How Secure Is Vista, Really?
Before Vista was released, Symantec put out a detailed critique of Vista security.
It was a well-written though odd document, as it criticized some items that
were being fixed before final release, and even blasted some items that had
already been taken care of!
Now that Vista is out, Symantec has a new document, "Security
Implications of Microsoft Windows Vista."
The last missive, talking about pre-release software, was pretty scathing.
Even though Microsoft is going after a security market Symantec pioneered, the
new Symantec document is pretty dang balanced.
I walked away believing that Vista, while not perfect, is far more secure than
XP. And with more and more attacks going after applications and Web 2.0-style
technologies, it is harder and harder to argue that Linux and the Mac are intrinsically
We are doing a special report, "The True State of Vista Security."
Let me know, in detail, your thoughts and experiences in this matter. Also,
let me know if I can quote you and how! You know the address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The EU Just Won't Let Go
While Microsoft antitrust issues in the U.S. are mostly an annoyance, in
Europe they are an unrelenting migraine. The European Union has been trying
to get Microsoft to fully open its communications protocols and make them available
to third parties and competitors. Now, the beef seems to be over how much these
protocols are worth. The EU wants them to be free, while Microsoft argues that
it charges far below what other companies charge for similar technology.
Fines of up to $4 million a day are possible. A few months of that could add
up to real money!
MSN Still Can't Keep Up with Google
Despite massive investments and the new "Live" search moniker, Google
is still kicking search butt and taking names. Google searches grew 40 percent
in 2006, and account for nearly half of all searches. MSN is responsible for
roughly a tenth.
Doug's Mailbag: FoxPro Feels the Love
week, I mentioned Microsoft's efforts to make Visual
FoxPro interoperable with Visual Studio 2005, .NET Framework 2.0 and SQL
Server 2005 -- after a history of trying to replace it in favor of Access and
SQL Server. FoxPro die-hards approve:
Bravo! With so many "Fox is dead" rumors circulating with increasingly
perceived validity for the past decade, it is nice to see someone with a Big
Microphone finally come forward and say, "Hold on a bit folks, this is
good stuff here. And it ain't gonna just roll over and die."
For me, the latest challenge is a matter of not being able to find enough
entry-level programmers interested in learning what they feel is a "dead
language." Sedna provides a much-needed shot of oxygen and credibility
into the VFP arena. I just may be able to continue offering viable VFP/Sedna-based
solutions to the market for some time yet, as I am betting many coders will
really like (and appreciate) the Foxy side of Sedna. I can hardly wait to
take it out for a spin.
Doug, good to see that you get it! "Microsoft tried to kill off
FoxPro in favor of both Access and SQL Server, but users never let 'em."
But Microsoft still tries. From this
Redmond Developer News article: "For many years, Microsoft had
two database engines, the Jet engine used by Access and Visual Basic, and
What a pleasure to find someone in the media who stands up for Visual
FoxPro. It's an amazingly good, solid product that I have been using since
version 1. More coverage, please.
I have read your article "FoxPro Lives!" I like it very much.
At last somebody was enough brave to tell MS the truth. Please, don't stop
with it; repeat it again and again. Don't let Microsoft stop with VFP.
Best wishes from Russia.
Thumbs up on the positive press for a great tool! The best! It's an excellent
product that I have used since 2.6, and before that dBase in CPM.
As one of the "hardcore" Fox heads (for over 16 years) I would
like to thank you for the mention. I was in the computer business since the
vacuum tube days -- the mid '60s. I am so grateful that I found FoxPro then
Visual FoxPro to fill out the last years of my career. Lucky, lucky me to
be able to have used the BEST data-centric application development platform
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Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.