Letters to Redmond
Extreme computing, beta testing, password tips, Microsoft Live and more.
At the Cutting Edge
Just read the "Extreme
" article [April 2006]. Wow. I would love to read more about this
sort of thing. Building a network and getting it running in an office...yawn.
Yea, OK, it has to be done, but working at the limits? Well that is great. That's
where the cutting edge is. It might not be the very latest kit but it's the best
use of equipment. Really enjoyed the piece -- thanks.
Worth the Headache
I agree in full with Mary Jo's column ["Windows
Vista Testing: The School of Hard Knocks," April 2006], to me it's worth
the headaches of dealing with constantly changing terms, as well as the plethora
of other issues we've been having (bad keys, inability to activate product,
I enjoy testing, and I've enjoyed it for a few years now. I think that the COSD [Microsoft's Core Operating Systems Division] has been doing their job, and if it weren't for the changes that they made, this test would've been horrid.
There are some things I miss about the old build process, and having only seven
labs. First and foremost, I miss the frequent builds we had during the Whistler
test. Second, I miss having the hunk of extra features, albeit they weren't
all that stable, but they were still fun to test and discover. It's gotten to
the point now where almost everything that was Longhorn has been removed, even
Aurora has been dumbed down to something not even worth mentioning. On the flipside,
the new build process ensures us only stable components and features will make
it into each daily build. So no more pre-Vista sidebar issues (4053 anyone?).
It's a pretty even battle in my humble opinion.
For us testers and consumers, I feel that the old build/testing process was
much better, however, I feel that they are saving tremendous amounts of money
with the refined processes.
have to say that ['9 Perfect Password Pointers'] is a must-read
for Windows admins everywhere."
I just finished reading Roger Grimes' latest article, "9
Perfect Password Pointers," in the April 2006 issue of Redmond
magazine. I have to say that this is a must-read for Windows admins everywhere.
Passwords are always one of the weakest links of any security infrastructure
and it gets straight to the point with these nine simple tips on strengthening
password security, which should be implemented on any Windows system. Applying
tip No. 4 (To Decrease Complexity, Increase Length) alone would increase the
security on any system tremendously. Great article.
Great read! I've been reading the magazine since it was called Microsoft
Certified Professional, which, by the way, I liked better. I have some issues
with the way the content is going. It seems to me that it's steering more toward
My main concern is the ScriptLogic advertisement that's always on the front cover. It's interesting to me that they keep coming up with "new" ideas that already exist in Active Directory. For example: If you deleted an OU. Any "good" admin would laugh at this. I guess paper MCSEs are here to stay!
Even though I'm complaining, I still wait at the mailbox for my latest copy
to arrive each month.
DOD, USMC, ISMO
Breakfast of Champions
Here's a one-sentence description of Live: Live is Google for Windows
Vista. When Vista becomes the standard in two years time, Live will eat Google
for breakfast. Live will have a native Vista XAML look and super-rich functionality
while Google will stick to Firefox compatibility and go down the toilet. You
can't have a Web technology without a client device, which today is comprehensively
attempts to make it a feasible UI are failing miserably. This will be exposed
when Vista and XAML come out.
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