Vol. 15, #50 - Dec 20, 2010 - Issue #809
See You All In 2011!
- Editor's Corner
- See You All In 2011!
- Pardon Our Dust
- Quotes of the Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Webinars & Seminars
- VIPRE Antivirus Business Product Demonstration - 12/21 and 12/28
- Desktop Virtualization Event: BriForum 2011
- Tech Briefing
- Redmond Backports Office 2010 Security Feature to 2007, 2003
- PRO: Google ChromeOS CR-48 Barebones Netbook To Test Market
- CON: Google's ChromeOS Means Losing Control Of Data
- Redmond Will Show More Tablets At CES
- Ex-CIO Dale Frantz Led A Double Life. He Was Also A Thief
- Jackass IT: Stunts, Idiocy, And Hero Hacks
- Windows Server News
- Step-By-Step: Building A Windows Server Instance In The Cloud
- Which VMware
- Top 10 Cloud Computing News And Stories Of 2010
- Improve Virtual Desktop Performance By Tweaking The Golden Image
- Third Party News
- GFI VIPRE Antivirus Wins Another VB100 Award
- RetroHack Site Reviews VIPRE Enterprise
- WServerNews FAVE Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
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This is the last issue of 2010. Happy Holidays! The next issue will be Jan
10th, with the yearly Crystal Ball predictions. If you have any predictions
you want to share (and get public kudos for them) send them to me at this
address: [email protected]
Pardon Our Dust
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Quotes of the Week
"Never assume the obvious is true." -- William Safire
"The highest of distinctions is service to others."
-- King George VI, born this week in 1895.
"It's often said that life is strange. But compared to what?"
-- Steve Forbert
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||Webinars & Seminars
VIPRE Antivirus Business Product Demonstration - 12/21 and 12/28
Join us for a look at VIPRE Antivirus Business, powerful, high-performance
endpoint malware protection, which combines antivirus and antispyware into
a single agent. Learn why VIPRE delivers all the necessary security
functionality you need and nothing you don't:
Tue, Dec 21, 2010 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST:
Tue, Dec 28, 2010 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST:
Desktop Virtualization Event: BriForum 2011
BriForum 2011: The most technical, hands-on, 100% independent event dedicated
to desktop virtualization. As you're beginning to plan your conference schedule
for next year don't forget to mark your calendar for BriForum 2011!
Virtualization guru Brian Madden and fellow leading industry experts will
return to Chicago on July 19-21 and will also be heading to London on 10-11
May where they'll share the latest expert tips, tricks and verified techniques
on this constantly evolving space. If you would like to be notified once
registration opens later this month and qualify for early-bird discounted
pricing, simply fill out this brief form today:
Redmond Backports Office 2010 Security Feature to 2007, 2003
As part of Patch Tuesday this week, Redmond also announced that it will
be backporting an Office 2010 security feature to Office 2007 and 2003.
The thing is called "Office File Validation", and helps you protects
against binary file-format attacks using Office documents based on older
A blog post from Microsoft's Carlene Chmaj said: "First released in Office
2010, Office File Validation provides a check of file-format binary schema
as each file is being read. If it detects an issue, it opens the file in
Protected View. This helps prevent unknown binary file-format attacks
using Microsoft Office 97-2003 file formats for Word, Excel, Publisher,
and PowerPoint." Nice to know, and quite useful.
PRO: Google ChromeOS CR-48 Barebones Netbook To Test Market
And yet another platform you may be asked to support. Dang, they are
hitting fast and furious. eWEEK actually has a bunch of slides that show
this puppy, and I have a link at the end to their article that starts
with: "Google Dec. 8 began rolling out the Cr-48, an unbranded notebook
equipped with its Chrome Operating System, the Web operating system that
enables Web applications run on Google's Chrome Web browser. The Cr-48
lies at the heart of the Chrome OS Pilot Program, Google's effort to seed
the market with the notebooks, get feedback and polish the product prior
to launch on branded machines from Acer and Samsung in mid-2011.
Google is issuing the gadgets-which run on WiFi networks and also sport 3G
radios with 100MB a month of data free for two years-to partner companies,
friends, some lucky consumers and the media. In December, eWEEK got its
hands on one of these plain, black no-frills notebooks. It sports a
12.1-inch screen, delivers 8 hours of use time and allows no internal
data storage. The notebook is a true cloud machine, which has its limits.
There is as yet no capability to port photos from cameras and smartphones
to the Chrome OS netbook. But this is compensated by a raft of possibilities.
For example, Google has created its Google Cloud Print solution to give the
Cr-48 access to Web-based printing. Take a look at this run-through, and
see a review here:
CON: Google's ChromeOS Means Losing Control Of Data
Google's new cloud computing ChromeOS looks like a plan "to push people
into careless computing" by forcing them to store their data in the cloud
rather than on machines directly under their control, warns Richard Stallman,
founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the operating system
GNU. And VC Paul Buchheit, the guy behind Gmail and Google's "Don't Be Evil"
motto, figures Chrome OS will never make it, tweeting that Google will kill
it or "merge" it with Android next year, according to All Things Digital.
Interesting blog post from the Guardian's technology blog:
Redmond Will Show More Tablets At CES
At the coming CES in Vegas, Ballmer is going to show some more tablets.
Remember, they did this last year too, and none of them made it to market.
Redmond is supposed show off Win7 slates from Samsung and Dell. It was
the New York Times that had the scoop. The paper says the Samsung hardware
looks like the iPad in size and shape but it's thicker. It has a touchscreen
mode, but reportedly has a slide-out keyboard. The Times also reported that
Ballmer might show off "other companion devices" running Win8, which could
go in beta in September 2011. Win8 is supposed to be a better fit for
touch-based tablets as opposed Win7.
Ex-CIO Dale Frantz Led A Double Life. He Was Also A Thief
Frantz, the onetime CIO of Auto Warehousing Co. (AWC) in Tacoma, Wash. was
"a rising star" who was paid $250,000 a year in salary and bonuses. Thirteen
employees at the auto processing company reported to him, and he was
trusted by his company and recognized by his peers for his efforts in
managing technology. Frantz was also honored as one of Computerworld's
Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2005. Well, turns out he had a destructive hobby:
Jackass IT: Stunts, Idiocy, And Hero Hacks
Sometimes you have to get a little crazy to find the right solution to
technology problems gone absurd. We've all been there: an IT problem so
ridiculous that only a ridiculous solution can solve it. It could be
server on the brink of shutting down all operations, a hard drive that
won't power up vital data, or a disgruntled ex-employee who's hidden
vital system passwords on the network. Just when all seems lost, it's
time to get creative and don your IT daredevil cap, then fire up the
oven, shove the end of a pencil into the motherboard, or route the
whole city network through your laptop to get the job done. InfoWorld
put these together. Fun:
||Windows Server News
Step-By-Step: Building A Windows Server Instance In The Cloud
The cloud allows you to access applications and services whenever you
need them, so why shouldn't't you have a Windows Server at the click of
a button? This expert tip provides a step-by-step guide for setting up
a Windows Server in the cloud:
It used to be that VMware had only one certification, but now there are
multiple to choose from. How do you know which certifications are right
for your organization? To help you decide, this featured article covers
the various VMware certifications and requirements and how they can
improve your IT career:
Top 10 Cloud Computing News And Stories Of 2010
2010 was a big year for the cloud. The market continued to grow, but
several big-name providers still suffered from the occasional bump in
the road. Gain insight into the most popular cloud news stories of
2010 in this exclusive slideshow:
Improve Virtual Desktop Performance By Tweaking The Golden Image
Unbridled user personalization and countless features on a virtual desktop
may make end users happy, but when these capabilities severely compromise
performance, they'll surely come running to the help desk. Discover how
to modify the golden image to avoid disgruntled users and support
||Third Party News
GFI VIPRE Antivirus Wins Another VB100 Award
GFI Software, a leading IT and security solutions provider for small and
medium-sized enterprises, today announced that GFI VIPRE Antivirus received
the VB100 award from Virus Bulletin, the highly-respected independent
comparative testing group, in the December 2010 issue.
The VB100 comparative review tested 64 antivirus products on the Windows 7
platform for malware detection rates, lack of false positives, and speed
of scanning. GFI VIPRE Antivirus successfully detected 100 percent of
viruses "in the wild" without creating a single false positive. Viruses
are generally categorized as "in the wild" when they are spreading as a
result of normal day-to-day operations on and between the computers of
To pass the VB100 award testing criteria, antivirus products must detect
100 percent of malware listed as "in the wild" by the WildList Organization
during both on-demand and on-access scanning. In addition, the products
must not generate any false positives when scanning a set of clean files.
The products must fulfill these criteria in their default state. 43 of
the 64 entries were named VB100 award winners.
In addition to the VB100 award, GFI VIPRE for Exchange received VBSpam
certification for the second year in a row, scoring a spam catch rate
of 98.05 percent. The VBSpam comparative review tested 19 full solutions
and one reputation blacklist for their spam catch rate and false positive
rate, with VBSpam awards going to products that exceeded a predefined
benchmark based on both measurements. The VBSpam tests use Virus Bulletin's
live email stream as well as a live spam feed provided by Project Honey
Pot and a second spam stream provided by Abusix. GFI VIPRE for Exchange
achieved a final score of 96.30 based on its overall spam catch and false
positives rates, validating its effectiveness in protecting users' inboxes.
Virus Bulletin conducts independent comparative testing of antivirus
products. The tests focus on virus detection rates, speed of scanning,
and the outcome of how each product fares when scanning a set of files
that are known to be clean. More information about Virus Bulletin can
be found on its website at www.virusbtn.com.
To view this release online, please visit:
RetroHack Site Reviews VIPRE Enterprise
PS, VIPRE Enterprise has been rebranded as VIPRE Business, but the rest
has remained the same excellent end-point security solution.
Ed Fisher started out with: "Okay, show of hands. How many of you like
your corporate antivirus solution? Anybody? Anybody? I didn't think so.
Me neither. Or at least, I didn't until I started using GFI's VIPRE
Antivirus. I have blogged about it, and even made a video about it, and
now, I am reviewing the Enterprise Antivirus product. Interesting
review, written from the admin perspective. The upshot: "In summary,
GFI has delivered another great solution for the SMB market, giving
businesses enterprise class antivirus protection without breaking the
||WServerNews FAVE Links
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- SUPER FAVE! This app may blow you away. Word Lens instantly translates printed
words from one language to another, using the iPhone's video camera:
- Christmas story told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia,
Google Maps, Gmail and Amazon. Times change - feelings remain the same:
- How fast is a Formula 1 car? Here is a really awesome demonstration of a
road car vs. a rally car vs. a Formula One car at Silverstone race track:
- KillaCycle: the 500 horsepower cordless drill on wheels. This electric
motorcycle sets new drag record:
- Laptop Repair Review: Please be careful when friends and family get
their laptops repaired:
- This site allows you to get massive vinyl wall graphics of pictures you
send them. Pretty cool for a gift:
- 'Jet-Sledding' in Sweden, the country where women are beautiful and men
have a 'Saab 37 Viggen' jet aircraft in the garage:
- Cute animal fave of the week. The First Ever Movie Filmed by Cats:
- The 20 biggest tech failures of 2010. You can't appreciate the highs
without looking at the lows. Here are 20 of this year's biggest failures
in consumer technology - slideshow at InfoWorld:
- Now here is a cool "out-there" watch, the Kisai Satellite From Tokyoflash:
- The world's leading 'speed flyer' pulls off the first-ever speed ride on
top of the cables of Chamonix's old ski lift. Risky business:
- Geeks and relationships. This cartoon one gave me a chuckle. And the
next fave is the solution to all this:
- Are you confused by female behavior? Wish you had a
translator to understand what she means? Check out this ad:
- OK, one more to end off the year. This one is definitely not safe
for work, and has a lot of strong language but is INCREDIBLY funny.
I have been sitting here truly laughing until I cried. The site is
called 'damnyouautocorrect' and here are the best of the site. Have fun!