Brian Johnson works with BizSpark Startups on the East Coast of the United States. For more information about the BizSpark program you can go to http://bizspark.com.
Bagle Virus Notice: What to Do
Treat all e-mail attachments with caution, even if they appear to be from a trusted source. Learn what to do about virus infections.
New Internet Virus Spreading FastThe "Bagle" or "Beagle" worm arrives in an e-mail with the subject "hi" and the word "test" in the message body. If the accompanying attachment is executed, the worm is unleashed and tries to send itself to all e-mails listed in the user's address book.
As always, apply the latest patches, update your virus signatures, and encourage your friends and family to use caution when opening attachments in e-mail. Here's a KB article that can help you secure a machine from theats like these. It might be a good idea to do this at home if you have kids or other family members who might not understand security: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;291387&sb=tech
I've been at Microsoft for more than four years, now, and I've been intimately involved with the SFU product for that entire time. I know that the SFU team has considered the question “Do we bundle an X Server” every six months, like clockwork, during that entire time. Each time, we reluctantly came to the conclusion that the answer should be “no”.
I was away from the Microsoft campus on Friday, and so I missed a SPOT presentation that was given to Microsoft employees. I watched the replay this weekend and one of the interesting takeaways was that the radio receiver could be turned off, and in fact that is what they suggest for anyone traveling on an airplane. (If I didn't understand that correctly, I'm sure I'll be corrected by one of my co-workers.) One of the other things I found out was that you can add yourself to your own MSN Messenger buddy list, so that you can send messages to your own watch. So here are a few SPOT resources that I've discovered:http://spotstop.comhttp://spotbuzz.comhttp://msndirect.comSpot Blogs (Or at least bloggers who have SPOT watches):Peter RysavyPhillip TorroneCraig SkiboScott Hanselman (good review)Joseph JonesI can tell right now that my favorite feature is going to be the calendar sync. At MS it's impossible for people who have a ton of meetings (like me) to remember all the different rooms and buildings that they need to visit. So we usually have a Pocket PC handy most of the time or we print the day's schedule in the morning and carry that around. This watch is going to be fantastic for figuring out where I need to be during the day.
Personal Firewall Day is dedicated to educating everyone about the threats we face--and pose--when we don't protect our computers with personal firewalls. Personal Firewall Day is also a call to firewall experts to share their expertise and advice with friends, family, and their communities.