02 February 2007

Most safe version of Windows ?

And Steve Ballmer says Vista is the most safest version of windows ever !!

Imagine this, vista has been cracked using, of all modules, the speech recognition module. You can speak commands which it will execute and thereby, if you visit a website that plays some song having some lyrics say "Erase System drive", booom your system drive is gone ;-)

I think they forgot the basic computer science tenet : Make the common things fast, the not so common things correct.
And as the old adage goes, there is nothing wrong in dreaming sky high (read DRM and crap in vista), but one should always have their feet rooted in ground.

While many will claim that windows is a target for hackers because of its extensive usage, how does one explain the fact that it can be hacked by its own speech module ?

Read Here, Here and Here for the complete story of how it was done.

While i do agree that a bug free program is an abstract concept, these kind of bugs, are at best, schoolboy level programming errors.


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Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 8:21 PM


  1. Blogger Giridharaprasad posted at Monday, February 5, 2007 at 7:07:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    I don't know what you've against the MS. I'm following up your blog and found that you almost blast MS every opportunity you get. That's really bad, because I'm damn sure that you would've used MS product some time in your life, (I bet even that some of it would have been a pirated copies too...) and pretty much wondered how they made it.

    If Apple/Linux community are really competent enough (which they're not), they can bring some great software to Masses (read dumb ppl, who really don't know how to operate a PC), instead of criticizing MS.
  2. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Thursday, February 8, 2007 at 12:58:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    Firstly, i am not against MS or whatsoever. I have no interest to participate in these flame wars about who is good or who is bad.

    Their products suck. That is the bottom line. As simple as that. And as people claim, if they are the targets of viruses due to mass usage, then how come they can afford to do some simple mistakes like these in a much touted release ?

    Wondering how they make products ? No need to ! It's all over the world as to how they made it ! Cut and Paste from somewhere else ;-)

    Using MS products ? Of course i have used it. Otherwise, what locus standi do i have to pass any kind of observations about them ? My official/personal workstation has been linux if that is of any interest to you.

    And then again to answer your question of bringing software to the masses, have you ever used/helped people to use Ubuntu ? Try it to be surprised.

    And whatever dominance we see is because of MS refusal to adhere to standards.

    BTW, do you know that if you forward a e-mail message from outlook, it sends it wrapped in its own proprietary format ?
    And ODT is a standard for office documents but MS office conveniently ignores it all ?

    Of course i admire Bill Gates. He is a terrific marketing guy. Otherwise, how would he be able to push such crap products across to so many people ? It takes some brains to do that and he has did it. No doubt about that.

    We can keep debating this on and on. As long as MS does not make any difference between user permissions and has the dll-hell, it will always be a target for virus attacks.

    It is quite similar to a country which has weak borders. Just because that country is highly populated does not mean that it will not be under attack from invaders and it can defend itself because of its population. This is what history teaches you and this is a law of nature.
  3. Blogger Giridharaprasad posted at Friday, February 9, 2007 at 5:35:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    I tried Ubuntu Linux whose CD I got from YOU when I was working with "People First" company along with you. I even distributed the same to 9 other ppl. After I installed Ubuntu, I found that Ubuntu did not recognize my audio card. I tried configuring the same, but gave up after some time. Also, the feedback from other people were not easy as they were not familar.

    Well, it was two years back. May be Ubuntu would have improved now. But, the fear of Ubunbtu (or any Linux) not recognize some of the drivers is still there (and with my little free time, I don't want to spent midnight oil in searching&configuring them).

    Regarding the Open Standards of MS, I also found that it was bit hard to crack & understand the format of MS word doc, but I think it is risky for any organization as such to opt for open standards against the properitary standards. It is upto the individual organization to do it. I don't think even Apple is entirely adhering to Open Standards.

    If you think MS makes products by Cut & Paste, then I wonder why I don't see many Microsofts in the world...

    I'm not a die-hard fan of MS, but I respect them.
  4. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Friday, February 9, 2007 at 8:59:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    Simple. As with everything else, one should always know where to look.

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