Thursday, 10 March 2005

WifiMicrosoft has released a new prescriptive paper describing in step-by-step fashion how to deploy a secure wireless LAN using Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP) and passwords:

The Securing Wireless LANs with PEAP and Passwords solution guide is designed to help small- and medium-sized organizations protect their wireless local access network (LANs). This prescriptive guidance will assist you in planning, deploying, testing, and managing a wireless LAN security infrastructure using Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Pocket PC 2003. The guide is a companion to the earlier solution guide Securing Wireless LANs – a Certificate Services Solution. However, this updated guide uses passwords to authenticate users and computers to the LAN instead of digital certificates.

The solution uses industry standards such as 802.1X to ensure broad interoperability. Windows XP Wireless Auto Configuration and the Microsoft Active Directory directory service help to minimize the complexity of installing and managing the solution—many of the more complex operations are automated in scripts that are provided with the guide. You can also install the solution entirely on existing servers in your environment to keep costs low.

Also useful in the context of these articles:

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Thursday, 10 March 2005 21:34:19 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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CG has sure come a long way since 1977. The new movie trailer for Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith just played for the fist time at the end of The OC on television. Looks interesting.

I can't say it got my blood pumping or made me jump up and down and cheer, but the saga concludes with this one, so it better be good!

Next on the agenda, CSI is coming on right now, and although I don't normally watch it, Wil Wheaton's got a role on the show. Just saw his name on the screen in the opening credits. Coolio - Gotta go watch.

Update: Hey Wil - you play crazy and homeless pretty darn well!! Well-done, congrats!

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Thursday, 10 March 2005 21:09:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Google released their desktop search tool out of beta this week - so it's the full mean deal now. They've added support to search even more content (including Thunderbird email yay!) and for people who want even more, there are plugins available that will let the application index even more kinds of content so you can search almost anything you like. And if there's not a plugin available, well then write one!

Google Desktop Search: Get it here.

If you're a person who gets confused when looking at search results because the results from your desktop (local computer) search are listed on the page with your Google web search results (or if you just want to separate them), here you go:

The default behavior for Google's Desktop Search is: "Show Desktop Search results on Google Web Search result pages." But you can disable that if its confusing. Just right click on Google Desktop Search icon in the system notification area, then choose "More" then choose "Preferences." It's on that page, just scroll down and find the option and uncheck the box.

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Thursday, 10 March 2005 19:35:58 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Microsoft has posted "What to do if you've responded to a phishing scam," a set of four steps (with some details about each) you should take if you think you may have mistakenly provided personal financial or identification information in response to a fraudulent email. They've also updated and posted a set of related articles dealing with phishing and email fraud (listed and linked below).

The steps they list in the article are:

  • Step 1: Report the incident
  • Step 2: Change the passwords on all your accounts
  • Step 3: Routinely review your credit card and bank statements
  • Step 4: Use up-to-date antivirus and anti-spyware software

And they have posted more articles with information about phishing and email fraud:

But remember: Being prepared and on the watch before the fraud ever happens is the best way to not become a victim. The links above and other resources on the 'net can help you educate yourself and people you know about the things people should do to keep from becoming victims.

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Thursday, 10 March 2005 17:18:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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The Game Developer's Conference is always an interesting even with lots of cool news for game geeks to get all anticipatory over.

Microsoft's released some screen caps showing off the user interface for the next-generation XBOX Guide - an entertainment gateway for users. The also describe the future XBOX experience: "games, friends, music, and more."

The sample images and more info are available here.

You can also listen to the keynote address by Microsoft's J Allard, in which he speaks about the next-gen XBOX:

(found via Engadget)

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Thursday, 10 March 2005 07:22:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Wednesday, 09 March 2005

Note: I am posting this entry because readers of this weblog might be interested in the job openings mentioned here. This post is my own, and is not a communication by or for my employer. I am just trying to make people aware of some opportunities that I happen to know about.

Any talented software developers out there?

The company I work for, Corillian, is hiring right now. Among the jobs being recruited at the time of this posting are two for which I have some sort of responsibility: A software development engineer with ASP.NET experience in the Security department; and a developer with experience working with and programming on SharePoint 2003 to work in the corporate IT department.

Corillian's a cool company to work at, and both positions are good opportunities (I think) for people interested in either of these work areas.

So, if you know anyone who might fit the bill (talented SharePoint programmers or experienced development engineers wanting to work on building some really cool Internet security products), drop me a line right quick and I will make sure resumes and letters get routed appropriately. See the "Contact" section in the sidebar to reach me, or apply through the web site. Details about each position are available on the Corillian web site, as well.

By the way - There are even more cool jobs open at the company right now for QA people, sales execs, project managers, system administrators and technical account managers - So if you're in the Portland area and any of those catch your eye, you might want to check them out.

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Wednesday, 09 March 2005 20:49:14 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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