In the last of my Window Manager columns that appeared in the
print version of InfoWorld on
April 21, I described some major moves coming from Microsoft.
My top story, above, concerns the dangerous new security hole that
allows an attacker to gain control of remote systems sending them packets on
common communications ports. In this section, I provide additional
You’ve probably seen IE’s famous “404” error message every time you’ve made a
typo when entering a Web address. Now Anthony Cox,
a British blogger, has created an error message for our times: “These
Weapons of Mass Destruction Cannot Be Displayed.”
There’s talk of printing new currency for the shell-shocked nation of Iraq.
Perhaps the new design that’s floating around the Internet for Iran’s
cash will show the way. The wags at Aref-adib.com, a blog on Iranian
politics, have published a picture of
left, gracing a new-style Iranian bill, enscribed in Arabic, of course.
With his white beard, the actor looks just like an ayatollah. The site also
shows what Iranian money would look like if its revered leader was
George W. Bush.
But that’s a bit too close to the heart of the matter for some tastes.
I don’t usually review beta software in this space, but a new RSS aggregator,
Feed Demon, is getting such
rave reviews that I feel compelled to touch on it.
Recent discoveries of security holes in Windows, one of them rated “critical,”
motivated Microsoft to release three new security bulletins on July 9.
In the June 19
issue of Brian’s Buzz, I reported on Alan Chattaway’s success
in solving Windows XP’s extreme slowness in copying files to
(and printing to printers attached to) non-XP computers.
The cure involved replacing a network hub with a switch.
I’ve received enormous reader interest in the two different XP file-slowdown
and slow-network-discovery problems discussed in part 1 of Hot Tips,
above. So I’m giving you here in part 2 even more solutions
that’ve been discovered.
Microsoft announced on June 8 that installing Windows Server 2003, either
the standard or the enterprise edition, can have the effect of
disabling printer drivers that work fine under Windows 95, 98, and Me.
The June 5 issue of Brian’s Buzz reported that Microsoft’s popular
Windows Update feature has a problem with its SSL certificate. If
a PC’s system date is outside the date range in which the certificate
is valid – as commonly occurs when a new PC is being put together
for the first time – Windows Update blithely states that no upgrades
apply to the machine (“Windows
Update finds no updates, but it’s only a matter of time”).