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)

Big Nothing

bignothing.gifBig Nothing stars David Schwimmer (Charlie) & Simon Pegg (Gus) and is black comedy set in the sleepy town of Big falls. Charlie ends up taking a job at a call centre in an effort to try and earn money for his family.

He is befriended by Gus who ropes him into a blackmailing scheme, a simple plan or so it seems. With a dodgy alibi and a top FBI agent in town things can only go from bad to worse.

I found this film very funny and reminded me slightly of Fargo, with it's dry humour and dark comedy elements. Simon Pegg plays the part of an American semi-convincingly while you are drwan into the plot from the start.

if you are a fan of this genre of film you'll most likely enjoy this film. It was released on DVD the 14th of April, so why not give it a whirl.

Names

Dok once again found a story of wonderful stupidity.
A couple wanting to name their child after Metallica, I ask you why? they aren’t even good anymore. I wonder what the grandfather (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) and grandmother (Grand Funk Railroad) have to say on this, ok maybe slightly untrue (hehehe).

After this I had to find some of the wonderfully idiotic baby names that exist (normally related to celebrities). My search yielded the following results:

Audio Science – Shannyn Sossamon (Actress)
Pirate : Jonathan Davis (Korn)
Pilot Inspektor : Jason Lee (Actor)

there are more but these 3 just really illustrated the point.

No after this I thought not more on the subject until i was in Swansea a few weeks back and heard a mother calling to her unruly children from across the pub. Normally I’d not bat an eye-lid but I nearly choked on my food and the sound of “Sue Ellen Come here” promptly followed by “Enya stop that!”.

I drowned my face in my drink to stop me from laughing to loudly and the Dallas fan and her children.