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LabMice Link of the Day Archive - December 2000
As we surf the web in our pursuit of additional content for LabMice, we occasionally stumble upon a really cool, humorous, unusual, or very useful link that we think should stand out from the hundreds we add every week. 

Win2k for Alpha alive, well, and loose on the web!
According to The Register, Windows 2000 for the Alpha platform is not only in development, but also available for download on the net. The leaked version is believed to be build 2128, and may carry a 444 day time bomb.

Registry Scripting
Part of a six part series which focuses on practical techniques for scripting and delivering Registry changes to large numbers of machines. If you support a small Windows 2000 environment, the techniques are still useful for managing Registry changes across multiple machines. Source: Windows IT Library

Egghead gets cracked; 3.7M credit cards believed stolen
Online electronics and computer retailer (Nasdaq: EGGS) admitted on Friday that the company's servers had been hacked by network intruders and an unnamed number of credit cards potentially lost. Sources inside the credit card industry told ZDNet News that Egghead may warn up to 3.7 million credit cards holders that their card numbers have been stolen.

Secure Migration to Windows 2000
As W2K migration focus shifts from if to when, don't lose sight of changing security concerns. Source: EarthWeb (Dec 20, 2000)

Kriz virus makes return appearance
'Tis the season for nasty viruses. This one is based on the infamous CIH virus and trashes PCs on Dec. 25. The worst part is that it spreads by piggy-backing on other viruses. Be prepared.

Implementing Common Desktop Scenarios
Microsoft white paper describes six scenarios for using IntelliMirror. These scenarios are intended to be starting points from which you can develop settings that are tailored to your environment. This includes options for registry-based policy settings, security settings, software installation, scripts, folder redirection, Microsoft Internet Explorer maintenance, and Remote Installation Services.

Microsoft extends NT 4.0 Certification deadline - creates new NT 4.0 Exam
Because of the flood of IT professionals seeking to finish the Windows NT 4.0 certification exams before they expire at the end of December, Microsoft has extended the deadline for these exams from December 31, 2000 until February 28, 2001. The two-month extension is designed to eliminate what has turned into a scheduling nightmare for potential MCSE candidates, who have found testing centers to be booked around the clock through the end of the year.

Microsoft unleashes piracy police: Are you safe?
The city of Virginia Beach was forced to pay Microsoft $129,000 for software licenses, even though the city had probably already paid for the software and did not receive due process. Some companies have suffered the same fate; others likely will. Joe Barr explains the wherefores of Redmond's scare tactics and suggests that open software is the best defense.

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Office 2000
A free 6 chapter deployment guide for Office 2000 and Windows 2000 Professional. The information is practical and hands-on, taking you through a series of step-by-step procedures that lead you through the upgrade process.

Where will you find your IT talent in 2001?
Before you unleash your budget, read's top ten list of IT job trends for the new year. And then let the hiring begin. Source: (Dec 13, 2000)

So fire me - Tech workers take job insecurity in stride
While investors and Wall Street fret about high tech layoffs and failing dot-coms, many technology workers feel a conviction in the power of their skills to ride out any economic storm. Source: Washington Post

MS claims copyright on Windows bugs
Microsoft is claiming copyright over its security notices and insisting that mailing lists can no longer publish the Beast of Redmond's dire security warnings. The lawyers at Microsoft have objected to the publication of its security notices by, which runs the popular BugTraq security mailing list

Towing the office party line
Oh, the office party, it's a celebration -- a time for cheer and goodwill ... maybe. For many employees and managers, the office party is a time for stress and ill will. Here are some tips on how to handle office festivities. Source: InfoWorld (Dec 8, 2000)

The Art and Science of Web Server Tuning with IIS 5.0
This article describes the issues and approaches involved in tuning a Web server when running Internet Information Services 5.0 on Windows 2000 Server.

The Net's new neighborhood watch
Knock, knock. Who's really there? Small-business and home users flock to a new site that aims to identify the Net's shady characters.

Meet the hackers
Not all hackers are bad guys. But understanding what motivates them can make you less vulnerable to an attack. This special security report will clue you in to how hackers think. Source: Darwin Magazine

DSL in distress
In theory, DSL promises large cost savings for companies of all sizes, compared to T1. But installation woes and poor performance can render it more trouble than it's worth. Source: InfoWorld (Dec 1, 2000)

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