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LabMice Link of the Day Archive - November 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. 

Wanted: More schools for security pros
Not nearly enough is being done to train information-security experts, and U.S. companies face a staffing shortfall that will likely grow ever larger Source: Business Week

A meeting of the minds?
Are meetings the bane of your working life? A new technique using Eastern philosophies could help you survive them. Source: Vnunet (Nov 29, 2000)

Virus won't let victims get help
A computer virus that©s smart enough to block its victims from getting help is steadily spreading around the Internet. The bug, called MTX, was discovered in August and initially labeled a low risk. But in recent weeks, infections have been growing and last week it was the most prevalent virus in the world, according to one antivirus firm.

Vote (again) for president online
Canada has a solution to the presidential mess: a Web site that lets Americans re-vote for the U.S. president. Guess who's winning?

Forget passwords, what about pictures?
We're drowning in passwords, and our brains are rebelling. Most of us have one of two strategies for remembering all these new strings of letters and numbers: use the exact same password across the board, or keep written reminders of the various secret phrases. Either way, the entire purpose of passwords -- security -- is undermined. Source: ZDNet (Nov 27, 2000)

FTC: Watch out for 'free' holiday PCs
With vendors posting signs like 'PCs for $199' or even 'Free PCs,' the government urges users to read the fine print and avoid hidden charges that often come as an unexpected surprise. Source: (Nov 22, 2000)

Why Service packs are better than patches...
One of the most frequent mistakes people make when performing security maintenance is to over-rely on patches and under-rely on service packs. You may be surprised to know that there are significant differences between the two, and that service packs, rather than patches, should be used for the heavy lifting.

Microsoft joins the ranks of industry sinners
There was a time when 'unlimited free support' meant just that. Now the only thing unlimited is the scope vendors give themselves for changing their policies. Source: InfoWorld (Nov 20, 2000)

802.11B: One Standard Worth Waiting For
It took a while to get there, but competing vendors coalesced about a year ago around the 802.11b standard for wireless LANs, tapping direct sequence, spread-spectrum technology, a way of generating bits for maximum throughput and security. Source: TechWeb (Nov 16, 2000)

Defending your Web Server
Article by Rik Farrow that takes a look at how insecure applications and scripts expose Web servers to attack, and explains how to batten down the hatches. Source: Microsoft TechNet

The 10 Commandments of trade show attendees
Howard Anderson goes to more trade shows and seminars than United Van Lines. So he feels eminently qualified to present the 10 immutable laws of trade shows. Source: Network World Fusion (Nov 15, 2000)

End memory leaks and improve performance on your PC or Server with this cool award winning utility. It sits in your system tray and monitors memory usage. When you're RAM reaches a certain point it defrags memory and safely recovers any available resources from applications and the operating system.

Maintaining Windows 2000 Peak Performance through Defragmentation
The purpose of this white paper is to provide an outline of the basics of fragmentation/defragmentation, and to explain the functionality of the manual defragmenter, known as 'Disk Defragmenter,' that is built into Windows 2000 Source: Microsoft TechNet

Windows 2000 Group Policy can cut support costs, but requires up-front planning, training and testing 
 The Group Policy features within Microsoft Windows 2000 can make it easier to fine-tune user access rules and even lock down desktops so users can't fiddle with their systems. But moving to Group Policy from the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 domain structure requires a lot of planning, training and testing. Windows 2000 Advantage (November 6, 2000)

The Ten Immutable Laws of Security
Lessons learned from the Microsoft Security Response Center. Over the years, we've developed a list of issues that aren't related to product flaws, but common security problems. Source:

Users say consultants play role in IT disasters
The same complaints are heard over and over about the consultant's role in IT disasters. What an angry client may call bait-and-switch, the consultant may view as wise allocation of staff. Source: ComputerWorld (Nov 7, 2000)

Guide to Active Directory Design
This white paper presents a brief summary and overview of current design principles for corporations that are in the planning stages of deploying Windows 2000 Server and Microsoft Active Directory. It also presents some of the high-level design decision points that a large corporation must consider and validate within the corporation's environment. Source: (Sept 11, 2000)

Top 10 Dot Cons
The US Federal Trade Commission has launched a crackdown on Internet con merchants and has posted a list of the top ten online rip-off tricks and suggestions on how to avoid being taken in.

Download Accelerator
This is download manager software that can accelerate downloading files in FTP and HTTP protocols up to 300%, pause and resume downloads, and recover from a dropped Internet connection. The acceleration is done by using more than one connection for the same file, for single or multiple servers. Best of all, it's FREE!

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