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April, 2005

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    Wisdom via The Apprentice

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    I don't watch The Apprentice much, mostly because I cringe a lot when I do watch it. Craig Berman has an interesting commentary up on MSNBC, and the paragaph below caught my eye.

    'Apprentice' turns into a dogfight
    "For all those much-maligned marketers in the business world who face questions from upper management every day questioning the value of what they do, this was truly must-see TV. One team utilized a creative marketing approach that got collectable T-shirts in the hands of a small market of affluent buyers, and the other team just kind of sat around and hoped business would come to them. Not surprisingly, the team that had the better marketing strategy carried the day."

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    Visio Connector for Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)

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    Update: I've tried it and this tool is officially awesome. :) 

    I haven't tried this yet, but this sounds awesome. Here's a link to the tool and a link to the MBSA page:

    Visio Connector for Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)
    The Visio Connector for MBSA (Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer) is a Visio COM add-in that allows IT administrators to view the results of an MBSA network scan on a Visio network diagram.

    Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
    MBSA 2.0 is the next version of the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer, which utilizes the Windows Update Services infrastructure for security update scanning.

    If you get a chance to try this out, trackback to this post or add a comment and let us know how it works.

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    Regex Builder Tool

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    Sara links to the Regex Builder Tool in the Powertoys Weblog. Check it out here:

    If you use Regular Expressions, you need to check out this Regex Builder tool
    One of my coworkers in Visual Studio has created this really cool tool for creating and testing Regular Expressions.  I’ve just recently started using .NET Regular Expressions in my Editor testing, so take my word for it that this tool greatly helps with writing regular expressions.

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    Coding4Fun Developer Center

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    In all the work we've been doing around new sites, I haven't had much of a chance to mention everything that's going on. I'll try to do that over the next day or so. One new site that you have to visit is the Coding4Fun Developer Center. We're getting a lot of good feedback on this site. Here's a page that tells you a little bit about what this site is about. Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think.

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    Soon == Now(); //via Kent

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    Kent has a post up about the changes we've made on MSDN in light of the release of Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2. Kent and Chris Dahl have been driving this effort on the MSDN side and they've done a spectacular job. Here's a link to Kent's post:

    Soon == Now();
    Well, as we've been promising for a while, and as some MSDN Subscribers have noticed, Beta 2 is in the wild. MSDN Subscribers can download the VSTS bits from the subscriber downloads page, and everyone else can get Express. Getting these pages built and up has been an ... interesting experience, with major heavy lifting from most of the people on the Content Strategy, Site Management and Developer Division Technical Marketing Team.

    Read the whole thing for the list of site changes.

    When installing express, please be sure to follow these instructions before you install over  a previous Visual Studio 2005 Express beta product.
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    Video Thing Blog

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    I'm a big fan of the Music Thing blog and Thomas links to the Video Thing blog which promises be equally interesting.
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    Mac mini Developer Note

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    For all of you Mac Mini devotees out there, Apple has released a detailed Developer Note on that little box. It's a good read and it will tell you a lot about Mac achitecture. Check it out here:

    Introduction to Mac mini Developer Note
    This developer note gives a technical description of the Mac mini. The note provides information about the computer’s internal design, input-output features, and expansion capabilities.
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    WinHEC 2005

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    I'll be at WinHEC from April 25-27 in Seattle this year. This is one of my favorite conferences to go to because it's all metal. :) If anyone is going to be there and wants to meet up with me, just drop me a note.

    Check out the highlights page if you think you might be interested in attending. Here's a page of bullet points if you have to convince somebody that it's a good idea. (Not that I read this before I talked to you Matt.)  I think this is going to be a great conference.

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    May MSDN Magazine Online

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    The May issue of MSDN Magazine is online, just in time for baseball season. We'll be headlining these stories over the next few weeks, but you can read them all right now. :)

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    April Security Bulletins Released

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    Microsoft released a number of critical and important security bulletins today. You can get information about these at the Security Bulletin Search site.  Here's a link to the bulletin summary for April 2005:

    Technical Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2005

    And this will take you to the consumer Security Updates page:

    Consumer Security Update Page
    Microsoft issues a security bulletin when a security update becomes available for Microsoft software. This page contains links to the summary announcements posted on Microsoft.com for widely released security updates, as well as the bulletin numbers for these releases. To get more technical information on the updates, follow the links in the summary announcements to the technical bulletins that are posted on TechNet.

    As always, be sure to turn on Automatic Updates and visit Windows Update to keep your machines safe.

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