Soccer goes hi-tech

Hopefully disputes such as the one that has happened in the world cup final between Englandand Germany in 1966 will be prevented by the chip and sensors to be employed by FIFA: http://www.engadget.com/2007/11/17/fifa-to-trial-chipped-soccer-ball-in-japan/ Ok,so watching the game between Israel and Russia got me in the mood for this post…

Security awareness or headline hunting?

I saw two stories emerge last week that made me ask the question in the title. The first story appeared in several places: Cnet, TheMacObserver and was cited by several bloggers (including Yanivf’s blog) claiming that an unptached Windows XP (SP1),connected to an unsecured wireless network could be hacked in 6 minutes. The second story comes from fastcompany.com (a publication that I personally like)demonstrating on how easy it is to hack an iPhone.   The first story used the following headlines: Microsoft exec calls XP hack ‘frightening’ Unpatched Windows XP with SP1 Hacked in 6 Minutes The second story used … Continue reading Security awareness or headline hunting?

Network Access Protection (NAP) to be extended to Linux and MAC

BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 13, 2007 — Microsoft today announced key additions to the Network Access Protection (NAP) ecosystem with new third-party products that extend NAP to Macintosh and Linux desktops, as well as the first NAP-powered appliance. The new products will extend NAP, a policy enforcement platform built into the Windows Vista operating system and the upcoming versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows XP SP 3, to non-Microsoft operating systems in heterogeneous network environments. Microsoft also announced that NAP has hit a milestone of 150,000 pre-release adoptions worldwide.   http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/misc/11-13NAPSideBar.mspx

Are you ready for IPv6? Vista is!

Basically no news here, but still if you look closer there is:Vista was certified for IPv6 Phase 1 logo, which basically certifies the product to be compliantwith the MUST statements in an RFC. On October 25 (special date… :)), vista earned the Phase 2 logo which certifies it to support MUST and SHOULD statements. The certification is provided by the IPv6 Consortium and University of New Hampshire –InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL). The following links provide a list of approved applications(Phase 1 and 2 accordingly: http://www.ipv6ready.org/logo_db/approved_list.php http://www.ipv6ready.org/logo_db/approved_list_p2.php

Compare the different editions of Windows 2008

  The table found at the link will provide you with the ability to compare thedifferent versions for Windows 2008 (not an in-depth comparison,but still something). http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/editions/overview.mspx I am glad to say that it seems that the basic model of Standard,Enterprise and Datacenterremains. It’s easier to have a relatively low number of version to choose from (may limit flexibilitybut is a lot clearer).

TechNet Edge

From the site: “This is a new community for IT Pros and a sister site to Channels 8, 9, 10 and Mix Online. We’re still in the process of taking this site live and won’t be open officially for business until Monday morning. Since you found us though, don’t go away! Feel free to join the site, check things as we stabilize. Watch out for wet paint! While you’re here, pop on over to the The Perimeter and introduce yourself. Thanks!-Jeff” http://edge.technet.com/Default.aspx

Microsoft Deployment 1.0

Microsoft Deployment unifies the tools and processes required for desktop and server deploymentinto a common deployment console and collection of guidance. The fourth generation deployment accelerator adds integration with recently released Microsoft deployment technologies to create a single path for image creation and automated installation. Microsoft Deployment’s tools and end-to-endguidance reduce deployment time, standardize desktop and server images, limit service disruptions,reduce post-deployment help desk costs, and improve security and ongoing configuration management. Download here.