XP Tip: Using a blank password

August 11, 2005

Say you have two accounts on your Windows XP computer: An everyday account, set up as a Limited User, and an account in the Administrators group that you use for system maintenance tasks. Your computer is in a secure location, and you’re the only person with physical access to it. Which of the following options is more secure?

1. You assign a blank password to the administrative account
2. You create a strong password of 15 characters, using a randomly generated string of letters, numbers, and symbols, for the administrative account

Believe it or not, the blank password offers considerably more protection. Because of security enhancements introduced in Windows XP, accounts with a blank password can be used only to log on interactively at the computer by using either the Welcome screen or the Log On To Windows dialog box. You can’t log on to a non-password-protected account over the network using a Remote Desktop connection. Nor can you use the Run As feature to run in the context of an account with a blank password. An attacker who wants to break into your computer won’t be able to get administrative access over the network.

This approach isn’t for everyone – you don’t want to try it on a portable computer, or on one that’s part of a Windows domain, or if you actually need access via Remote Desktop.

But this strategy is a decent alternative for home computer users who don’t want to be bothered with passwords. You can return to the Welcome screen at any time by using the Windows key+L shortcut; from there, you can log on to the administrative account for system maintenance tasks.



Coffee Geek: Expresso Porn.

August 10, 2005

Expresso Porn…

S.Korean Man Dies After 50 hours of Computer Games.

August 10, 2005

It obviously wasn’t FIFA that he was playing.


Tiesto’s new Website.

August 9, 2005

Continuing with my “Tiesto high” after this weekend, I visited his site where I was welcomed by the site’s new look, which although impressive, what I found to be even more impressive was viewing Tiesto’s list of upcoming events. It is quite amazing how many countries he travels to and continents he crosses within a period of a month, in order to play his gigs…

11 Aug Amnesia / Radio 1 weekend, Ibiza (Spain)
12 Aug Pacha Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain)
13 Aug Energy Rave, Zürich (Switzerland)
13 Aug Sonne Mond Sterne Festival, Saalburg (Germany)
14 Aug Marktrock Festival , Leuven (Belgium)
15 Aug Eden Arena, Malta (Malta)

How to Make Google Maps for a Site.

August 9, 2005


High-Resolution Camera to Survey Mars

August 9, 2005

A new high-resolution camera is set to depart for the planet Mars Wednesday morning aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The camera, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRise) is the largest camera ever sent out of Earth’s orbit and will deliver the highest resolution images of Mars yet.

The camera utilizes a series of mirrors and lenses that project the image onto a cluster of CCDs rendering images with a resolution up to 20,000 pixels by 40,000 lines, an image so large that it would take 1,200 typical computer screens to fully display. The camera’s high resolution will enable the identification of objects as small as a coffee table while the camera orbits 300 kilometers above the planet’s surface.

Read more at source…

Mounting ISO images in a virtual CD-ROM drive.

August 8, 2005

Some software vendors, such as Symantec, distribute their software in the form of an ISO Image, which normally means having to copy that image to CD in order to access and run the installation file(s). If you wish to access the ISO image but are not interested in copying to CD yet, then Microsoft has an unsupported “Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP“, that can be used to mount the respective ISO image to a virtual drive, to then be accessed and used exactly as a normal CD-ROM drive. The reason why it’s unsupported is because it contains no setup (only instructions) and the interface is basic, but the software works really well.

How to install and use the software…
Once downloaded from the link above, double click the executable and extract the files to a folder. There are three files:
1. Readme.txt – explaining how to use the software.
2. VCdControlTool.exe – the excutable for the program.
3. VCdRom.sys – the driver.

Open the Readme.txt and follow the simple installation instructions. Once completed, if you open “My Computer,” you should see the virutal CD-ROM drive been shown as a CD-ROM drive. Simple yet useful.