Seven Patches Patching
this Patch Tuesday, way more than last
when there were fewer patches than a pair of Alec Baldwin tuxedo pants.
IE, DirectX and even Vista are all getting fixes.
Them's Fightin' Words!
Analyst firm CMS Watch must've been trying to get press attention. Why else
would it call the proliferation of SharePoint content a
According to the research firm -- which goes out of its way to point out that
it's "vendor-neutral," as if that's some kind of rarity -- individual
users and departments are setting up so many SharePoint repositories that IT
can't keep track.
Now, last time I checked, a virus is something that replicates on its own.
SharePoint is not replicating on its own; it's proliferating because
people happen to like it.
CMS Watch is right -- companies large enough to worry about compliance need
to manage SharePoint more carefully, and SharePoint itself lacks some of the
tools to understand all that's out there and control its growth.
But a virus? No, that's just a CMS Watch publicity stunt. And if this item
is any indication, it worked.
Scammers Still Exploiting Microsoft Name
It's been a while, but I just got another scam e-mail saying I've won a bunch
of money, this time a cool million. All I need to do is contact Peter van Gogh
in the Netherlands and make arrangements to pick up the dough. For some reason,
Microsoft sponsored the lottery and 600,000 e-mail addresses were picked. We
didn't even have to buy a ticket.
I know this kind of thing has got to bug our friends in Redmond. I'm hoping
to get a real e-mail soon saying that Microsoft tracked down these creeps and
they're up on charges!
Microsoft Gets Undeserved Black Eye: Ho Ho Ho!
When you have 60,000-plus employees and gosh knows how many contractors, there's
always going to be some clown that'll make you look bad.
One of my former employees, Network World's John Fontana, wrote
an interesting story about a Live Messenger Santa-bot who was naughty and
not a bit nice. This artificial intelligence-based Saint Nick responded to questions
with comments that would make Howard Stern blush.
the filthy Claus before he could do too much damage.
Is This the Only Newsletter That Cares About the Amiga?
I put this item at the tail end in case you don't care about the Amiga computer
or have never heard of it (it did pretty much die off about 15 years ago).
But for those who care, this item comes courtesy of the head of IT for 1105
Media, which publishes Redmond magazine. This IT exec (let's call him
Erik) pointed me to a discussion
of an ongoing lawsuit that could determine how or if the next rev of the
Amiga operating system is released.
Here's the CliffsNotes version: Amiga Inc. spun off from Gateway, which has
bought the intellectual property rights to the Amiga. Amiga then hired Hyperion
to help write Amiga OS4. During that time, Amiga ran out of money, leading Hyperion
to claim ownership of the OS, citing a clause in the contract that gave Hyperion
all rights if Amiga ever went bankrupt. But Amiga says it never went bankrupt,
but was acquired by another company before ever filing for Chapter 11.
OS4 is actually done, and works with PowerPC-based systems (lots of people
run Amiga stuff on old PowerPC Macs), but it can't be sold broadly 'til the
ownership rights are established. If it ever ships, and if the hardware is priced
right, I'd pick up one of these puppies tout de suite.
what Amiga has to say.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.