Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Microsoft Campus Tour

Dylan Greene has a great tour of the Microsoft Campus at Redmond

He even has a peek into the office of that preeminent Microsoft Bolger, Robert Scoble

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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Linux more vulnerable than Windows

According to a survey in the UK Linux Servers are more likely to be attacked that Windows based systems.

From a ZDNet UK article   “However, the sharp rise in Linux breaches probably reflects a lack of training and deployment expertise rather than inherent security problems within Linux, mi2g officials suggested.”

Perhaps Microsoft’s security initiatives are working. Last year Windows composed 51% of the compromised systems in the same survey, this year they were at 20%.  The article points out the real problem of securing Linux. Poor understanding of how to secure the Linux OS and lack of training may be to blame.

The real message here is that you better understand how to secure Linux in your environment or you are going to have problems.  This is not a place for amateurs or inexperienced support personnel.

All the good distributions of Linux offer a support contract - buy it and use it.

And you thought open source software was free. Yeah, right!

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Sunday, February 22, 2004

Linux Vendors Warn of Flaws

The Linux Kernal has a serious defect that would allow anyone that exploited it “full privileges” on a Linux system. Fortunately in order to exploit the defect you would have to have local user access.

Newsfactor has the details

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Seagate introduces 2.5” drives for the server market.

EETimes has an article on new 2.5” 10,000 rpm server drives from Seagate.  Seagate kicks off server shift to 2.5-inch drives

More storeage in a smaller and smaller space using less power. Wow, that’s got to be a plus for the data center.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

What about Linux on the Desktop? Not so fast there boss man!

Before you let your boss buy in to moving Linux to the Desktop, you might want to have him read David Howe’s article.  Can Linux Make It Mainstream?

You also might want to point out the reason that Microsoft dominates the client/server market. This study from the Harvard Business School spells it out.  It’s not because Microsoft is this big giant bully. Heck no! It’s about inovation…..

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Windows-to-Linux roadmap

What happens when the boss walks in and informs you, “we’re moving to Linux.” 

Only problem is you’re background is in Microsoft products and you thought they would never introduce Linux to your environment.

Take heart, IBM comes to the rescue with the Windows-to-Linux roadmap.

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Thursday, February 12, 2004

Tablet PC Search

I have narrowed my Tablet PC search to the Electrovaya Scribbler SC-2010

I like it for one reason. Battery Life?

Think about it. In order for the Tablet PC to be considered a contender it has to have at least 8 ? 9 hours of battery life. The whole idea is to be freed from the wired world of the desktop and roam free with your Tablet PC.

Some tablets have 300 minutes of battery life. What is the manufacturer thinking?  How can you embrace the technology if you are charging or changing the battery all the time?

For me I want to grab my Tablet PC and go all day without thinking about battery life. Unfortunately that limits the current offerings of tablet PCs to a very few.  I really want the Tablet PC to be a success because the uses that I can imagine for business is huge.

Robert Scoble reports from the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference that the Tablet PCs are an emerging technology trend.

I hope they are right

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Monday, February 09, 2004

The Return Of The Giant Sucking Sound

Adam Sparks from talks about The Return Of The Giant Sucking Sound

President Wilson still haunts America today. During his administration he brought the end of tariffs and the beginning of the repressive income tax that we have today. Our Government used to be funded by tariffs on imported goods. This policy created the industrial revolution in America and lots of manufacturing jobs. After NAFTA most of the manufacturing jobs have gone away. Now with outsourcing, our technology jobs are going away as well.

It seems like our politicians are giving away the farm without any consideration of the outcome. Read the article. Adam Sparks makes a good argument.

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Thursday, February 05, 2004

I Found a Great Interview and R?sum? Blog, “Hiring Technical People”

Check out Johanna Rothman’s blog, Hiring Technical People. Johanna has some great information from both sides of the employment desk on interviewing and r?sum?s.

It’s cool how blogs work. David Pickett visted the blog so….  I went to his blog to look around and found this great link.

Thank David!

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Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Poisoning the roots of the techno-boom

Jeff Taylor nails it in this article in, Poisoning the roots of the techno-boom.

Jeff’s point, “very little attention is being paid to a key point: The rush to outsourcing is undermining the economic foundation on which the United States’ technology sector is built.”

And has anyone in their hot pursuit of cheap labor through outsourcing thought about the consequences?

“if everyone outsources and the technology base dries up, everyone loses.”

“What is the long-term impact on the economy of losing a large number of high-paying jobs? Perhaps high-paying jobs provide a value to society that exceeds their value to a company.”

“Too much of the media coverage of outsourcing has focused on its impact at the individual level—on the plight of workers whose jobs are disappearing. We need to take another step back, to consider the long-term effects of the outsourcing trend, at both company level and national level.”

I say we are selling America out for cheap labor. We are going to regret it in the long run.

Go read Jeff Taylor’s article, and think about it.




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Monday, February 02, 2004

Using Threat Analysis to Design More Secure Systems

Microsoft releases a 39Mb document on threat analysis and how to use it to bulid sucure systems.

Using Threat Analysis to Design More Secure Systems

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Sunday, February 01, 2004

Securing Wireless Clients

I am working on a project on my test network to secure wireless comunication based on Windows 2003 Server Certificates.

I’m using the following Microsoft document for a guide, Securing Wireless LANs - A Windows Server 2003 Certificate Services Solution

Untill now, high speed internet wasn’t available in my neighorhood. Comcast is hooking me up next week.  I live in the country and have had to suffer with dialup for too long.  Having high speed internet is going to improve my skills in securing not only my wireless connection but it will give me good practice locking down my ISA server and doing intrusion detection.

I’m using a Microsoft solution for the project so I can gain some real world experience integrating all the components together. Hopefully it will translate to consulting $$ later on.

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Still Searching For a Tablet PC

I found the Electrovaya Scribbler SC-2010

I haven’t much knowledge of the manufacturer Electrovaya but this thing runs 8 plus hours on a single charge. It makes sense to match the business day with hardware that will keep up.


1) Over 8 hours of battery life.
2) Latest Intel M Pentium Processor


1) Weight 3.1 Lbs

I think this one is a contender.

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Friday, January 30, 2004

Danger! You are Being Assimilated by Your Blog

Robert Scoble writes about why he needs to take a blog vacation.

One of the most read blog in the “Geek World” is The Scobleizer. He recognized a few danger signs and decides to take a week off from blogging.

They say that realizing that you have a problem is the first step in solving it. I will miss reading his stuff.  Best wishes to Robert in finding a balance.

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Thursday, January 29, 2004

I’m Searching For a Tablet PC

I am looking for a Tablet PC so that I can free my self from my desktop and look at the Tablet PC as a new way of doing old things. 

I want to intergrate the Tablet PC with Microsoft Small Business Server over a wireless network to demonstrate the incredible posibilities this device offers for small business.

I have looked at the current offerings and have narrowed it down to 2 that I like. I have ruled out getting a convertable tablet PC. My first criteria is light weight and having all the other features of a notebook just add weight.

Here are the 2 that I am looking at:

NEC Versa Litepad


1) Weight 2.2Lbs


1) 20Gb Hard drive
2) Intel PIII-M 933Mhz Processor
3) Graphic Processor Performance slow
4) 10.4” Display
5) 2 hour 21 Minute Battery Life

Gateway Tablet PC


1) Intel Pentium M 1 Ghz processor
2) 40Gb Hard Drive
3) 12.1” Display
4) 4 hour Battery Life


Weight 3.0 Lbs

I am still looking. Out of the offerings that I have looked at these are the 2 that I have found that might meet my needs. I still need to find out vital facts like battery life, reliability and find some product reviews. I have heard about a Tablet PC called a Scribbler and I am still looking in to that one because of it’s 8 hour plus battery life.  Will post more at a later date.


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