Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 – Critical

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 – Critical
Vulnerability in Server Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution (958644)

This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Server service. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an affected system received a specially crafted RPC request. On Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 systems, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability without authentication to run arbitrary code. It is possible that this vulnerability could be used in the crafting of a wormable exploit. Firewall best practices and standard default firewall configurations can help protect network resources from attacks that originate outside the enterprise perimeter.

This security update is rated Critical for all supported editions of Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and rated Important for all supported editions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting the way that the Server service handles RPC requests. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection for the specific vulnerability entry under the next section, Vulnerability Information.

Recommendation. Microsoft recommends that customers apply the update immediately.

Click here to find your operating system and download the appropriate patch.

How to temporarily fix your wet cell phone

Oh My God!!! I just dropped my cell phone in my drink! Its ruined, what will I do now!!!

Has this happened to you yet? Have you dropped your cellphone in the toilet, a cup of tea, or washed it in the laundry?

If has not happened to you yet it may, after all they are making them smaller and smaller these days and we can easily forget they are in our pockets at times, or let them slip out of our fingers easily.

So what is your plan if this happens? Do you have phone insurance? For some of us the answer is simple, phone insurance, but you are limited to how many times you can “mess up” with cellphone insurance. Then there is the iPhone which you may or may not can get insurance on. I am uncertain at the time of this writing.

Today I just wanted to give you a fall back option if you are in a pinch somewhere and you need to get back to talking asap.

Visit a local Target or Walmart store and go to electronics and look for a GoPhone.

What is a GoPhone?
GoPhone is the trademark for AT&T Mobility’s pay-as-you-go (PAYG) service.
With a GoPhone, you can pick the plan that works best for you, or pay as you go. Either way, there’s no annual contract or credit check.

You can pick one up for as little as $18 and on up to $99 for the moto razr v3 model.

The GoPhones come with a sim card that must be activated after you have left the store and powered it up to begin your first phone call.

What is a sim card you ask?
A Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) on a removable SIM Card securely stores the service-subscriber key (IMSI) used to identify a subscriber on mobile telephony devices (such as computers) and mobile phones. The SIM card allows users to change phones by simply removing the SIM card from one mobile phone and inserting it into another mobile phone or broadband telephony device.

Ok so now you know where to get a GoPhone and you know what a sim card is.

Armed with this information you can take your damaged cellphone that you dropped in the toilet or in a drink and remove the sim card from it. Now put that sim card in the GoPhone and power it up.

Now you can make calls once again. It really is that simple. This will allow you to keep on going untill you can get your better phone serviced.

Most of the time you will have your contacts and all intact as well. If not I suggest that you take this time right now to copy your contacts to your sim card right now so that if this does happen to you, you will have your contacts on your sim.

This varies from phone to phone on how to copy your contacts to your sim, so check your manual. I may do a write up later about how to do that at a later date.

How To Setup Email On Your Blackberry

Blackberries are nice, no great, in fact it seems like everybody has one these days right?

One of the nice features that comes along with the blackberry is the push email comes along with it. You get an email address like when you subscribe to the pda plan with ATT. This is fine, but what if you do not want to tell all of your contacts of your new email address? That could be a real hassle.

Instead how about setting up gmail on your Blackberry and making it so that it acts the same as the push email that comes along with it.

Setting up Gmail

One of the faster ways to use Gmail on your BlackBerry is with the installable Gmail application. I will explain the fastest way later on in this post using a sort of gmail “push”.

To download this free app, visit from your BlackBerry web browser.

Then, launch the application with the red “M” icon from your BlackBerry home screen or from the applications folder.

If you also have a personal account, you can add it to this application so you can access both Gmail and Google Apps email accounts from the same place. 

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Your Windows Vista Questions Answered

Q. When I connected to my wirless network, it said it wasnt secure. Why?

A. If you connect to a wireless network that isnt protected with a passkey, then its possible for others to intercept your data. The chances of this happening arent high, but its best to avoid the problem entirely by using wireless encryption. Windows Vista supports two types, WEP and WPA. WEP is older and less secure, while APA is more robust. Check the manual for your wireless router for how to set them up.
Q. Why does the network Icon in the bottom right corner of the screen change sometimes?

A. The icon changes depending on whether you have an active internet connection or not. If your connection is working, it shows a small world globe graphic on the bottom right of the two monitor screens in the icon. If the internet connection isnt working, it just shows the monitor screens. Click on the icon to see which network you are currently connected to; you can click the “Connect to another network” link to search for another netowkr and connect to it. Should you suddenly lose your connection to the internet, you can quickly find out whats wrong by right-clicking the icon and selecting “Diagnose and repair.”
Q. My old windows xp pc only appears at the bottom of the network map, how do I get it to show in the right place?

A. While every windows vista pc should show up correctly in the network map, windowsXP doesnt have the correct software, so windows xp computers pushed to the bottom of the window. Its easy to update them, though. Al you need to do is go to and search for LLTD Responder. Its a very small file so it will be a quick download. Once you have it, double click on it to install it and your windows xp pc should now appear in the network map.


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The Lowdown on BitTorrent

What is it?
BitTorrent is a file sharing system that lets you download really big files quickly.

How does it work?
Instead of downloading a file directly from another persons computer to yours, one person has the file and lets others download chunks of it bit by bit and each chunk that a person downloads is then passed on to the next person and so on and so forth. Its like a daisy chain.

Whats so good about it?

If lots of people are downloading a file, the chances of you being able to jump on and get it are greater than if you had to seek out that one person who has the complete file.
Can I download anything I want then?
Not quite. There are illegal torrents out there, but the BitTorrent community ismaturing with age. The BitTorrent Entertainment Network has recently been announced, and will let you download movies for as little as three dollars.

Ok where do I start?

You will need a BitTorrent client program to download torrents to start with.
You can get the official one at, but I particularly like uTorrent from
Once you have installed it you can click on bittorrent links at websites and it will open the program and them minimize the window so you can use your pc while continuing to download.

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