Sunbelt W2Knews Electronic Newsletter
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Mon, Mar 14, 2005 (Vol. 10, #11 - Issue #516)
Lots Of Kewl News!
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- "The Guvmint On Spyware", or What The FTC Thinks.
- New SunPoll - Is Spyware Under Control?
- Visit Tech.Ed 2005 in Orlando
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- Secret Service Cracks Down On Cybercrime
- Intel Forecasts Another 20 Years For Moore's Law
- New Biometric Protection For Laptops: Your Face
- News: Microsoft's Next Act -- Service Provider?
- Spy Fighters: Antispyware Lessons From Readers
- Exchange Tip: Repair And Recover .PST files with PST2GB
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- Is MS Virtual Server Worth It?
- Windows For Supercomputers Likely Out By Fall
- Certification: MS Has A Second Shot Offer
- Dogfood Report: Microsoft IT on its W2K3 SP1 Experience
- Microsoft Provides Details on XBOX 2
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Ammo To Buy Security Software
- Always Wanted MOM Functionality? Get ServerVision Now
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Free Training In Centralized Spyware Eradication
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"The Guvmint On Spyware", or What The FTC Thinks.
The Federal Trade Commission has released its new 62-page Staff
Report March 2005 on spyware. Worth it to grab and look through.
You can find the whole thing in PDF format at the FTC.GOV site:
New SunPoll - Is Spyware Under Control?
Last week, you were definitely clear in your verdict of Lavasoft:
GUILTY. The question was: "Do you trust Lavasoft's Ad-Aware after
they delisted WhenU as Spyware?" A paltry 25% of you kept the
faith, but 75% said that it wasn't acceptable and voted thumbs
down! Here is the new SunPoll: "Do you have 'spyware' under
control in your organization?
- Yes, but keeping on top of it is overwhelming
- Not really
Visit Tech.Ed 2005 in Orlando
Learn, solve, grow at Tech?Ed 2005, June 5-10. Learn how to get
the most from the applications, languages, and code for the
Microsoft® platform you work with every day. Experience a hands-on
evaluation of the newest software and talk to the architects and
engineers who built it. Network with people from all branches of
the industry. Attend important Breakout Sessions like "Developing
solutions on Microsoft's Identity and Access Platform" and "Managing the Software Lifecycle with Visual Studio 2005 Team System."
Take back knowledge you can share with your peers. Give you and
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of Cabana Sessions, panel discussions, and Hands-on Labs. Tech?Ed
2005 will be in sunny Orlando, FL. Join thousands of your peers
in formal and informal networking sessions. Experience the Expo
Hall with hundreds of Microsoft and Microsoft Partner exhibitors
and sponsors. Tech?Ed 2005 is the place to learn, solve and grow.
Register now, while there is still space left. You can check out
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Quotes Of The Week:
"It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value."
--Arthur C. Clarke
"Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception
of bad news, which follows its own rules."- Douglas Adams
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
Secret Service Cracks Down On Cybercrime
InfoWorld has a good article about what the Secret Service does
except for protecting the President Of The United States. One of
their reporters spoke with Brian Nagel, assistant director of the
Secret Service's Office of Investigations. He and the agency do
far more than protecting POTUS nowadays. Interesting article:
Intel Forecasts Another 20 Years For Moore's Law
Wow. Think THAT through for a moment. Intel CEO Craig Barrett just
announced that this week. They will have to get a bit more smart
about designing chips, but they think they can do it! Background:
Moore's Law was named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore. His
law states that the number of transistors in a chip will double
roughly every 18 months. Up to now, it has held true for 40 years.
In the past, Intel was able to keep up with this torrid pace by
decreasing the size taken up by a single transistor within a chip.
And it looks like they are going to be able to continue on this
course. Barrett said that if you look at current research, making
transistors even smaller will continue for years to come, up to
the point where we reach the size of 5 nanometers which is the
width of 50 hydrogen atoms. Purdy kewl, and job security for IT.
New Biometric Protection For Laptops: Your Face
Japanese manufacturer Omron recently announced the release of a
biometrically protected system for laptops and PDAs, at the
"Security Show 2005" in Tokyo. The new system requires users to
match a facial id stored in the PC's memory with the images
being compared via a built-in camera. The "OKAO Vision Face
Recognition Sensor" requires a 1-megapixel camera, though the
company claims around 99% accuracy with its technology. In
addition, Omron says its software will identify the owner and
unlock the device in less than one second. Currently the Omron
system works with Symbian, BREW (from Qualcomm), Linux and ITRON,
though it is not yet compatible with Microsoft Windows, Windows
Mobile or Palm operating systems.
News: Microsoft's Next Act -- Service Provider?
The maker of Energizer batteries and Schick razors has dumped an
unspecified number of employees so that Microsoft can run its IT
operations. The move is a tantalizing signal that Redmond may join
the IT services business. A must-read scoop from SearchWin2000.com.
Spy Fighters: Antispyware Lessons From Readers
When SearchWindowsSecurity.com asked which antispyware solutions
work best, and their readers had a lot to say. A group of 10 true
spy fighters share their spyware nightmares, product reviews and
technical advice on beating spyware.
Exchange Tip: Repair And Recover .PST files with PST2GB
If a .PST file grows to over 2 GB, it can become damaged and some
mail items may be lost. Microsoft's PST2GB tool can help repair
and recover the store -- with some caveats. Good article at the
Search Exchange Site:
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
Is MS Virtual Server Worth It?
Network World decided to put it to the test. Their results were
quite positive. It got 4.38 out of a possible 5 points. The article
starts out like this: "In our Clear Choice Test, Virtual Server
2005 - technology Microsoft picked up with its 2003 Connectix
purchase - proved itself well worth the money ($495 for a host
with up to four CPUs) because it lets you run multiple instances
of Windows (NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6 on up to 2003) on the same
machine. And with the Virtual Server Migration Kit, it provides a
way to gracefully move and consolidate older Windows NT and 2000
Server applications onto new (and ostensibly higher-capacity)
hardware. The migration kit also helps resolve Windows-specific
hardware issues, such as migrating a Windows 2000 server running
on an ancient SCSI host bus adapter to new storage subsystems
inside the host machine with very little modification. Check out:
Windows For Supercomputers Likely Out By Fall
It was all over the news this week. Microsoft announced in June
last year that they were planning this, and now they have an ETA
for this monster. Redmond hopes to have its first Windows cluster
version ready in time for a supercomputing conference this fall.
Marvin Theimer, MS Software Architect for this Windows flavor said
last Thursday that Redmond hopes to have a beta by this summer,
and want to have their final version of what is officially called
Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition ready in time for the
SC2005 supercomputing conference coming November.
Theimer said you will be able to get nodes for this cluster at
a discount. "When you buy a cluster, the price per node in the
cluster is going to be reduced compared to regular Windows."
He continued with: "We want to be competitive with something like
Red Hat." I'm looking forward to it! We're building something
cool over in Sunbelt I'll show you in a coming issue.
Certification: MS Has A Second Shot Offer
The MS certification site has an interesting offer. If you
register for this offer prior to taking any IT Pro or Developer
exam you will get a free exam if you fail on your first try.
This offer is available worldwide. As a participant, you will
receive one free retake per exam you purchase and fail.
You may register for the initial exam via an exam delivery provider
(EDP) Web site, and if you fail, you can call the Pearson VUE or
Thomson Prometric call centers to schedule your retake exam.
Tell the call center agent you are taking part in the Second
Shot promotion. Please wait one day after the failed exam to
allow your test results to be entered into the system. All retake
timeframes are subject to compliance with Microsoft Certification
Exam Retake rules. See this link for more detail:
Dogfood Report: Microsoft IT on its W2K3 SP1 Experience
Scott Bekker at ENT came up with a fun headline that I shamelessly
stole. [grin] The Microsoft IT Department this month posted a public
account of its efforts in deploying Windows Server 2003 Service
Pack 1 -- a sure sign the release of the service pack is imminent.
For the people new to Microsoft, they go by a rule cast in Redmond-concrete: they are forced to eat their own dogfood, meaning they
have to run the code they produce in-house before it gets released
to their customers. Scott wrote about it on the ENT site. Here is
Microsoft Provides Details on XBOX 2
Redmond released some specs on the expected XBOX 2 at the recent
Game Developers Conference. Some of the highlights are that the
console leverages high-def technology, which should be cool. Next
is the new marketplace, where you can buy/acquire game specific
content, such as maps, weapons, vehicles and skins, and customizable
music play lists. MS worked together with IBM which will get them
the multi-core chip technology, with will providing graphics card.
Expect to get it before the '05 holiday sales. Press Release:
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Ammo To Buy Security Software
You are all familiar with the fact that some professional scammers
got hold of a lot of personal data of consumers, leading to the
possibility of identity theft. But you may not know this. After the
share price dropped over 20%, ChoicePoint stockholders filed a class
action lawsuit on behalf of all the people who bought ChoicePoint
shares over the past 10 months. In the lawsuit (filed in California)
it is claimed that the company knew it had inadequate protection,
it was selling data to illegal enterprises, and that security breaches
had occurred twice before.
If you need some powerful ammo to buy security software, this would
be it. Boards of Directors really sit up and take stock of IT security
when the lawsuits fly, especially shareholder-initiated ones! You
should use this conflict to get adequate protection within your
own outfit. Whether that is a vulnerability scanner like SNSI,
or CounterSpy, C-level executives definitely wake up and start
approving budget when they can prevent legal trouble.
SNSI is by far the best value in the scanner market:
CounterSpy Enterprise is taking off with rocket boosters too:
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This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
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