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LabMice Link of the Day Archive - September 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. 

Are tech workers in short supply?
It is common for companies across America to complain about a shortage of information technology workers. The reality, however, is that there is no widespread lack of workers, but a shortfall in the ability of companies to recruit IT employees, to assess their talent and to make their jobs rewarding enough to keep them from quitting, claims a study by Wharton management professor Peter Cappelli.

MS Exchange Server Planning and Installation
Microsoft has published the entire contents of their new Exchange 2000 book on TechNet for free! This will probably only be available for a limited time, so make sure you print yourself a copy!

Getting rid of those AOL disks is sponsoring The Great AOL CD Invention Contest to come up with inventive ways to reuse the damn things. You know, the ones you get in magazines, boxes of cereal, and with every tank of gas. And no, popping them in the microwave is not original. Using them as Frisbees or coasters is also not original. Using them as brake discs on your ©84 Caprice is DAMN original and will probably win you the contest.

Security attitudes in the firing line
Prepare for the worst with a security policy that defends your network against hacker attacks and malicious emails. Buying equipment left, right and center and proudly declaring: "We have a firewall and intrusion detection," is plain stupid. Source: Vnunet (Sept 20, 2000)

Beware the Pitfalls of Outsourcing
As network outsourcing increases, so do blunders that hamstring its success. Users report network project failures in two general classifications: technical failures and justification failures.

Cryptography is not the ultimate solution.
A look at the role of cryptography in IT. The author also explores the theory that strong encryption could replace firewalls. Source: Network Magazine

Dirty PC secrets at your fingertips
Laboratory researchers measure the gunk that gathers in keyboards. What lies beneath? Tons of corn flakes, chocolate and noodles. Source: ZDNet (Sept 15, 2000)

Livingston: Microsoft crosses the line with Windows Me
Consumer advocate Brian Livingston says that Microsoft is crossing the line with Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me) by offering an operating system that so obviously includes software designed specifically to harm competitors.

Microsoft's .NET impact
By now you've read and heard plenty about .NET, Microsoft's new enterprise application strategy. A nuts-and-bolts rundown of .NET's features may leave you asking, "Does this have anything to do with me?" If you specify, design, develop, or implement enterprise software or Web applications, keep in mind that .NET drastically changes Windows' profile.

Microsoft's surgical strike team
Their job is to watch the Linux, Unix and NetWare competition. But some rivals claim that spreading FUD is part of Doug Miller & Co.'s job, too. Source: ZDNet

Hotfix Checking Tool for IIS 5.0
This tool enables IIS 5.0 administrators to to ensure that their servers are up to date on all security patches. The tool can be run continuously or periodically, against the local machine or a remote one, using either a database on the Microsoft web site or a locally-hosted copy. When the tool finds a patch that hasn't been installed, it can display or dialogue or write a warning to the event log.

Microsoft: The next quarter century
Twenty-five years gone and Bill G. and Steve B. remain at the helm. Meet four faces attempting to pilot the Redmond juggernaut into the next millennium. Source: ZDNet (Sept 1, 2000)

Twenty-five years gone and Bill G. and Steve B. remain at the helm. Meet four faces attempting to pilot the Redmond juggernaut into the next millennium. Source: ZDNet (Sept 1, 2000)

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