MS-DOS passed away Thursday, October 25, 2001, at
the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Times Square in New York City. Byte.com offers a
brief obituary of this historical operating system. Now will anyone write a
This article addresses actions that NT/2K
administrators can take to prevent and detect malware (malicious software)
installations on their systems. By taking advantage of the inherent
capabilities of the operating system itself, administrators can prevent or
significantly hamper malware installations, and detect when such installations
InfoWorld's and CSA Research's test labs put Windows XP through a few benchmark
performance tests and discovered that under the same heavy load on identical
hardware, Windows 2000 significantly outperformed Windows XP. XP's
poor performance under heavy load should prompt industrial-strength users to
stick with Windows 2000.
Cross e-mail donation hoax circulating
A malicious computer program is quietly making the rounds, disguising itself as
an e-mail donation form for the American Red Cross while attempting to steal
credit card information. Source: CNET
WINDOWS XP READY FOR THE ENTERPRISE?
It's here, but is it right for your business? Tech Update
looks at key Windows XP features and issues, and how they affect your company's
decision to upgrade or stand pat.
Is it Making a Splash Yet?
Instead of logging onto their networks with user names and the typical easily
cracked passwords, about 2,000 city employees in Glendale, California now
enlist their fingerprints to securely sign on to their PCs Source: InfoSecurityMagazine
Patch Leads to W2K Instability
Microsoft issues a stern self-admonishment over the weekend for a botched
security patch that contained errors leading to Windows 2000 system
instabilities. The tone reflects Microsoft's awareness of the tense and
critical atmosphere among customers and analysts about the software company's
security practices. Source: ENT Online
Corp. earlier last week announced a new system for rating the severity of
security holes in its software (see
story). But it also urged the security community to exercise better
judgment about publicizing software vulnerabilities and detailing how they can
be exploited. Source: ComputerWorld
Athlon XP model numbers
puzzle salespeople, but they're not deterred from recommending AMD over Intel
chips. Source: PCWorld
Understanding Windows and industry standards and using
products that support them can help you manage your systems and network better
and faster. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine
Does RRAS seem too tough, too costly, or too-time
consuming to implement? Think again. Windows 2000©s Routing and Remote Access
Server offers excellent solutions for dial-up clients, Network Address
Translation, and more. Source: 8Wire
Sad but True, Broadband Isn't Making the Cut, but
Bob Has Reason to Believe This Isn't a Bad Thing at All. Columnist Robert X
Cringley sounds off on the future of broadband, the role of the telephone
companies, and where we are going next.
much are you worth?
A new online salary report allows people to calculate their market value based
on 43 factors, putting the power of compensation consultants in the hands of
ordinary working folk. Source: CNET
Hosting a LAN party is a great weekend group
activity for all the techs in your office who enjoy gaming. If you've never
hosted a LAN party before, check out this comprehensive guide by Christopher
Wong. Source: OnePC.net
XP: Should You Upgrade?
Easier than Windows 2000 and more stable than Win
Me, XP is Microsoft's biggest and most controversial OS upgrade in years.
PCWorld tested it to see what works, what doesn't, and if you should make the leap.
Options for the Small to Midsized Business
Given the number of companies struggling these past few months with Sircam,
Nimda, and other attacks on their computer networks, you are well aware that
you need to have some kind of antivirus solution to protect your company. If
you already have AV software, you might be thinking about changing it because
of manageability, compatibility, or licensing issues. This article helps you
evaluate the options available and what each entails.
Materials: How Much Is Too Much?
One by-product of the success of certification is an abundance of
preparation materials. Here©s how to sort through the steady stream of study
aids and find the tools that work for you. Source: Certification Magazine
Call to Arms: Network Administration in the New World
A new television public service announcement in the U.S. targets computer
hacktivists with a blunt message: Uncle Sam wants you to help fight the war on
terrorism. We need to ask ourselves some questions: Are we going to recruit
hackers to combat cyber and real terrorism in the same manner as dropping bombs
on the enemy, or will we use our resources to prevent attacks from damaging our
own networks and exploiting them for attacks against others? Or both?
to kill serial ports and floppy drives next year
According to The Register, Intel wants OEMs to phase out the
floppy in the second half of 2002. It hopes they will pull the plug - as it
were - on PS/2 and serial ports at the same time. Intel's technology roadmap
also tells us we'll see Bluetooth wireless connectivity appearing on new
machines, initially via a USB module, in consumer and pro PCs during the first
half of next year.
Certification: A Measure of Competence or Profit-Making Scheme?
Noted author and speaker Mark Minasi shares his
thoughts on Microsoft's certification programs, the decertification of the NT
4.0 MCSEs, and the new Windows 2000 exams. Source: WinMag.net
elements of e-mail style
This article is for people whose e-mails sometimes don't get the attention they
deserve. Heed it, and you'll be writing more effective messages that get better
results©faster. Ignore it, and your e-mail will continue to fade into the
background of recipients' inboxes, along with the offers to "Make Big $$$
Working from Your Linen Closet!!!" Source: Darwin Magazine
Nimda? You're Not Alone. Now, Here's What to Do
The recent arrival of Nimda was, for many of us, a wakeup call that our NT and
IIS servers weren't as secure as we thought. This article details the steps one
network admin took to rid his servers of Nimda and make it harder for other
unwelcome guests to get in. Source: 8Wire.com
Directory Object Permissions 101
Understanding the ins and outs of AD and object permissions is no simple task,
but your efforts can help avoid catastrophe. Noted author Roberta Bragg present
an excellent introductory article to understanding Active Directory
Permissions. Source: MCPMag.com