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Mon, Sep 9, 2002 (Vol. 7, #60 - Issue #391)
Windows NT's Next New Name
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • Windows NT's Next New Name
    • And Now For Something Completely Different: Health?
    • Troubleshooting Service Pack 3
    • More Travel Experience With Non-Secure W2K Systems
    • W2K SP3 in Healthcare: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't?
    • What Certification Next? You'll Be Surprised.
    • S~pam Hits 36 Percent Of E-Mail Traffic
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • What Your Computer Consultant Doesn't Want You To Know
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Windows NT's Next New Name

So now we know. Redmond announced the real "official" new names and flavors of NT. They have settled on:

Windows .NET Server 2003, Standard Edition
Windows .NET Server 2003, Enterprise Edition
Windows .NET Server 2003, Datacenter Edition
Windows .NET Server 2003, Web Edition

Anybody with a good idea for a short abbreviated name or acronym? Email me with your ideas. But we're keeping the W2Knews name as it is, and we are not going to change it again! [grin] But with this new name they are causing some uncertainty about the release date. The new version is already delayed (mainly because of the added security requirements) as it was supposed to arrive the first half of this year, but last March they decided it would be the second half of 2002. With this new name, the suggestion is made that .Net won't be commercially available until next year. We'll believe it when we see it.

And, here is a new SunPoll. With these new servers coming out, is server consolidation becoming a priority? Vote in the new SunPoll here, leftmost column:

And here are the August 2002 Top 10 Best Selling Tools:

PS: Make sure you VOTE for the 2002 W2Knews Target Awards and let people know what utilities you like best. The benefit of this is that when you need a new solution yourself, you can quickly check how a tool was voted on, and you have an immediate shortlist. Vote here:

UNDO Section: The posting on the NTSYSADMIN list about the WinNuke patch last week was written by Kevin Gennuso (email [email protected]) but unfortunately his name was not included in the posting.

Warm regards,
Stu Sjouwerman (email me with feedback: [email protected])

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And Now For Something Completely Different: Health?

We computer people lead lives that are to a large degree sitting and looking at screens. Not too healthy. And we're under stress at the same time. Not too healthy either. More over, we're usually working very long hours, so we do not have a lot of time to exercise. Truly a deadly combination! [grin]

So, after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal I thought I'd put a page together with some really good health sites, where you for instance can calculate how much yard work time you need to put in to burn off that brownie you just gobbled up. The WebMD Dessert Wizard is also a riot and very instructive at the same time. For instance, that large banana split you had after lunch will take one hour and thirty-eight minutes of jogging to get rid of. Ouch!


Troubleshooting Service Pack 3

Windows .Net Magazine editors also have been getting a lot of feedback on SP3, and what problems have cropped up. They have a good article here with most of the problems they ran into and some solutions. If you are planning to deploy it, you should check this article out:

More Travel Experience With Non-Secure W2K Systems

Dan Hensley just sent me this, and I have had the same experience myself on two occasions during my recent travels. Here is his story:

"I was in a motel recently and they had 2 computers (W2K) set up for people to use for checking their email. They were logged in as administrator and just sitting there. They were set to store cookies and passwords. Everyone that used them left a trail of passwords, cookies and files. Admin gave anyone the rights to do anything they wanted with these systems. They were completely open to the world. I went to a lot of sites using the last user's login to his email and yahoo."

So, tell your users that if they check their email to make sure and get rid of residual user names and passwords that are stored in the Web browser. You certainly want to do this if you ever use a public computer (such as those in libraries, airports and hotels). Here's how you do it in WinXP:

  • Open Internet Explorer and click on the Tools menu.
  • Click on the Internet Options command.
  • Click on the Content tab. On the Content tab, click on the AutoComplete button in the Personal Information frame.
  • In the AutoComplete Settings dialog box, click on the Clear Passwords button. Click OK to clear all passwords. Click on the Clear Forms button and then click OK to clear all forms.
  • Now all that personal information should be removed from Web pages viewed in Internet Explorer. Make sure you restart the computer just to be sure the changes "take".

W2K SP3 in Healthcare: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't?

An interesting discussion has been building in the healthcare arena since Microsoft changed its EULA for W2K SP3. Since, under HIPAA regulations, a healthcare organization is required to safeguard patient data to the best of current technological capabilities, the application of SP3 appears to present a no-win situation. If you don't apply the service pack, you're leaving the OS open to known security vulnerabilities.

If you do apply it, you're agreeing to allow Microsoft access to the server for, ostensibly, "updating the server." Even though I'm sure Microsoft claims to only access the necessary system files, we are all aware of their less-than-stellar record. The fear is that if MS were to inadvertently access patient data on one of the patched servers, the healthcare organization could be held liable. I wonder what the MS lawyers are able to reply on this issue...

What Certification Next? You'll Be Surprised.

"The effects of the Enron scandal and financial irregularities at other companies may also have an impact in IT. The surveyor said he's just beginning to see an upward trend in demand for IT professionals with experience in financial controls and internal audit functions, although it didn't have much impact on his firm's midyear survey." Here is an article over at techrepublic but you need to register to read it. At least it is a direction you can think about in the sense of your next certification.


S~pam Hits 36 Percent Of E-Mail Traffic

ZDNet reported recently that corporate networks are becoming increasingly clogged by e-mail pitches for p~orn, money-making schemes and health products, and there's little relief on the horizon.

Once a mild annoyance, unsolicited bulk e-mail could make up more than 50% of message traffic on the Internet by the end of 2002, according to data from three e-mail service providers. It used to be a mere annoyance, but now it has become a productivity drain. iHateSpam is an Outlook add-in, with a super simple "next-next-next" install and is getting very good reviews. It will help your users keep the email tsunami under control.

Here is a user's comment:
"I installed the demo version on this PC and it's almost enjoyable to get junk email now. See it get s4!t-canned and the way iHateSpam becomes smarter by adding to your enemies list is awesome. Anyhow I'll keep spreading the word about it".

(And what's up with us spelling words with strange characters in them? We do that to get this message to you and bypass any filters.)

Download a full function eval copy of iHateSpam here:


This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

  • New to Security? Confused about all the terms? Need a basic short primer to get started? (Security 101). Here you go:

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020909FA-Security101
  • Google has fully integrated the past 20 years of Usenet archives into Google Groups: more than 700 million messages dating back to 1981.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020909FA-Google
  • This is a really whacky site with animals you can animate. Great graphics!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020909FA-Animate
  • This guy used Cat5 to make his super high fidelity speaker cables!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020909FA-Speaker_Cables
  • The Microsoft CRASH Gallery. Some one took the time to gather hundreds of error screens. Entertaining and instructive:

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020909FA-MS_Crash
  • These people have the first bluetooth based headset I have heard of. Cool.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020909FA-Headset
  • The "wilders.org" people have gathered a wealth of little free security tools.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020909FA-Free_Tools
  • The very first person ever arrested for hacking into military systems. W2Knews will have an interview with Captain Zap in the coming issue!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020909FA-Captain_Zap
  • The most popular comparison-shop site is now affiliated with W2Knews!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020909FA-PriceGrabber

    What Your Computer Consultant Doesn't Want You To Know

    I was sent this 280-page book and have to agree with the review from one of our colleagues:

    "I would hope that most reputable tech consultants would handle their clients in such a manner that this book wouldn't be necessary. But I know that's dreaming. Joshua's book is full of solid best practices. I even learned a few tips myself. Joshua's tips will help small businesses save both money and data." Larry Lentz, MCSE + Internet, MCDBA.

    Check out some of the chapters on their website and make up your own mind: