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Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

April, 2005

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    Dev Center blog links are being updated

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    This weekends MSDN blogs server upgrade has caused a few of the blog feeds on the Developer Centers to go blank. We're fixing those this morning as quickly as we're able to.
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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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    Interesting....

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    This is interesting. Can you get in? :)
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    Experience Pack for Tablet PC

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    Microsoft has shipped the Experience Pack for the Table PC. This is really a must-have if you've got a tablet. I was able to sit in on a demo that one of the developers gave to Duncan a few weeks ago. They used some of Duncan's code in the project which is pretty exciting. Duncan has more information here, and this is a demo on Channel9.
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    MSDN Forums Beta

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    You take one day off and all sorts of stuff happens... Josh Ledgard has information on the new MSDN Forums now in Beta. I think this is going to be a great way for developers to get information and I'm pretty excited about it. Here's the link to the forums page:

    http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn

    Congratulations to Josh and his team and to the MSCOM Community team.

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    What I did this weekend...

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    This is mostly for my friends that probably wonder where I disappeared to on Friday. I took the day off because it was my anniversary and I wanted to spend the day with my wife. We didn't do anything big, I brought her some flowers and Starbucks in the morning and we went out to lunch in the afternoon. I always tell the kids the story of their birth on each of their birthdays and they seem to get a kick out that, so I now also do that with anniversaries and other important events.

    I got out of the Marine Corps on April 3, 1992. I flew to Madison, Wisconsin to hang out with some of my (Pi Lamb) frat brothers (a few of whom were still living in the house) and we went out and tore up the town. We talked a lot about what I was going to do now that I was out of the Marines. Most of them were either military, working, or in law school. My plan was to go to graduate school for English lit, and so they were going to rent me this apartment that we had in the basement of the house. The weekend went pretty quickly and the last thing we did was go to Milwaukee for a Brewers game. After the weekend was over I went home to Edgerton and got good nights sleep.

    That Monday morning, I decided I wasn't ready for the real world yet, and so I called my friend Susan in Orlando. Her roommate answered and said Susan wasn't around but that I was welcome come on down, so I did. Susan and her roommate were waitresses at the Hard Rock Cafe and I found myself in that place within a day of that call. I spent a great week in Orlando and the girls got me a job at the Hard Rock, so I stayed. I hit it off with the roommate and we ended up getting married in 1994.

    It's amazing to me that these little events in your life shape everything else that goes on. It also makes me think that good things can happen to you at any time. You've got to be ready, or you might just miss them. :)

    So this weekend, we celebrated our 11th anniversary. We did a little shopping, we played with the kids, we watched bad horror movies, and we even did our taxes. It was a great weekend. (Except for the taxes)

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    Windows Media Developer Center

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    I know that this is something a lot of devs will be glad to see; the Windows Media Developer Center. I'm told that the plans are for this site to grow over time, but looking it over I'm seeing a great start.
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    Product Feedback for WSE and Indigo

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    Matt Powell posted the other day that the Product Feedback Center can now be used to provide Microsoft with your feedback and suggestions on WSE and Indigo. Here's a link to Matt's post:

    Give Us Your Feedback on WSE and Indigo
    Well, we have recently rolled out the capability for folks using Web Services Enhancements and Indigo to take advantage of the Product Feedback Center.  Not only can you submit bugs or suggestions on these products, you can also provide your 2 cents on which bugs are the most important ones for us to address.

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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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    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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