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Mon, Oct 6, 2003 (Vol. 8, #40 - Issue #446)
So, How Is Windows REALLY Doing?
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- So, How Is Windows REALLY Doing?
- TECH BRIEFING
- Military Servers Hacked By Internet Security Company Pres
- Linux, Linux, Linux Adoption
- MS Gets Patent For Reporting Program Failures
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- Security Class-action Suit And Other News
- Case Study: Why Would You Choose Windows Datacenter?
- MS Releases Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- iHateSpam Server: Now 1,000+ Sites Installed
- Finally Got AD Rolled Out? AD Security Now A Problem?
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- New Version Of AutoPilot For WinXP
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So, How Is Windows REALLY Doing?
Here are some interesting numbers that came out of Redmond I
thought you'd be interested in.
- 350 million PC's still run Windows NT or Windows 9x
- 130 million XP client licenses shipped to date (70% is XP Pro)
- 100,000 Web sites are now using Windows Server 2003
- Windows Server 2003 is selling at 3x the rate of Windows 2000 and will hit 1 million installed within 9 months
- Windows owns 53.1% of server market (2004 projected at 53.7%, and Server sales grew 7.7% in FY03)
- Linux owns 16.7% of server market ( 2004 projected at 19.2% and their Server sales grew 19.2% in FY03)
- UNIX/Other owns 30.2% of server market (2004 projected at 27.1% and these sales decreased 2.6% in FY03)
Now, keep in mind that a lot of people buy W2K3, and then happily
downgrade those servers back to W2K, since that is the platform
they want to run. The percentage of those downgrades might be
something like 20 or 30% but that is basically just an educated
guess of mine.
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Military Servers Hacked By Internet Security Company Pres
You can go a little too far in hacking Windows Servers. Here is
a story of some one who was raided by the FBI after he said he
identified 34 military sites he could crack.
The gent in question is the 36-year old Brett Edward O'Keefe.
He was indicted on six counts of conspiracy to access military,
government and private computers. The indictment claims O'Keefe
shared military files with news media to generate favorable
publicity for his San Diego company, ForensicTec Solutions Inc.
He had unauthorized possession of files from NASA, Army, Navy,
the Department of Energy and National Institutes of Health.
O'Keefe said at the time that the company's goal was to call
attention to the need for better security and "get some positive
exposure" for his fledgling firm. Sure. A misguided and pretty
stupid ploy to get notoriety. He's going to get exposure all
right, in jail that is.
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MS Gets Patent For Reporting Program Failures
Client Server News reported that The US Patent and Trademark Office
has granted MS a patent for a technique they developed to report
program failures. If you look at the abstract, the code extracts
data about a failure in a program module and communicates with a
a server to see if that bug may have been fixed. If that is the
case, the software points to the download for the hotfix. If the
bug was unknown, the data gets uploaded so the developers can
test it and develop patches. Now the question is if you want
your machines to talk to Redmond's about bugs, automatically.
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
Security Class-action Suit And Other News
A single lawyer, with a single plaintiff (a mother of two who was
a victim of identity theft), filed suit in California. I guess he
thought "it can't hurt to go after a 49 Billion cash hoard".
The proposed class-action suit claims that Microsoft's market-
dominant software is vulnerable to viruses capable of triggering
"massive, cascading failures" in global computer networks. But
just have a look at the End User License Agreement that you
operate under when running MS-ware. I do not think this guy is
going to get anywhere, except lose a lot of time. MS is going to
fight it of course, with their army of 600 lawyers.
In the mean time, a digital risk assessment firm in the UK called
"mi2g", this week compared the economic damage from malware
targeting Microsoft systems in 2003 to the cost to the global
insurance industry due to the 2001 terrorist attacks.
MS spokespeople alluded that they would announce changes to their
security and patching strategy in New Orleans next week. It's
called "securing the perimeter." A Redmondian said his company will
form closer ties to makers of firewall products.
MS is are expected to host well over 5K resellers at their
three-day Worldwide Partner Conference. They are going to give
everyone anearly copy of Longhorn, the next Windows with a new
rich-media-sensitive user interface. Attendees are also expected
to get early betas of Yukon and Whidbey, the next-generation SQL
Server and Visual Studio.NET. One of the Big deals will be the
announcement of Redmond's $600 or $1,500 Small Business Server
2003 which is squarely positioned against Linux.
Case Study: Why Would You Choose Windows Datacenter?
The SearchWin2000 site has a nice article about a site that had the
luxury of starting from scratch. Sage Telecom Inc. was a brand new
company in the mid-1990s, so it had no old computer applications
sitting on legacy hardware to worry about. This meant that, when it
came to choosing an operating system on which to run its business,
it had the pick of the crop.
The competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) opted to place its
single customer care database on SQL Server and the data center
version of Microsoft's Windows operating system. Other CLECs spent
millions on packaged software and have multiple databases with
gateways between them, said Peter Basta, director of information
systems at Sage, which is based in Allen, Texas. "Our customer
information is in one database, on one program," he said.
Sage resells local and long-distance carrier service at a monthly
price that's about $5 less than that of Southwestern Bell, the
local incumbent carrier. Sage currently has about 500,000
When the company was first getting started, money was so tight
that some employees brought their own home PCs to work to save
money. Rest of the article over here:
MS Releases Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004
MS launched their consumer-oriented Windows XP Media Center
Edition. You'll get questions from end-users about this.
Just say NO. [grin] Why? No work will get done!!
The new beast is called Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004.
It was designed in conjunction with hardware providers so
that digital entertainment centers could be integrated, which
makes music downloads and movie subscriptions possible, among
other entertainment-oriented features. A few new names among
hardware vendors showed up: Sony and Dell. They had been
holding out with earlier versions of this. For consumers, this
is a winner. Movie rentals are included! I want one for the
THIRD PARTY NEWS
iHateSpam Server: Now 1,000+ Sites Installed
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- Identify user accounts across multiple directories that have similar or identical names
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
Take a look at some of these new videos, all done on cheap PC's
with little or no budget, in an apartment!
AntiSpam Black Hole Lists Shut Down By Online Attacks. The upshot
is that you cannot rely on RBL's anymore.
A W2Knews subscriber has written a bunch of useful WinAdmin
The Matrix Revolutions (#3) opens at the same time the world
This tiny digital camera fits into a ZIPPO-type Lighter case.
And here is the ultimate for your system admin desktop. Watch
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