Patch Tuesday Delivers Seven Patches
- By Peter Varhol
Today, Microsoft is releasing
, three rated critical and four important. All three critical
patches address issues involving remote code execution and affect supported
versions of Windows, DirectX, DirectShow, Windows Media Format Runtime and Internet
Explorer. The four important patches address remote code execution and elevation
of privilege, and affect supported versions of Windows.
What's your patch strategy? How do you manage your patch processes? Let me
know at [email protected].
Green Hills Software Puts Windows in a Padded Cell
Embedded systems vendor Green Hills
Software today announced Padded
Cell, a secure virtualization technology that provides virtualized operating
systems such as Windows with provable protection against external attack.
Padded Cell makes use of Green Hills' INTEGRITY embedded OS and its expertise
in secure software to block all unauthorized access to Windows or other popular
Don't count on buying retail copies of Padded Cell for personal use, however.
Green Hills is in negotiations with several processor and system vendors to
make this technology broadly available in computers you buy in the future. If
this happens, you may never have to install another security patch again.
Do you think secure virtualization is the answer to malware and system hacks?
Tell me what you think at [email protected].
Entrigue Script Start Is Now Open Source
Entrigue Systems this week announced the availability of Script Start Community
2.0. This is a free and open source product that enables administrators to manage,
configure and provision user settings on Windows systems connected to a server
OS such as Windows and Linux. Script Start is available for download here.
Do you already use open source tools for system management? Tell me what you
use at [email protected].
Cell Phones for Cash
December is the busiest season for cell phone sales: According to mobile research
firm M:Metrics, an estimated 12 percent of U.S. consumers will buy new phones
during the month.
If you have a collection of old cell phones that are just taking up space in
your home, you might consider swapping them for some cash. It might make even
more sense if you're an IT manager responsible for acquiring, managing and disposing
of mobile devices in your organization.
You won't make much, but companies like Flipswap
and Cell For Cash will actually pay
you for your old phone, which they then resell. Flipswap offers its service
to consumers on its site but also sells its software to wireless distributors
like Parrot Cellular and online phone retailer Wirefly. Flipswap's pricing algorithms
offer a price for your phones by taking into account your phone's make and model,
condition and market demand.
Do you have old cell phones hanging around? What do you do with them? Dial
me in at [email protected].
CompUSA To Close All Stores
According a Monday USA Today article, computer and consumer electronics retailer
CompUSA will close
all of its stores after the holiday season is concluded. The company will
sell certain stores, but the CompUSA
brand will be gone.
While this isn't really an IT story (unless you're a small business using CompUSA
as your vendor and systems integrator), anyone who's purchased computer, networking
or personal electronics gear over the last 15 years has probably used CompUSA
on multiple occasions. I especially liked the ability to shop and place my order
online, then drive down the street to my local store to pick it up.
Where do you buy your hobby gear, or make quick purchases to fix a problem?
Will you be affected by the CompUSA closing? Open up to me at [email protected].
Peter Varhol is the executive editor,
reviews of Redmond magazine and has more than 20 years of experience as a software
developer, software product manager and technology writer. He has graduate degrees
in computer science and mathematics, and has taught both subjects at the university