“Upgrade Your Parents Browser Weekend” Holiday To Become Obsolete?

Right after the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, I asked folks how their “Upgrade Your Parents Browser Weekend” went. The “upgrade your parents meme” started that weekend with a post from Alexis Madrigal at The Atlantic.  The notion being, when visiting our non-technical friends & family for the holidays, we have a moral obligation…

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How Was “Upgrade Your Parents’ Browser Weekend” 2011?

It’s Monday after the big Thanksgiving holiday weekend here in the US.  You’re back at the grind, heads down in e-mail, and perhaps even some code.  All the usual manic Monday comments are flooding your social network feeds. The Boomtown Rats are ringing in your ears.  For many, it’s just going to be “one of…

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IMPORTANT: ASP.NET Security Update Now Available

Last week, I posted about a security vulnerability in ASP.NET.  I shared links to blog posts by Scott Guthrie & the Microsoft Security Response team featuring workarounds.  Dmitry Lyalin and I recently discussed the vulnerability on Episode #37 of the Connected Show. A security update patch has been made available (as of 9/28/2010) to address…

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Connected Show #37 – Spelunking Windows Phone 7 Development

In this episode, “guest” Dmitry Lyalin joins Peter to talk about building a real world Windows Phone 7 application. Dmitry unveils that he is developing a Windows Phone 7 application for Leo Laporte’s This Week In Tech (TWiT) network.  Dmitry walks us through the phone tool experience, how he developed the TWiT application, and the…

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IMPORTANT: ASP.NET Security Issue – Workaround & FAQ Available

Via Andrew Duthie… (and so important that I’m re-posting in its entirety.) Late last week, Scott Guthrie posted a notice of a vulnerability that was discovered in ASP.NET that can lead to any ASP.NET-based application being compromised. The vulnerability in question is a form of padded oracle relating to cryptographic implementation. Attackers may be able…

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How is Security in YOUR “Friends & Family” Network?

If you’re reading my blog, there’s a good chance you have a technical background or work in the IT industry. Like myself, I’m guessing that most folks who work in IT become known as the “tech guru” in their circle of friends and family. You know you’re the “tech guru” when everyone in your circle…

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Partying with PHP on Windows

So I have a ReMIX confession to make.  I was originally scheduled to deliver a session at ReMIX called “Partying with PHP on Windows”.  With all of the behind the scenes work going on, I just wouldn’t have had time to prepare a great session.  Instead, I passed my speaking slot over to my colleague…

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Windows Vista - Six Month Security Check Up

Jeff Jones from the Microsoft Security team just released a six month Security Vulnerability Report for Windows Vista.  Not much to add here.  The numbers appear to speak for themselves.  I’ll be quite interested in seeing the 1 & 2 year report cards in the future too!

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Microsoft Shares Lessons Learned from the Animated Cursor Security Bug

Last month, a critical security bug was found in most versions of Windows.  This bug generated a lot of news because it was one of the first to impact Windows Vista. Over on the new Secure Development Lifecycle blog, Michael Howard discusses what the security team at Microsoft learned from this incident, and what the company is doing…

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Are They Nuts?!

What is AOL doing?!  I’ve long enjoyed listening to AOL’s streaming radio service.  Their Shuffle and Shuffle Hits channels are great for variety.  One minute Frank Sinatra, the next Snoop Dogg.  At home, I usually listen to this on my secondary machine that runs Windows XP and is connected to my stereo system.  I’ve never tried…

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