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Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

January, 2004

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    MBSA 1.2

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    As long as we're talking security... MBSA 1.2 has been posted on TechNet. TechNet has posted a good white paper detailing the changes in the product.

    I also found out they have a redirector at http://www.microsoft.com/mbsa so you can always find it with that address.
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    Bagle Virus Notice: What to Do

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    Here's some general guidance that we're pushing in the wake of the Bagle virus:
    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.
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/articles/remedies_viruses.asp
    This is mostly for consumers, so you can send that link to friends and family who might be having trouble or who are asking questions about viruses.
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    OLEXP: Using Virus Protection Features in Outlook Express 6

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    There's a new e-mail virus going around according to a number of stories I've seen. Here's one account from All Headline News:
    New Internet Virus Spreading Fast

    The "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

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    X Server and Services for UNIX

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    Jason has posted an entry discussing X servers in Services for UNIX:

    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”.
    So there you go. Near the end, he suggests some alternatives for people looking for this functionality.
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    SPOT Mods

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    Phillip Torrone sent me a link to some mods he's been doing on his SPOT watches. Don't try this at home. :)

    http://www.philliptorrone.com/spotmods/
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    SPOT Observations

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    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.com
    http://spotbuzz.com
    http://msndirect.com

    Spot Blogs (Or at least bloggers who have SPOT watches):

    Peter Rysavy
    Phillip Torrone
    Craig Skibo
    Scott Hanselman (good review)
    Joseph Jones

    I 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.

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    Suunto Pics

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    I posted a few pictures of the Suunto N3 to my photo site. I just wanted to show what comes in the box and how it fits together for those that might be interested.

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    Got my Spot!

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    OK, so I picked up my new Spot Watch today. I decided on the Suunto because I read everything I could about the different watches available and this is a watch I would buy even if it didn't offer this cool new service. I took some pictures, and I'll post in those in a bit. My first impression is that I really like this device as a watch, which is arguably the most important thing.

    The funny thing was, the guys at the CompUSA I visited didn't know that they carried this watch. The Abacus was on display but the Suunto wasn't there. I couldn't figure it out because I had checked for availability on the Internet before I went over there. It turns out that CompUSA sells a line of Suunto watches (in an impressive display) and so to them, this was just another watch in the shipment. Once they figured out that they had some "in the back" they were very helpful. Bottom line, if you're looking for this watch at CompUSA, check for availablity before you go and then you'll probably need to have somebody go find it for you when you get to the store.
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    Services for UNIX 3.5

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    Services for UNIX 3.5 is released and available for download. Follow the instructions on the SFU Home Page. You need to register to get the released version, so if you see the word beta on the download page, you may not be in the right place.

    Services for UNIX is always one of the first things I install on a new machine. (Otherwise every time I type ls in the console, it just beeps at me.) This is also a really easy way to install Perl. Perl's not in the default install, I think you need to do a custom install and check the appropriate box. Have fun!
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    Tomorrow is Personal Firewall Day...

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    So everyone have a happy and safe PFD!

    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.
    Check out the details at: http://www.personalfirewallday.org/
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