Top Story

Small Business Server 2003 cuts costs

Are you responsible for a company or a workgroup that has 5 to 75 users
connected to a server at any one time? Have you decided to upgrade your
network to Windows Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2003? If so, you can save
money purchasing the software in a bundle called
Small Business Server (SBS) 2003, says Harry Brelsford, the founder of
SMB Nation, a consulting site
that sponsors workshops and publishes books on SBS.

Read More »

New technology shines at CES

LAS VEGAS – The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which assembles
every January in this gambling and entertainment capital, has become one of the
world’s most important venues where new technology products are introduced.

Read More »

Avoid holiday media headaches

As the holiday season rises to a fever pitch, you may be thinking
about buying someone – or buying for yourself – some cool new digital media
geegaw. If so, you need to know about Bruce Kratofil’s BugBlog and its December
Entertainment Special.

Read More »

Live from Comdex: Windows winners

LAS VEGAS – PC Magazine announced here on Monday evening the latest
winners of its annual Technical Excellence Awards, as it has done
in a hotel auditorium at the Comdex computer show for many years. Comdex
this time around was almost the smallest show ever – with the
management actually charging $50 to $100 for some exhibit-only tickets,
the registered crowd amounted to only about 50,000. That’s down from more
than a quarter of a million before the dot-com bubble burst (although it
seemed to me back then that the entire population of California had
somehow been jammed into the exhibit halls and taxis).

Read More »

Microsoft PDC reveals the future of Windows

I’ve just returned from the Professional Developers Conference in
Los Angeles, where Microsoft announced that there’s a great version
of Windows coming if you can just wait a few years.

Read More »

Fix for broken MS patch is released

After a frustrating six weeks of complaints from Windows users,
Microsoft has released a fix for its patch known as security bulletin
MS03-032
(Knowledge Base article
822925),
which was released in August. The patch was supposed to correct
serious flaws in Internet Explorer 5.01, 5, and 6 but in fact left some
problems wide open.

Read More »

Exploit of broken MS patch is ‘in the wild’

I wrote in the Sept. 18 issue
of Brian’s Buzz on Windows that a critical Microsoft security patch does
not actually close the hole it was intended to correct. Now virus attacks
that take advantage of this flaw have appeared “in the wild,” on Web pages
that infect Windows PCs without warning.

Read More »

MS03-032 / 822925 patch doesn’t work

Son of a patch, it happened again.

I reported in the Sept. 4 issue
of Brian’s Buzz that a patch for Internet Explorer 5 and 6 that was rated
“critical” Microsoft should be installed immediately: bulletin
MS03-032
and Knowledge Base article
822925.

Read More »

IE security patch breaks ASP.NET on XP

This isn’t the first time that a Microsoft patch has needed a patch.
And it won’t be the last time, either. Fortunately, it’s not the most
horrible or widespread “son-of-a-patch” I’ve ever seen. But it affects
enough people that you may want to listen up.

Read More »

In the aftermath of Blaster

The serious security hole in Windows that I warned you about in the
July 24 and

August 7
issues of Brian’s Buzz exploded onto the front pages of newspapers around
the world on August 13. Hundreds of thousands of PCs – afflicted with a
vulnerability in the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) of
Windows – were infected a worm that’s been called Blaster, MSBlast,
and Lovsan. Variants of that worm have been spreading since then, and
the problem won’t totally go away any time soon.

Read More »