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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Nov 3, 2003 (Vol. 8, #44 - Issue #450)
Windows Roadmap Cleared Up
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • Sunbelt Has A New Website
    • Long Term Security Strategy
    • Learning How To Use A Protocol Analyzer
    • Smart Salary Tool
    • Windows Roadmap Cleared Up
    • WinXP SP2: Out-Of-Service Pack?
    • Fire In California. Are Your Servers Protected?
  5. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
    • "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:

  • 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%
And here is the new SunPoll, and another chance to admire the new Sunbelt Website:

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?

  1. Hotfixes and Service Packs have priority. I'll reboot as much as needed, even if it costs me my weekends
  2. Not so happy with all these boots, I'm already stretched as it is
  3. My systems are mission critical, I need an architecture that allows me to apply these without rebooting all the time!
  4. Other
Vote here:

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 scratch."
-- From the Internet, author unknown.

Warm regards,
Stu Sjouwerman (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 interesting read:

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:

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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:


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 speech:

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 64-bit processors.


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 our direction.

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 patience."

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

  • Satellite picture of the current fires in Southern California

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031103FA-CA_Fires
  • A "Stu SuperFave" Gorgeous slideshow with shots of the Hubble telescope!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031103FA-Hubble
  • Michael Bach's Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena site has a bunch of neat, animated optical illusions.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031103FA-Illusions
  • Stu's New Watch. My Early Holiday shopping spree in Tokyo!

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031103FA-New_Watch
  • 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.

  • http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=031103FA-FDA

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