Bloggers Long Zheng and Rafael Rivera have found what appears to be a serious failing in the emasculated version of User Account Control (UAC) that Microsoft is including in Windows 7: Apparently, it doesn’t work and is very easy to bypass. So easy, in fact, that Zheng and Rivera were able to write up a quickie Visual Basic Script (VBScript) that can compromise a Windows 7 PC. Microsoft’s response so far: “This feature works as intended.” This has the makings of a fight.
The next milestone for the development of Windows 7 is the Release Candidate or “RC”.
… In that session, Bamboo Product team lead Wes Bryan will be demonstrating the features of the Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer and leading an informal discussion about the tool.
… what is this SharePoint Analyzer of which I speak? In truth, for a proper introduction, I’ll have to refer you to the Introducing Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer post written by its developer, Truc Thien Bui. In a nutshell, however, Bamboo’s SharePoint Analyzer provides administrators with a tool that will quickly discover and provide comprehensive configuration details of any SharePoint deployment.
In addition to providing a complete window on your SharePoint deployment in a user-friendly environment, SharePoint Analyzer also comes embedded with the Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer. The Best Practices Analyzer is a tool by which "a set of comprehensive ‘best practice’ rules are applied to the topology" of your farm and, since it’s automatically installed when you install our SharePoint Analyzer, we’ve fully integrated that best practices functionality into the Bamboo SharePoint Analzyer.
I just wanted to give you a heads up on a webcast series I’m doing with Quest. Backup, Accelerated Deployment with Webparts, and Administration/Management Fundamentals.
- Webcast Series — From Chaos to Governance: SharePoint Management and Development
- Achieve Control over SharePoint Administration and Development – There’s a Method to the Madness
- Effective Backup and Restore Strategies for Your SharePoint Service
- Back to Basics – The Fundamentals of SharePoint Administration
- Streamlining Application Deployment with No Coding
I was walking my six year old to school this morning when he started shouting at me about this incredible book he was reading at school, “Diarrhea of a Worm”. As he continued to describe in glowing terms the story line, I realized he meant “Diary of a Worm”. I guess a little malapropism never hurt anyone, except maybe the worm.
It reminded me of why people are having a problem with using SharePoint when they first get started. The only context they have to relate to when storing information is the folder. In their mind, a ‘Library’ is just another type of folder storage mechanism…
Adding a Google Map to SharePoint Adding a map to your SharePoint site provides value to those that look to your site for information. THis post discusses a method using CEWP. There’s also a ready made web part on codeplex which not only displays a single point on a google map but will also use data from a list, allowing people to get directions between, for example, different company sites: http://www.codeplex.com/googlemapswebpart
What is jQuery and Why Should I Care? from Get the ‘Point – Find out how powerful and easy it is to use jQuery on your site.
How We Did It: Podcasting Kit for SharePoint from Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog
Interview with an Adware Author via securosis.com’s Friday Summary – Jan 30, 2009 – a very interesting read
Excellent post and understanding of the cause of our current financial crisis.
The system of checks and balances is particularly applicable in today’s highly complex and fast changing economic environment. It is a critical factor in the relationship between government and the private sector. I think that by now, extreme, ideologically-driven positions have proved to be largely irrelevant when applied to the economy. Those on the extreme left who advocate a very strong role for government in managing the economy and a weak role for the private sector, have seen their views discredited with the implosion of communist states twenty years ago, as well as the sorry state of Cuba and the handful of remaining communist economies. Those on the extreme right advocating a minimal government role in the economy have seen their views equally discredited by our serious economic crisis.
A pragmatic system of checks and balances is clearly the answer. While most of us view the US economy as an open, free market economy, it is in fact a mixed economy, combining elements of government planning and regulations within an overall system of capitalism. To a greater or lesser extent, this is the case with just about all countries that we view as having a market economy.
Over the past three decades, the mood in the country has been anti-government. Politicians, including some at the highest level, have run for office by putting down the very government they want to be part of. In his first inaugural address in January of 1981, Ronald Reagan uttered the now famous phrase "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem," a phrase as ingrained in a large segment of our country and its political leadership as JFK’s "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country" from his inaugural address twenty years earlier.
Many have embraced this anti-government ideology. They must assume that there is something new out there that enables free markets to operate smoothly and self-correct as needed with minimal oversight. Alan Greenspan, who served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve for twenty years, – one of the top and most respected officials in the country charged with overseeing the financial system, – re-iterated as late as March of 2008 his conviction that the lax regulations of the last thirty years were fine, because market flexibility and open competition on their own where our most reliable and effective safeguards against cumulative economic failure.
Now here is a kewl video on YouTube about the history of the Internet…. and they didn’t use Al Gores’s name once!
Google has launched a new set of tools to help users to measure their ISP:
Network Diagnostic Tool – Test your connection speed and receive sophisticated diagnosis of problems limiting speed.
Glasnost – Test whether BitTorrent is being blocked or throttled.
Network Path and Application Diagnosis – Diagnose common problems that impact last-mile broadband networks.
DiffProbe (coming soon) – Determine whether an ISP is giving some traffic a lower priority than other traffic.
NANO (coming soon) – Determine whether an ISP is degrading the performance of a certain subset of users, applications, or destinations.
Microsoft has announced the upcoming expiration dates for the Service Pack Blocker Tool for Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3:
- Windows Vista SP1: April 28, 2009
- Windows XP SP3: May 19, 2009