More on Chris Kinsman

Chris Kinsman presented Tuesday night at the Capital Area .NET User Group on team development, covering both current tools and technologies, as well as Visual Studio Team System. Chris discussed everything from setting up the development environment, and choices about how to structure projects, to source control, to nightly builds (and why you should, no…

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Password Memorability

My good friend, Anil, has some interesting observations on passwords, our capacity to remember them, and validation. But as I’ve noted before, validation and password complexity, even using mnemonics to make them easier to remember, doesn’t always serve us well. I’m tending towards passphrases, myself.

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Think when using public terminals

This story from the Associated Press is good reason for anyone who uses a public computer regularly to take notice. It notes the recent beta release of the Google Desktop Search program, and the fact that on shared computers it has the potential to expose information from one user on a shared computer to another user….

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Dvorak on patching

John Dvorak has a rant on patching and the state of IE that has a statement that is somewhat misleading in my opinion. In speaking of the announcement this week of 10 security updates for Windows and IE, Dvorak said: It would be nice if there were more options than patching software, but unless you…

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It’s not technical, but…

…it’s simply too good not to blog. NOAA tell us why it would be a bad idea to try nuking a hurricane: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/C5c.html I’m not surprised that someone, somewhere out there thinks it would be a good idea…I’m just amused that someone at NOAA clearly put a good deal of thought into responding to the…

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Security Resources

I just posted a new article containing a list of available online security resources from Microsoft. It’s not the end-all, be-all list of security URLs, but it does contain a large number of resources, some of which you may already be familiar with, and some that you may not have heard of. Please take a…

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Security Resources

Tools Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)http://www.microsoft.com/mbsaUse this tool to identify common security misconfigurations and missing security updates. MBSA runs on the Windows Server™ 2003, Windows® 2000, and Windows XP operating systems and will scan for vulnerabilities in multiple products and technologies, including Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and SQL Server™. Software Update Services (SUS) / Windows…

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ISV Community Days

My colleague Stan Spotts recently blogged about the recent ISV Community Days events in Arlington, VA and Philadelphia, PA. As Stan notes, more events are coming, this time built around enhancing applications with Windows Server 2003. You can see the full schedule and register here.

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Chris Kinsman on Team Development

The Capital Area .NET user group will be featuring Chris Kinsman this month, talking about team development. Chris is a terrific speaker, and often appears at conferences like VSLive!, so you should definitely take advantage of the opportunity to see him for FREE. The meeting is on Tuesday, October 26 at 7pm at the AT&T building in…

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Security for home users

Do you have friends or relatives who need help with security, but who don’t have your level of computer savvy? Would you like to provide them with a resource for their security questions other than your email address? Well, here’s your chance. Microsoft has created a new central location for security for home users at:…

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