The Mouse That Roared

Tomorrow, Microsoft plans to release an out-of-sequence patch to block a zero day exploit. This is an unusual flaw in that hackers can use the animated cursor to take control of the entire computer.

Attacks have been limited so far, but they could pick up with news of the flaw. Best get to patchin'!

New VoIP Tool Tested
Office Communications Server 2007, a new package designed to integrate Voice over IP with traditional telephony, is in widespread beta in preparation for release this year (hence the 2007 product designation).

One neat trick lets users make phone calls from within Office. This sounds like one of those whiz-bang features that only a technophile would use. I can't imagine crafting the perfect @function and suddenly deciding to call and brag to my best girl. But that's just me.

Combating Cyber Bullies
Tim O'Reilly, as influential in cyberspace as Bill O'Reilly is on the air waves, is fed up with Internet bullies, especially those that intimidate and threaten. What really got under O'Reilly's skin (Tim, not Bill) are the increasing number of death threats against bloggers. O'Reilly is so riled he's calling for a code of conduct for the blogosphere.

He hopes such a code and self-regulation will solve the problem. That's like asking Rosie O'Donnell to regulate her Ring Ding consumption! Not likely to happen.

About the Author

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

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