Microsoft (Out-of-Band) MSRC Security Bulletin Release

I just got a new Urgent notification from Microsoft earlier this morning regarding a new patch release for Windows Internet Explorer:

What is the purpose of this alert?
Microsoft is scheduled to release a security bulletin (out-of-band) to address a vulnerability in Internet Explorer on all currently supported versions of Windows. The bulletin is scheduled for release at approximately 10 A.M. Pacific Time on Wednesday, December 17, 2008.
This security update will be released outside of the usual monthly security bulletin release cycle in an effort to protect customers. Microsoft recommends customers prepare their systems and networks to apply this security bulletin immediately once released to help ensure that their computers are protected from attempted criminal attacks. For more information about security updates, visit
The purpose of this notification is to assist customers with resource planning for this security bulletin release. The information offered in this notification is purposely general in nature to provide enough information for customers to plan for deployment without disclosing vulnerability details or other information that could put them at risk.
Anyone believed to have been affected can visit: and should contact the national law enforcement agency in their country. Those in the United States can contact Customer Service and Support at no charge using the PC Safety hotline at (866) PC SAFETY. Additionally, customers in the United States should contact their local FBI office or report their situation at:
Microsoft continues to encourage customers to follow the “Protect Your Computer” guidance of enabling a firewall, applying all software updates, and installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Additional information can be found at:

Sent off the DV9000 Laptop for Left-Hinge Repair

I boxed up the laptop last night (Sunday), and Jana was able to get it down to one of the FedEx locations nearby for shipment back to HP. 

Hopefully they’ll get it later tomorrow and we can get a decent start on the 5-7 day repair cycle that HP needs.

Update: Per the FedEx tracking number, they have received the shipment in less than 15 hours.  Pretty quick!

PPCTechs is having a Holiday Blow out Sale!

ppctechs_logoThe folks over at PPCTechs are having a Holiday Blow Out Sale effective until December 31st, 2008! 

They will be offering 25% off of all accessories, and 10% off of all repairs.

Customers are welcome to use the discount code Santa08 during the completion of their orders to receive the discount.

Thanks to our friend Sue for the heads-up!

From MobilitySite…

No further Response from Porter Novelli or HP

pn_logo Well, I didn’t get any further response from Bill Robbins from Porter Novelli in the last day and a half.  So I decided to followup on this.  Granted, it’s already 5:45pm, so I don’t really expect a response tonight…

By the same token, I can’t really afford to wait on this, as I hope to cover CES 2009 January 8th thru the 11th, and that’ll be hard to do without a laptop.   I figure if I wait too long, then my package will have to compete with all of the Christmas mail traffic.    Sigh…

Cringely posts my DV9000 “hinge” problem for all to see…

Thank you Cringely!    Hopefully more folks suffering from this particular problem with their DV9000 laptop will hear about it and take-up HP’s offer for a free repair!

Kudos to Robert X. Cringely:

UPDATE: Just got word from Robert X Cringely that an HP Representative is interested in “helping to resolve my problem”.   Most excellent!

Got HP’s Free Repair packaging kit

Well, the Free shipping kit has arrived.  This is for the HP DV-9000 that I need to send back to HP for a warranty repair. 

Some included documentation clarifies the issue greatly.  As I had originally hoped, they indicate on one of the enclosed forms that they will only perform an OS Restoration if they have to, not as a first resort as my good friend Al had insisted in the first place. 

However, now I have a problem.  Al said one thing, and now I have a document that says another.  Which am I to believe?   I sincerely want to believe the document, but after all that has transpired, I can’t really be sure of anything from HP.

The one constant that I am still looking into is a good backup solution.  I’ve got plenty of backup storage space, but what I’d like to just perform a Ghost Backup of the entire drive and if the unit comes back with any missing files, I can just restore the image…

No love from HP on DV9000 broken hinge issue.

IMAG0005 Well, I just got off the phone with Al, the friendly HP representative who tried to convince me that if I sent my DV9000 laptop in for a free repair, that they will absolutely positively have to re-image my system. 

Care to guess what needs to be repaired?  A defective Hard Drive?   Negative.   An all-important Motherboard?  Nope, guess again. 

Believe it or not, the problem is that a left-side hinge that is defective and falling causing my laptop to tear itself apart internally.  You can see in the image to the left that the inner and outer shell surrounding the LCD is being forced apart at the hinge.

Apparently HP is well aware of this issue; I’m guessing the failure rate was incredibly high, and they wanted to avoid a class-action lawsuit.

Now, I could see that if I were submitting my laptop for repair of the motherboard or Harddrive that they *might* have to reload the factory image on the Harddrive in order to work with a known quantity at a particular level of quality, but this is just plain insane.

For grins, I decided to e-mail a copy of the original notification e-mail that HP sent me to “Robert X. Cringely” at InfoWorld Magazine.  I guess that we’ll have to see what happens…

Don’t mind me, I’m just messing around trying to find a good backup solution to back-up my hard-drive prior to submission to HP…