Thunderbird 2.0.0.0

The lastest version of the Mozilla email client is available. There are numerous bug fixes in this release in addition to the features listed below:

  • thunderbird-logo-64x64.pngMessage Tags: Create your own tags for organizing email. Messages can be assigned any number of tags. Tags can be combined with saved searches and mail views to make it easier to organize email.
  • Visual Theme: Thunderbird 2's theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability and maximize screen real estate.
  • Session History Navigation: Back and Forward buttons allow navigation through message history.
  • Advanced Folder Views: Customize the folder pane to show favorite, unread or recent folders.
  • Easy Access to Popular Web Mail Services: Gmail and .Mac users can access their accounts in Thunderbird by simply providing their user names and passwords.
  • Improved Support For Extensions: Extensions can now add custom columns to the message list pane in addition to storing custom message data in the mail database.
  • Improved New Mail Notification Alerts: New mail alerts include information such as the subject, sender and message preview text.
  • Folder Summary Popups: Mouse over a folder with new messages to see a summary of the new messages in that folder.
  • Saved Search Folder Performance: Search results for saved search folders are now cached, improving folder loading performance.
  • Find As You Type: Finds and highlights message text as you type.
  • Improved Filing Tools: Recent folder menu items for moving and copying messages to recently used folders. Move / Copy again functionality.
  • Updates to the Extension System: The extension system has been updated to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.
  • New Windows installer: Based on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, the new Windows installer resolves many long-standing issues.
  • Windows Vista Support: Many enhancements and fixes for Windows Vista.

You can find the new release here

Teamspeak & Vista

Sorry, this is not a guide to get Teamspeak working on Windows Vista, more of a bug watch.

Firstly Teamspeak. teamspeak100x45.jpg
(If you aren't familar with Teamspeak, it is a voice communication application generally used by gamers)

On Saturday the 14th an email was sent to forum members entitled “New Team Speak Patch [Link Inside]“, it contained a link to a file named patch.exe hosted on the teamspeak webserver.

So through some social engineering TS users were prompted to download a trojan.

The teamspeak website forums aren't online at the moment stating : ” Our forums are currently not available while we are investigating the recent attacks on our server.”

Source : http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=2634

The second item i'd like to focus on is the apparent Cracking of Windows Vistas DRM.
Heralded as the way forward in computing a recent post by a secuirty researcher has suggested that the DRM can be turned on and off.

While this isn't a massive problem in its self the potential for masquerading malware/spyware is huge.

Windows Vista digital rights management (DRM) is design to protect the operating system from intruders and stops other applications interacting and manipulating core functionality of Windows. A great idea, yet if this problem makes it unto the wild, a program can be told to use DRM to protect it. If this is the case Anti-virus programs and spyware monitors won't be able to identify these programs as malicious and it could cause alot of problems.

Alarm Clock with a difference

voco.gif While stumbling aimlessly around the interweb, I happened upon this jem.

The VOCO Clock

For those of you that what humour in the morning then, how about Stephen Fry spouting 50 odd wake up messages in a the style of a valet.

OK slightly bizarre but damn funny all the same.

(Adds it to my birthday list)