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October 2006 - Posts

Microsoft Giveaway!
Microsoft is giving away free copies of Microsoft Office Accounting 2007, Express Edition . It's part of a Good Idea contest that they're promoting... It's a slow download, and who knows how long it will be available. Here are some of its features: Create Read More...
The Joys of Project Management!
I just saw this comic strip on project management , and it brought tears to my eyes... Share Post: Read More...
SysInternals Site Migration
Looks like the SysInternals Website is preparing for a Site Migration , having been acquired by Microsoft in mid 2006 . I can only hope that it retains the same level of usefulness that is has provided for a great many years at this point. This one site Read More...
Who is Clueless about Technology?
An article I read on ZDNet this week laments that fact that politicians as a group are woefully clueless about technology issues , yet keep pressing ahead with projects that are highly dependent on technology such as National ID programs . As some of Read More...
Growing Malware Sophistication
The level of sophistication of the malware threats we face is continuing to grow at a much faster rate that the methods that most organizations are using to detect and mitigate them. And let's not talk about home users. We need to ensure that we keep up to date on the latest threats, and that we also constantly evaluate our environments to ensure that we understand what kind of risk those threats pose to us in our ever-changing businesses. Take a look at the following articles for more evidence that this situation is getting more and more out of control, as I previously mentioned in an earlier post. Read More...
Speaking of CS 3.0...
Before my euphoria over the upcoming service pack for Community Server v2.1 could wear off, here comes new information about some of the features in the upcoming version 3.0 . These Telligent folks just don't rest! Although I forgot to mention it in my Read More...
Waiting Patiently for CS Service Pack
It won't be long now... Service Pack 1 for Community Server version 2.1 is just around the corner . Mind you, I haven't had many issues with v2.1 as it is, but I always welcome fixes, and in this case, Scott's comment about cleaning up " encoding characters Read More...
Security: Product vs People and Process
One of the hardest concepts to emphasize concerning Information Security is that people and processes are more critical to your overall security posture than products are. That is not to say that products are unimportant. Certainly, any deficiency in Read More...
Apple Just Doesn't Get It...
On Tuesday, Apple Computer company had an issue where a Windows-based virus was shipped on a select number of iPods , and rather than accepting blame for a mistake in their manufacturing or QA processes, they blamed Microsoft for not producing a " more Read More...
InfoSecurity Event next week
I'm going to attend the New York-based InfoSecurity Event on October 24 and 25. It should be great! Registration is free (for the exhibits, at least) , so if you're into Information Security, and you find yourself in the NY area next week Tuesday and Read More...
The Fearful State of Malware Today
Simply stated, it's really getting out of hand. A number of recent articles in the technology press make it increasing clear that the following themes are true as it pertains to malware today: We are increasingly falling behind on detection and mitigation Read More...
Oracle's Patch Updates
October 2006 is going to be a major month for Oracle . First, the database and middleware powerhouse has made some significant changes to its patch management process . Secondly, it released its quarterly set of database and application patches on October Read More...
Microsoft makes Vista concessions
Otherwise known as Vista vs the EU and the World: Part Three ... Here's a follow-up to my earlier Vista vs the World and Vista vs the Security Vendors posts, where I noted I greatly preferred a stronger, more secure base OS, even if that inhibited some Read More...
The NBA and the Olympics: Are they compatible?
I read this ESPN article a few months back, and I found myself wondering if the goals of the Olympics are even compatible with professional team sports? It probably isn't a bad idea for us to get an official Olympic Basketball team together than can practice Read More...
The Best and Worst of Job Interview Tips
Over the past two weeks, I have come across a number of career development and interviewing articles. Out of this group of articles and blog entries, I have seen some of the best and some of the worst possible advice given to mankind in the name of interviewing. Read More...
Vista vs the Security Vendors
Otherwise known as Vista vs the Selfish Security Vendors: Part Two ... Here's a follow-up to my earlier Vista vs the World post, where I noted I greatly preferred a stronger, more secure base OS, even if that inhibited some functionality for third-party Read More...
Minor System Upgrade
I was forced to upgrade one of my systems this week because the motherboard (or CPU) died. Rather than mess around trying to figure out which specific component was impacted, I ran over to NewEgg (virtually, of course) , and picked up a new AMD Sempron Read More...
Really, How Hard Can Email Sorting Be?
I've been using Microsoft Outlook for a long time -- since the OL97 days, in fact -- and I've gone through all the different incarnations of the nefarious Outlook/Inbox Rules Wizards. Currently, I'm using Outlook 2003 at home and work, with one test system Read More...
Vista vs the World
Or, perhaps I should say Microsoft vs Security providers in the Windows space? What I'm talking about eWeek's report that discloses McAfee's complaint that Microsoft has made it hard for them (and other security vendors) to integrate their products into Read More...
A different approach to deterrence
I have to say that I find the view offered by Ted Koppel on the issue of Iran and nuclear power rather intriguing. You have to wonder how much we might gain by taking a different stance on some of these issues where we (the US) do not enjoy universal Read More...
IT Security Confidence
I just finished reading a pretty decent CIO Insight article (with lots of research links) on the state of IT Security at a Corporate level. It ends with the following comment that I wholeheartedly agree with: For IT security to work, companies must train Read More...
Security: Product vs People and Process
One of the hardest concepts to emphasize concerning Information Security is that people and processes are more critical to your overall security posture than products are. That is not to say that products are unimportant. Certainly, any deficiency in Read More...
Recuperating Nicely...
I'm going to be working from home for most of this week due to undergoing bunion surgery this past Friday. I'm happy to say that there's only discomfort, rather than outright pain, except when I'm trying to move around. I took some before pictures (no, Read More...