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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 said, I had a couple of observations of my own that others might find interesting.   ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 8, 2013
  • The InfoSec Perspective for April 2010

    It has been a busy month or so for information security.  Apple has patched a vulnerability that was showcased in a recent hacking contest, Microsoft has released a major set of fixes in its most recently Patch Tuesday, and and Oracle (which now owns Sun) has not yet committed to patching a Java vulnerability on Windows that has been ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 15, 2010
  • It’s All Just Hype Until It Actually Ships

    As a technologist, I am always on the lookout for new and exciting products, solutions and discoveries which will be coming to a store near me at some point in the future.  Whenever possible, I look to jump on the beta bandwagon and preview or test drive up-and-coming technology solutions.  Not only is it fun in and of itself, but it ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 20, 2009
  • Microsoft Office to support more default formats

    Microsoft has announced that it will be supporting more file formats in its Office suite in the first half of 2009, and the response from the European Union was one of skepticism. Microsoft intends to increase PDF support natively in Office, as well as add the Open Document Format (ODF), as a part of Service Pack 2 for Office 2007.  The ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 23, 2008
  • Can Microsoft Learn from This?

    Some days it seems like Microsoft still has a lot to learn about being a team player on a global stage where customers and regulators are interested in open standards and interoperability. They recently got spanked with both the ISO and the IEC while lobbying to get their OpenXML document format established as a global, open standard.  In ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 6, 2007
  • 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 to ''will probably do poorly''.  Thus, they are always surprised when it ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 27, 2007
  • The Microsoft Dilemma

    The issue I speak of relates to how many changes and new features should go into a new release of their software product.  If Microsoft adds lots of new functionality, then customers and analysts conclude that the likelihood of bugs within the new code is high and so they avoid product adoption for months or years or until several service ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 9, 2007
  • March Patch Madness

    This has been a fun month with all the Daylight Saving Time patching from a myriad of vendors.  (I wonder if anyone has done a study to see how much energy we burned preparing to save three more weeks of daylight?) Although Microsoft is the favorite whipping boy in these situations, they weren't the only vendor that was slow to provide solid ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 14, 2007
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