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LabMice Link of the Day Archive - May 2001
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. 

Hoax virus says trash Windows file
A hoax e-mail warning people that their PCs may contain a virus, actually tricks its victims into deleting a harmless Microsoft Windows utility called sulfnbk.exe. The hoax message indicates that the virus is scheduled to trigger June 1, has been found on every PC in somebody's office, and is not detectable with virus software. 

Office XP: Worth the upgrade?
As Microsoft prepares for Thursday's launch of Office XP, corporate users are weighing their options and finding few. Experts say it's a no-brainer for Office 97 users but a very tough call to upgrade Office 2000.

Microsoft says upgrade now or pay big later
IT executives could face millions of dollars in extra costs to upgrade to the newest version of Microsoft Office, which ships this week, if they don't buy upgrade packages before the software giant's new license and maintenance program begins in four months. Soutce: Network World Fusion (May 28, 2001)

Timing a switch to XP
With Microsoft planning to ship its new client operating system in the fall, IT staffs are debating what to do about migrating their users. When is it the right time to make the big switch? Source: ZDNet (May 23, 2001) 

Gates: The next decade is the big one
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates shrugs off the dot-com collapse--saying it's only the 'end of the beginning' of the tech boom--at the company's fifth CEO Summit. Source: ZDNet (May 23, 2001)

Tips for keeping your IT career on the move
At Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, a panel handed out advice on such IT careers issues as what jobs will be most in demand five years from now and how technology managers can position themselves to step into a CIO job. 

Managing the virus threat
How do you keep all those antivirus programs updated across thousands of desktops? There's no easy way, security managers say, which leaves them scrambling -- and users vulnerable. Source: ComputerWorld (May 2001)

KGB vet leaves hackers out in the cold
Break down the firewalls! An ex-spy releases a new system that changes IP addresses on a network in less than a second--keeping unwanted intruders out. Source: ZDNet (May 22, 2001)

IIS Security Patch Supplements SP2
Microsoft took the unusual step of issuing a mini-security pack for IIS this week. The company recommends that users immediately apply the patch, which includes fixes for problems that aren't addressed in SP2.

Translating Security for Managers
It's not easy getting security funded. In today's unstable economy and competitive business climate, companies spend more on coffee supplies than on security. This bean-counter view isn't unreasonable, but it must be balanced with the need for deploying effective and evolving security measures. Security managers need to develop their ideas and goals within the context of the business management mindset in order to get ongoing funding and support. Here's why.

Implementing an Intrusion Detection System
Intrusion detection systems provide security administrators with tools to monitor, detect and respond to security incidents on the network. An IDS is the compilation of technologies and people that work together to provide the ability to identify and respond to malicious activities aimed at networked systems. A high-quality execution methodology will ensure that an IDS solution is implemented appropriately. Source:

Windows 2000 SP2 Installation and Deployment Guide
The Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 Installation and Deployment Guide provides guidelines and instructions for installing Windows 2000 SP2, including: technical details, procedures, and recommendations for successfully installing the Service Pack on multiple computers in a small business or corporate environment.

Certification: Career boost or expensive mistake?
A recent salary survey of software companies revealed that they paid far less than the salary premiums touted by certificate program sponsors. Instead, the survey found that few companies tie certification to hiring, promotion, or pay raises. And even when certification leads to a raise, the impact is modest:  Source: ITWorld (May 14, 2001)

Fire up your IT career
Spending less time managing networks and more time managing relationships with outsourcers and upper managers? Need to bone up on the nontechnical skills like negotiating and presenting? Here's a two-year study guide, complete with a curriculum and reading list. Source: Network World Fusion (May 13, 2001)

CD-R Media Prices to Triple
This summer, CD-Recordable disc prices are expected to soar. Announcements of price hikes are pending from CD media sellers Memorex, TDK, and Verbatim, a subsidiary of Japanese giant Mitsubishi Chemical. PCWorld takes a look at the CD-R media industry and explains why it's happening and how much more you're likely to pay for this popular recording media.

The myths of Windows XP
Despite Microsoft's hype about Windows XP, most enterprises are not in for a significantly different experience. In this opinion paper, Gartner Group takes a critical look at the new OS and offers recommendations for environments running Windows 2000. Source: CNET (May 9, 2001)

Sadmind/IIS Worm Hitting Unpatched Systems
Attackers are exploiting old vulnerabilities in Solaris and IIS Web servers with a new malicious worm called the sadmind/IIS Worm to attack more Solaris and IIS Web servers and deface Web pages, according to an advisory issued Tuesday by CERT. Source: ENT (May 8, 2001)

Stop! Don't install Easy CD Creator 5 until you read this story
The latest version of the popular CD recording software Easy CD Creator, version 5, is killing Windows 2000 machines stone dead so hold off until you have read all the guidance. Source: The Register (May 4, 2001)

Bug delays next Win 2000 service pack
Microsoft was set to ship the service pack nearly two weeks ago when researchers reported a major vulnerability. Microsoft immediately canceled shipment of the service pack so it could include a patch that corrects the problem. It is unclear when the service pack will be ready. Source: NetworkWorldFusion (May 7, 2001)

Six tips for selling new IT projects
Securing funding for IT projects isn't as easy as it was a year ago. But every business still has an IT budget, and the key to accessing those funds is pitching projects to senior management in language that they understand. Source: IT World

Microsoft offers PC builders prizes to be finks
Microsoft has sparked controversy by issuing a letter to computer suppliers, offering them prizes for turning in businesses who may have 'misunderstood' their licensing agreements regarding operating systems. Source:

Salary Strongholds
Despite the slowing economy, IT paychecks for managers and staffers keep going up--but for how long? The just-released InformationWeek Research National IT Salary Survey of nearly 20,000 IT staff and managers indicates that salaries are holding strong. Source: Information Week

Do you need a Microsoft contractor?
Microsoft's bold move to create a professional-services organization has been greeted with mixed reactions from solutions providers. While some are offering optimism, others fear that the software maker could easily eat their lunch. Source: ZDNet

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