Seven Patches Piping
Tomorrow is another Patch Tuesday, and Microsoft is getting set to ship
, four of which are deemed critical. The patches run the gamut,
repairing everything from Windows Server to IE (it wouldn't be Patch Tuesday
if this puppy didn't get a fix or two), to Outlook and XP. The bulletins also
address SharePoint and spoofing.
Is Patch Tuesday working for you? Is there a better way? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
.NET Source: Look But Don't Touch!
Microsoft is releasing a whole heap of .NET 3.5 source code. Does this mean
you can create your own .NET distribution? Not bloody likely. In this clear
step in the right direction, Microsoft is allowing
developers to look at .NET source code to help understand how it works and
where problems may lie. But changing the code is still very much a no-no.
I can possibly see Microsoft's point here. In open source, when you modify
code, you're either on your own or the community supports you. In the case of
.NET, should it be Microsoft's responsibility to help when you've completely
trashed .NET with your spaghetti code?
What would you do about open source if you ran Microsoft? Tell us all at email@example.com.
Protect Your Exec
A new exploit is aimed at tricking
the world's highest-ranking executives into giving away precious corporate
secrets. The spam/phishing scheme is based on e-mails with the names and titles
of these bosses, and come with a Word doc promising a better job. Once opened,
the hackers can gain access to the computers of the rich and powerful, and thus
get at confidential files.
Tell your bosses they should be happy with their jobs and ignore these e-mails.
Opening one could be embarrassing in a couple of ways!
Microsoft's licensing may among the most complex the software world has ever
seen, but that doesn't give you the right to violate any of its many terms.
The most recent example is an extension to Windows Genuine Advantage with the
catchy name "Get
Genuine Windows Agreement." And since everything at Microsoft turns
into an acronym (even BG), let's call this new plan GGWA.
Microsoft's concern is that customers that have a right to upgrade are instead
doing full new installs. And Microsoft worries that enterprises aren't doing
enough to protect their license keys, allowing for counterfeiters.
While this may well be a pain for law-abiding customers, Microsoft does have
a right to protect its intellectual property. Agree, disagree? Tell me where
I'm right or wrong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.