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Playing in the sandbox

I've been testing out a new utility (new to me, at least) at home called Sandboxie.

It's basically a tool that allows you to run various applications in an isolated fashion on your system, where they don't have direct access to the disk or the registry (they think they do, but they are being virtualized).   This allows you to capture the full effects of their efforts to write to either location, and helps minimize any damage that comes from misue of the application, bad coding, or hidden spyware/malware accompanying the installed app.

So far, I've been using it to run various browsers and look at the various cookies that websites want to update, or just to test new applications of which I don't know the potential side-effects.  So far, so good on a dual-core AMD system with 2GB RAM.

I'll have to try it on the dual-core Intel with 4GB RAM I have under my desk at the office and see if there are any issues.   It's supposed to be able to run natively in 64-bit mode, and I'm running 64-bit at work.

Windows Vista is supposed to have similar isolation functionality primarily to facilitate backwards compatibility with older software that will lose its hair with the new security model.  It will be interesting to see how well it works.   I haven't had time to personally test Vista as yet...

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Posted: Monday, July 10, 2006 2:16 PM by Logik!
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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.