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