Huge Windows XP Security Flaw

I am not sure if anyone has seen this but there is a huge security flaw in windows XP that could potentially lead to system compromise. Installing the service pack to XP plugs the hole or you can make the changes suggested here. This is a very big deal and should be addressed immediately by anyone running WinXP.

I have written in the past about my preferences for Linux; however, I find moments like this interesting. I am not a Microsoft basher by any means, but clearly feel frustrated by the bugs/flaws in MS’s stuff. Why is it new security flaws are found in their software all the time? You rarely hear about similar bugs in Linux. This could mean one of two things:

1. Linux has fewer security bugs.
2. Linux has just as many security bugs but the information is never publicized.

I am not sure which is right, but in all my time with Linux, I have never seen an app or the OS exhibit such a security breach as MS’ do from time to time. I think that it is the open source nature of Linux that enables hackers and developers alike to test the code long before it is finalized and released. That’s the problem with the MS Apps and OSes; they are so so huge in size and developed in such enclosed environments that it is virtually impossible to fully test them. This is understandable, but is also frustrating since it leaves many of us at tremendous risk especially since many people don’t bother to apply updates and patches to their systems.

MS really needs to address this issue; however, it is not entirely clear to how. In the mean time, be sure to check windows update frequently and install every patch ASAP.

This Weekend

This weekend we have two ten month old babies visiting us. Both babies are very cute and well behaved; however, they command our continuous attention. They are crawling all around and looking for trouble. I love kids and these two are particularly cute, but it reminds me of the challenges of parenting. You cannot do anything other than watch the babies when you are with them. They have this knack of going where they shouldn’t. The simple reality is that you have to be ready to have children. They are definitely wonderful, but a ton of work.

Microsoft to acquire Rareware

I am not sure if anyone has seen this, but Rare has been a staple on the Nintendo platforms. These guys developed Golden Eye and Perfect Dark on the N64. Both games were fantastic and these guys are renowned for developing games which push the limit of system hardware. I am really excited about this. Just imagine a next generation version of Golden Eye. That game on the N64 was way ahead of its time. It had the best multiplayer action on any platform and only recently has been surpassed by Halo. The only downside is that it will take at least a year for the first game to come out.

Here is a link from Usenet that is quoting from the site xbox.ign.com

Perspectives on 9/11

Yesterday was a tough day; I have an overwhelming feeling of melancholy that hung over me. I felt and continue to feel bad for all the people who lost loved ones during that day. Things like this really put life into perspective. We all can get frustrated and annoyed at times with the job search process, but the reality is that these are just tiny problems in the grand scheme of things. We are so fortunate to have our health and our loved ones. These are important words to live by and yesterday was a big reminder of how lucky each and every one of us is. So next time you might feel down or frustrated, just remember we have so much to be thankful for.

Remembering 9/11