Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 2 Mar. 2002, Vol 5 No. 9

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w   Intel Advances Computer Spec
w   Featured Software: Tweaking Toolbox for

w   Microsoft Security Bulletin(s)
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia


Intel Advances Computer Spec

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Last Wednesday, Intel, at the Intel Developer Forum held in San Francisco, highlighted some new technologies that it believes will deliver better experiences for users of desktop computers, mobile PCs and wireless computing devices.

Discussed at the forum where a number of initiatives such as 3GIO, a high speed interconnection technology between devices within the computer; the Intel® Personal Client Architecture (PCA) developer network, a support network for wireless developers; and a new Mobility Enabling Program, designed to enhance the future of mobile PCs.

3GIO (3rd Generation I/O) is meant to eventually replace the current PCI standard, which is lacking the bandwidth potential needed by many future technologies. As it looks now, it will be backward compatible with PCI, meaning that it will work with current operating systems. For a short overview of 3GIO, see this video from Intel: 56K - 1Mb WinMedia | 56K - 1Mb Real

Products using this new technology are expected in the second half of 2003.

Intel also announced that next year it will come out with a new version of the Pentium 4 processor, code-named Prescott, which uses Hyper-Threading to enhance the performance of desktop computers. Hyper-Threading allows the processor to handle two different applications - or application threads - at the same time by allowing operating systems to view a single physical processor as if it were two.

It is also expected that PC's equipped with the new Prescott chip will include wireless networking as a standard feature.

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Microsoft Security

Malformed Data Transfer Request can Cause Windows SMTP Service to Fail

Microsoft has posted a patch that fixes a security vulnerability in the SMTP service of Windows 2000 & Windows XP, which fixes a flaw that could enable denial of service attacks to be mounted against the service.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Exchange 2000


Recent Support BBS Postings

Trying to salvage HDD - Hardware
Searching for hyperlinks. Unwanted - Internet Explorer
Slow Win 2K Pro boot? - Windows 2000
XP & AntiVirus - Windows XP
Messenger choices - Other Internet Software

Web Site Updates

These pages were added/updated in the past 2 weeks. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.
Added: Speeding Up Your Computer, Buying a Faster Hard Drive
Added: Making Your First VCD
Added: Organizing Microsoft Outlook's Email Overload
New version 1.1 of LinkStash

Windows-Help.NET Added: Microsoft PC Games Unveils 2002 - 2003 Titles

Windows 2000
Added: Microsoft Security: Malformed Data Transfer Request can Cause Windows SMTP Service to Fail

Windows XP
Added: Microsoft Security: Malformed Data Transfer Request can Cause Windows SMTP Service to Fail
Added: Microsoft Posts Patch for Dynamic Update


Speeding Up Your Computer, Buying a Faster Hard Drive

You aren't waiting for an old hard drive to finish churning before responding are you?

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Making Your First VCD

With a little work and some freeware tools you could make a professional VCD of your own to watch on your TV.

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Organizing Microsoft Outlook's Email Overload

Nelson Email Organizer promises to ease the burden.

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Microsoft PC Games Unveils 2002 - 2003 Titles

Microsoft® PC Games unveiled its 2002 - 2003 games portfolio at the Microsoft PC Games International Games Festival in Las Vegas.

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Microsoft Posts Patch for Dynamic Update

On February 11 Microsoft posted a patch to fix some problems with Dynamic Update.

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Protecting Yourself Online

This document helps you understand how to better secure yourr "always-on" DSL or cable modem connection by configuring and using the Windows XP built-in Internet Connection Firewall. The article, which you can read on Microsoft's TechNet Web site, also contains links to several other Web sites that help you learn about third-party firewalls.

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