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IASA in the UK June 13, 2006

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IASA Foundations Reference Model Review is taking place as we speak, the
UK team having taken hold of the review documents last week.

IASA Course Work The IASA are planning to introduce a course work system soon and are in the process of looking for qualified individuals to deliver courses to our members.

There will be two types of courses available; free for member courses (this will help with paid memberships) and premium courses (they will require payment by members and non-members and will pay royalties to the creator). If anyone you know would be interested to developing course ware for architects, please let me know ASAP and I can forward onto Matt Deacon.

We already have a number of committed authors but the more the better.

Up coming IASA Meetings:

Please add these dates to your diaries, their open events so tell your friends, colleagues and customers to make it along! More details are on the
UK website (http://unitedkingdom.iasahome.org), where you can register your interest in attending (this being important for security reasons).

London:  Requirements and Architecture Traps and Pitfalls CANCELLED! June 20, 6pm-8:30pmChristine Cooper-Bland & Rob Machin

Unfortunately, Rob is unable to make it to this session so It's been pushed back to later in the year. Also, as this conflicts with the Football It was decided not to try and put something in it’s place this time around.
Birmingham: Informal meet up June 28, 7pm – 10pm, Pub Venue Old Joint Stock, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham City Centre off Colmore Row.  http://birmingham.iasahome.org
London: The Identity MetaSystemJuly 5, 6pm-8:30pm (then more football!)Kim Cameron (www.identityblog.com) http://unitedkingdom.iasahome.org 

Archiveus Code Broken (ransomware virus) June 7, 2006

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This virus (Archiveus) is the latest example of so-called "ransomware" that tries to extort cash from victims.

"This virus swaps files found in the "My Documents" folder on Windows with a single file protected by a 30-digit password. Victims are only told the password if they buy drugs from one of three online pharmacies.

The 30-digit password locking the files is

"mf2lro8sw03ufvnsq034jfowr18f3cszc20vmw".

Using the password should restore all the hijacked files.

"Now the password has been uncovered, there should be no reason for anyone hit by this ransomware attack to have to make any payments to the criminals behind it," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for security firm Sophos".

Full Story from BBC website

Office 2007 Beta 2 download link June 7, 2006

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I have added a link to the Office 2007 download on msupport blog site

RSS reader in 90 lines of code available May 10, 2006

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I have been following James O’Neills ( Microsoft/Technet Evangelist in UK ) blog about how he wrote only 90 lines of code and got his own RSS reader.  James has just posted the script code here  and he has called the RSS Reader “Stumbler” nice touch James .

He has made it available as “Open Source” so some time today I shall get to look at it as I downloaded it late last night.

IE7 really is this good April 30, 2006

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James O’Neill has blogged about how good IE7 Beta2 is and I must agree

He’s damned right it’s good

Internet Explorer Beta 2 available for download April 25, 2006

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ptw.gifThe next pre-release of the Internet Explorer 7 is available for download. Check this page to get an overview of the available versions and to download it.

More information can be also be found on these pages:

- About Internet Explorer 7

- Technology Overview

- Internet Explorer Community

- On-Demand Webcast: What’s new in Internet Explorer 7 (IE 7)

Get Your Windows Vista Product Guide Here !!! April 12, 2006

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It’s a comprehensive look at the Windows Vista product line and explains the features,…

http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2006/04/12/425079.aspx

A word of warning!!  it is a 44Meg zipped download with a .xps file inside….   so you need to run and install WinFX XML Paper Specifications Document (BETA) stuff in order to render this guide.  You can download the WinFX goodies ( if you use the IE7 Beta, then the Runtime Component is for you) if your using IE6 then the ( Essentials Pack) is for you as this is a viewer for .xps files.

 http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/viewxps.mspx 

Many thanks to Chris Comb's

5 Microsoft Security Bulletins for April 2006 April 12, 2006

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Microsoft released five security bulletins for the month of April:

MS06-013–Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (912812)

 MS06-014–Vulnerability in the Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) Function Could Allow Code Execution (911562)

MS06-015–Vulnerability in Windows Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution (908531)

MS06-016–Cumulative Security Update for Outlook Express (911567)

 MS06-017–Vulnerability in Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions Could Allow Cross-Site Scripting (917627)

The first four of these bulletins are primarily workstation risks. We recommend deploying MS06-013 and MS06-015 as soon as possible. MS06-013 is especially urgent because details of some exploits are public and attackers are already using them.

The final bulletin, MS06-017, impacts Microsoft IIS servers running Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions or Microsoft SharePoint Team Services. Although Microsoft rates the severity of this exposure as only moderate, We would recommend loading the update on all affected servers as soon as possible.

Uninstalling Norton April 9, 2006

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Here is how to uninstall Norton correctly from your computer

Technet UK Roadshow dates April 3, 2006

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for this year have just been announced.

My thanks to Eileen Brown & Steve Lamb for getting the info out so quickly

Please check the details for the location nearest to you as they may vary slightly – a typical agenda looks as follows:

09.00 – 09:45     Registration
09:45 – 10:00     Key Note – The Digital Age
10:00 – 11:00     Session 1 – 2007 Microsoft Office system
11:00 – 11:20     Refreshment Break
11:20 – 12:20     Session 2 – Exchange 12 Overview
12:20 – 13:10     Lunch
13:10 – 14:10     Session 3 – ISA 2006
14:10 – 14:30     Refreshment Break
14:30 – 15:30     Session 4 – Windows Server 2003 R2
15:30 – 15:50     Refreshment Break
15:50 – 16:50     Session 5 – Windows Vista Overview
16:50 – 17:00     Close and depart

 

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