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Mess Patch for Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0689 - Generation 4
dwergs says ( 06 May 2006 ):
We're now entering the fourth generation with Mess Patch, Mess.be's all-in-one Windows Live Messenger tweaker! Listen up, because here are the changes in G4 for v8.0.0689:
- Ability to save/load settings.
- Fixed glitch in the "Allow Signing In Status Change" feature, now appears correctly.
- Fixed bug in "Enable Multi-line Nicknames" option (reported by Kicsi_Farkas)
- Fixed Always On Top button(s), now they highlight properly and show tooltips (reported by mike and Daniel)
- Added "Remove Emoticons From Contact Names" (as requested by Maurice Robert).
- Added "Hide Personal Messages In Contact List" (as requested by Anette Øverland Amundsen & Vakri Heighton-Towers).
- Added "Remove Display Pictures From Popup Toasts" feature.
- Added "Open Display Picture Dialog Upon DP Click" feature for conversation windows, although it still opens your contact card (as requested by johnnygrave).
- Added "Center Top Toolbar Buttons" feature.
- Added "Remove Contact Name From Convo Title" feature.
- Re-added "Add My Received Files Button To Top Toolbar" feature (as requested by subform & Tito67).
- Added "Remove Windows Live Today Button" feature.
- Added "Remove Call Button" feature.
NOTE: Mess Patch G4 is currently available in its English version only. It does, however, work with all different language versions of Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0689. A multi-language version will follow later.
>> Download Mess Patch for Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0689.
Updated scanner and a slideshow for MSN Display Pics
dwergs says ( 06 May 2006 ):
Based on feedback from our forum members, BritishNimrod has updated the Block-checker Virus Scanner to version 1.2. Check the changes here.
When browsing through my e-mail inbox I noticed another little addon John sent me aaaages ago (last Summer to be precise :S). It's called MSN Animator and cycles -with a customizable delay- through a series of your favorite MSN Display Pictures. Might be useful to show your contacts your latest vacation pics, or uncensored action shots of the party you threw last weekend.
>> Download MSN Block-checker Virus Scanner v1.2.
>> Download MSN Animator (works with WLM too despite the name).
>> Looking for MSN Display Pictures? We have gazillions!
W32.Nugache.A@mm spreads via Messenger
dwergs says ( 06 May 2006 ):
Panda Software reports the rise of new mass-mailing worm that spreads through e-mail and MSN Messenger and can open a backdoor on the infected system.
Nugache.A is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer. Upon infection, Nugache.A creates a copy of itself in the Windows system directory, in a file with the name MSTC.EXE. In addition, it generates several Windows registry entries. Having done this, it opens several communication ports to connect to a series of IP addresses from which it receives remote instructions across P2P networks, allowing an attacker to take malicious action on the affected system. It then sends an IM to all online Messenger users, including a file named ATTACHMENT, BACKUP, DETAILS, DOCUMENTS or FORWARDED.
>> More information: W32.Nugache.A.
[Source: Help Net Security]
The Nocturnal Project: Social searching through Messenger
dwergs says ( 03 May 2006 ):
Microsoft Research yesterday held its 2006 Silicon Valley Road Show in Mountain View, California. One of the projects demonstrated was Nocturnal, a social search filter based on (MSN and) Windows Live Messenger.
Building on your contacts' favorites and their surf history, a social search query will produce tailored hits. Results which are more relevant to you as an individual in your contact list's universe, will be pushed to the top. Eat this, search engine spammers!
This calls for an example. Chances are high you're a Messer and have our website bookmarked. Now, if one of your contacts wants to add some creativity to his (or her) conversations and searches for the single word query "emoticons" (without specifying the software), Mess.be will nevertheless gain a few places in the top results because Nocturnal assumes that -since one of the buddies is a fan- it's an excellent website to get your emoticons from (correctomundo!). Similarly, if one of your contacts is a real player and interested in more details on how to practice "polygamy", his attention will be diverted to our Mess Patch instead ;)
You'll also be able to set the depth of your peer group, which could range from just the contacts on your lists to... contact's contact's contacts (remember the Friends List we covered earlier?).
Nocturnal is currently a prototype and although ready to be launched, researcher Dahlia Malkhi could not comment on concrete plans to implement it. If it would, you will of course first have the choice to opt in to share your search information, for obvious privacy reasons.
UPDATE (from internetnews.com): "Nocturnal has two components. The first is found in (...) Messenger, which has a shared information folder. Drop whatever you want to share in it and that information is shared with selected friends or anyone on your MSN buddies list. (...) The second part is a toolbar for the [Internet Explorer] that lets you rate pages and capture links in your shared folder, allowing them to be shared with other people."
[More information: vnunet.com]
Windows Live Messenger Beta refreshed
dwergs says ( 02 May 2006 ):
Windows Live Messenger build 689 was just publicly released but contrary to the original plan, it still bears the Beta-tag (for the last time?).
So far I spotted nothing new compared to the previously leaked internal Beta so I suggest you check those posts for details.
I'm also not entirely sure they updated all languages to 8.0.0689.00_Branches but here's a list of direct links for all known translations (let me know which ones still link to the 0566 build):
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 English
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Dutch
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Spanish
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 German
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 French
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Japanese
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Korean
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Brazilian Portugese
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 European Portugese
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Chinese (Traditional)
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Chinese (Simplified)
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Polish
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Russian
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Danish
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Finnish
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Greek
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Hungarian
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Italian
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Arabic
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Slovenian
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Slovak
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Turkish
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Swedish
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Hebrew
>> Windows Live Messenger Beta 8.0.0689 Norwegian
UPDATE: The magnificent Mess Patch for this version is almost ready ;)
UPDATE #2: Some pixels here and there got smoothened (like the sign-in animation and some icons) since the leaked build. By the way: to those who haven't signed up for the Beta yet, check this post.
UPDATE #3: Added the (European) Portugese translation thanks to a tip from Red_Acid.
[Reported by: Bruno, )(Rockerboy, raffi, xtian, riahc3, xmz, gt, Youngy, ryguy2008, loopyroo, ville-valo91 and probably others while I was typing this]
24 bot takes your questions for cast members
dwergs says ( 01 May 2006 ):
If you're hooked on 24, chances are high you've already heard of 24Inside, a talk show dedicated to Fox's thrilling TV series starring Kiefer Sutherland as the invincible Jack Bauer (that is, until he crosses paths with Chuck Norris).
In one of its upcoming episodes, the Microsoft-powered fanshow is welcoming special guests Gregory Itzin (President Logan), Jean Smart (Martha Logan) and Jude Ciccolella (Mike Novick). For the occassion, Fox has put a bot on MSN and Windows Live Messenger which takes your questions for these great actors:
"On the next webcast of 24inside, host Daphne Brogdon will read to the guests the best questions that have been submitted. The cast and crew of 24 will be answering fan questions! So make sure you watch the webcast at http://www.24inside.com. Your question might be read on the show">> Add the Fox 24 Inside bot to your contact list.
>> Visit the official 24 homepage.
>> Visit the 24Inside homepage.
The Windows Live Insider Club
dwergs says ( 01 May 2006 ):
Following the French Miss Destinée campaign we talked about last week and which went live today*, we've been informed by Messer thefighter about another marketing effort now from MSN UK. Although it covers Windows Live Messenger to great extent, The Insider Club serves as an introduction to the entire Windows Live portfolio.
By exploring the Flash website and clicking links, visitors can unlock up to three extra levels that each come with new information and special bonuses. For example, the first 50.000 people who unlock level 3 (HINT: Default, Sky Blue, Pink, Light Purple) get a free set of personalised Windows Live Contact Cards, similar to the 2004 MSN Cards except this time with Windows Live branding and the possibility to print your WeeMee avatar on the card's back.
Level 3 itself is not open yet (nor is 4, we'll let you know when they are), but a 3000 USB keys giveaway is already advertised.
>> Visit The Insider Club here.
>> First 50k Britons get a set of free personalised Windows Live contact cards here.
(*People from France can enter the quiz to win a Windows Live Pack, which includes a high-definition television, a home cinema, an Xbox 360, a digital camera, an MP3 player and a portable PC!)
*Pop* goes the server
dwergs says ( 30 Apr 2006 ):
The server just had a small hiccup, which caused the site to be temporarily unavailable and/or show messed up pages. All systems seem to be stable now.
We'll see you tomorrow with some nice updates and Windows Live Messenger news!
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