Windows-Help.NET Newsletter11 March 2000, Vol 3 No. 10
 Microsoft Goes Into Console Gaming.

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Bill Gates, talking at the annual Game Developers Conference, announced that Microsoft is entering the video game world with the introduction of a future-generation dedicated video game console, currently code-named X-Box, designed to deliver intense, action-packed games.

"Building on our strengths as a software company, X-Box will offer game developers a powerful platform and game enthusiasts an incredible experience," said Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect at Microsoft. "We want X-Box to be the platform of choice for the best and most creative game developers in the world."

Familiar tools such as the Microsoft® DirectX® API will inspire movie-quality rendering, enhanced Internet gaming, and superior audio in future-generation games.

The market for consoles is a hotly contested one. Arriving on store shelves in the second half of 2001, the X-Box will compete directly against Sony's PlayStation2, Nintendo's Dolphin and Sega's Dreamcast.

Sony & Sega practically created the console market, and they'll have the advantage that they really know the consumers. But some analysts are already predicting that it's going to be a two platform world - between Sony and Microsoft.

X-Box Specification

vDirectX API v Intel Pentium III processor technology with Streaming SIMD Extensions v Custom 3-D NVIDIA graphics processor v 64MB of RAM v Custom 3-D audio processor v 8GB hard drive v 4X DVD drive with movie playback v Four game controller ports v Expansion port v Proprietary A/V connector v 100 MBps Ethernet

For more information see: X-Box to Deliver Ultimate Console Gaming Experience.

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New Intel Protected Access Architecture Increases Security For Mobile PC's

Intel Corporation this week announced a new security architecture that provides increased data and asset protection for mobile PCs. Called the Intel® Protected Access Architecture, it works by identifying the authorized user of the mobile PC through a device such as a fingerprint reader, smart card or USB "key" before proceeding to boot up the system. If the person attempting to use the PC is not authorized, the system will not boot up, preventing access to the system's data and rendering the system useless. This approach provides a stronger security solution than "BIOS passwords" alone, and could also remove the burden of users having to remember some passwords.


Holographic Technology Bursting Out of Your LCD Monitor?

Star Trek Fans knew it was coming... real holograms for gamers to lust after and superb educational capacity for serious types!


Is Your Web Page Up? Now You Need Visitors!

E-commerce success depends upon customers being able to find you! What you can do to get your web site seen.


PrettyPark.Worm is Back!

It's back. The PrettyPark.Worm (a.k.a. W32.PrettyPark), first detected in June 1999, is back. Disguised as an image of Kyle from the Comedy Central series South Park. The PrettyPark.Worm is a standard e-mail worm, that forwards itself to everyone in your e-mail address book. While the virus is not destructive, it can cause surges in e-mail volume, which in turn can cause bandwidth problems if many computers on the same network are infected.


CyberCop Zombie Scan

Check your computer for distributed denial of service vulnerabilities

The CyberCop ASaP Scan will determine if your computer is vulnerable to being exploited in distributed denial of service attacks (DoS attacks) that have recently claimed some big-name victims.


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  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "Registry Permissions" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a tool that installs tighter permissions on three sets of registry values in Microsoft® Windows NT 4.0. The default permissions could allow a malicious user to gain additional privileges on a machine that they can interactively log onto.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server, Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server, Terminal Server Edition

More information

Patch Available for "Clip Art Buffer Overrun" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in the Microsoft® Clip Art Gallery. The vulnerability could allow a malicious party to cause hostile code to execute on the computer of a user of the Clip Art Gallery.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Office 2000
  • Microsoft Works 2000
  • Microsoft PictureIt 2000
  • Microsoft HP 2000
  • Microsoft Publisher99
  • Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 Version 1

More information

  Web site updates

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Added: Patch Available for "Registry Permissions" Vulnerability (WinNT)
Added: Holographic Technology Bursting Out of Your LCD Monitor?
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Added: Is Your Web Page Up? Now You Need Visitors!
Updated: AOL 5.OH-Oh - AOL under fire again!
Added: PrettyPark.Worm is Back!
Added: Patch Available for "Clip Art Buffer Overrun" Vulnerability


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