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External = "The world"


So one of the points that Amy Babinchak made in AU at the SMB security summit was that each time there was a rule in ISA that said “let the world in” you needed to stop and ask yourself why.  RDP from THE WORLD may not be a wise move.  You can easily …even without a static IP, limit the access to a range of IPs that represent your ISP.  So even if you have a Dynamic IP address, all you need to do is to place the ISP’s range as the “from” access and you will be allowed to RDP to that server.


 Concerned that you’ll be on the road and need to connect?  Connect first to your server and then to the clients.


But bottom line, review the globe.. WHY do you need it?

A little bit of 529’s


So let’s say you want to be alerted when someone does a password attempt on your system.  Go into the health monitor, copy the Account Lockout alert service and edit it to look for event 529 in the event logs.  Adjust the Actions to not only log to the system but to email you when someone does a bad password attempt and voila… you now have a early warning system when someone from remote is banging on things. 


I personally limit the access to port 25 to only those ports that need access to the servers at ExchangeDefender.com and don’t get drive bys… but if you are concerned…..

The Official SBS Blog : Network Behind a Network:

The Official SBS Blog : Network Behind a Network:
http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2007/11/29/network-behind-a-network.aspx



Today’s sbs blog post brought to you by Wayne McIntyre

So how much money has been wasted?

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,139492-c,internetexplorer/article.html  $521 million


http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/329766_msfteolas31.html $60 to $70 a share for the shareholders in dividends


http://www.theinquirer.net/en/inquirer/news/2006/08/23/microsoft-and-autodesk-lose-product-activation-patent-suit $158 million


How many billions of dollars have been spent that provided no benefit, protected no clients, gave no needed features?


http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f227500/227585.htm 
First, the California Movants argue that extension of the Final Judgment is necessary to “pry open” the OEM channel to non-Microsoft web browsers.(7) They make no showing, however, that any conduct by Microsoft (either in violation of the decree or otherwise) has foreclosed the OEM channel to third-party browsers. Rather, they simply state that to date, no OEM has shipped a non-Microsoft web browser as the default web browser. This is a non sequitur. The Final Judgments do not mandate that OEMs, who are not parties in this case, install non-Microsoft web browsers as a default. The Final Judgments only seek to ensure that Microsoft does not block the OEM distribution channel.



Funny, I don’t see any non Apple browser shipped in the Macintosh.  Nor do I see any other OEM channel other than Apple.  Okay so one could argue that they aren’t in a “monopoly” position, but why not ensure that from the get go that monopolistic practices aren’t followed by manufacturers?  Why is it that in the supposed “name of ensuring competition”, that all I see is companies being forced to pay patent settlements in millions of dollars. 


In reading some of the stuff on http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f227500/227585.htm is there anyone else besides me wondering how much money has been spent in “compliance” that gives no value, provides no real competition, provides nothing other than making a bunch of attorneys rich?  I thought this country was founded on capitalism and building a better mousetrap theory? 


I mean given the unofficial survey I did of college students on the train home where I saw two MacBooks, two Vista laptops and one XP, hasn’t mere “mousetrap” provided more leveling of the playing field than any judicial ruling that required the removal of a media player, a browser and what not?


How much money has been spent on this stuff?  Has it added security?  Has it provided more competition?  Has it really?


http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f225600/225691.htm 
Changes to Internet Explorer were delivered to consumers on August 14, 2007, and changes for Windows Media Player were delivered on August 28, 2007. Microsoft plans to incorporate the changes to Windows XP into Service Pack 3 and will make its proposed changes to the code available for review by the TC in the near future.


Somewhere in http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms07-045.mspx is something that the DOJ demanded as part of it’s settlement.  What it is, I don’t know.  How it has security impact is debatable.  Questionable, even.  But because some Judge or Attorney who probably still runs Windows 98 and Word Perfect deemed it appropriate, something they deemed as increasing competition is probably in that patch.


I think my favorite read is this section:  http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f225600/225658.htm  …. titled ” The Final Judgments Have Protected the Development of Competing Middleware Products” where they argue that due to the Judgements applications and browsers like Firefox, iTunes, Google, software as a service has been impacted, enhanced and protected by the Final Judgments.

Since the entry of the Final Judgments, there have been a number of developments in the competitive landscape relating to middleware and to PC operating systems generally that suggest that the Final Judgments are accomplishing their stated goal of fostering competitive conditions among middleware products, unimpeded by anticompetitive exclusionary obstacles erected by Microsoft.


To argue that the settlements by the DOJ have in any way impacted the rise of iTunes is laughable.  To argue that the DOJ had a hand in increasing Firefox penetration is hilarious.  THEY BUILT A BETTER PRODUCT THAT SOLVED A NEED.  Basic business 101.  It had nothing to do with the millions of dollars …potentially billions of dollars that have spent on these lawsuits.


Is the marketplace changing? 


Do posts like the links at the bottom indicate a mood shift, a reevaluation of the marketplace?  And were a SINGLE one of these posts….  influenced at all by what the Department of Justice did ….or is it all the result of businesses building something for a customer base?   I’d argue that the DOJ/EU judgments did nothing to impact or foster competition.  Sure, the marketplace is moving.  Changing.  It did before and will again.  Technology should evolve.  But it has nothing at all to do with judgments that were made.


So… how much money has really and truly been wasted… in the name of competition and anti-trust… and patent enforcement….and …well all of that….. and as consumers of software we haven’t seen an impact?


Are any of these posts a result of the DOJ settlements/judgments?  Or are the just an acknowledgement that times change and so do businesses?


There’s no secpol in Vista Home Premium.. so now what?

So your client bought a Vista Home premium and now you are wanting to tweak it for that setting that allows the Administrator to silently elevate rather than to get the (supposedly) annoying UAC prompt and you are looking for secpol.msc on Vista Home Premium?


And you find out …it’s not there.. so now what?


Regedit and find the section of the Vista registry
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]

Change the value of ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin to a “0” from the listed “2”



[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
“ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin”
“ConsentPromptBehaviorUser”
“EnableInstallerDetection”
“EnableLUA”
“EnableSecureUIAPaths”
“EnableVirtualization”
“PromptOnSecureDesktop”
“ValidateAdminCodeSignatures”
“FilterAdministratorToken”


http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/vista/ConsentPromptBehavior.htm

Got a 0x80072efd

The AT&T edge sync’d and then it didn’t… and I was getting a 0x80072efd error…


Googled.. and it was due to this:  http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=994379&SiteID=17 


What I realized is that for one reason or another my PDA picked up the office Proxy Server settings.  Once I removed the proxy setting it was able to sync over the air with no problems.


Proxy can be found by going to:


Start
Settings
Connections Tab
Connections Icon
Task
Manage existing connections (Your mobile providers network should appear)
Proxy Settings Tab
Uncheck This network users a proxy server to connect to the internet.


Ok


It was picking up the proxy server settings..

Popcorn is no more

http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/patterson/5383


I was setting up a phone tonight and remembered that I couldn’t call the time lady at 767-8900 (also dial-able as pop-corn) any more to check the phone.


California’s time lady got deprecated back in September.  Word is they said that the equipment was aging and that time is available in so many other ways.  But the Time lady was one constant for ensuring that time was correct.


At the tone tine time will be…. 11:28 p.m. Pacific Standard Time…


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I hate bluetooth

There I said it.  I don’t normally give up on technology but I’ve given up on trying to get an AT&T Tilt connected via bluetooth to act like a modem for a laptop.  Instead I will just loan out my wireless card that ALWAYS works.


All of the websites/and boards talked about … well it works.. but don’t forget to reset your phone after using it as it messes up the networking.  Huh?  Why is it with phones these days that the geeks consider what they do to get it to work normal?



It seems to me the cell phones have turned into the new arena of bad customer service lately.  Reminds me of the time that Lily Tomlin did the Ernestine skit where she said “We’re the phone company… we don’t care!  We don’t have to!”


I as a customer of AT&T STILL waiting for the promised Windows Mobile 6 upgrade to the Treo 750, I am amazed that once again Microsoft Mobile platform is being totally slammed again by OEMs.  The folks on the forums are googling for bootleg versions of Windows Mobile 6 because they have had it with the vendor saying ‘soon…soon”.


http://forums.cingular.com/cng/board/message?board.id=palm&thread.id=11286&view=by_date_ascending&page=20


Meanwhile we are teaching people how to go download software from untrusted locations.  Way to go vendors. Lets train customers to go to bootleg sites just because they are so darn frustrated with the manner in which you are promising upgrades.


Just yesterday in fact, a fellow mvp who had a cab file that gave a Windows mobile 6 phone the ability to do RDP was asked to remove it from the file download location. The argument was that it was piracy.


Well excuse me but who is more of the pirate here?  If I’m a large corporate AT&T customer, word is that the upgrade is available.  If so, that makes AT&T more the pirate than their customers.


Sometimes I just don’t get business.  Yeah if the goal is to make the customer so frustrated that they will give up and buy the new phones, I guess that’s a win for the company, but it’s not a good long term win in my book.  Verizon opening up the door to non Verizon phones is a start… a good start.. http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2222771,00.asp but it’s one that should be sooner versus later.


It’s funny isn’t it that the item called “mobility” is offered by some of the least flexible vendors out there?


“Here at the Phone Company we handle eighty-four billion calls a year. Serving everyone from presidents and kings to scum of the earth. (snort) We realize that every so often you can’t get an operator, for no apparent reason your phone goes out of order [snatches plug out of switchboard], or perhaps you get charged for a call you didn’t make. We don’t care. Watch this [bangs on a switch panel like a cheap piano] just lost Peoria. (snort) You see, this phone system consists of a multibillion-dollar matrix of space-age technology that is so sophisticated, even we can’t handle it. But that’s your problem, isn’t it ? Next time you complain about your phone service, why don’t you try using two Dixie cups with a string. We don’t care. We don’t have to. (snort) We’re the Phone Company!”
– Lily Tomlin, as Ernestine


 

Still having issues post Office 2003 sp3?

Still needing to get back to those old files after you installed Office 2003 sp3


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938810/


Take the contents of this and put it in a text file and save it as officefix.reg, or download the zip file and unzip it.


Or you can use this http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/attachment/1367599.ashx downloadable file there.


Click on the file to have it insert the info into your registry.


———–
REGEDIT4


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Excel\Security\FileOpenBlock]
“LotusandQuattroFiles”=dword:00000000
“DifandSylkFiles”=dword:00000000


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\PowerPoint\Security\FileOpenBlock]
“FilesBeforePowerPoint97″=dword:00000000


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\PowerPoint\Security\FileSaveBlock]
“Converters”=dword:00000000


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Security\FileOpenBlock]
“FilesBeforeVersion”=dword:00000000


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Graphics Filters\Import\CDR]
“Enabled”=dword:00000001