You Can Now Rent MS-Apps in Web Cafes
Like I have predicted a long time ago, it's finally happening. MS
will rent its software on a per-use basis for the first time through
a chain of budget Internet cafes called 'easyEverything'. This new
humongous outfit in New York with 800 seats (yes you read that right)
will open in Times Square on Nov 28. You will be able to rent MS-
Office for a small fee per session, something like 2 bucks.
It's a trial balloon for MS, because under the .NET initiative they
will start charging consumers a regular monthly fee rather than a
lump sum up front. MS will learn from this pilot, and see where they
need to tweak and adjust. easyEverything is planning on an aggressive
expansion. They expect most users will be people that already use
MS-Office at work or at home but are on the road and need to use it.
How much for all of it?
- The customer buys Internet Access at the main desk for something
like 1 Dollar for 15 minutes, Fees vary depending on peak times.
- They log onto a PC in the Café. They can see in realtime how much
credit they have left.
- A separate 2 bucks per session is charged for use of MS-Office or
Words and includes Encarta. Printing: 35 cents per b/w page and
70 cents for color.
MS Releases MINI-SQL
Last Thursday, MS introduced the smallest flavor of SQL Server yet,
a special version designed for WinCE hardware. Redmond worked for
more than a year on the new SQL code and it fits inside 1MB! The
full name is "SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition" and can be used
to replicate data from a CE-handheld to its Big Brother SQL that
sits on your corporate server.
The small CE flavor lets users that are on the road run their SQL
apps and then transfer data when the gadget is hooked up again to
the home mothership. And, to make things easy, you get a so called
'CE unlimited deployment license' for free with the $499 SQL Server
2000 Developer Edition license.
There is a 'BUT' though. You do not need additional licenses to
connect to a back-end SQL Server database if the back-end server
is covered by a (quite expensive) per-processor license. Otherwise
the WinCE client needs a SQL Server CAL. Gotta watch it there.
How To Avoid Sending 'Out Of Office' to mailing lists
Outlook has a very handy assistant that allows you to send the 'OOO'
message when you are not in. But mailing lists generally put your
account on hold, or delete you when they get these.
To avoid sending OOFs to mailing lists, you can do the following:
Then, the PF will receive all mail sent to the list & since PFs
can't be out of the office, they won't return OOFs. You, however,
can still have OOFs set up to go to the internet (if you really
want to) AND can still post to the list. Then *everyone* will be
- Create a Public Folder & name it whatever you want to. Make
a note of its SMTP address.
- Subscribe that SMTP address to the mailing list (for instance
"MS-Exchange Admin Issues").
- Set your own mail subscription to the "no mail" option.
The Page File Is A Possible Vulnerability
SearchWIN2000.com sent this tip that I thought was a good one.
It came from Tertius Genis, who works for Weyerhaeuser Corp.
The tip discusses one way that security breaches can happen-
through the page file-and how to avoid them. The page file, a
hidden file called pagefile.sys, is the one your computer uses to
page out programs and/or data to hard disk when memory resources
are getting low. It's the same thing as the swap file in Unix.
When you install Windows 2000, the installation program sets the
size of the swap file to 1.5 times more than you have physical
memory in your machine. For example, a 250 MB machine would have
a default swap file size of 775 MB.
But the page file leads to a serious problem. A few of the
attacks on Windows NT Security about which information is
publicly available rely on the fact that the NT page file is left
intact on shutdown and can subsequently be scanned for useful
information. There's no good reason that the page file isn't
erased, and doing so can plug a potential hole in your NT or
Windows 2000 armor.
To clear the page file at shutdown, you need to change the
registry. Make sure you back up the registry prior to
implementing the change, so if you mess up, you can go back to
where you were.
Change the following key in the registry:
Drill down to the key, and set the value in the dialog box that
appears when you double-click on it. To have the file cleared at
shutdown, set the value of the key to 1. To leave the page file
intact at shutdown, set the value to 0.