Microsoft Adds Depth to Security View
To make its products safer, Microsoft programmers have designed
a Software Development Lifecycle (SDL) process
that makes security a part
of every stage of development. Microsoft wants ISVs and corporate developers
to be equally safe and is packaging up its internal tools for outside use.
There's the model for development itself, which is free. On the paid side,
Microsoft has SDL-trained consultants you can hire and a Threat Modeling Tool
for sale this November.
As problems with Chrome, VMware, the Mac and Linux have shown, all software
can be subject to hacks. It's clear that Microsoft is trying to do something
Speaking of Chrome, are you using it? I'm writing an article about end user
experiences and would love to talk to you. Shoot me a note with your thoughts
and impressions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Was It Something I Said?
I admit I was pretty
rough on the first Gate/Seinfeld video. In fact, I thought Bill was way
funnier than Jerry. I hope the ad whizzes at Microsoft didn't take too much
of that to heart and that critics like me aren't the reason there will be no
more episodes of the Bill-and-Jerry show.
That's right: After three installments, Microsoft is shelving the Jerry commercials
in favor of a new batch starring a guy that looks like the PC guy from the Apple
I'm actually pretty bummed. The second and third installments were darn good,
and way different from your average TV fare (with four kids, I know a lot about
average TV fare). Just as there have been petitions to bring XP, how about one
to bring back Jerry?
Clouds Ain't Always Cheap
Cloud computing is supposed to save us all tons of dough. You do away with your
servers, disks, interconnects and air conditioners, and run all your software
over the wire from a cloud. You presumably save on hardware, energy and management.
But cloud services don't magically configure themselves or keep themselves
up-to-date. Some, like BitCurrent analyst Alistair Croll (I imagine Alistair
with a pipe, a smoking jacket and a shelf full of dusty old books), believe
it can actually be more
difficult and expensive to manage this remote software. Not only will admins
have to administer this software, but their companies may add more and more
applications to the mix -- increasing complexity and admin time.
Do you care about clouds? Have you found any good Web sites that cover cloud
services or teach you how to build your own clouds? URLs welcome at email@example.com.
Mailbag: Good Riddance, Seinfeld
Doug may be sad to see the Gates-Seinfeld commercials go, but James thinks the
whole endeavor was a failure from the get-go:
I saw the first commercial and thought, "Wow, that has to be the
lamest commercial I have ever seen! They should fire whichever agency sold
'em that load of crap." Then I saw the second commercial and I realized
why Vista sucks so bad. It's because Microsoft has a bunch of morons working
for it. If it can't see how lame those commercials were, they should all be
fired and bring in some people with enough sense to say, "Hey, those
commercials suck, let's go hire that company that made the Apple ads. At least
they have a sense of humor."
Now I hear that Microsoft is scrapping the Seinfeld commercials because
they "accomplished what they wanted," which I guess was proving
that MS is out of touch with reality. OK, so tell me another one. More like
Microsoft finally saw that people were only laughing at how ridiculous its
commercials were, especially compared to the Apple commercials (I thought
the latest one with PC in the pizza box was the best one so far). If MS doesn't
pull their collective heads out of their behinds, they are going to end up
digging such a deep hole, they will never be able to climb out of it.
Tell us what you think! Leave a comment below or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.