* Posts by Davos Summit

12 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Feb 2008

Reasons to be cheerful

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This isn't a Microsoft problem. This whole series of articles reads like a list of what not to do. No contingency, terrible planning, non-existent testing and consistently going against best practice. It's amateur hour. I have to say if it was my company I'd be looking at the way IT is staffed and managed.

Google Instant – more searches, less thought

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"Place your bets for the next new discovery"

I'll have a hundred quid on you discovering you've read the article wrong.

Novell misses Q3 revenue and profit targets

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You think Netware is bloated? You really don't know what you're talking about. You do know that Netware is an OS right (and one that's gone end of life)? Novell is a company.

Anyway, Netware was great for it's core functions - file and directory services - far, far superior to Active Directory. It just couldn't compete on integration. And then when it started to get squeezed by MS the big panic started. Bad decision after bad decision killed Netware, but the core eDirectory / file server architecture was brilliant.

Microsoft rejigs enterprise end point security management

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FPM out, FCS goes to SCCM, FPE and FPSP stay with FFSMC.

"Stripped of the marketing speak the move means that Redmond has decided to work together with its channel partners to sell server-based security products rather than trying to go head-to-head with the likes of Symantec and McAfee in the enterprise desktop security market, where it hasn't made much inroads."

Er, is that definitely what it means? Surely what they're saying is that the management of the Forefront AV client will now be done through SCCM (where it belongs) rather than a stand-alone manager, while Forefront for Exchange and Forefront for Sharepoint will still use a separate management console. They're not abandoning the desktop security market though - just changing where the management is done.

Of course I could have got that wrong - the Forefront range has to be the most confusing jumble of acronyms and badly named products ever to grace the world of IT, but the original blog post is here: http://blogs.technet.com/forefront/.

French woman marries dead fiancé

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Re: AC 13:02

Yes, but who gives a fuck about religion?

French won Waterloo, says Italian telecoms chief

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Re: "How about the battle of Britain"

The Battle of Britain wasn't a UK only affair - we had pilots from all over helping us out in that one. Canadians in particular, but there South Africans, Poles, Czechs, Aussies, Kiwis, Free French, and even the odd American knocking around.

Coming up: the fingerprint-grabbing keylogger

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@MrMan and John

I'd say MrMan has got it right.

Surely it's:

Biometrics are suitable for IDENTIFICATION when compared against known good reference data obtained previously and associated with a given ID.

Biometrics are not suitable for AUTHENTICATION because they cannot be revoked and are carried in the open (as Wolfgang Schauble just found out).

So you could securely replace a username with a fingerprint say, but not the username / password combination.

Or am I missing something?

Gates calls on Feds to plug tech investment gap

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"And, Bill, how do you see the poor, the starving, the dispossessed, the uneducated, getting on in your brave new second digital decade ?"

Why, he sees them using Wintel products of course:


Admittedly that might not help the dispossessed and the starving (as opposed to the poor or under-educated), but if anyone doubts the value of the OLPC or the Classmate, have a look at this BBC report - it's worth it:


Yahoo! leaves! London!

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Re: Livingstone take note

What are you on about? They're leaving because of corporation tax. As if a massive company like Yahoo! is going to go through a major relocation - risking losing senior staff in the process - because of some pissy little congestion charge or a minor hike in council tax.

Confidential Home Office data turns up in laptop on eBay

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Two questions

Hang on, hang on, hang on - is there actaully any evidence that it was sold on eBay, rather than just being stolen?

Also, as an aside - who the hell hides CDs under a laptop keyboard?

Hotmail dies on both sides of the Atlantic

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They've got other problems today too - the site certifcates have expired for parts of microsoft.com (see https://mcp.microsoft.com/mcp/ for example). How embarrassing...

Microsoft splits Server 2008 for SMB

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Re: AD?

How is SBS locking companies into AD? If you don't want SBS don't buy it, but the whole point is to get Exchange, Sharepoint and a Directory Service. That's like accusing Ford of locking you in to having an engine.

Buy a bike, set up a workgroup - no one's stopping you.