Apparently Windows XP Service Pack 2 will change the machine default configurations to a more locked-down state.
Among the changes arean updated, default firewall; more restrictions over remove procedure calls and access-control restrictions; support for the Bluetooth 1.1. standard; and security upgrades to Internet Explorer and Outlook Express. It will disable Windows Messenger Service, often used by spammers to sneak in pop-up ads, and simplify the Windows Update service. Outlook Express no longer will download external content by default and will be more circumspect with attachments.To which I would like to say: About f***ing time.
According to the article linked above, “experts” are calling this a “paradigm shift.” Wow. A paradigm shift. No, it’s not a paradigm shift, unless the previous paradigm was, “Ship our product wide open and greased up.”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad Windows XP will by default become more secure. That is great, and long overdue. But let’s not fall all over ourself talking about “What Microsoft is doing here is to deliver a tangible and clear business value … and show customers, look, we’re making a clean environment for you from a security-feature and a usability-feature standpoint.”
They’re fixing stuff that is broken. As they should.
Music: “Trigger Hippie” by Morcheeba
Posted Tuesday, 16 December, 2003 by Nic Lindh
All Nic wants for WWDC is sync that actually works
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.