Hello Kitty writes "What brought that on? On March 31, Lenovo representatives announced in a discussion forum that they'd be pulling the plug on support for ThinkVantage System Upgrade, the auto-update service behind the "big blue button" on ThinkPads and IdeaPads. Less than a day later, they did — no transition to a new service, no notification to sales and marketing departments, and (for several weeks) with no further communication to customers beyond "check back in May." It's May, there's still no service, and IT guys who sold their companies on Lenovo laptops based on ease of upkeep are starting to feel the heat. A Betanews article has more information."Link to Original Source
Hello Kitty writes "According to Computerworld, a signature update to Symantec's anti-virus software has knocked out thousands of Chinese PCs. Apparently the latest update for the AV component of the various Norton packages mistook two system files in the Chinese edition of Windows XP SP2 for the "Backdoor.Haxdoor" trojan. Piracy issues may complicate recovery, since once the "updates" are installed Symantec says the only hope for reviving an affected system is to re-copy the affected DLLs from the Windows restore disks. You... do have your official restore disks, don't you?"
Hello Kitty writes "Computerworld.com has an interview with Dino Dai Zovi, the researcher who executed the QuickTime-based 0wn of the MacBook Pro at CanSecWest earlier this month. He says he found and exploited the vuln in just "nine or ten hours" — no head start — and told the reporter which OS he thinks is more secure, Vista or OS X 10.4."
Hello Kitty writes "Computerworld is covering issues with various XP games crashing or crawling under Vista. The problems lie with DirectX 10 — and according to a number of interviews with the usual suspects, it's not looking too good for decent first-person shooter support for a while, maybe even next year. Of course, one of the quotes in the artcle sums it up for a lot of us: "You installed Vista. You deserve your problems. Heh.""