of the Windows kernel on x64 computers without disabling or weakening the protection offered by kernel patch protection.
- Improves the security of running RemoteApp programs and desktops by allowing Remote Desktop
Protocol (RDP) files to be signed. Customers can differentiate user experiences based on publisher
- Adds an Elliptical Curve Cryptography (ECC) pseudo-random number generator (PRNG) to the list of available PRNGs in Windows Vista.
- Enhances BitLocker Drive Encryption (BDE) to offer an additional multifactor authentication method that combines a key protected by the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) with a Startup key stored on a USB storage device and a user-generated personal identification number (PIN).
- Improved reliability and compatibility of Windows Vista when used with newer graphics cards in several specific scenarios and configurations.
- Improved reliability when working with external displays on a laptop.
- Improved Windows Vista reliability in networking configuration scenarios.
- Improved reliability of systems that were upgraded from Windows XP to Windows Vista.
- Increased compatibility with many printer drivers.
- Increased reliability and performance of Windows Vista when entering sleep and resuming from sleep.
- Improves the speed of copying and extracting files.
- Improves the time to become active from Hibernate and Resume modes.
- Improves the performance of domain-joined PCs when operating off the domain; in the current release version of Windows Vista, users would experience long delays when opening the File dialog box.
- Improves battery life by reducing CPU utilization by not redrawing the screen as frequently, on certain computers.
- Improves the logon experience by removing the occasional 10-second delay between pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL and the password prompt displaying.
- Addresses an issue in the current version of Windows Vista that makes browsing network file shares consume significant bandwidth and not perform as fast as expected.
Administration Experience Changes
- BitLocker Drive Encryption encrypts extra local volumes. For example, instead of encrypting only drive C, customers can also encrypt drive D, E, and so on.
- Addresses problems with printing to local printers from a Windows Terminal Services session.
- The Network Diagnostics tool will help customers solve the most common file sharing problems, in addition to the basic problems that it already diagnoses.
- Administrators can control the volumes on which to run Disk Defragmenter.
- The service pack will uninstall the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) and GPEdit.msc will edit local Group Policy by default. In the SP1 timeframe, administrators can download an out-of-band release that will give them the ability to add comments to Group Policy Objects (GPOs) or individual settings and search for specific settings.
Support for Emerging Hardware and Standards
- In the future, flash memory storage and consumer devices will use the exFAT file system. Windows Vista SP1 adds support for this file system to Windows Vista.
- The service pack will include support for Secure Digital (SD) Advanced Direct Memory Access (DMA), which will be on compliant SD host controllers soon, to improve transfer performance and decrease CPU utilization.
- x64 PCs can boot using the EFI. Windows Vista currently supports network boot by using Windows Deployment Services for x86, a PC's basic input/output system (BIOS) for x64 PCs, and EFI for IA-64 PCs. Windows Vista SP1 will add support for network boot by using x64 EFI.
- The service pack will add support for Direct3D 10.1, adding application programming interfaces (APIs) and features that enable 3-D applications, so game developers can better take advantage of a new generation of Direct3D graphics hardware.
- The Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP) is a remote access tunneling protocol that will be part of the Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) platform. This protocol helps provide full-network virtual private network (VPN) remote access connections without challenges that other protocols face when traversing NATs, Web proxies, and firewalls. Windows Vista SP1 will include support for SSTP.
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