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Windows 2003 - Phone Home! 

as many of you know I am not a fan of those folk in Redmond. To be frank the label "Evil Empire" is one I use more often than not.

I do appreciate the fact the Windoze has made computing really easy for all, I appreciate all the clever people in the company and lots of things that Micro$oft do.

What I do not appreciate is the way some tings happen with M$.

Take this example.

Windows 2003 server, an enterprise level operating system. Something you are more than likely to have in a secure environment right? Say one that is not connected to the Internet.

Which is a good idea and last week when I was setting up a server that is eaxactly what I had. And why am I bringing it up? Because I started getting stange errors in the event log. will show you the message and tells you why you get it.

The short of it is, W2K3 "phones home".
Now I am sure that there is a good and ethical reason for it. By the looks of it, all that is happening is WinDoze is downloading a text file that will be used for setting up crytographic services.


What if the site gets hacked? What if the way that text file is processed sucks and a clever cracker works out what code to put in that text file to publish all the data on that server to youtube?

Unlikely I know, but there was no dialog box asking if I wanted to go online and get this file. It just happened! My security is potentially compromised and my privacy too.

M$ presumably know how to track hits to a web page so would know the IP address of your server, they'd know when you accessed that file. And what if Johnny script-kiddy works out how to get that info? What if he then writes a script that portscans all those addresses looking for W2K3 vulnerabilities?

Why M$ didn't you give me some indication that you were going outside onto the web and doing this?
When else is this happening M$?
How would we know?


So... grumpy grumpy.

Thoughts folks?
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Podcast on its way. 

Hi all,
well, i have recorded (with Mike darter's crisis saving help) the interview with Stanislaw Sterkowicz.

It is really interesting and I hope to get it online tonight, tommorow, by the end of the weekend at worst! :-)

Stay tuned for some exciting domain related news.

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New new new 

Okay the new Dual Dual Core MacBook Pro laptops are out today. rendering my MacBook Pro obsolete :-(

FireFox 2 is (kinda) out today!
Fires up a lot faster, looks really good. WOOT!
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Hi everyone,

today I was accepted to join the Judo-Dan-IT discussion group.

here is the description of the group:

This forum/mailing list is for IT professionals with black belt in Judo. For ideas and discussion eg. how to better apply IT technology for Judo etc.

The Forum was started in Dec. 2005 only in Finnish. In Oct. 2006 the address and idea was spreaded to some English Judo forums hoping to reach more IT professionals.

Easiest way to get in is to send a message to
with short "CV" as well in the IT field as in Judo.

As yet I don't know what the group is up to, what it hopes to achieve, what it is doing, if I'll be a useful member.

A great idea though.

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Mock the week, history made? 

I am watching "Mock the week" a satirical pseudo news quiz show.

And I suspect it just made TV history.
Adam Hills, an Australian comedian has just taken off his artificial foot and shown it to the cast and us the viewers. Not something you see from a TV celebrity very often.

I remember seeing and holding my first artificial limb (not mine you understand).

I was on a CAD (Coaching Athletes with Disabilities) course in Napier, New Zealand. On day two of the course, one of the instructors took off his leg and passed it around the room.

I had always considered myself "well adjusted" to disabilities. But it was in that moment I really realised that I was not. My whole view of the instructor changed, terrible I know, but it was what happened. That alone made the excellent course worthwhile, let alone all the other great stuff. It helped me realise that nobody is "well adjusted" unless they have been exposed to a disability. (if you follow my drift)

Adam has just stopped speaking about his foot and how he had one altered to wear a thong/flip flop/jandal. This was much like the excellent conversations I heard on that CAD course years ago, discussing the legs they had and how they had a running leg, swimming, etc. Sorta like how we able bodied folk might discuss running shoes or Judo Gi.

Oh it just gets better, Adam has just confessed to drinking beer from his artificial foot!!!! I love it when you get the real view of disability. The non-politically correct truth.

he is not "a poor disabled person', drinking a beer from your artificial foot, thats just a normal person. This show would be a great piece of viewing for all coaches working with disabled athletes and I suspect young males recently disabled, who could do with showing that being an amputee still allows you to be a nutter!


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