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         Alun Jones (Security MVP Reconnect) writes about security, cryptography, SSL, PKI, and pretty much anything else that bothers him enough.

Archive for March, 2007

March 29, 2007

Beating Bradley to the punch.

Filed under: Miscellany - not security @ 4:47 pm

It’s an achievement when you can beat Susan Bradley to the punch, blogging something new, so here goes: The USPS has released an image of the new Star Wars themed stamps. More information from the URL at http://www.uspsjedimaster.com/main/vote/view_stamps.html  

Will MVPs crack down on Mary-Jo Foley?

Mary-Jo Foley, whose articles I only read when other people direct me to them, has a new speculative blog entry, musing about whether Microsoft will continue down the track of openness and transparency, now that a few champions of openness – okay, Jim Allchin and Robert Scoble – have left the company. [What brought this on […]

March 28, 2007

Only you can prevent security fires.

Filed under: General Security @ 10:05 am

Here are a few sayings I like to throw at my co-workers from time to time: When you’re wrestling alligators and winning, it can be difficult to remember that your job is to drain the swamp – you only got into the alligator wrestling to get them away from the pumps. When you’re fighting fires […]

March 24, 2007

EFS in a domain expires after three years

I enjoyed the research for writing my article on EFS, for the Technet Security Newsletter, but there’s always something experience will teach you. Here’s an issue I experienced just last week, with EFS. It shouldn’t have been a surprise, given what I already know, and if I put the two facts together, you’ll probably spot it straight […]

March 22, 2007

Couldn’t have done that at Microsoft

Today, another reminder of things I couldn’t have done at Microsoft. Last night, I rushed home from work in time to take my kid to his Webelos den meeting. There, we worked on his Pinewood Derby car. He’s been sick most of last week and weekend, so he hasn’t done as much work on it […]

March 21, 2007

WIP: Principles of Secure Software Development

This is a work-in-progress, but I’d like your opinions on it:  Principles of Secure Software Development You’re not that good – someone will find a hole in your software. Find as many as you can, first. You’re still not that good – you didn’t find all the holes.  Someone will find a hole in your […]

March 20, 2007

Just say anything…

Filed under: Miscellany - not security @ 8:44 am

If there’s a message I heard repeatedly over the last week while I was at the MVP Summit, it’s this: Blog more. There were a number of people who said this to me, and I was reminded of the advice I gave to other people when they ask what to blog about, how often to […]

March 8, 2007

Global MVP Summit March 12-15

About every eighteen months or so, Microsoft throws a big party for all of the Microsoft MVPs around the world. The next Global MVP Summit is in Redmond (as always), next week – March 12th to March 15th. In honour of the MVPs being away from their usual desks, Microsoft have promised not to deliver […]

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