Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 22 May 2004, Vol 7 No. 17

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w   Microsoft Proposes E-Mail Caller ID Standard
w   Security Guidance Kit
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Administrivia

Registry First Aid

Microsoft Proposes E-Mail Caller ID Standard

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

This week Microsoft announced that it will submit a proposal to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), to have its Caller ID for E-Mail technology accepted as an Industry standard. As I reported on this last February, Microsoft's Caller ID for E-Mail is one Microsoft's proposed technical solutions to fight the increasing amount of spam. According to Microsoft they will submit the standard to the IETF either this week or next.

But there are more companies submitting their "solution". Last week, Yahoo! submitted its DomainKeys solution to the IETF. This solution uses a digital signature method to solve common spamming techniques such as forgery and spoofing.

In the mean time, AOL is testing its own Caller ID scheme dubbed Sender Permitted From (SPF), which uses a DNS database to check the authenticity of email messages.

Let's hope the IETF will provide a workable standard.

Security Guidance Kit

The "Security Guidance Kit", which is a collection of how-to information, software tools, and detailed prescriptive guidance within a small "viewer" application. It also contains free software tools from Microsoft, which you can optionally install or copy to other computers in your network.

The Security Guidance Kit is for the information technology implementor in any small, medium, or large organization. The Kit is not intended for use by the home pc user or by the application developer.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000 Service Pack 3, Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Service Pack 1.

The Security Guidance Kit is available for download from Microsoft, but note it is huge, 149 MB (did I say it is not for home users?) The kit can be downloaded here, or you can order it on CD (currently only USA/CAN).

This kit was released last February, but has only now been made available as download.

Recent Support BBS Postings

How do you backup your Registry in XP? - Windows XP
Can't change internet options in IE - Internet Explorer
Printing Problem with Roaming Profiles - Networking
Guide - How to Buy a DVD-Rewritable Drive - Hardware
User Profile Size +150meg - Windows 2000 / 2003


Microsoft File Checksum Integrity Verifier

The Microsoft (R) File Checksum Integrity Verifier tool is an unsupported command line utility that computes MD5 or SHA1 cryptographic hashes for files. Microsoft does not provide support for this utility. Use this utility at your own risk. Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about the File Checksum Integrity Verifier. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 841290.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000 (including Server & Advanced Server), Windows 2000 SP2 - SP4, Windows XP (both Home & Pro), Windows XP Service Pack 1

Download [117 KB - Eng]

After installing the tool by running the provided .exe, read the ReadMe.htm that is available in the directory where the tool is extracted.

Microsoft Stops Selling Wi-Fi Products

Earlier this month Microsoft confirmed it would phase out its hardware offerings in the wireless range. According to a Microsoft representative "we set out to raise the bar on wireless experience & security, and we have achieved that." Last year Microsoft decided to drop PC-based game controllers from it's offerings. Makes you wonder what's next.

Is Torvalds really the father of Linux?

It's hard to imagine that Linus Torvalds could have launched Linux without directly using earlier operating system work, according to a report that has become controversial even before its scheduled publication Thursday.

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