Why are they stupid? This is the copy and paste of a spam e-mail I received. The text is nothing really, and the "ad" is in an attached image - which could possibly be infected with a exploit such as the wmf vulnerability announced by Microsoft back in January 2006. Believe it or not a lot of people don't patch their systems, either because they don't know or because they don't care.
But back to the spam. If you receive an e-mail such as this one, you would have to be stupid to buy something from this "source":
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Another example is a job offer (probably a multi-level marketing thing or scam) with this text:
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For goodness sake. Who in their right mind feel tempted on getting a job with a company that sends e-mails like this?
What I've noticed lately is that some of these e-mails come with text that looks like Google News e-mail alerts. Probably because they can easily go through a filter.
Obviously the spammer is using an old technique to bypass filters, by inserting random words and make it difficult for a program to determine if there's a "sale pitch" in it. The thing is, most spammers use old programs, bought years ago, but people don't update their defences, so those still work to go through your Inboxes.
Also obvious is that spam is a great business. People wouldn't do it if not making money out of it.
Other possibility is that spammers simply send out those e-mails in an attempt to infect user's machines - to collect data or simply create their army of bots, used later to launch attacks, for a coin. There are armies of bots available for rent on the Internet these days. And those computers are running from unsuspecting users' houses around the world.
It seems all design decisions came from their "market research". The phone does look nice, but not having USB 2.0 and using a proprietary USB connector and using a single port for synchronisation, charging, headsets seem to be an interesting result, wouldn't you agree?
Charlie is the Deployment Program Manager in the Microsoft Exchange Product Team, and we will cover e-mail solutions, mobilising the workforce and the future of work, as well as looking on requirements and techniques for implementing the upcoming Microsoft Exchange 2007.
We might have the participation of Bruce Trevarthon (TBC), the founder and managing director or ZeroOne, a web application and hosting company working in this space, through a hosted Exchange service available here in New Zealand, called AnywhereExchange.
If you have any questions you'd like me to ask either Charlie or Bruce, please post here in the comments or contact me.
What some of you don't know is that there is a way to have quick answers to your questions, directly from your Windows Live Messenger (a.k.a. MSN Messenger) window.
How can you do that? Simply add the address email@example.com to your contact list. Pretty soon it will identify itself as "Encarta Instant Answers". Follow the instructions to setup which Encarta version you rather use (Australia, UK, US) and you are ready.
To ask anything just send the question to this contact as an instant message and you will get a reply. Sometimes the bot will ask if you want to open a link to a map, or image.
That's pretty cool. I wonder if there's a SDK for this kind of "intelligent responder".
Keeping all this running and up-to-date requires some tools for remote access, patch deployment, inventory, etc.
The following are the tools I have on the server, and really work great:
1) Raxco PerfectDisk 7.0 (www.raxco.com)
Great defrag options, very fast (unless you have a 1TB HDD like one of my drives) and it also defragments Microsoft Exchange Store!
2) LogMeIn IT Reach (www.logmein.com):
Although I use GoToMyPC (www.gotomypc.com) on my desktop and server at home, LogMeIn offers in addition to remote access a very nice tool for remote administration: LogMeIn IT Reach. You have complete control of your Windows Server (or any other Windows flavour) with full security. A nice web-based user interface, plus remote access, guest control, and full management capabilities:
3) Sitekeeper (www.sitekeeper.biz):
Complete automated software management is what you get with Sitekeeper. It does what the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer does (for software only), plus software inventory, patch deployment (to local and remote machines on a network), license compliance management and more:
I have not touched some backup software, but this will be in another post.
What tools are you using to maintain your Windows servers and network? Post your recommendations in the comments below (but if you're the developer please let us know, full disclosure please!)
The summary of this call is now on-line on Geekzone.
The flaw affects mobile computers based on Intel Centrino platform, including laptops and tablet PCs (such as my Toshiba M205).
Affected products include those with Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection and Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
The download is about 60MB and you can update the drivers quickly.
To celebrate 25 years of Flight Simulator on PCs, Microsoft has released Flight Simulator X. The software comes in two editions:
- 2 DVD
- 18 airplanes
- 40 high-detail airports (16 new to Flight Simulator)
- 28 high-detail cities
- 30+ structured missions
- 2 DVD
- 24 airplanes
- 45 high-detail airports (21 new to Flight Simulator)
- 38 high-detail cities
- 50+ structured missions
- Glass panel (G1000) cockpit
- Tower controller
Now check out a screenshot, to see the difference:
A free trial, with two airports, three missions, and three different aircraft is available for download (about 640MB!) on the Microsoft Flight Simulator X official website now.
The truth is, between working full time here on Geekzone, organising Geekzone 2006, and feeding the baby on my turns it's full on!
What, would you ask, are you doing full time on Geekzone?
Well, I am really excited about the changes we are introducing here. All will be unveiled during the Geekzone 2006, but you might have seen a couple of new discussion forums on Geekzone with a small padlock - sorry you can't access them, yet.
As part of the new features being introduced on Geekzone we will be creating Private and Subscribers forums.
Private forums are only accessible to users who are allowed to access the information there. This is going to be great for companies (we can have "invisible" private forums) wanting to have a managed discussion space, but out of the public eyes.
The Subscribers forums will be available only to, well, subscribers. I can't say much more now, but yes we will be introducing a subscription option on Geekzone. Subscribers will have many benefits, but I will not list these here. We will have specific blog posts in the Official Geekzone blog later, when the time comes.
Now, back to getting all these ideas out of the paper and into the site. See you at Geekzone 2006!