Week in Geek: 350 Million Copies of Windows 7 Sold

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By Akemi Iwaya on April 24th, 2011


This week we learned how to set Firefox up to use Google Apps for opening everything, use Virtual PC to install Windows 7 into a virtual machine, what an equalizer is and how it works, had fun adding an artist’s touch to our desktops with a special customization set, where to score sweet geeky deals on laptops, HDTVs, & free apps, and more.

Photo by Lord Dane.

Weekly News Links


  • Windows 7: 350 million licenses sold in 18 months
    Eighteen months after Windows 7 was released, Microsoft is boasting that it has sold 350 million licenses of its flagship operating system. The platform’s sales have barely slowed since the company last bragged about numbers; after 12 months, 240 million licenses had been shipped.
  • Oracle gives up on OpenOffice after community forks the project
    Oracle announced that it intends to discontinue commercial development of the OpenOffice.org (OOo) office suite. The move comes several months after key members of the OOo community and a number of major corporate contributors forked OOo to create a vendor-neutral alternative.
  • Windows function disables exploit protection
    Security experts Chris Valasek and Ryan Smith have revealed how they are able to bypass Windows’ heap-exploitation mitigation feature. Their discovery allowed them to exploit a vulnerability in Internet Information Services (IIS) 7 (since patched) to inject malicious code and prove that Microsoft’s initial assessment that exploitation of the vulnerability could at worst only crash the server was wide of the mark.
  • Exploit on Amnesty pages tricks AV software
    On its blog, security firm Armorize has reported on a clever exploit on certain web sites that infected visitors’ computers with malware. Apparently, criminals injected a “drive-by download” on web sites such as that of human rights organisation Amnesty International.
  • Ashampoo warns customers of data breach
    The German software company Ashampoo, publishers of CAD, office, utility and security software for Windows has been the victim of an attack on its servers and, as a consequence, has issued a warning to its customers.
  • Cyber attacks rise at critical infrastructure firms
    Cyber attacks on critical infrastructure companies are on the rise, with a jump in extortion attempts and malware designed to sabotage systems, like Stuxnet, according to a new report.
  • Personal-safety GPS device presents security risk
    Bailey, a senior security consultant at iSec Partners, was able to trick the Zoombak system into believing a device in his possession in the United States is actually in Afghanistan.
  • “HTTPS Now” campaign launched to protect internet security
    The San Francisco based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) citizens’ rights organisation and the Access digital freedom organisation have announced the launch of new international campaign.
  • E-mail security: Back on the front burner
    Malware purveyors may not need to hack a company’s server to get their hands on your e-mail address. Security researcher Samy Kamkar–he of the infamous Samy MySpace worm from several years back–recently disclosed a technique for discerning the business e-mail address of almost anyone, whether or not they’ve made it public.
  • Dropbox caves on privacy, opens subscriber files to law enforcement
    Dropbox has a juicy carrot and one big stick for subscribers. The cloud storage service announced 25 million users and revised terms of service.
  • How Apple tracks your location without consent, and why it matters
    If you haven’t yet enabled encrypted backups for your iPhone or iPad, now’s definitely the time to start. Two security researchers have discovered a simple way to map out where you’ve been almost anywhere in the world — without any hacking involved.
  • Your iPhone’s watching you. Should you care? (FAQ)
    Researchers announced that they found what look like secret files on the iPhone that track user location and store it on the device, without the permission of the device owner. To help users understand more about the data that’s being collected, what the risks are, and what they can do about it, CNET has put together this FAQ.
  • Tools wipe location data from (some) iPhones
    Want to wipe location-tracking data that’s being stored on your iPhone without your permission? There’s an app for that, but you’ve got to jailbreak your iPhone first.
  • How police have obtained iPhone, iPad tracking logs
    Law enforcement agencies have known since at least last year that an iPhone or iPad surreptitiously records its owner’s approximate location, and have used that geolocation data to aid criminal investigations.
  • Lawmakers demand answers from Apple on iPhone tracking
    Lawmakers want answers from Apple after a report was published this past week that showed that iPhones and iPads track and store users’ location information.

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 04/24/11
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