Monthly Archives: January 2009

Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 Released

Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 is now available so I expect it will be a few months, probably March, and we will see a full release.

  • Windows Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 for Windows XP
  • Windows Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 for Windows Server 2003 SP2 64-bit Edition or Windows XP Professional 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 for Windows Vista 64-bit Edition and Windows Server 2008 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 for Windows Server 2003 SP2

Yahoo! Search, Spam Abuse

Got some spam today using Yahoo! search URLs, this is nothing but an attempt to mask the domains ( from detection as spam:

Remember don’t ever go to spam websites they can contain exploits against your browser that can allow virus and such to be installed on your system without your permission.

Update 02/02/2009
Addded a new domain –

Update 05/02/2009
Added new domains –,

Thunderbird – Show NNTP Posts Size

Personally I don’t know why you would want to see a news post’s size in lines, but that’s the default in Thunderbird for showing the size of a news (NNTP) posts. The following is how to change it to show in data units e.g. kilobytes.

In the Tools menu, Select Options, Click the Advanced icon at the top, then click on the General tab, click the Config Editor button. Type news.show_size_in_lines into the filter, set the value to False.

You can now close the about:config window, and you will now find that the posts in news group will be as a size not in lines.

Outlook 2003 Desktop Icon

When installing Outlook 2003 some people like to have the old Outlook icon on the desktop. Here is how to get the same icon (not a shortcut) on the desktop:

  1. Open the Registry Editor. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace
  2. Click Edit | Add Key and add the following key: {00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

Windows 7 Beta (Day 2)

Well after a nights sleep I’ve now got my hands on a Windows 7 Beta Product Key. (So after all I didn’t miss out)

Now come the fun part, since I have a product key now, I can actually download the software as it’s worth my time and bandwidth to do so now. So now again we play the waiting game for the files to download.

Update 1

To get a serial number you will need to go to the Microsoft site.

Here is the file information for Windows 7 Beta 32bit:

Size : 2.44GB
File Name : 7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULFRE_EN_DVD.iso
MD5 : F9DCE6EB D0A63930 B44D8AE8 02B63825
SHA-1 : 60711842 82B2156F F61CDC52 60545C07 8CCA31EE
SHA-256 : F9C3D02C 2E2A1C8B 22E0A77E 0374E36B 7738640E 2334EAEE FAE11F61 5B5B85C0
SHA-512 : B0073216 6FB5DEEE CA315DBF 7F104757 A566D51E 8E70536F E73AE533 3937D07D 56BC57DF B552B385 2363B881 8F0A02E1 818AB033 24120984 B99E834E 23F28AC1
Size-64 : 00000000 9C17A000
ED2K : 536FE89EAC9B27B5061E81F36485C7EF
Direct Download : Download –

Here is the file information for Windows 7 Beta 64bit:

Size : 3.15GB
File Name : 7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULXFRE_EN_DVD.iso
MD5 : 773FC9CC 60338C61 2AF716A2 A14F177D
SHA-1 : E09FDBC1 CB3A92CF 6CC87204 0FDAF655 53AB62A5
SHA-256 : 4BE7AE27 4E2B3418 4DDEE8D9 5814BA09 908D200D 96DF05D1 E8908C1A 568332A7
SHA-512 : 8C08BBD4 FE196E2A 11E17DE4 2A2DC8B8 5575D34B 961C3854 A6C06E04 E56BFFB0 FA5A988B 953C2950 88668677 83413AE4 A67BFC37 81D6016B 0EBFC2D0 4CAE6C48
Size-64 : 00000000 C9E1A800
ED2K : F9BDCD5339819024C01B498677ED8545
Direct Download : Download –

Windows 7 Beta

While I wait because the release has been delayed due to overwhelming demand, I thought I would at least create a blog post so I can put the details here once I have my hands on the serial number for the Windows 7 Beta. (If I get my hands on one)

At present the Windows Team Blog is looking like it’s getting hit pretty hard by nerds desperate to get their grubby hands on the Windows 7 Public Beta.

Update 1
A new message has appeared on the Microsoft site saying:
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.

Update 2
Ok, today is over, so it’s time to go to bed, hope I don’t miss my opportunity to get a key while I’m asleep.