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August 2006 - Posts

Scripting GPO Creation and Modification
When you install the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) on your system, you gain some nifty command-line tools for managing group policies. Still, some things have to be scripted if you're going to be efficient. Even though scripting with VBS would Read More...
We're in full swing, now...
Okay, it looks like I was able to get everything working on the site in terms of Community Server modules. I even got the Community-Credit add-on to work, although I'm not sure why the behavior was different with my home system and my publicly hosted Read More...
P2P, IPv6 and Internet Anonymity
I was reading this article about P2P Darknets that was posted on Digg , and one of the comments on Digg was that Internet anonymity was going to get better and better. Seems extremely optimistic to me. For one thing, the ISPs are going to start getting Read More...
PowerShell to the Rescue
The August edition of the Windows IT Pro magazine has a really good article on Microsoft's new scripting technology: PowerShell . Not only is the article pretty good, but the underlying technology is awesome. And not a moment too soon. PowerShell, previously Read More...
Test Subject: I'm testing, testing! Yes, Indeed.
This is a test of a new blog autonaming CS Module that Jarda Jirava produced, based on a thread I started over at the Community Server forums. I know I've said it before, but I really, really love this community. Now, let's see what name my lovely post Read More...
Getting caught up in trivia
I just finished reading an informative article by Peter Coffee on why it is important for technologists not to get overly caught up in the coolness of technology such that they overlook the needs of their constituents, the business users. In particular, Read More...
Vista is getting closer
According to some reports, the latest build of Vista released to testers displayed improved stability and performance, and looking like it will make the holiday season without issue. A broader preview program is still to come. I'm looking forward to see Read More...
Where are you, planet Earth?
Ah, the relativeness of size in space... Just this week, on my Admin Off-Topic mailing list , someone posted the following link about the relative size of the planets in our solar system , as well as various stars. Really cool stuff. I have always been Read More...
Internet Explorer Patch Re-Released
Yesterday, Microsoft re-released security bulletin MS06-042 because the original release introduced a buffer overflow condition for some customers. Everyone is advised to get the new update, because the buffer overflow is exploitable. Just one example Read More...
Do we really get Information Security?
Five years ago, I wrote an article on the challenges of implementing Information Security in an enterprise . Sad to say, even in the post-911 era, not a whole lot has changed there. Sometime in the next couple weeks, I'll write an updated document on Read More...
It's been a busy day...
Today was a looooong day, with plenty of learning opportunities. As a result, this is a loooong post, with plenty of opportunities to induce boredom. Anyhoo... This morning, at 5:45am ET, I violated one of my very own technical deployment rules and decided Read More...
IT Career Paths
It shouldn't be news to anyone who has been in Information Technology for more than a couple years now, but more and more folks are suggesting that an IT career will no longer be insular or self-contained . In many ways, this is very good news, as Read More...
Upgrading my CS installation to .NET 2.0
After a long bout of troubleshooting , we finally made the determination that the reason why the Community Credit Add-on for CommunityServer.org wouldn't work on any of my installation, is that it is a .NET 2.0 application, and I've been running CS on Read More...
Family Fun Day 2006
Yesterday, our church had an outing sponsored by the Family Life Ministries department -- which is the Ministry that my wife and I are responsible for. On the advise of our Pastor and his wife, we went to Shepherds Lake in Ringwood, NJ . Ironically, we Read More...
The War on Terror: Liberty vs Safety
A federal judge has just ordered an immediate halt to the NSA's domestic surveillance program, and it is being called a landmark decision. This bring up the interesting question, which is based on the statement made so many years ago, and often attributed Read More...
The Challenges of Skinning in CS
Over the past couple of days, I've been spending mucho time in the CommunityServer.org forums, getting quite a bit of help on making various skinning modifications on my site. Much of this has been spurred on by things I've seen on the websites of various Read More...
My first blogging attempt with Windows Live Writer
Okay, so after reading about 5 different reviews on the joy and wonder of Windows Live Writer , I just had to go out and try it myself. And in just under 5 minutes, all I can say is: Sweet! I'm pretty sure that WLW is going to swiftly become my primary Read More...
Blogging, Blogging Everywhere
Microsoft has just released a beta of their new Blogging Tool that will work with Windows Live and any of the popular blogging services. So far, Windows Live Writer is getting some rave reviews. I still need to test out the beta of Office 2007 , but I Read More...
Finally, the Telcos are feeling the heat!
I just saw a report that Verizon has been busy laying down fiber in New York in order to stem the tide of defections to rival cable services, such as Time Warner Cable and CableVision . And it serves them right. The Telcos have been sitting on better Read More...
Automating SiteMap Generation
This whole issue of generating Google Sitemaps is not as straightforward as I thought it would be. More precisely, there are more complications than expected for my Commmunity Server -based site. The key is to get the links I really want into the SiteMap, Read More...
Choosing the right editor for Community Server
My Favorite CS Editor Maybe it's just me, but although there are certain things I like about the tinyMCE editor that's now the standard in Community Server 2.1 (such as the ability to set the link to open in a new window) , I find that it is a bit slow Read More...
Fun with Website Upgrades (Community Server)
There's a reason why you shouldn't generally perform website upgrades in the middle of the night, when sleep is calling you. The good folks over at Telligent surprised me today by releasing Community Server 2.1 just hours after I'd upgraded my corporate Read More...
Patch Day August 2006: 12 Vulnerabilities to be Patched
Microsoft has announced that there will be approximately 12 vulnerabilities patched starting on August 8th, aka Patch Day. 10 of these are Windows vulnerabilities, and 2 of them are Office vulnerabilities. Time to get your testing and deployment procedures Read More...
Apple Might Have to Restate Earnings...
According to the story posted at eWeek, Apple Computer is likely to restate earnings because they've uncovered some more accounting irregularities. They've even suggested that any reports they've provided since 2002 are suspect. Yow. I'm going to have Read More...
Black Hat Briefings: NAC solutions vulnerable to attack
In a presentation at this year's Black Hat Briefings conference in Las Vegas, Arkin raised questions about the efficacy of NAC technologies from vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft, and Symantec, saying the current generation of NAC solutions are riddled with holes that make it easy for hackers to circumvent their protections. A Cisco executive acknowledged that the technology has a ways to go before it provides comprehensive protection. Read More...
Apple releases new patches for 26 security flaws across its product line
On August 1st, Apple Computer released Security Update 2006-004 to fix 26 security flaws, some of them with high exploit potential, in their product line. Here is a snippet from the IT Week posting. Apple patches 26 security flaws - IT Week: http://www.itweek.co.uk/vnunet/news/2161483/apple-patches-26-security-flaws Read More...
Digital eEye releases new tools and website
The folks from Digital eEye (of Retina fame) have announced a new website and the release of some previously internal-only security research tools. http://Research.eEye.com/ Read More...
Realtor Horror Story
It is incredibly annoying to have to endure incompetence or even malfeasance during one of the most stressful endeavors that one can undertake in life -- selling a house -- but that is precisely what happened to the relatives of a colleague of mine. Check Read More...
MPAA miscalculation?
I'm not looking to get into a discussion about piracy or anti-piracy at this time, but as I was reading the MotleyFool this morning , I came across the following blog about an MPAA lawsuit that is being resisted by the defendant because it is inaccurate Read More...
Sage Management and Career Advice
When it comes to management and career information for techies, I don't think there's quite enough focus on good reading material. Over the past year, I've been reading lots of good material from the Harvard Business Review, particularly their series on career development called: The Results-Driven Manager Series It's definitely one of my Recommended Reading items, along with some others on my technology consulting website. Read More...
The wonders of Pando: Making email attachments easy
If you haven't tried Pando yet , you really need to. It's currently in open beta, and is a technology for sending large attachments (as large a 1GB) to recipients with the simplicity of email. It uses a mix of email and peer-to-peer technologies to perform Read More...
More CommunityServer fun...
Well, a second beta is available for CommunityServer version 2.1 , and it's looking very good. I'm running it on my internal server at home, but I haven't upgraded my public site (this one) or my Intranet installation at work as yet. I'll wait for the Read More...