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Mon, Feb 9, 2004 (Vol. 9, #6 - Issue #462)
The TOP 2 Headaches For IT
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- Microsoft and Sunbelt Software Jointly Announce...
- New RSS Feeds
- New SunPoll re the CAN-SPAM Act
- TECH BRIEFING
- Wi-Fi to Your Car
- New Novell CLE Certification
- Flushing The Outlook Cached Email Addresses
- All about AD OUs
- Top 12 Things A Klingon Programmer Would Say
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- New Survey: IIS Serves The Most High Traffic Web Sites
- Open Beta 64-bit Windows
- IM CON: The Business Case Against Instant Messaging
- Microsoft Firewall Dispels Myth Of Hardware Superiority
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Spam In Europe: 53% Of All Email
- Survey: IT Spending Back From The Dead
- Antivirus: How Come These Things Keep Creating Havoc?
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Why Is Redmond's 1B$ Hole Going To Cost You Money?
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Microsoft and Sunbelt Software Jointly Announce...
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Software jointly announce the Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast:
How to Protect Your Enterprise from Spam: Solutions for Microsoft
Exchange. Get more information and register on the web here:
New RSS Feeds
Fave RSS Feeds of the Week: kbAlertz has hundreds of RSS feeds
for Microsoft KnowledgeBase articles. Pick the ones you like at:
And here is an RSS feed on the lighter side: Dilbert
Send me an email and tell me, which is your favorite RSS Reader?
New SunPoll re the CAN-SPAM Act
Jan 1, the new federal CAN-SPAM act went into effect. Here's the
SunPoll Question: What impact has the act had so far on your
company e-mail servers? Please vote here, rightmost column:
Quotes of the Week:
"Imagination is more important than knowledge". - Albert Einstein
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't
go away". - Philip K. Dick
"If you give a user an opportunity to fail, they will take
advantage of it." - John Henry Maurice
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
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Wi-Fi to Your Car
If you can send MP3 files wirelessly around your house using
802.11b, why not pipe music via Wi-Fi to your family car as well?
Wi-Fi can transfer music to an MP3 jukebox in the trunk when your
car is in the garage or parked nearby.
Rockford Corp. is currently shipping a device intended for this
application, and more products are expected by year's end from
car audio makers and PC networking companies. The Rockford Omnifi
DMP1 ($600 street) is a trunk-mounted 20GB jukebox that links
to your car audio system. It has USB 2.0 and 802.11b connections,
along with a small synchronization applet for your PC. USB is
for the initial transfer, and Wi-Fi is for daily updates. More:
New Novell CLE Certification
A few days ago, Novell announced two new certification programs:
Certified Linux Engineer (CLE) and SUSE Certified Linux Pro.
Both of these certs have a strategic goal to get more Linux
knowledge in the market, and create trust. The CLE cert requires
basic knowledge of Linux, and Novell recommends to get yourself
trained to the level of the Linux Professional Institute Cert
Level I (LPIC-1). Several training outfits will offer 5-day
courses on Novell Nterprise Linux Services, with file, print,
messaging, directory and management services on Linux. Candidates
need to take a Practicum CLE exam. Expected in April:
Find out more about which certifications are "hot" and "not" at
the NetworkWorld Fusion site:
Flushing The Outlook Cached Email Addresses
A tiny hint, but a source of endless pain for end-users. How to
get rid of these cached addresses that keep popping up every time
you start typing an email address?
Do a search for a hidden file with the extension *.nk2. That is
Outlook's cache. Delete it and you should be fine. Make sure in
the search that you are looking for "Hidden Files and Folders". I
got rid of mine! Hallelujah. They do come back though. Anyone
found out how to turn that feature off completely ?
All about AD OUs
Learn about the rationale for using Organizational Units in
your Active Directory infrastructure and the finer technical
aspects of managing and manipulating OU permissions and
Top 12 Things A Klingon Programmer Would Say
- Specifications are for the weak and timid!
- This machine is a piece of GAGH! I need dual Pentium
processors if I am to do battle with this code!
- You cannot really appreciate Dilbert unless you've read
it in the original Klingon.
- Indentation?! -- I will show you how to indent when I
indent your skull!
- What is this talk of 'release'? Klingons do not make
software 'releases'. Our software 'escapes' leaving a bloody
trail of designers and quality assurance people in its wake.
- Klingon function calls do not have 'parameters' -- they
have 'arguments' -- and they ALWAYS WIN THEM.
- Debugging? Klingons do not debug. Our software does not
coddle the weak.
- I have challenged the entire quality assurance team to a
Bat-Leth contest. They will not concern us again.
- A TRUE Klingon Warrior does not comment his code!
- By filing this SPR you have challenged the honor of my
family. Prepare to die!
- You question the worthiness of my code? I should kill you
where you stand!
- Our users will know fear and cower before our software.
Ship it! Ship it, and let them flee like the dogs they are!
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
New Survey: IIS Serves The Most High Traffic Web Sites
A new survey conducted by Port80 Software of the 1000 most-visited Web sites on the Internet reports that MS Internet
Information Services (IIS) serves more high traffic sites than
any other Web server, including open source Apache. Based on
the best available data from Nielsen/NetRatings, the global
standard for Internet audience measurement, Port80 Software
analyzed the top 1000 highest traffic sites to determine which
Web server software they are using.
Port80's Top 1000 Corporations' Web Servers Survey, analyzing
US Fortune 1000 Web sites, has been intensely debated since
its inception in January 2003. The company challenges the
relevance of the popular Netcraft Web Server Survey for business
decision makers, asserting that the Port80 surveys better reflect
the large enterprise Web server market. This new Top 1000 High
Traffic Web Servers Survey was conducted to illuminate market
share among those sites that demand the most out of their Web
server software: the most visited destinations on the Internet.
"Netcraft canvases millions of sites, whereas Port80 focuses on
selective samples of high traffic and major corporate Web sites,"
said Joseph Lima, COO of Port80 Software. "In response to our
Fortune 1000 survey, many critics suggested that sampling the
highest traffic sites would make for a more enlightening survey.
Each survey provides a different picture of the Web server market
and, while there is no definitive answer, we hope that this high
traffic survey adds a significant new perspective to the debate."
Port80 Software's January 2004 survey of the Web server software
used by the 1000 highest traffic Web sites revealed the following
Microsoft IIS: 43.1%
Netscape Enterprise: 8.7%
Other Web servers: 8.5%
For details on Port80 Software's new monthly Top 1000 High
Traffic Web Servers Survey, methodology, and a tool that
checks a site's Web server type in real-time, visit:
Open Beta 64-bit Windows
MS released their 64-bit open beta for the AMD chip. You can
have a look at it and prepare for the new version this way.
You need to register for the beta, and then download a whopping
450MB or order a CD. Keep in mind this beta expires in 360 days.
The final version of this OS is not expected until Q4 this year.
IM CON: The Business Case Against Instant Messaging
ENTMag has an interesting article for the detractors of IM.
Personally I have to admit I am not using it, so I'm biased.
Call me an old fart, a reactionary "status quo" freak. But when
I'm working on something I just don't like to have my "cycle
of action" interrupted. I want to start something, and wrap it
up before I start on something else. Can't believe the amount
of time I have saved with that. I can see some uses though, in
specific circumstances. OK, here goes for the Con's of instant
messaging: Insecurity, negative effects on productivity, risk of
litigation and identity management problems are among the
pitfalls that every organization should consider before
committing to instant messaging. Read more at:
Microsoft Firewall Dispels Myth Of Hardware Superiority
An updated version of Microsoft's Internet Security and
Acceleration (ISA) Server is proof that software firewalls have
surpassed their hardware counterparts, one expert says. More
at the SearchWin2000 site:
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Spam In Europe: 53% Of All Email
The Wall Street Journal just wrote an article about the spam wave
in Europe. It mostly comes from the USA. 80% of the spam received
in the 12 language areas of Europe is in English, and 80% claims
its origin is the USA. European law requires opt-in, but the new
USA CAN-SPAM law is opt-out. That makes it practically impossible
for European countries to enforce local spam laws, since most of
it comes from outside Europe. Europe wants the USA to crack down
on spammers, since no country alone can handle this problem. It's
currently a lot of finger pointing between Europe and the Federal
Trade Commission. Most spam experts say the CAN-SPAM act is too
little, too late and will not make a dent in spamming. We tend to
agree but we'd like your input as well in the new SunPoll about
the CAN-SPAM Act. Please vote here, rightmost column:
Survey: IT Spending Back From The Dead
TechTarget's exclusive 2004 spending research found that many of
the nearly 750 IT professionals surveyed have some reason for
optimism. More at:
Antivirus: How Come These Things Keep Creating Havoc?
I was speaking with the tech folks at Panda the other day, in the
aftermath of the latest virus outbreak. They filled me in on some
key stuff that I think is worthy of your attention. One of the
important factors is that more and more virus writers are
creating viruses that utilize communications ports and are not
just email dependent. Examples of this kind of malicious code are
obviously the recent Mydoom.A and Mydoom.B.
These hackers and virus writers not only cause havoc but can
steal confidential information, launch denial of service attacks
against servers or even gain remote control of the computer or
network. Here is a brief description of just how a malicious code
like Mydoom.A does its dirty deeds.
First it spreads via e-mail in a message with variable characteristics and through the peer-to-peer file sharing program
like KaZaA. This then triggers a distributed denial of service
attack against the website www.sco.com by launching GET / HTTP/1.1 requests every 1,024 milliseconds. Mydoom.A then drops
SHIMGAPI.DLL, creating a backdoor by opening the first available
TCP port. This backdoor component downloads and runs an
executable file, and acts as a TCP proxy server, allowing a
hacker to gain remote access to network resources. Mydoom.A is
easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it opens
the Windows Notepad and shows junk data.
I think I told you that Panda has reinstated their ITatHome
program which gives IT professionals a free copy of their award
winning Platinum 7 software. Remember this is unfortunately for
the US only. Click here and get a free one year subscription.
I did and am thankful, gotta love those true daily updates.
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Why Is Redmond's 1B$ Hole Going To Cost You Money?
You may not be aware of it, but Microsoft has a One Billion +
hole in their yearly budget. It's because deferred revenue is
down. OK, so what IS that anyway? They cannot recognize money
paid for maintenance (per accounting rules), since the service
was not (yet) delivered. And maintenance sales are down. In
Redmond speak maintenance is called "Upgrade Advantage". Most
of these contract will expire later this year, and it is not
clear to MS how many people will renew. A good chunk of you might
not renew at all, since the costs might be prohibitive. And that
is the Billion Dollar hole. They will do everything to get that
caught up somehow, including trying to get you to sign up. That
is why the product of the week this time is the new, updated
report on Software Licensing 6.0 which will give you a very
detailed overview of the costs, and why or why not sign up for
Microsoft software maintenance. On the Sunbelt OnlineShop for a
measly $149.00. I'll refund you the full amount if this is not
going to save you money!