Friday, June 25, 2004

Critical Trojan in the Wild - Download.Ject

There is a vulnerability in Internet Information Server 5.0 that was reported today. Websites can become infected and then infect visitors to the web sites on the infected machine. However, that being said if the System has been patched with update 835732 the system will not have the vulnerability.

Just another reason to keep your system up to date. On the client side you will be protected if you keep your antivirus updated and your security settings for Internet Explorer set properly.

For details see this Microsoft Bulletin.

A technical look at the problem can be found on SANS Internet Storm Center Handlers Diary dated June 25th.

 

Posted by Stevereno on 06/25 at 07:51 PM
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Word as a Mail Editor - Why?

I had taken a support call recently where a client had problems forwarding an HTML e-mail from Outlook XP.  I took a look at the settings for mail format and Outlook was using Word as the e-mail editor. I unchecked the box to use Word and had the client retry forwarding his HTML e-mail again and it worked fine.

Here’s my point. I never use Word to format e-mail. I really have found no redeeming value for Word as a e-mail editor. The native Outlook message client works just fine for me.  I can understand using WordMail in the past with the Exchange client but that seems like ages ago now. Outlook does such a good job with the built in editor I don’t understand why people still cling to using Word for this function.

All I know is anytime there is trouble sending an e-mail message the first place to look is in the Mail Format sections and un check Word as an e-mail editor. I know it’s a “feature” I just wonder if it hasn’t lasted beyond it’s useful life.

 

Posted by Stevereno on 06/25 at 07:30 PM
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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Awesome Radio Controlled B52

You have got to see this beautiful radio controlled B52. This article appeared in HardOCP.com this week. You can see the pictures here which includes a shot of the 8 engines at a total of $24,000.00. Take a look at the video. These guys did a great job building this aircraft.

 

Posted by Stevereno on 06/24 at 07:47 PM
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Monday, June 21, 2004

The Small Business Server Weblog

Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 has to be one of Microsoft’s best products for small business. I wanted to do a weblog on Small Business Server to talk about my experiences with the product and provide a resource for the Small Business Server community in the process.

Small Business Server is an “enterprise in a box” and has everything that a small business could need to leverage information technology in a way that is easily managed. It incorporates a company intranet website, with network wide FAX, e-mail, database server and firewall on a single computer. It can make a business very productive.

I look forward to building this into a good resource for the Microsoft Small Business Server.

Stay tuned.

Posted by Stevereno on 06/21 at 09:59 PM
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SpaceShipOne Rockets Into History

SpaceShipOne made it to an altitude of 100.12 kilometers on Monday. There was a problem during flight when a trim actuator failed. The quick thinking of pilot Mike Melvill saved the day when he switched to a backup system and continued on. The plan was to reach an altitude of 110 kilometers so the system failure cost some altitude.

Spaceflight Now has all the details.

 

Posted by Stevereno on 06/21 at 08:25 PM
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Saturday, June 19, 2004

Monday - SpaceShipOne Makes Journey to Edge Of Space

I am a former NASA brat. I have had the privilege of living in Huntsville, Alabama a few miles from where they tested the Saturn V rocket engines and in Titusville, Florida which is right across the river from the Kennedy Space Center.  I have watched every manned launch of the Apollo program including the Apollo/Soyuz Mission, the first flight of the Space Shuttle, and the first flight of the Space Shuttle after it was reprocessed and flown again. I have watched NASA go from an organization run by engineers and rocket scientist to an organization run by managers and bureaucrats. The NASA logo changed from the Meatball, which to me represented the heyday of NASA where the engineers and rocket scientists ran the program, to the worm.

The worm logo for NASA just represented the worse that NASA had to offer. Non technical managers and bureaucrats making technical decisions against the engineers best advice. I truly believe that if the managers had relied on the engineers advice we would not have lost 2 Space Shuttle crews to tragic accidents.  I wonder where space exploration would be today if the “worm” of bureaucracy had not infected NASA.

Anyway, the “meatball” is back as a symbol of NASA but the bureaucracy remains. The only imagination NASA has is a space ship going round and round the earth for the last 30 years. I am not discounting the unmanned exploration of Mars which I think is great but where is the excitement for manned space travel.

Here comes Burt Rutan with a whole different idea for space travel.

On Monday, June 21, a privately funded spacecraft will place a man into the edge of space.

SpaceShipOne will fly to a height of 100 kilometers, a world record for a privately funded space craft. For the details Space.com has an entire section on their website devoted to the effort.

I love this. Private enterprise is going to step in and make space travel available to whoever wants to pay.  I wonder how soon private enterprise will build a space hotel for the space bound traveler? 

Finally someone has brought some excitement back to space exploration! A new era is about begin. Are you going to get a ticket?

Posted by Stevereno on 06/19 at 01:02 PM
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Friday, June 18, 2004

Free eTrust EZ Armor Security Suite for 1 year

I have been using CA Antivirus for the last 4 years and it has done a good job. Microsoft teams up with Computer Associates with a free firewall and antivirus offer.

The thing I like about their antivirus is that it has a small signature that doesn’t burden the system with overhead and CA updates the signature files almost every day. This is good stuff.

After a year the renewal fee is minimal.

 

Posted by Stevereno on 06/18 at 02:26 AM
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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Private Space Plane Due for Suborbital Flight.

June 21st, Burt Ratan plans to fly to an altitude of 100 kilometers with SpaceShipOne, a privately built space plane. 100 kilometers is considered to be the edge of outer space. The flight will be unmanned but later they will fly 3 individuals to the same height.

The effort is sponsored by Paul Allen of Microsoft fame. For more details about this incredible effort MSNBC has the full story.

The space plane has already flown to an altitude of 200,000 feet. Bringing space travel to he masses, Burt Ratan may take his place next to Ford and Edison as another American pioneer.

Godspeed SpaceShipOne??

Posted by Stevereno on 06/16 at 01:55 PM
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George W. Bush Visits The Troops in Tampa Florida

President Bush visited MacDill Air Force in Tampa today. I was able to hear 30 minutes of his speech on a local radio station and was impressed by how much our troops love the Commander in Chief. The cheers were loud and went on for a long time and often during his speech which was broadcast to our troops all over the globe. Fox News has the story.

Some of the things that have not been covered by the media, ie the “Democratic National Committee Media Echo Chamber,” were the visits from the new leaders of Afghanistan and Iraq to Washington DC. Both leaders praised the United States and thanked us and our troops for making the sacrifice to bring freedom to their people.

From the President’s speech, “Yesterday, President Karzai of Afghanistan came to the White House and to the U.S. Capitol, and thanked the American people for helping to free his country and for being a friend to the Afghan people. The President of Iraq came to America last week and expressed his gratitude for the sacrifices of the American people and our troops. These two Presidents, and the nations they serve, know the character of the American Armed Forces, They’re seeing the nature of your mission, as well. We have come not to conquer, but to liberate people, and we will stand with them until their freedom is secure.”

One thing is for sure, even though our troops have hard and dangerous work in some very bad conditions they support their Commander in Chief and love him dearly.

America is fortunate to have a President that knows what is required to lead the Nation in this time of war.

 

Posted by Stevereno on 06/16 at 01:30 PM
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Free Weblogs Have Disappeared

According to blogger Greg Hughes, weblogs.com is pulling the plug on free weblogs. I wonder how this is going to affect the Blogosphere?

If you are really interested in blogging you have to pay for it if you aren’t company sponsored.

Blogging has become mainstream and it’s going to cost you to play. 

Posted by Stevereno on 06/15 at 02:51 PM
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Sunday, June 13, 2004

Microsoft Has a Free e-Security Guide For Small Biz

Are you sure that your small business is securing your computer systems like you should? Microsoft has a security guide just for you. 

Posted by Stevereno on 06/13 at 08:24 AM
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Sneak peek at a new aluminum Cinema Display from Apple.

Engadget has a sneek peek at a new Mac display. I’d love to have one of these on my desk. Wouldn’t you?

Posted by Stevereno on 06/13 at 07:59 AM
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New Dual G5 2.5GHz Liquid Cooling System

TheUnoficialAppleWeblog has a look at a water cooled dual G5 Mac. Apparently people don’t like listening to whirling fans and prefer the quiet sound of water pumps instead.

The PC Overclocking crowd has been doing this for years to get the most out of their systems. Water cooling is becoming more common in mainstream systems.

Posted by Stevereno on 06/13 at 07:51 AM
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Monday, June 07, 2004

Peggy Noonan Pays Tribute To Ronald Reagan

Peggy Noonan was a speech writer for Ronald Reagan and has tremendous respect for him. Her article is a good look into the character of the 40th President of the United States.

Note: This Wall Street Journal Article requires registration to view. It’s worth it.

Posted by Stevereno on 06/07 at 10:47 PM
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Atlantis Found?

With the help of Plato’s writings and satellite images a scientist claims that he has possibly located Atlantis in Spain.

Posted by Stevereno on 06/07 at 08:51 AM
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