My laptop dual boots [I swap between two 80GB hard drives] between Windows XP and Novell Linux Desktop.
My XP installation has a really annoying problem with Hibernate – described in this Microsoft article. Put simply – it can’t Hibernate about 90% of the time.
There is a lengthy blog post describing the issue – and today a hotfix was released from Microsoft for the issue.
I am trying to get hold of the patch.
Firefox 1.5 should now be available.
Even mozilla.com had a makeover.
Firefox 1.5 is pretty great. My beta feedback:
- inplace updates (rather than download and install) should help with the slew of point releases as Firefox has hit over 100 million downloads
- speed is improved (woo!)
- Linux ‘look and feel’ is much improved
Here’s to the next 100 million downloads!
A few weeks into using Google Analytics – and I must say I’m very impressed.
The data collected is stunning – for example – 70% of blog visitors use Firefox (not surprising for a tech blog)
Also currently 5% of my blog visitors are from a microsoft.com domain. A hearty hello if you’re in Redmond right now.
Now I was tracking a lot of this before – by trawling my apache logs. Google Analytics is just easier – and it produces pretty graphs!
Not UPS and filtered power – more the generation.
I’ve just signed up with Utah Power for their Blue Sky program.
I join 12,000 other Utah customers – including businesses like Uinta brewing. Sounds good to me 🙂
[Edit – I made a 80×15 button for this: ]
Xbox 360’s crashing?
Lots of posts about this now – Xbox-Scene seems to have most.
[Edit – here’s a great video of a crash – thanks to Digg for that one.]
An interesting post from Ray Ozzie – one of the most influential people to have joined Microsoft in the last five years.
I’ll paraphrase by stealing quotes:
Each of us has a mix of private, shared, and public events and meetings that we’re tracking.
Some of these we edit privately and publish to others.
The most challenging calendars we deal with are those that are “shared”
It’s tough because we use a mix of different email/calendaring systems
And the same goes for contact lists.
What we really longed for was “the RSS of synchronization” … something simple that would catch on very quickly.
so we created an RSS extension that we refer to as Simple Sharing Extensions or SSE.
Fair enough – another MS developed extension. Wait – there’s more:
We’re releasing the SSE specification under a Creative Commons license – Attribution-ShareAlike. I’m very pleased that Microsoft is supporting the Creative Commons approach; you can see more about this at in the licensing section at the end of the spec.
Now that’s smart.
Hopefully some of these concepts will be adopted in main-stream products; more cutting edge projects like Hula should be all over this.
My main concern is still around security and authorisation – I don’t want to send a private calendar to a colleague – for it to be shared publically. That’s a real problem with things like this.
SANS are flagging a particularly nasty Internet Explorer problem:
the UK group “Computer Terrorism” released a proof of concept exploit against patched versions of Internet Explorer. We verified that the code is working on a fully patched Windows XP system with default configuration.
Arbitrary executables may be executed without user interaction. The PoC demo as tested by us will launch the calculator (calc.exe).
In addition ot the PoC ‘Calculator’ exploit, a reader (thanks Chris R!) submitted a version that opens a remote shell. The PoC exploit allows for easy copy/paste of various shell code snippets.
In itself, the vulnerability will not escalate privileges. We are trying to verify other exploits at this point.
As the man said – make sure you use Firefox or Opera.
I used Visio to build a relationship map of the ZENworks 7 Linux Management database.
(In a former life I use to use ERwin from Platinum Technology..)
If anyone wants a copy in PDF just give me a shout. If anyone wants to know how I did this – please also get in touch.
Continue reading “ZLM7 database schema”
Nice article this month from Line56.com – about the business value of a CMDB.
It’s by the ex CTO of Marimba – who is now CTO of the Change and Configuration Management space at BMC – Kia Behnia.
I’d expect BMC to push a CMDB message – they after all message ITIL heavily and have a CMDB product.
The nice piece about this article is the real difference ‘process’ and ‘best practices’ can bring – regardless of your management technology.
The other truth is that a single repository as a CMDB is unworkable – a ‘meta-CMDB’ or ‘virtual-CMDB’ is far more realistic. Kia refers to federated CMDB:
However, not all management data related to configuration items are appropriate for storage in the CMDB. This is why organizations should consider a CMDB based on a federated data model. Why? Just like links within the general ledger to financial details stored in the accounts receivable system, a federated CMDB links to IT details. For example, a federated approach allows for other useful management information — such as service level agreements, purchase orders, incident and problem tickets, performance and utilization data–to be linked to the configuration items within the CMDB.
It may not be fashionable to talk about tradtional NetWare anymore – but there is a vast installed base that is running this reliable NOS.
Novell Cool Solutions has been running a competition to showcase server that have been up for years.
Here is the latest round.
My favourite is this NetWare 3 server – it’s been running for nine years: