July 2003

On to ZoneAlarm Pro

My 30-day eval period for Tiny Personal Firewall V5.0 beta has expired. Now, who ever heard of a company applying the 30 days to a beta? — you’d think they’d want people to continue to test. Anyway, I’m now running a 30-day eval of ZoneAlarm Pro V4.0.123.012. I don’t care much for the UI but I never have — too flashy for me. Anyway, we’ll see how it goes. Right now, Tiny is my fave, even with the bugs/problems. Note that I haven’t had any functional problems, just issues with the UI … I can deal with that.

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What port is what?

Got this from the Windows XP mailing list maintained by Sunbelt Software (great mailing list, BTW — there are lots more here). If you’ve got a port that’s open or being listened to on your system, chances are you can find it at one of these sites.

http://andrew.triumf.ca/cgi-bin/port
http://www.neohapsis.com/neolabs/neo-ports/
http://lists.gpick.com/portlist/lookup.asp
http://www.snort.org/ports.html

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Woody de-hypes the Windows password debacle

Woody Leonhard does it again. In this issue of Woody’s Windows Watch, he discusses the truth behind the story circulating last week about cracking Windows passwords in less than 15 seconds. Well worth reading!

He also discusses Windows Product Activation — seems that someone has gone through every byte sent to Microsoft during the activation process and has been able to account for all but a couple of bytes.

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Free downloadable book — Thinking in C++

Read about it in this particular ASP.NET weblog. Bruce Eckel’s “Thinking in C++” is available as a download or you can buy it from Amazon.com. The author of the weblog entry swears by the book. I’ll have to download it and give it a look-see. I’m an old C programmer and was just getting in to C++ when I went over to the dark side (read: joined management). Fortunately, the “good” side kept drawing me back and I ended up trying to help both sides understand each other … but that’s another story.

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Trustic : creating blocklists

Slashdot has a pointer to this article on O’ReillyNet by Dru Nelson who talks about Trustic — a service by Mark Fletcher, creator of Bloglines.com. The deal is, Trustic creates blacklists based on feedback from its registered members.

Anyway, this mention is part of a larger discussion about “Defending Your Site Against SPAM” — Part 1 and Part 2. Part 2 discusses implementing protection with qmail and how to incorporate Trustic into your configuration. Very interesting stuff!

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Amazon.com RSS feeds, explained

Gary Burd’s weblog explains how to construct your own RSS feed of an amazon.com query. It’s really not hard, either — it’s all in the URL. Sorry, but I can’t remember where I found this link (I like to credit my sources when I can). It was probably one of the Lockergnome newsletters … errr … RSS feeds. Now, that I’m using bloglines.com and RSS, I rarely read newsletters anymore — no reason to!

And, from this entry in Dan Gillmor’s eJournal there’s this link to a page on Amazon.com discussing their syndicated content. It also gives a couple of good links to more information on RSS and readers.

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Advanced Networking Pack for Windows XP released

You can download it here (a 1,247KB download) and read more about it in MSKB article 817778. Briefly, it includes IPV6 support, including a firewall, and support for the peer-to-peer networking components (peer-to-peer networking name resolution, peer-to-peer networking graphing, peer-to-peer networking grouping and the peer-to-peer networking identity manager). If you’re interested, read the MSKB article.

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