Experience over Theory

In the past I used to work as a trainer. As a trainer you need to have a graspof the subjects that you teach. Your knowledge needs to be in-depth as you areconstantly surprised by the questions of delegates. To be able to grasp the materialyou need to understand the theory behind what you are attempting to teach. During the time that I taught I used to take on consulting jobs, to keep my hands dirty. At some stage I decided to stop training and I started to look for work in the field. A themethat used to come up … Continue reading Experience over Theory

Israel going Skynet?!

I found the following post that claims that Israel is building an AI system will help the military in decision taking and in addition to that it might be able to take over if needed to. The full story can be found at: http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/01/israel-thinking.html Truth be told, this may not be a bad idea considering the fact that when under an attack of a very large number of missiles a human operator may not be enough. On the other hand memories of Skynet and Terminator’s do come to mind…

Mandatory Integrity Control (What,how and why do we care?)

The theory Mandatory Integrity Control (MIC) is an additional layer of security built into Vista andWindows 2008. This particular layer helps Windows protect itself from harmful intentional and unintentionalchanges to important objects. Among the objects protected we can find files, directories, registrykey, printers, and actually any object that has a security descriptor. The beauty of MIC is that it has been there in the background all along protecting you, yet you never knewit existed. You might have actually encountered it by trying to change a file that is protected by it, and eventhough you had the permission you couldn’t… The … Continue reading Mandatory Integrity Control (What,how and why do we care?)

The Compare campaign

Microsoft has built an area in it’s Windows Server website called Compare. Basically this areawill provide content that compares Windows Server to other environments. There severalinteresting screencasts and Webcasts there,take a look: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver/compare/windows-server-comparison-screencasts-and-webcasts.mspx http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver/compare/default.mspx

Timing operations

If you need to know the time that elapsed between two operations you can use thethe following tool from Microsoft(windows 2000 resource kit): http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=913795CD-7026-4143-AE85-1F5E096F9BE0&displaylang=en ———————————–TIMETHIS  :  Command Timing Utility———————————– Usage : TIMETHIS “command”   TimeThis executes the command specified by its arguments, then reports its  run time in HH:MM:SS.TTT format.  Quotes around the command are required only  when the command involves redirection via <, >, >>, or |, etc.  Quotes ensure  that the redirection is applied to the command being timed, rather than the  TimeThis command itself.

Getting zapped?!?

I own a Dell XPS m1330. It’s  a cool laptop (yes,it’s red), looks good, very mobileand does the work… To my surprise, I stumbled upon a blog post claiming that there is some issue with theirphysical build and wiring that might cause minor to mild electronic shocks.For the full post,take a look at:http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9852716-1.html Now at this stage I really have to ask myself,how on earth could the QA guys miss such a “tiny”issue?!?! The model I own has a three pronged AC adapter cable, so it never happened to me-but still…. [P.S. It’s still a cool laptop-and it’s RED!!!!]

iTunes 7.6 works with Vista 64bit

In the past I mentioned my frustration about iTunes not working(even though thereare/were workarounds) on the 64 bit version of Vista. Well it seems that I can no longer befrustrated since the new version of iTunes seems to be working with the 64 bit version…finally!

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RC Refresh Public Availability Program

In all honesty, I find Vista to be a great OS(as I have mentioned several times in the past). Moreover,I find that the 64bit version is even better. After getting that out of my system(not for the first time),I am glad to see that SP1 is just around the corner. If you want to try it,take a look at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=529d992a-d69e-4c73-9213-7a7f3852c0ca&DisplayLang=en