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  • Looking forward to Windows Server 2012 R2

    I was just reading the ComputerWorld article on some upcoming features of Windows Server 2012 R2, and I see some really intriguing improvements: In Windows Server 2012 R2, the PowerShell command-line scripting language introduces a feature called Desired State Configuration, or DSC. It uses a declarative syntax to define a configuration for a ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on June 27, 2013
  • 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 Privacy and Security Implications of Misusing Technology

    If you haven’t already heard of Carrier IQ, you need to do some serious web searching, as they are swiftly becoming the new name in technology misuse on a massive scale. Over 6 years ago, Sony installed a rootkit with their music software in the name of Digital Rights Management.  On some level, they have never recovered from the consumer ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 30, 2011
  • 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
  • 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 was completed in the past 2 months. For those interested in seeing how this all played out over ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 22, 2010
  • 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 post before the end of the year to talk about the installations I have done.  32-bit and ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 22, 2009
  • 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
  • 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 user, please feel free to participate. Thanks!
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 18, 2008
  • 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
  • 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 Server 2003 in order to get an update, as the 64-bit version of XP (non-Itanium version) is ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 24, 2008
  • An interesting Windows Vista article

    I just finished reading an article on Windows Vista from InfoWorld, and it makes several really good points. Windows Vista brings a lot to the table that gets de-emphasized by the masses.  It's funny that when Microsoft releases a product that is primarily a refinement of the previous version (XP vs 2000), there are complaints about having ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 1, 2008
  • Vendor Patch Management Support

    ComputerWorld has a very interesting article this week that talks about how immature Oracle's patch management program for customers is, compare to Microsoft's. As the following quote indicates, there are things that vendors should be doing to provide their Enterprise and SMB customers with the necessary tools and information to keep their ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 14, 2008
  • 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.  (TechNet is also another option for obtaining the Service Pack for x86 or x64 ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 21, 2008
  • Key Windows Updates are coming

    The month of February should see the release of both Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, according to reports published by ComputerWorld, and I'm looking forward to them both. I have only performed a few brief tests of Windows 2008 so far, but I expect to change that over the next few weeks, once I bring my new virtual ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 3, 2008
  • Exchange 2007 SP1 -- About time

    Finally, Service Pack 1 for Exchange 2007 has been released.  All 854MB of it. And not a moment too soon. I need to see if the Public Folder functionality (really, the Public Folder GUI) is finally available.
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 6, 2007
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