Archive for March, 2009

EC residence permit

March 29th, 2009 No comments

Citizens of third countries residing in the European Union may be granted long-term resident status (EC residence permit). The EC residence permit may be issued after five years of continuous residence. Residence under a temporary residence permit (B) – issued on the basis of study or temporary employment, for example – is not calculated as continuous residence. The EC residence permit allows residence in another Member State for a period of three months. In order to obtain a residence permit for a longer period, the applicant must apply for a national residence permit in another Member State.

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!exploitable Crash Analyzer – MSEC Debugger Extensions

March 24th, 2009 No comments

!exploitable (pronounced “bang exploitable”) is a Windows debugging extension (Windbg) that provides automated crash analysis and security risk assessment. The tool first creates hashes to determine the uniqueness of a crash and then assigns an exploitability rating to the crash: Exploitable, Probably Exploitable, Probably Not Exploitable, or Unknown. There is more detailed information about the tool in the following .pptx file or at

This tool was created by the Microsoft Security Engineering Center (MSEC) Security Science Team. For more information on MSEC and the Security Science team, please visit To see what’s being worked on presently, visit the Security Research and Development blog at

The project home page

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UX Patterns Explorer

March 22nd, 2009 No comments
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Styling Scrollbars

March 22nd, 2009 No comments

WebKit now supports styling of the scrollbars in overflow sections, listboxes, dropdown menus and textareas. For those who want to skip the article and just go right to the source, here is an example:

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Internet Explorer 8

March 20th, 2009 No comments

Linux loses more netbook market share

March 11th, 2009 No comments

A year and a half ago you would have been hard pressed to find a netbook (defined as a 10 inch or small mini-laptop for around $400) that came with Windows XP. The original Asus Eee PC 701, Everex Cloudbook, and other early netbooks all ran Linux. Today, 90% of all mini-laptops sold in the US are running Windows. That’s according to a report from NPD Group that looked at netbook sales in November, December, and January.

Now, it’s possible that there are more machines shipping with Linux overseas. But for a product class that started out as 100% Linux territory, a lot has changed in the last 18 months or so. Part of the reason for this is that consumers are more familiar with Windows and more likely to buy machines running the operating system. But an even bigger factor was probably Microsoft’s decision to extend the life of Windows XP and offer deep deep discounts on XP licenses to netbook makers. If you had to pay $100 more for a netbook with Windows than for a Linux model, I’m not sure Windows netbooks would have become so popular. But in many cases you can buy a mini-laptop with Windows XP for just $20 or $30 more than the Linux version, and you often get a larger hard drive in the deal.



Code protectors (Windows)

March 1st, 2009 No comments

Code protectors protect software applications from reverse engineering, analysis, modifications, and cracking:

  • Themida® 2.0
  • WinLicense® 2.0
  • XBundler® Win32/.NET
  • WinLicense® DLL Control
  • Code Virtualizer® 1.3
  • VMProtect
  • Enigma Protector
  • DotFix NiceProtect
  • .NET Reactor (
  • IntelliLock
  • SoftwarePassport™/Armadillo
  • EXECryptor
  • ASPack
  • ASProtect
  • PEiD

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