Consumers Reports, Now Virus Reports?
I only buy used cars, only from a private party, and only after checking the
reliability ratings from Consumers Reports (not sure how that Yugo and Suzuki
Samurai made it through my filter!). When I'm an expert in a field, such
as bicycles (and beer), I often find CR's advice lame, but otherwise they
are a thoroughly trusted source.
What I didn't know is the magazine is filled with virus authors. No, they aren't
exactly out to infect your PC. Quite the opposite -- they
wrote a boatload of viruses to test the latest anti-virus packages. The
security community had a conniption, fearing that these viruses would end up
in the wild and new techniques discovered. Consumers Reports argues the only
way to truly test anti-virus software is to throw new viruses at them. Both
sides have a point. What's your stance? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can .NET Act Agile?
Agile software development, as I recently learned, means that developers
can react quickly to the need for change, work closely with the users of the
software and business-line folks, and build apps quickly.
This concept has been kicking around for a while in the large-scale corporate
development market. But for some reason, Microsoft has, until recently, been
left out of the party, says noted Agile book author Robert C. Martin. But .NET
programmers can get Agile religion, Martin says. In fact, Redmond even hired
Ward Cunningham, the father of Agile (who left Redmond and is now driving the
If you're doing .NET and aren't Agile, it may be time to limber
up. We can show you how here.
Left-Wingers Will Laugh, the Right Will Steam
Readers of the The Onion will have already seen this. About half of
you will get a chuckle, the other half will want to wring my neck for even bringing
it up. I'll simply run the headline and you can decide if you want to
click the link: "U.S.
Dedicates $64 Billion To Undermining Gates Foundation Efforts."
Members of both parties (extremists welcome) can react to the news by writing
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.