Windows XP SP3 is set to release today!

For those of you who are still using Windows XP (if you haven’t already made the switch to Windows Vista or Ubuntu Linux :D), Service Pack 3 is set to release today. However, contrary to what you may have seen other blogs post about it, it is not set to include Internet Explorer 7. This seems to be floating around the Internet like crazy. I just wanted to get the facts straight on this one.

After digging through Google for a while I came across an official Microsoft document that blatantly states that Internet Explorer 7 will not be included in this update. If you scroll through the document and fine the section labeled “What Is In Service Pack 3“, you’ll see the new changes.

Further, Windows XP SP3 does not include
Windows Internet Explorer 7. For more information about Internet Explorer 7, visit
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/ie/default.mspx.

The source that I retrieved this information from can be found here (pdf).

I’ll just go a head and sum up the changes that you will see in Service Pack 3.

Basically, Service Pack 3 will contain all of the updates that have already been made available to you since the release of Service Pack 2 via Microsoft Update. According to the overview, the updates will include the following:

  • Service Pack 3 will not be adding many brand new feature that were released with the coming of Vista.
  • SP3 will include Network Access Protection (NAP) to help organizations that use Windows XP to take advantage of some of the new features in the Windows Server® 2008 operating system.
  • Windows XP SP3 does not include Windows Internet Explorer 7.
  • Microsoft® Management Console (MMC) 3.0
  • Microsoft Core XML Services 6.0 (MSXML6)
  • Windows XP SP3 also includes a small list of previously unavailable functionality, including NAP and an update of Windows Product Activation. With this update, users will be able to enter their product key after installing Windows XP SP3 instead of during installation.
  • Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) 2.5
  • IPsec Simple Policy Update for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP
  • Digital Identity Management Service (DIMS)
  • Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) 2.1
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2)
  • “Black Hole” Router Detection
  • Descriptive Security Options User Interface
  • Enhanced security for Administrator and Service policy entries
  • Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module

Their Summary on the overview is as follows:

Windows XP SP3 combines all previously released performance, security, and stability updates. It also
provides a limited number of new and enhanced functionalities, although it does not significantly change the
Windows XP experience or bring most Windows Vista functionality to Windows XP.

If you don’t see the option to upgrade your system to Service Pack 3 yet, they you can grab the package yourself! If your interested in the links then you can find them all at GHacks.net! The package itself is ~316mb, but if you don’t want to download all of that then you can just wait until it is made live. Chances are, you won’t have to download that much from Windows Update since you probably have most of the older updates installed already.

If you just want to go a head and get it then I say do it! I’m currently installing it myself on my laptop. Enjoy the early links while their early!

Also worth looking at is the article Loopholes keep Windows XP alive.

UPDATE:
Just after releasing the service pack this morning, Microsoft removed it from Windows Update temporarily to fix a flaw with the package. Microsoft says it has since uncovered a compatibility issue between Dymanics Retail Management System (RMS) and Windows XP SP3. There was no time estimate on the delay, however, the direct download links are available if you can’t wait! Look above for more information on that.

UPDATE 2:
If you get an error message that says “Access Denied”, then you can get around this using one of a couple different methods. I’ll list them below, but the information that I found came from:
http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3265169&SiteID=17

  • Solution 1:

    1. Make a backup of your registry.

    2. Download and install subinacl.exe.

    3. Create a file called reset.cmd with Notepad. Copy the text below into the file reset.cmd and run reset.cmd with administrative rights (it may take a LONG time):

      cd /d “%ProgramFiles%\Windows Resource Kits\Tools”
      subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f
      subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CURRENT_USER /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f
      subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f
      subinacl /subdirectories %SystemDrive% /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f
      subinacl /subdirectories %windir%*.* /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f
      secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose

    4. Reboot at SAFE MODE and try install SP3 again.

  • Solution 2:

    By installing Sp3 under a a user account you cannot acccess the registery properly. Please use the Adminstrator account instead of a user adminstrator account. Subinacl.exe was created to act as a way to access the registery properly. And the Reset. com to grant FULL adminstrator account.Also the other tips apply here, Turning of and diabling Antivirus, anti-spyware protection programs. Backing up information.What isn’t clear as when we used w2k was the panel showing full adminstrator vs. adminstrator and power user. Then press F8 during boot-up to log-in as Adminstrator is able to install sp3 with out running the subinacl program.

    See here for an clarifacation see here.
    http://www.microsoft.com/protect/computer/advanced/useraccount.mspx

    The things that applied to installing sp also apply when attempting to install Sp3
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/sp2_whattoknow.mspx

  • Solution 3:

    1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then press ENTER.

    2. For Windows XP, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

      secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\repair\secsetup.inf /db secsetup.sdb /verbose

      You receive a “Task is completed” message, and a warning message that something could not be done. You can safely ignore this message.
      http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;313222

If these solutions are confusing then I apologise. I simply got them from a forum discussion and didn’t feel like rewriting them. If you’re confused about any of these steps then just ask about them in the comments and I’ll explain them the best I can.

UPDATE 3:

Windows XP Service Pack 3 is available once again via Windows Updates! Go get it!

UPDATE 4:

Endless Reboot after installing SP3
You may already be aware of the problem Service Pack 3 has caused to AMD PCs. If your, not familiar with the problem then it can be summed up by this: Some of the users who installed Service Pack 3 on their AMD Processor based computers reported that their PCs rebooted endlessly and would not allow them to use their computers.

If this sounds like something that has happened to you while installing Service Pack 3 then you will need to complete the following instructions to repair your version of Windows XP SP3.

The fix for the problem…

Jesper Johansson, who was once a program manager for security policy at Microsoft and currently an MVP who works at Amazon.com, has come up with a fix for the problem.

He has created a small 16K VBScript file which checks whether the PC is running an AMD processor, if yes; it examines the Windows registry to find out if a device driver (IntelPPM driver) meant for Intel-based machines is set to load. If it is set to load, it will offer an option in order to disable it.

You will need to download the file from here and run it. To run it just double click on it.

If you need to check many computers on a network you can do it by running the following script from the command line:
removeIntelPPMonAMD.vbs <computer 1> <computer 2>…

For more information have a look at the blog post on Jesper’s blog.

Interesting Feeds – Edition 1

I’ve been making an attempt lately to increase the amount of posts on my blog. So..I’ve decided to start posting interesting links to articles that I come across in the RSS feeds that I regularly subscribe to!

These posts won’t replace my regular “blogging” posts, but hopefully they will give you all something to do throughout the day! :P

I’m going to be updating the list throughout the day each time as new feeds arrive, but for now I’m posting some that are a couple of days old, just to catch up. So just take some relax time and checkout the articles that appeal to you!

If I left out something that was just ridiculously worthy of making it into the post, then throw it in a comment for me! ;)

So without further ado, I present to you “Edition 1 of Interesting Feeds“:

I hope you enjoy the all new “Interesting Feeds“!

Finals Week Commences

Well, this week is going to be a rough one! My schedule for this week is basically two (easier) exams on Wednesday, Calc. exam on Friday morning along with my Discrete take-home final and my final project for CSC-251 due the same day. Then I get a short weekend break to cram for CSC-230 (C programming), which finishes off my finals for the semester!

The only ones I’m really not wanting to take are the Calc. exam and my Discrete take-home. I don’t know what it is about those two courses, but I hate them so much! I guess it’s related to the fact that my other three classes are all programming courses, hehe.

Anyhoo, back to working on school related annoyances. :)

Upgrading from WordPress 2.5 to WordPress 2.5.1

After checking my feeds today, I noticed an article that was talking about a new security update for WordPress 2.5. After remembering that I had installed the WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin I decided to go a head and try it out for WordPress 2.5.1.

The upgrading process couldn’t have been made any easier. The steps were as simple as logging into my wordpress account, clicking the Automatic Upgrade link, clicking next about 8-10 times as it tells you what it is about to do before it does it and bam! WordPress 2.5.1 is installed.

If you download the entire 2.5.1 release, you will be getting over 70 other fixes. However, if you prefer to install only the security fixes the you can get the three updated “php” files from the WordPress blog post for the 2.5.1 update. WordPress 2.5.1 focuses on fixing the most annoying bugs and improving performance. Here are some highlights that are listed in the original release post:

  • Performance improvements for the Dashboard, Write Post, and Edit Comments pages.
  • Better performance for those who have many categories
  • Media Uploader fixes
  • An upgrade to TinyMCE 3.0.7
  • Widget Administration fixes
  • Various usability improvements
  • Layout fixes for IE

I would recommend, to everyone using WordPress, that you give WordPress Automatic Upgrade a try so it takes the “hassle” out of upgrading your site and keeping it secure!

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition

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Canonical has released the newest stable version of Ubuntu! I’ve personally been using Ubuntu 8.04 since late 2007 when it was available for the public as Alpha 1. You can take a look at the release schedule and road-map that the developing team followed for version 8.04! Ubuntu has really come a long way during the time that I’ve spent using it.

I first started using Ubuntu with version 7.04. Ubuntu builds are now given “code names” as well as release versions. Ubuntu 8.04 is given the “8” from the year that it is released and the “04” from the month that it is released. The code name of Ubuntu 8.04 is “Hardy Heron“. Ubuntu 7.04 was released in April 2007, 7.10 was released in October 2007.

The next version of Ubuntu to be released is Ubuntu 8.10 and is code named “Intrepid Ibex“. The release time should be obvious to you now! If you’re like me and like to use the latest bleeding releases possible then you can upgrade your version of Ubuntu to 8.10 in the near future by typing the following into your terminal:

sudo update-manager -d -c

This will launch the update manager window and prompt you about upgrades. If you’re currently running 7.04 or 7.10 you can upgrade to 8.04 or 8.10 by using the same step as mentioned above. You will however have to upgrade in order of releases. You cannot upgrade immediately from 7.04 to 8.04 or from 7.10 to 8.10. That shouldn’t be an issue, you can just upgrade to one and then upgrade to the other after the first upgrade has completed!

With Ubuntu 8.04 came a great deal of stability and many new features! It also includes the ability to install Ubuntu from within Windows! If Ubuntu looks interesting to you then you should give it a try! They’ve made Ubuntu very easy to install and very easy to use and get used to. Ubuntu is quickly becoming the synonym for Linux in today’s world. Don’t let yourself miss out on this ground breaking release!

Go get it now! It’s available by free download or free mail (delayed as they only send a certain amount per month). You can also spend a small fee (just a couple dollars) to have them mail it to you very quickly!

Update 2008-09-23:
Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex Alpha 6 has been released. Here is how to update your system to the latest version of 8.10!

Studying for a Calculus Test

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Caculus BookWell, I’ve spent the majority of my day preparing for a Calculus exam that I have in the morning tomorrow. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to blog much this week, but I try to update you once in a while! ;) The bad thing about this week is that as soon as I finish working on one thing…I can’t stop to take a break at all because something else is due.

What a hectic week! It’ll be nice to get to dead week and have free time to prepare for exams and not worry about homework conflicting with tests, etc. Let me know if you have any tips for Vector Calculus!

Self-Imaging

After stumbling through some YouTube videos today, I came across one that I thought was really cool. It’s a short video of people summing up who they feel like they are in one word or a short phrase. It’s actually pretty neat how most of the people interviewed just fit their answer perfectly, while others are clearly just trying to improve their appearance. The second answer is just like…what the heck did he ask her? “It’s like a mesh of colors..and like..pict-chas.” The “dynamic” guy cracks me up. Just the way he says it (~1:47).

I’m gonna have to go with the “Awesome” guy for me too, haha. Just kidding. I think my answer would be..

unscheduled

So now it’s your turn. So let’s hear it! “How would you describe yourself in one word or phrase?

My day on the 25th..

I know this is actually posted on the 26th of April, but it’s all about the 25th of Arpril. ;) My day way pretty good for the most part and I even started a bit early on my C project today (yesterday), but I started reading the news and I found that today was just like any other day. Murder and robbery are still the most talked about subjects in every single news feed that I subscribe to. I really wish that I didn’t check-up on the news! I’m so sick of reading about people who’ve died. I don’t want to know every damn day that someone died! I mean honestly,… do you want to see this life the way it really is??…every man trying to get something of his own and murdering others to get there? I mean that is just selfish! I’ve never done this before, but after reading the news I just want to make a tribute to a child that was killed in a very unfortunate event:

Marcus Lassiter: – source (WRAL):
http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/2741147/
Marcus Lassiter“A family of a 7-year-old boy, killed by a driver accused of being drunk at the wheel, is struggling to make sense of his death.

State troopers said Marcus Lassiter was trying to cross Heath Road, near his grandmother’s house, when a car struck him Sunday evening.

A helicopter rushed him to Duke University Hospital in Durham.

“I was trying to stay optimistic for the most part. I just didn’t want, I just didn’t want to have to go through the pain I’m going through now,” brother Kenny Sanders said.

Doctors declared Marcus brain dead and he was taken off life support Monday evening.

“He was happy, always happy. You’ve never seen him down, never seen him sad. Every time I saw him, he brought a smile to my face,” Sanders said.

The driver, whom police know as Pollo Hernandez Rodriquez, was arrested after he tried to flee the scene, the state Highway Patrol said.

Rodriquez faces charges of felony hit and run, driving while impaired, driving without a license, driving a stolen car and causing serious injury with a motor vehicle.

he Highway Patrol said Tuesday they believe Rodriquez did not give them his real name. Troopers are trying to determine his identity to run a criminal background check. That will help determine what additional charges are appropriate, they said.

Sanders said he wants justice for his brother, but that for now, he is focusing on his family.

“We lost somebody very near and dear to us, so to think of, to waste emotions on [Rodriquez] would be, you know, it would just be a waste,” he said.

Rodriquez remained in jail Tuesday evening, held on a $1 million bond.

The Lassiter family told WRAL they plan to attend every Rodriquez court appearance.”

Me:
This just bothers me that people can be so careless and continue on the way we are! Other than that…I have nothing else to say. Just don’t take you’re own life for granted and do think of others more than yourself. Other than that, just be thankful for the honest/law-abiding people out there who would not do something like this to any child. Thank you for being responsible and watching out for children who will become our future.

I know this message is a bit deeper than I normally post, but when I see in the news that a 7 year old was hit by a car and the driver was not a responsible person…well it saddens me. That’s all for tonight.

Exams are just around the corner

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ncsuSo it’s almost time for final exams (only a couple of weeks), but I’m busy enough just getting through regular exams! I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I had originally intended, but things should mellow out and slow down in a couple weeks. I just finished on of my last regular exams.

That was a fun test…and I almost slept through it (I forced myself to get up, haha). I made myself stay up and study all night last night, but I finished studying around 6:00 am and decided to sleep for an hour. I woke up at 7:35 am, but it still left me plenty of time to get to class. I just like to look back over everything before an exam.

My professor is a really nice guy (C programming), but he seems to always work some errors into our tests. Every problem on the test is rewritten on the board to correct something. So annoying…and also the main reason I had to get glasses last year (I sit in the back with the anti-socials, lol).

Well, I’m off to finish some Discrete Mathematics homework and catch up on sleep.

First Post with new Blogging warez!

wordpressHey everyone, this is my first post with the new blogging freeware/open source project that is known as WordPress. I finally gave into the temptation from seeing other WordPress blogs and seeing how easy it was to post daily. Maybe you’ll find me posting a lot more often than I have been in the past. ;)

I was growing a bit tired of building what was beginning to feel like my own version of WordPress from the ground-up. It seemed like all of the features that I wanted to implement on my site were already offered with WordPress. On top of that, WordPress is updated frequently by the user base community since it is open source. This means less time I have to spend tweaking my own site and more time I get to spend posting content that I know you’ll love. :D

I’m going to try to leave my old website up, and the link for the old website will be the following when it is ready:
http://www.kyleabaker.com/oldsite/2006-2008
I’m still in the process of transferring all of the previous comments over for the old site. The other content such as Guitar stuff, Coding, etc. will be moved over as soon as possible and should be updated much more frequently!

I also have to find a way to keep my screenshot gallery tied in with the new site design! I’ll be working on all of this for the next little bit.

Stay tuned!