Sunbelt W2Knews Electronic Newsletter
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Mon, Nov 3, 2003 (Vol. 8, #44 - Issue #450)
Windows Roadmap Cleared Up
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- Sunbelt Has A New Website
- TECH BRIEFING
- Long Term Security Strategy
- Learning How To Use A Protocol Analyzer
- Smart Salary Tool
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- Windows Roadmap Cleared Up
- WinXP SP2: Out-Of-Service Pack?
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Fire In California. Are Your Servers Protected?
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- "Best Damn Firewall Book Period"
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Sunbelt Has A New Website
OK, I admit it. This has nothing to do with NT or W2K. I'll
confess that I'm a (predictable) Sci-Fi Fan, A Space Nut, and a
Watch Freak. I collect cheap watches as a hobby. To celebrate the
new Website we just built, I found a site in Tokyo that sells
novelty watches. The link is in the Faves. I got the 'fishbone'
one with the 6 blue LEDs. It arrived via UPS in less than a week.
Really cool stuff for holiday shopping too.
You should check out the new website. If you are the first to
find and report a broken link to me, I'm going to give you the
LanHound Protocol Analyzer at no charge. Really. Here is the link
to LanHound on the new site:
The SunPoll last week was interesting. Most of you seem to think
spam management needs to be done in a layered/combo approach!
Here are the numbers:
And here is the new SunPoll, and another chance to admire
the new Sunbelt Website:
- Heuristics / Rules Engines on a Server or Gateway: 8.42%
- Server-based content filtering with a white list, plus data from blacklisting organizations: 14.38%
- Legislation coupled with landmark litigation: 15.78%
- Client-based content filtering with Bayesian technology and whitelisting/blacklisting: 11.92%
- A combination of the previous answers or 'Other': 49.47%
Remember Windows 2000? One of the buzzwords was "less reboots!"
But now with every patch you need to reboot your systems for
the glory of security. What do you think?
- Hotfixes and Service Packs have priority. I'll reboot as much as needed, even if it costs me my weekends
- Not so happy with all these boots, I'm already stretched as it is
- My systems are mission critical, I need an architecture that allows me to apply these without rebooting all the time!
PS: Go to our new website, we now have a RSS feed for W2Knews as well!
Quote Of The Day:
"May the fleas of a thousand camels infest the crotch of the
RealPlayer developer who decided to stick icons in my system
tray, Startup menu, and desktop, and may his arms be too short to
-- From the Internet, author unknown.
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
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Long Term Security Strategy
The former CIA chief recently gave an interview for ComputerWorld.
He sees a need for greater network resilience, big time. James
Woolsey specifically cites the computers that manage the nation's
power grid. He continued with: The war on terrorism will be
a "war to the death" likely to last several decades, requiring
government and the private sector to focus immediately on making
critical infrastructures and systems more resilient rather than
immune to deliberate attacks. The full interview is here, and an
Learning How To Use A Protocol Analyzer
Help Desk Guru, Ron Nutter, helps an IT pro who wants to learn how
to get the most out of his protocol analyzer. Good one if you
have one or are thinking about getting one. They really show you
what's going on inside that wire! Here's Dave Nutter's article:
And here is the more and more popular LanHound protocol analyzer,
offering an immense value, especially if you use switches:
Smart Salary Tool
Are you being paid what you're worth? Use the new ComputerWorld
Smart Salary Tool to compare your salary to results from our 2003
Salary Survey of more than 16,000 IT professionals:
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
Windows Roadmap Cleared Up
This week at the MS Professional Developers Conference in Los
Angeles, Redmond clarified their plans for Windows. Everyone
wanted to know when "Longhorn" would come out, and was discussing
if it would be '05 or '06. Jim Allchin did not commit to a date
for Gold RTM, but did promise a Beta of Longhorn "client" for the
second half of 2004. Gates stated that Longhorn would support
the advances in PC hardware in less than three years. No news
about the Longhorn server beta yet. The plans are to sell a
Longhorn server and a Longhorn client. Here is Bill Gates' full
WinXP SP2: Out-Of-Service Pack?
Tons of people are waiting for that one... It will be a lot more
than bug fixes, so they changed their minds again about adding
features in SP's. Ballmer called Windows XP SP2 a service pack
on steroids." Better get your backup tapes ready! The security
configuration changes and new security features might break a
bunch of stuff. WinXP SP2 will enter beta testing late 2003, and
the final version will see the light half of 2004. Jim Allchin
also updated the timetables for a few other Windows flavors.
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition version 2.0 arrive first half of
2004, and Summer 2004 will bring us the 64-bit version for AMD's
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Fire In California. Are Your Servers Protected?
We just got this email from a system administrator living there:
People less than a mile away are under a mandatory evacuation
order. Such an order will possibly come to us within 36 to 48
hours. We can see the flames clearly, though they are still a
couple of miles away. Ironically, the Santa Ana winds that were
causing so much trouble, were blowing the fire away from us. Now
they have died down, and the breeze is now helping the fire in
I will be moving my computers and stuff from the data center back
to our office in Victorville soon after I hit the send button.
We are not too attached to our office "things," and we have time
to get our stuff together. It is not likely the building would
burn, but we are prepared to lose it should that happen. Once I
get my machines to the other and my family moved to a safe place,
I will resume work pretty much as normal. Thanks for your
Here is a shot from space showing the situation:
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This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
Satellite picture of the current fires in Southern California
A "Stu SuperFave" Gorgeous slideshow with shots of the Hubble
Michael Bach's Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena site has a
bunch of neat, animated optical illusions.
Stu's New Watch. My Early Holiday shopping spree in Tokyo!
I told you years ago, right here. Now the FDA is finally admitting
it. Some anti-depressants are linked to kid suicides. Wait for
the lawsuits to start up, and keep your kids away from this
stuff. The next tobacco: big pharma.
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
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