Anxiously waiting for Windows7 Beta

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Hmmm… its 10th January 2009 in Malaysia, and I have yet to see the link to the beta download. Not even in Microsoft Download Center.

Later.. A note from Microsoft

Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal—we’re in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We’re sorry for the delay and we’ll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience.

Even Microsoft faces a server overload!

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Posted on 9th January 2009
A quick check on Microsoft website for the link to this beta download, it says, “Want to try the Beta? Come back the afternoon of January 9. And remember—this is just a preview. There’s more to come.” Argghh!

Look at what Microsoft said about the new Windows.

Faster, more responsive performance
Nobody likes to wait. So we’ve focused on the basics that can impact the speed of your PC. Windows 7 starts up, shuts down, resumes from standby, and responds faster. You’ll have fewer interruptions and can recover more quickly from problems when they do occur because Windows 7 will help you fix them when you want.

Meanwhile, over at RumahDayak.com back office, I am busy backing-up my files before I delete the whole forum by 12th January.

The calls and SMSes keep on coming in since yesterday when most of the RumahDayak.com members knew of my intention to shut down the forum. Yes, people.. it is indeed a sad thing for me to do, but that is the best option for now, to put the issue to rest. And, furthermore, it is a way for me to show that I am responsible for all of you, and when I come back, it will be an entire new ball game..

I will be back with RumahDayak.com in a better, more organised, stricter moderation and a totally new image – good to rebrand the community this new year.

Until then.. I will be playing with Microsoft’s newest baby – Windows7! Or.. you may check out Nadai Nama latest media appearance at the Malay Mail.

Psstt.. see how Windows 7 looks like here.

Conficker.B has been detected in Malaysia

The following is the content of an email I received from Microsoft this morning. I feel like sharing with you and assist everyone to minimise the spread.

A virus known as Conficker.B has been detected in Malaysia.

A patch has been available to help protect against this virus since October 2008.

We are reaching out to you in order to provide information to help prevent the spread of this virus to your systems.

This virus affects Windows 2000, XP, Vista as well as Windows Server 2003 and 2008.

Prevention:
Worm:Win32/Conficker.B is a worm that infects other computers across a network by exploiting a vulnerability in the Windows Server service (SVCHOST.EXE). If the vulnerability is successfully exploited, it could allow remote code execution when file sharing is enabled. It may also spread via removable drives and weak administrator passwords. It disables several important system services and security products.

Microsoft strongly recommends that users apply the update referred to in Security Bulletin MS08-067 immediately.

Microsoft also recommends that users ensure that their network passwords are strong to prevent this worm from spreading via weak administrator passwords. More information is available here.

Mobile entertainment

This gadget can make a good present for the year 2009 (most of us will be on a tight budget). Powered either using your wall socket or on your car cigarrette lighter socket, this gadget serve as your photo slideshow, plays your MP3, AVI movies, and your alarm clock.

Just plug in your USB storage disc (must contain all the photos, audio and video files), and you are set to watch your favourite movies.

Cons: No internal battery.

Price: RM358
Location: Next to a barber saloon behind Mee Hua shoe shop.