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How Many Patches Are Too Many?

For the Three Stooges, there seemed to be no end to how many patches they could put on any one tire. For IT, there has to a limit to how many patches one can handle (or at least stand). Last week Microsoft released a record 16 patches. As if that wasn't enough, shops that also ran Oracle contented with a possible 81 patches. Here's one Ellison/Microsoft war Larry has clearly won!

I'm not in the IT trenches, but to me, the fact that there are a lot of patches for existing products is a good thing. One may argue that these tools are flawed from the get go, but many in IT are stuck with them so keeping 'em fixed is critical.

How many patches are too many? If you are in the mood for lighter fare, what is your take on the great Curly vs. Shemp controversy? To stir the pot, I am in the Shemp camp and see him as the most sophisticated stooge. Either way, shoot your thoughts to me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/18/2010 at 1:18 PM


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