Steve Riley Lands On His Feet

In May, in one of the more inexplicable moves this year, Microsoft laid off my good friend Steve Riley, four days before he was to deliver half a dozen presentations at TechEd. Fortunately, it did not take Steve long to find a new gig. This Monday, he starts as the latest Evangelist & Strategist for Amazon Web Services! I'm very very happy for Steve, and very excited about what he can do in that role. Web Services are where the future is, and Steve is extremely well suited to the role. Please join me in wishing him good luck!

Lock your USB Token

Recently, Lev Bolotin of Clevx gave me a production sample of a USB token with a keypad on it. It's a pretty neat idea for certain uses. My immediate thought went to BitLocker in Windows Vista. You can store the BitLocker key on a USB stick, but you cannot prevent anyone who gets their hands on the USB stick from stealing the key. Nor can you require a PIN and the USB stick to unlock your drive. With Lev's stick, however, you can put a PIN on the USB stick itself. Unless you enter the PIN on the device before … Continue reading Lock your USB Token

Need a spare Windows box?

Have you ever found yourself in urgent need of another Windows box? Or, have you wanted to build a web application on Windows, but without having to buy servers? Or maybe you just want to have a network of Windows machines that you can test your new Server Isolation strategy on? You're in luck! Amazon yesterday launched its new Windows on EC2 service. Inside of five minutes you can be ready to log on to your very own Windows on EC2 instance and get started on all those projects! EC2 is Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, a network of virtual servers … Continue reading Need a spare Windows box?

Revisiting the Immutable Laws

For many years I, and many others, have been referring to the immutable laws of security when trying to explain why something works, or does not work, a particular way. However, I've always wondered how immutable the laws really are? I finally sat down and went through them. The result is a three-piece article series in TechNet Magazine. The first installment just hit your favorite newsstand, or web browser, as the case may be. The second and third pieces will be in the November and December issues of TechNet Magazine.

Apparently I am an Australian MVP

The Australian MVPs at the Microsoft MVP Summit this week were overshadowed in national pride only by the Canadians, by a lot. So, the Australian's coopted a Brit and, well, me, so their attendance numbers would look better. The result is on Flickr. So guys, does that mean you're going to have me come back down under anytime soon, like, say, during diving season?

Public Education in Washington State

This is a bit off topic for me, but it is an important thing to get out there nevertheless. I love living in Washington State. It may be snowing as I write this, but in general, I really like this state, the lifestyle, the people, and our wonderful natural environment. I've lived on both coasts of the US, twice, and in the middle, and in Europe, twice, and I like this place best of all. There is, however, a significant downside to this state, one which has gotten worse in recent years: public education. Washington State, home to many companies needing … Continue reading Public Education in Washington State

Listing all installed updates

While researching a problem the other day I needed to list all updates that were installed on a system and get some details about why they were there. Add/Remove Programs, a.k.a. Programs and Features, is probably the worst way to do that as it is quite inefficient to go through the updates in that way, and some do not seem to appear there at all. A better way is to use wmic from a command prompt, as in:wmic qfe list full /format:htable That produces nicely formatted HTML output like this: Node Caption CSName Description FixComments HotFixID InstallDate InstalledBy InstalledOn Name … Continue reading Listing all installed updates

IDThieves.org and its ilk are unauthorized blog mirrors stealing intellectual property

Recently, a shady outfit that goes by a number of names, all of which have to do with ID Theft have been stealing the content of my blog and mirroring it on their site as their own. They take the contents, verbatim, and list it as having been written by “SecuMania staff,” which I am not. I just wanted to make you aware that I have NOT authorized this theft of intellectual property, nor do I have anything whatsoever to do with any of their shady business practices or anything they advocate on their site. I am doing my best at cleaning … Continue reading IDThieves.org and its ilk are unauthorized blog mirrors stealing intellectual property

IDTheftReview.com and its ilk are unauthorized blog mirrors stealing intellectual property

Recently, a shady outfit that goes by a number of names, all of which have to do with ID Theft have been stealing the content of my blog and mirroring it on their site as their own. They take the contents, verbatim, and list it as having been written by "SecuMania staff," which I am not. I just wanted to make you aware that I have NOT authorized this theft of intellectual property, nor do I have anything whatsoever to do with any of their shady business practices or anything they advocate on their site. I am doing my best at cleaning … Continue reading IDTheftReview.com and its ilk are unauthorized blog mirrors stealing intellectual property

New blog mirror

This morning it was brought to my attention that certain overzealous network managers are blocking access to msinfluentials becuase it is a "personal site." I suppose that is true since my blog is the only thing there. To solve that, Susan did some quick configuration work and produced a mirror of my blog at http://msmvps.com/blogs/jesper/Default.aspx. If you are having a problem accessing it try the mirror. It has the same content, but is a more "professional" site so it should be allowed through in more places.