The Patches Are Coming, the Patches Are Coming

Today is the second Tuesday of the month, and you know what that means: We're going to have a special patch. In fact, it's three patches: two critical, and one moderate, fixing everything from Windows to Exchange. Get ready to repair, rehab and reconstruct with these fine fixes from your friends at Microsoft. Get the details from these links:

Anti-Spam List Becomes Spam List
Whenever you tell a hacker he can't do something, he goes right out and does it! Just seeing the term "anti-spam list" got the evil wheels turning, and soon enough someone turned the anti-spam list into the do-spam list. If you sent your address to the Blue Frog registry thinking you'd be safe from spam, you ain't. Many have gotten taunting messages claiming they will be spammed into submission.

The story gets more complex when you dig into how Blue Security works, which apparently uses a massive list of unsubscribes to launch denial-of-service attacks on spammers. So far so good as far as I can see. (Here's a cool report.)

Of course the spammers launched their own attacks on Blue Security, which Blue Security diverted to another company, blog hoster Six Apart, which got hammered. So now, Blue Security is taking a beating in the press. I've read three stories on this and still can't make total sense of it, especially as the parties all seem to be blaming each other.

You Call This a Cheap Laptop?
Intel execs are breaking out the Bengay after patting themselves on the back for the design of a new $400 laptop computer. This, says Intel CEO Paul Otellini, is a godsend for educators around the world. Pardon me if I don't join in the applause. First, it looks like a cheap, cheesy, low-rent laptop. More important, $400 is far from a breakthrough price. That's what Wal-Mart was selling laptops for this Christmas. And Dell has one $499. For the Intel lapper to truly impress, they need to cut the price in half.

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Bill Gates Doesn't Care About Money
Bill Gates says he wishes he wasn't the richest man in the world, and I believe him. Gates has some of the trappings of wealth: a nice house and cool cars. But these have come late to Gates.

Some, like Ted Turner, thought Gates was greedy because he wasn't giving his money away. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation put an end to that. And why would a man with so many billions work so damn hard? Because causes like world hunger, disease and moving technology forward are more important than lounging on a 300-foot yacht.

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Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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