April 4, 2007

Yeah, it wasn’t here long, but I’ve moved to a new home where I can have the full features of WordPress. The free blog was a great place to test it out and see if I had it in me to actually make posts and it succeeded in that regard.

 See you over at the new home Geek in Paradise

Microsoft Security Team details process involved in Animated Cursor Fix

April 3, 2007

A very detailed insight into what was actually involved into rolling out the latest security patch. What I found particularly interesting is that each security fix takes an average of 2 months of extensive testing before it’s rolled out to the end user.

Why you don’t work with .PST files on the network

April 3, 2007


Great writeup with appropriate references on why you don’t store .PST files on a network share. I’ve ran into a few instances of this in my travels and good things have yet to come from such setups.

See you over at the new home Geek in Paradise

Microsoft releases fix for Animated Cursor Vulnerability

April 3, 2007

True to their word, Microsoft today released their fix for the Animated Cursor Vulnerability. This will not affect their regular patching schedule, which will still take place next Tuesday. Grab it from Windows Update or if you get your Updates through a WSUS Server, go bug your Admin to test and approve it.

 Official info:

Microsoft files lawsuits against companies selling Academic version software

April 2, 2007

Looks like it’s lawsuit day!

Great to see that Microsoft is tracking down these piraters that are stealing from the youth of today.

A total of 9 companies, one already settling out of court for $1Mil ( and others ceasing the sale of offending products after receiving a cease and desist letter.

My take on the Microsoft lawsuit over the "Vista Capable" Program

April 2, 2007

Original Story here.

Well, well, well. Lawsuits never cease to amaze me.

It might be just me, but I find lawsuits like this extremely frivolous and wasteful of the Judicial system’s time. Person A goes out and buys an extremely cheap system, then gets upset when they can’t run the higher versions of the latest, greatest OS.

The program guidelines are laid out here and here. At that stage, with the guidelines clearly laid out on their website, as well as other marketing campaigns, Microsoft has fulfilled their obligations to inform users (not likely for the end user to check these sites) as well as the Manufacturing and Sales channel (who should be well versed in getting the right product into the hands of consumers). IMHO, any “blame” should be placed squarely on the company where the system was purchased. Whether it be the Company for not educating it’s salespeople or the salespeople for wanting to push a quick sale without educating the consumer, that’s where the breakdown occurred, not Microsoft. Microsoft is just the most convenient entity to go after due to their stature in the Technology sector in this case.

I read through the first few pages of the filing and found it quite hilarious that they were using a reviewer’s statement of Vista Basic being “the most pointless edition of Windows ever released.” Yes, let’s base mass consumer opinion on 1 reviewer’s take of the Basic OS. There are other statements scattered throughout the filing by singular people verbally that are used as a basis for the “bait and switch” claim. There are other statements that are being used as a basis for the lawsuit which clearly are in contrast to what is officially stated on Microsoft’s website.

It just doesn’t look like the Plaintiff’s team did all their research to me. I could be wrong, but things don’t match up with official statements, so I’m not sure where they got their  information.

I don’t see very much coming out of this personally.

Microsoft releases Best Practices Analyzer for WSS 3.0/Office 2007

April 2, 2007

I love Best Practices Analyzers, and Microsoft came through today with one tailored for WSS 3.0 (Windows Sharepoint Services).  They’re the best for techies that are still in the process for fine tuning their application knowledge as they let you know what can be changed without actually making the change, so you can research why they recommend specific changes, as well as seasoned techies as a check to make sure you didn’t miss a critical setting. Specific setups may not benefit from these, but they’re a very good guideline to start from.

You can check out the blog post here or check out the synopsis page here. Download is available from either page. Enjoy!


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