Microsoft Censors Links in Windows Live Messenger

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As reported by TorrentFreak.com The Pirate Bay is not only the most visited BitTorrent site on the Internet, but arguably the most censored too. Many ISPs have been ordered to block their customers’ access to the website, and recently Microsoft joined in on the action by stopping people sharing its location with others. Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger (MSN) now refuses to pass on links to The Pirate Bay website, claiming they are unsafe. Imagine that you found this great new band sharing their music on BitTorrent for free. You’re actually so excited about this find you want to share the experience with friends, so you paste them a link to the official torrent file via Windows Live Messenger. Although this might sound like a good idea to some, Microsoft appears…
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Enable ping response for Windows Server

Microsoft, Virtual Private Server
I recently got two windows VPS for testing and stuff. The issue I faced was that even though they were Windows 2008 VPS, I still could not ping it. Came to know later that its a security feature and hence all pings are disabled. You just need to enable it by running the following command on command prompt [code]netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8[/code] If you wish to disable it, later, you may run this to do so [code]netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8 disable[/code]
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Windows Live – More Ways to Connect? or annoy?

News, Reviews
Windows Live now supports importing and sending alerts to your FaceBook and LinkedIn buddies and contacts I feel they have tried to get in the social networking business by creating this. It is not too attractive has BUGs, especially related to security because its for everyone (no opt-outs) and other contacts can see and connect to your contacts (if you dont have the proper privacy options enabled which are turned off by default). It sucks!!
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Monitors Subversion repositories for new commits

Flickr, How to, OpenSource, PHP, Resources, Reviews, Thoughts, Tips and Tricks
As the website says Monitors Subversion repositories for new commits and shows a notification to the user when that happens. Download Commit Monitor @ Google Code. It is a great tool that helps me monitor when a new commit has been made to SVN by a developer working on the same project as I am :), cool na? P.S. Its a Windows tool
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Digsby Review

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I tried digsby after looking at a Yahoo Ad. It took me half an hour to download, install, run, test and decide to uninstall it. It is really very heavy, takes too many notification icons in the system tray and takes LOTS of resources. One of the things that I didn't like was that it shows me more details then I need, e.g. one of my acquaintances got a post on their WALL (in FaceBook), like I care? It does not function like the normal FaceBook. My experience was not too good so I dont recommend it to anyone. But if you are an enthusiast like me, go ahead and test drive it today :) Here are a couple of screenshots of Digsby
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Is Windows Live really stable?

News, Reviews, Thoughts
I just came up with this question today morning when I am not able to even check or see old mails in my Windows Live mail account. I had previously blogged about Windows Live policies on the number of email per hour and you know what? I cannot even get ANY email pass through that server to my hotmail live account even though my domain (and all its IPs) are not blacklisted. Check the screenshot that I have been redirected to since morning
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World’s Cheapest Windows Laptop

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Microsoft and India's HCL Infosystems said they would work together to develop a Windows-based laptop PC that will be the cheapest available in any market worldwide. The system, called the MiLeap H Series, will run Windows XP Home and will sell for 17,000 Indian rupees, or about $425 (U.S.). The MiLeap H features a 30-GB hard drive and is "broadband ready," the companies said in a statement Friday. Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner, at a launch event in Mumbai, said the offering is meant to "empower Indian consumers and businesses with the latest and best that technology has to offer." Microsoft, along with a number of other vendors, is eyeing the low-cost PC market as a major growth opportunity -- particularly in emerging markets where average incomes pale compared…
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