Patches Execute Remote Execution Flaws
Tomorrow, Microsoft will release
a batch of patches
that target remote execution flaws in Visio, Internet
Explorer and Office. Is it just me, or do almost all flaws allow a hacker to
remotely do something?
In any case, it's good to see Microsoft tackling what could be some very dangerous
Are you happy with Microsoft's patching strategy? Is Microsoft security getting
better? Let us know at email@example.com!
Patch Tuesday = Upgrade Tuesday
Also tomorrow, Microsoft will push Windows
Server 2003 SP2 through automatic updates. While the upgrade has been available
since March, Microsoft is really putting the pressure on IT to make the
You can go out of your way, download a toolkit and block the upgrade -- and
SBS customers might want to do so. There are some known connectivity glitches
that mostly affect SBS, including problems with Outlook, SecureNet and VPNs.
Despite some problems (this is software, after all) this upgrade seems well
worth the disk space. It includes a new rev of the management console and some
interesting scaling technology to help handle big processing loads.
Google's Got the Goods on You
Kids demand privacy. If you peek inside their diary, listen in on a phone call
or don't knock before opening their door, you'll get a shoulder colder than
a frozen beef shank. But these same kids don't seem to mind when Google does
Privacy International calls Google an "endemic
threat to privacy," in part because it hangs on to your search history
Yes, Eric Schmidt knows exactly how many times you searched for Pam Anderson
Dell and Sam
Dell recently switched from its direct-only strategy and will now sell through
the channel. And not just any old reseller; Dell will sell through discounters
such as Sam's
Club and Wal-Mart (have you ever noticed that people always add an "s"
to the end of Wal-Mart?).
In keeping with the low-end nature of these stores, Dell will only sell low-end
Are You Ready for Vista? Take Two
A tool to test your old PC's ability
to run the new Vista OS is now its second release. The new rev is designed
to check out as many as 10,000 PCs for Vista readiness, and includes deeper
Active Directory hooks.
I still maintain that Vista is best run on new PCs. Tell me where I'm wrong
Mailbag: Low-Cost Laptops, IBM and the SEC, More
In the footsteps of the One
Laptop Per Child initiative, Intel and Asustek are teaming up to produce
own line of low-cost laptops for developing countries. Here's what one reader
thinks about the project:
I think this is a very good initiative. To make it succesful, though,
I think it needs to be embedded/integrated in a broader project/program on
a long-lasting basis. The following subjects need to be in this program:
- Hardware support (spare parts, help desk)
- Power supply availability
- Training and education will be necessary (Microsoft OS, OpenOffice,
use of Internet/e-mail)
- Internet connections will have to be made available and maintained
- People will have to feel that this is a project of their own, not
something invented "for" them behind a desk in another country.
In Tchad, I have seen a good-will project, supported with tons of money
form the world bank, stranded because the project didn't "match"
with their way of life
- Young people must be tought how they can make a bussiness with Internet
applications (e.g., e-shop for local products)
If not, there is a risk that thousands of laptops will be used only as
a nice toy by children.
Last week, IBM
settled with the SEC on its stock option probe: IBM promised not to do it
again and, in exchange, the SEC didn't issue any fines. Bob isn't impressed:
I just love it when all the big boys play nice and stick to everyone
else. From one side, there's 'I won't fine you this time,' and from the other
side, "We won't do this anymore."
My kids would love that kind of settlement for a premeditated, well-thought-out,
intentional screw-up. Next time you feel froggy, try that one on for size
and see what it gets you. Be sure to let me know what day or days are open
for vistors (and between what hours). Do I hear slammer in your future?
After the announcement last week of a Google-Salesforce.com
partnership, Lafe asked readers what they think of the spread of online
Don't like it one bit. The more ads, the greater the security risk.
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Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.