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Microsoft is reportedly is planning on releasing the first full beta version of their Longhorn operating system by the end of June. This release will be primarily aimed at developers, but according to John Montgomery, a director in Microsoft’s developer division, “I do, however, expect that you will find IT departments starting to look at it, kick the tires, figure out what’s in it and what’s not in it.”

A developer preview of Longhorn was released in fall 2003 to a group of developers, but has undergone significant changes since. One of the most significant changes is the removal of the file system WinFS, a replacement to the current NTFS. WinFS was scheduled to be part of Longhorn, but has now been pushed back.

Source: C|Net – Microsoft: Longhorn beta will arrive by June

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Jeffrey Parson, the creator of the ‘Blaster’ worm was sentenced today to 18 months in jail. 18 months is the shortest sentence possible under Parson’s plea agreement. Prosecutors were apparently aiming for the maximum sentence of 37 months.

At its 2003 peak, the Blaster virus had infected over 50,000 computers.

Parson is hoping that others can learn from his mistakes. With the help of the Seattle Public Schools he has created a video describing how “wrong it is” to publish viruses.

Source: IT Observer – Blaster Maker Behind Bars

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This is a pretty cool idea, and I’m sure more have followed suit. Kyle Van Horn taped a disposable camera to foam core board and dropped it in the mail to a friend. On the board he asked any postal workers who handle it to take a picture. Kyle admits on his web page that his experiment was not the original, but he does list several of his attempts.

24 of the 27 pictures came out to some degree. The other 3 were blank. Click here to see them all.

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Lexus Landcruiser 100 models LX470 and LS430 are apparently vulnerable to a new virus spreading through the on-board cell phone.

The virus appears to only affect the navigation system. Fortunately, the brake and steering systems are not under total control of the computer. But, it’s a scary thought that a future virus may be able to turn off the brakes on your car.

Also fortunate is that the car must be within 15 feet of an infected host to get infected themself.

Source: Mobile virus infects Lexus cars

Posted by & filed under Computers & Internet, News. introduced the first phase of a new service called Yellow Pages. With this release, the phone directory includes 20 million images from 10 cities to make it easy to find what you’re looking for.

When the user clicks on a business; they are shown contact information, a map, reviews, and a photo of the business. Also available is a feature called ‘block view’ in which the user can ‘walk’ around the block and see nearby businesses.

A group of vans armed with GPS and digital video recorders collected the pictures of an estimated 1 million individual businesses. is a new search engine that debuted in September.

Source: C|Net – Amazon search pictures your destination