Gates Espouses Creative Capitalism

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week, Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates received the unusual honor of being the sole non-government speaker to have an entire session to himself, and in the largest hall available. Gates took that opportunity to speak of what he termed "creative capitalism," which might be better defined as business with corporate and social responsibility.

Does anyone else find his position highly ironic? While no one can doubt his generosity and good works at this point in his life, Gates appears to be renouncing the hardnosed approach to capitalism and competition that fed billions into his own coffers over the last three decades.

Alternatively, he has set a double standard, in effect arguing that he can choose whatever form of capitalism suits him at a particular time, and use the world stage to convince others of his correctness. Taken that way, he's becoming a shining example of the alternative form of the Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules.

What's your read? Tell me at pvarhol@redmondmag.com.

Demo 08 Brings Out the Best
This week, DEMO 08 brings together the hottest startup companies with the venture capital money in Palm Desert, Calif. Many new technologies and trends have been "discovered" and well-funded as a result of this conference.

Are you on the lookout for The Next Big Thing? Tell me what your IT department really needs at pvarhol@redmondmag.com.

LANDesk Announces New Management and Security Suites
Systems management vendor LANDesk today announced and shipped LANDesk Management Suite 8.8, adding new real-time software distribution, licensing monitoring, alerting, provisioning and reporting tools to the product.

The company also announced and shipped LANDesk Security Suite 8.8, with the goal of increasing enterprise systems security by introducing new data leakage protection, wireless access point discovery, enhancements to patch management, host intrusion prevention and other enterprise-level security provisions.

Do you have issues in managing the security of your wireless networks and wireless access points? Tell me your challenges at pvarhol@redmondmag.com.

Mailbag: Mac Security
Yesterday, Doug reported on the findings of a Sophos study -- namely, that Macs are increasingly being targeted by hackers. But Pete thinks Macs still have a leg up on Windows when it comes to keeping out attacks:

On Unix, if you need to perform privileged operations, you take explicit actions to run as root. System files are protected against change by normal users, and different users are -- within the limits of the default or modified file permissions -- more or less protected against each other. I understand that the underpinnings of Mac OS X are a Unix. Linux is a Unix.

However, on Windows, either your account has Administrator privileges, or it does not. It's a big nuisance to have to log out, log in as Administrator, install some software or whatever, log out, log in again as yourself -- if you even have the Administrator password. So many user accounts have Administrator privileges. Even if not, it used to be that you still would have write access to system files or files of other users. (I'm somewhat detail-challenged here by being a Linux guy and XP user with no OS X or Vista experience.)

Every OS has bugs, and exploits are surely possible. However, Windows appears be a much better target for attack than Linux or Mac OS X. The likelihood of being able to take over the whole system is much higher, never mind the sheer number of targets.
-Pete

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About the Author

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 level.

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