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August, 2005

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    Microsoft Response to Hurricane Katrina

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    The Microsoft Disaster Relief Page was updated tonight with a statement about Hurricane Katrina.
    Microsoft Response to Hurricane Katrina
    Published: August 31, 2005
    Every one of us at Microsoft is deeply saddened by the destruction of property and personal lives in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been affected by the storm and its aftermath.
    This page has links to many different relief agencies, so this is a good place to start if you're considering a contribution.
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    Visual Studio 2005 Launch Information

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    DevDiv VP Somasegar has posted information about the Visual Studio 2005 launch. Check it out here:
    Visual Studio 2005 update
    We are now about 77 days from the November 7, 2005 launch of Visual Studio 2005, one of the most significant releases in the history of the Developer Division. We have been releasing Community Technology Previews regularly since Beta 2 and will have one coming out in August as well. I wanted to take a moment and update you on our progress towards shipping the final product....
    There's a lot more information in the post, so be sure to read it all.
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    Windows Server 2003 R2 RC 0

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    Windows Server 2003 R2 RC 0 is available for download. You can get more information here:
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Release Candidate 0
    Try Windows Server 2003 R2 RC0 today and extend your connectivity and control to data and applications throughout and beyond your organization.
    This page contains links to information about new features, a reviewer's guide, a FAQ, and a product overview. There's additional infomation available on the TechNet Windows Server 2003 R2 Beta Roadmap page.

    This is the introduction from the Product Overview page:
    Windows Server 2003 R2 is an update release of the award-winning Windows Server 2003 operating system. Built on Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Server 2003 R2 takes advantage of the stability and security of a proven code base while extending connectivity and control into new areas. Windows Server 2003 R2 offers all the benefits of Windows Server 2003 SP1 while greatly improving branch office server solutions, identity and access management, storage setup and management, and application development inside and outside your organization's traditional boundaries. Windows Server 2003 R2 is easy to integrate into an existing Windows Server 2003 environment as it has the same application compatibility, manageability, and serviceability as the existing servers with SP1.
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    Visual Studio 2005 SDK August CTP

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    Allen Denver posted a note in his blog to let us know the VSSDK 2005 August CTP is now available. Here's a link:
    Visual Studio Partner Programs Downloads
    The August SDK adds 2 C# samples ( Package, MenusAndCommands ) that have been rewritten to our new quality level. It will work only with Visual Studio Beta2. This is unsupported and its not recommended to install this version of the SDK onto your main production machine - use with caution. We welcome your feedback through the extensibility newsgroups.
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    My Best Pencil Ever

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    For some reason I don't recall now, I studied technical drawing and drafting in high shool. One of my fondest memories of that experience was ordering my own STAEDTLER pencil. I used this pencil for everything and there were a group of us geeks that always had them out for all of our classes. I even used one of these in my first year of college when I studied art, but I lost track of it when I transferred to UW Madison my sophomore year.

    STAEDTLER Mars technico 780 C
    I've thought about getting another one of these on and off for years, and two recent stories that I read made me think about this again. First, there have been reports of people paying top dollar for Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602 pencils, which I understand were discontinued in 2002. (That must be some pencil!) Second, I read a funny post by Danny Gregory, where he explains the tools he uses to create his amazing artwork. (Read it all the way to the end.)

    I finally picked one up this weekend at Office Depot for $8.00, which included a box of leads and an eraser. (Not too bad for what I consider this is the finest pencil I've ever used.) I'm really having a good time with it. The only thing that drives me nuts is that I need to carry a separate eraser as there isn't one on the pencil itself. Note that I went to high school in the early 80's, so this probably isn't the exact model I used, but it's very close. I seem to remember the metal holder near the tip being a little more coarse and sharp (as in, cutting into my fingers sharp) and I don't recall a lead sharpener in the push-button.
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    Somasegar on the Visual C++ Libraries

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    Earlier this week, DevDiv VP S.Somasegar answered a question about the Visual C++ libraries in his blog. I wanted to make sure Visual C++ Developer Center readers had a chance to see this:
    C++ Libraries
    I recently got a chance to meet with a number of developers and some MVPs in my trip to the Far East. One of the questions that people asked me was related to Visual C++ and support for libraries in the .NET world. One of the key goals of Visual C++ 2005 has been a commitment to enable you to protect your existing assets as you move forward....
    Read the whole thing for the list of libraries with Visual C++ versions.
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    SharePoint Applications

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    Mary Jo Foley links to some new SharePoint application templates available for download from Microsoft. Check out the full list on the download page for more information, but there's a ton of useful stuff here:
    Applications for Windows SharePoint Services
    These application templates are tailored to address the needs and requirements for specific business processes or sets of tasks for organizations of any size. The applications are the first out-of-box custom scenarios for the Windows SharePoint Services platform, though they also provide a starting point for partners and developers looking to build deeper Windows SharePoint Services solutions.
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    Visio Connector Updated for MBSA 2.0

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    I've blogged before about the Visio Connector for MBSA. Well, I ran into Sanjay Puri a while back and he let me know that this tool has been updated for MBSA 2.0. Here's a link to the download and the details:
    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.
    This article on TechNet has a picture to take a look at and more details about the tool. As I mentioned before, this tool is a great way to visualize potential security deficiencies your network.
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    Information on Win32/Zotob.A

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    Stepto posted information today around the Win32/Zotob.A worm. Here's a link to his post:
    Guidance pages and information on Worm:Win32/Zotob.A
    Ok, earlier this morning we activated our Software Security Incident Reponse Process to respond to a malicious attack known as Worm:Win32/Zotob.A. Our investigation has determined that only a small number of customers have been affected and we're working directly with them. We have seen no indication of widespread impact to the Internet, but we have posted a guidance page as well as an encyclopedia entry on this attack. We will remain watchful for any variants or any further customer impact.
    Here's a direct link to Microsoft's incident page for the worm:
    What You Should Know About Zotob
    Zotob.A is a worm targeting Windows 2000-based systems which takes advantage of a security issue that was addressed by Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-039. This worm installs malicious software, and then looks for other computers to infect.
    As always, the bottom line with this type of thing is to make sure that you're fully patched, you're using a firewall, and that your antivirus signatures are up-to-date. Also be sure to subscribe to the MSRC blog for the latest information; it's a great resource.
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    Halo 2 or Work?

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    I guess this:
    answers this. :)
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