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A look at Microsoft’s SIR v14
So…. I finally had a chance to finish reading the latest full edition of Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report . There’s a lot of really good info in the report. The executive summary also does a good job of highlighting key points.  That Read More...
The Dangers of Consolidation
It has been said that technology in general, and automation in particular, simply make it easier for humans to propagate errors much faster than they could otherwise do so. This morning, I awoke to find that none of my scripts – on any of my machines Read More...
Home Network Overhaul 2010 – Conclusion
This is the sixth part in a series of articles tracking the implementation of virtualization on my home network .  Planning for the project originally started at the end of 2007, with some equipment purchased in early 2008, but the bulk of the work Read More...
More Technology Goodness Today
There were some excellent technology releases today.  The two I care about the most are Microsoft Windows 7 , and the latest update of XeeSM from Xeequa . I expect Windows 7 to be big, big, big in the next few months, and I’ll be dedicating a solid Read More...
Another Zero-Day Vulnerability for IE
Well, it’s been a while since we’ve had an active zero-day in Internet Explorer, but according to Microsoft Security Advisory 972890 , that’s what we’re looking at:  a vulnerability in DirectX that allows for unauthenticated, remote execution attacks Read More...
We’re Back In The Worm Zone
The Conficker worm continues to make headlines , not only because it has been so elusive over the past 5 or so months, but because it is configured to do something special on April 1, 2009.  For a disturbingly large number of individuals and organizations, Read More...
Yes, Security Is Still Important in 2009
Quite frankly, it’s even more important than it has been in the past.   This morning, I was reading some articles on information security, including news about the Conficker worm .  You know, we haven’t had a really good worm in 3 or 4 Read More...
It’s Time To Look At Windows 7
Microsoft has released a beta of its new OS, Windows 7 , as well as some details about its functionality. If you want to install the beta, you should start with this information from TechNet .  Even more detail is provided by Mark Russinovich, with Read More...
Will You Be Testing Windows version 7?
I’m interested in finding out how many people want to test Windows 7 , either for their home networks or their business networks (small or large) . I have created a poll via LinkedIn where I hope to capture this information.  If you are a LinkedIn Read More...
Windows XP Service Pack 3
As reported by ComputerWorld, the latest Service Pack for Windows XP, SP3, is finally available via the MSDN and TechNet download sites. This is only for the 32-bit version of XP, btw.  Users of XP x64 will need to wait for Service Pack 3 for Windows Read More...
Get your dose of Vista Service Pack 1
If you're a 64-bit Vista user, that is...  It looks as though the users of Vista x64 can obtain Service Pack 1 via Windows Update . I've already started down the MSDN path for obtaining the Service Pack , but that has presented its own set of issues.  Read More...
Still waiting for Vista SP1
It's always something.  On Sunday, I was pretty hyped up about the fact that Service Pack 1 for Vista was very near release , but that has been deflated by the realization that Microsoft is going to hold off on actually making the code available Read More...
Vista SP1 vs XP SP3
I recently read a couple of reports from ComputerWorld regarding the performance of the upcoming service packs for Windows XP and Vista. Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim Vista SP1 no faster than stock OS, says testing expert The outlook Read More...
Windows Server 2008
Lately, I've been so busy with processes and procedures and policies, that I haven't had a chance to play with the upcoming version of Windows Server 2008 . I have had an opportunity to read a number of reports, including the one from eWeek , and it seems Read More...
Vista Sales Better Than Expected
Or, more precisely, better than many analysts expected . The analysts always seem to initially expect that the new OS will sell wildly better than the current OS, and then when Microsoft provides any guidance to suggest caution, they downgrade their expectations Read More...
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