StratVantage Consulting, LLC — Mike’s Take on the News 05/16/01

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StratVantage Consulting, LLC — Mike’s Take on the News 05/16/01

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The News – 05/16/01

Microsoft’s Not Guilty; My Face is Red

Well, not guilty of what I charged them with yesterday, anyway. Alert SNS reader Andrew Hargreave pointed out that the Yahoo story that sparked the story that sparked my rant about Microsoft’s alleged password backdoor was in error. In fact, it was in error a year ago when Yahoo first published it. According to Russ Cooper of the NTBUGTRAQ mailing list, nothing fishy is going on with the dvwssr.dll file:

The story, from a year ago, pertains to the discovery of a string in dvwssr.dll and its alleged ability to backdoor NT. My message from 4/14/2000 about the issue is attached below. There is no new backdoor discovery, Microsoft hasn’t recently confirmed anything of the sort, Yahoo deserves to be shot for not putting a date on the article and not realizing it was wrong when it was first run. Looks like they’re a bit hard up for ad revenue.

I apologize for believing what I read. I deeply regret having maligned Microsoft.

It’s sometimes difficult to know when you read an item from a single source whether it’s a scoop or an error. With news coming a mile a minute, journalists and would-be pundits like myself risk being wrong and appearing foolish.

I stand by what I said, however, about Microsoft’s dismal record on security, and their tendency to abuse their monopoly. There are alternatives to IIS in the marketplace, and I recommend business owners seriously consider them.


Microsoft Plays Hardball with Corporate Users

In the spirit of balanced commentary, I feel compelled to report that Microsoft has given what amounts to an ultimatum to corporate licensees: Get current, or pay full price the next time you upgrade. If corporate sites don’t upgrade to Windows 2000 and Office XP by October 1, they’ll lose the privilege of preferred pricing for incremental upgrades. According to ZDNet (who could be wrong, after all), “Under the new Software Assurance program, companies that are ‘current’ can sign up for maintenance agreements and get future upgrades as part of the deal, but will pay 25 to 29 percent of the purchase price every year for this perpetual license–whether they want the new software or not.

How’d you like that kind of arrangement for your business? Pay us whether you use us or not. I’m thinking of trying to work that into my contracts, but somehow I don’t think it will work. Why? Well, unfortunately, I don’t have a monopoly. Darn.


Can’t Get Enough of ME?

In the unlikely event that you want more of my opinions, I’ve started a Weblog. It’s the fashionable thing for pundits to do, and I’m doing it too. A Weblog is a datestamped collection of somewhat random thoughts and ideas assembled on a Web page. If you’d like to subject the world to your thoughts, as I do, you can create your own Weblog. You need to have a Web site that allows you FTP access, and the free software from . This allows you to right click on a Web page and append your pithy thoughts to your Weblog.

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