It has long been supposed that the GSM mobile phone system was pretty secure and safe from hackers, well, it is, ish… Needless to say that there are ways and means for well-resourced and connected spooks and security agencies, but to date it has been beyond the ability of the average backyard nosey parker, but maybe not for much longer.

Engadget reports that Chris Paget, who has a track record for breaking supposedly secure technology in a helpful way of course, he’s one of the good guys. He has revealed what could be a sizeable flaw in 2G GSM.

At the recent DefCon security conference he was able to trick a number of mobile phone users into making calls through his laptop.

The idea appears to be absurdly simple. Basically he set up his laptop connected to a couple of small antennas as a phoney (pun intended) mobile base station, indistinguishable to phones and most users from the real thing. His kit exploited a feature in the GSM system that tells the phone to log onto the base station with the strongest signal. More »

As far as traditional methods of installing Windows go, the latest iteration of the Windows client can be easily deployed from media such as DVDs and CDs. But in addition to the default installation method for retail flavors of the operating system, Windows 7 can also be deployed via the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) included in the OEM System Builder Pack, through the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK), via USB sticks and even from a Windows Phone.

Smartphones are not in any manner the same that they were when Windows Vista was released in January 2007. In fact, the technology has evolved sufficiently enough that devices running the latest version of Windows Mobile operating system can be used in order to install Windows 7 on a computer, instead of a DVD or a USB.

At the bottom of this article, users will be able to watch an embedded video demonstration of just how to deploy Windows 7 via a Windows Phone, authored by Microsoft’s James O’Neill. At the start of this year, O’Neill received a new toy, namely an HTC Touch Pro 2, running Windows Mobile 6.5 (a.k.a Windows Phone). Readers of his blog already know this, since he wouldn’t shut up about it. More »

Over a year ago, Microsoft revealed that it considered 15 seconds the ideal startup time for Windows 7 under laboratory conditions. While 15 seconds was half the time it took Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) to boot, some critics pointed that the 15-second boot was a pipe dream. Well, Windows 7 did manage to provide its fair share of surprises when it comes down to boot performance, and the latest involves a startup that takes just 10 seconds. Just watch the video embedded bellow in order to get an idea of just what is involved in getting from a cold boot to a fully functional Windows 7 desktop in just 10 seconds.

“At (…) Intel Developer Forum, a company called Phoenix debuted new BIOS technology that allows Windows 7 to boot up from black screen to desktop in only 10 seconds. Called “Instant Boot BIOS,” the Phoenix BIOS uses new UEFI technology to power on several system devices at once instead of one-by-one. It also runs only those processes that are necessary to hand control over from BIOS to OS,” revealed Channel 10’s Sarah Perez (initially reported by LaptopMag).

The boot speed improvements over Windows Vista became clear very early on in the development process of Windows 7, via the now famous boot drag race. More »

Microsoft has refreshed its lineup of DirectX offerings at the start of this week, and the company is by no means shy of focusing the spotlight on the evolution of the graphics technology as Windows 7 is contouring. The software giant is offering fresh Technical Previews of Direct2D, DirectWrite, and DXGI 1.1, but also a new TP release of Windows 7/Direct3D 11. The components are available for download as an integral part of the March 2009 iteration of the DirectX Software Development Kit, which is accompanied by the DirectX End-User Runtimes (March 2009) and the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer. Microsoft delivered the first taste of Windows 7 DirectX 11 through the SDK back in November 2008.

Obviously the releases are aimed at a professional audience. Developers will be able to leverage the latest release of the SDK, combining the DirectX Runtime and additional software designed to permit the building of DirectX compliant solutions. With the March 2009 DirectX update, Microsoft has refreshed the tools and utilities included with the software development kit, but also the code samples, documentation, and the 32-bit and 64-bit runtime debug files. More »

Setting up a wired or wireless home network has many benefits than just having Internet access for multiple computers in your home. Today, it’s almost a necessity to be able to plug in or connect via wireless to your network from any room in your house.

With many people who set up a home network, they end up under utilizing their home network and only use it for Internet access, attached to one computer.

Today, that kind of network setup is old school. Adding a router to your network, turns a home network into a LAN (Local Area Network) opening up many possibilities of what you can do on your network. Even if you have just have one Computer, many devices exist (other than computers) that are network capable, allowing interaction with other.

So what can you do with all this technology? Here are ten uses for what you can do on your home network. More »