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September 2006 - Posts

FSF rebuts anti-GPLv3 claims
This post has two purposes. I'm finding the conflict over the proposed GPL version 3 rather interesting, and I'm also taking a moment to play with a few of the WLW plug-ins, such as the Acronym inserter and the Blog-This add-in for IE. Link to FSF rebuts Read More...
Why Did I Take So Long To Blog?
Kenneth Hunt , of Tech Observer fame, recently noted that I finally got on board the blogging bandwagon . Yeah, it did take me a while. I guess part of that was that I wanted to see how this whole blogging thing was supposed to play out. And, I had been Read More...
Windows Live Writer Update
Microsoft just released an update to Windows Live Writer . There are some great changes, including better support for tags, faster loading times, and some new plug-ins. I'm looking for a reason to use some of these plug-ins, like the one for handling Read More...
PowerShell RC2 is available...
Sort of. Perhaps, within a couple of hours it will really be available, but right now, all I can point you to is a link from Microsoft that says it is available. It doesn't look like it has been posted (or replicated, as the case might be) as yet. A draft Read More...
What I'm Reading This Month...
I should have mentioned this earlier, because I've been reading it for most of the month, but as I mentioned previously, things have been crazy busy for a couple of weeks now . My current book is Beyond Fear by Bruce Schneier , an easy to read and highly Read More...
Weird Blogging Error...
Every now and then, for reasons that I have yet to pin down, when I make a blog post, it will be available for a few minutes, and then it will generate an error if I try to reach it directly. It will be fine enough to edit, and it will show up fine on Read More...
A little PowerShell fun...
I just had to write about this, because it is clear that Windows PowerShell is going to be a critical component of any Windows Admin's arsenal going forward. As soon as I can get a handle on String Manipulation, I'll be a really happy camper. Here's a Read More...
Busy, busy, very busy...
Yow... I have been crazy busy this week, and next week doesn't hold the promise of being any less hectic. And I'm certainly not the only one. Dave Burke has been noticing that things have been strangely quiet recently -- certainly more than normal... Read More...
Is privacy on the Internet a dead concept?
There is no universal standard of what the acceptable boundaries of privacy are. The European Union tends to have a more stringent view of what constitutes personal privacy, while the United States seems to favor corporations vs people when it comes to Read More...
Windows Live Writer Plug-ins
Windows Live Writer is turning out to be one of those tools that I can't live without, much as I originally suspected . And it has been made even more useful with a collection of Plug-ins posted on CodePlex , and sponsored by Keyvan Nayyeri . I've just Read More...
The Future of Community Server: v3.0
Telligent is starting to provide some more information about Community Server 3.0, which is currently scheduled for release in Q1 2007. Codenamed "Calypso", this release will only run on ASP.NET 2.0, which poses no problems for me, as I recently went through the trouble of upgrading my site to run on .NET 2.0. Read More...
A Cost-Effective Infrastructure Deployment Strategy
Over the past few days, I have seen at least two posts or articles on a subject I've been meaning to write about for quite some time, now. The first one I saw was by Rob Howard , and although it deals mostly with software development, it struck a chord Read More...
Taking Information Security Seriously at Home
It is very easy to become complacent with Information Security on a home computer or network, even for those who would otherwise preach IT Security in a corporate setting. There are several reasons why this attitude can develop, even in people whose line Read More...