The last issue of Brian’s Buzz on Jan. 29 featured a review of Small Business
Server (SBS) 2003, Microsoft’s new bundle of Windows Server 2003, Exchange
Server 2003, Outlook 2003, and other products. The thrust of my article
was that the list price of SBS 2003 with 5 users ($599 in U.S. dollars)
was far below the list price of a similar configuration of Windows Server
2003 ($999) and Exchange Server 2003 ($1,034) alone, not to mention the
price of the other components that are included in the new
version of SBS. Microsoft, under competitive pressure in the small-server
space from Linux, is definitely making its bundled pricing very
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
After a frustrating six weeks of complaints from Windows users,
Microsoft has released a fix for its patch known as security bulletin
(Knowledge Base article
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.
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.
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
and Knowledge Base article
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.