Monthly Archives:February 2007

It’s called virtualization. It’s running on operating system inside another. The second OS is actually in a shell of the first. Well finally folks are virtualizaing windows and for many reasons. I am going to be doing it from now on for backup simplification and disaster recovery. I am going to be running Centos as the base OS for all operating systems on my new clients. Then I will install virtualization software then i will load windows inside of that. Windows doesn’t know it’s not truly on the system it just runs along. The actual operating system’s whole environment is nothing more than one large file on the Linux server. This means i only have to backup one file for that installation instead of messing around with highly expensive, complex, and tedious windows backup software packages. Since i can then compress the image during the backup it’s now up to 60% smaller as well. That can then be backed up to a hard disk, tape drive or optical disk. Disaster recovering and backup security are greatly enhanced and i can cut at least 50% off the costs of backup drive/software solution packages. If i need a second windows server and the host machine isn’t being totally occupied by the first guest OS i merely install another virtual machine. I have heard of one Linux machine with VM’s getting 5-15 other “servers” put on it and then the older boxes being removed.

I have installed IE7 on 20 machines now with the same results. IE7 chews up a boatload of ram. Machines with 256 megs of ram that ran fine with 256 megs of ram now chug when IE7 is launched. 512 megs is now the bare miniimum with a gigabyte being needed for room to grow. Throw in Office 2k3 and 512 megs starts getting pushed pretty hard. What’s interesting svchost.exe chews up an astonishing 150 MEGS of ram when IE is launched. Startup a WU session and the memory load jumps to between 150-210 megs of ram. Ouchies.

This past week, a federal judge in Massachusetts issued a ruling stating that the Board of Education (seemingly in Boston) was well within its rights to hand out material supporting same-sex teaching in public schools. Parents of the school children filed a law suit last year contending that the schools were violating their religious freedoms by such material.

The judge ruled that the schools can teach anything that allows children to become productive members of society. In this case, I am left to wonder how homosexuality is productive to our society. Homosexuals have cost this country thousand and probably millions of dollars (and hours) in law suits to promote an unnatural union. Law suit after law suit has been files to promote their agenda or fight against those who do not support their agenda. How is wasting time and money productive? Homosexual couples, regardless of their love for one another, cannot produce a human being. Members of the opposite sex are needed for reproduction of the species. So how are their unions productive?

It was also stated in the judge’s ruling that America is built on diversity. In thinking back to my years of studying history, I can’t recall ever reading or hearing that sentiment. I have heard America referred to as the melting pot, where all peoples come together as a unified force – blend into one nation. The other side is equally confusing. If diversity is to be celebrated, then why must Christians suffer through an education that is contradictory to their beliefs. Perhaps diversity (and tolerance for that matter) are okay when it serves the purpose of those promoting a controversial agenda.

The school system contended that the book was used to teach children about the world in which we live. Let’s see… the world in which I live has productive members of society working towards a unifying goal. If the schools need material to teach about the world in which we live, perhaps some stories about historical figures who fought to create the United States of America. Or maybe books that teach the students about rain and clouds, the seasons, how does snow form, what makes a peacock raise his beautiful tail…. I could go on. There is plenty of wonder within the world, possibly field trip opportunities too, without having to dive into topics that elementary school students really don’t need to know.

The lawyer for the families stated they will appeal the ruling. I pray that they receive a victory

<a href="“>Link to the Story on Yahoo!

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Oh this takes the cake.  Talking about an exploit you can drive a truck through.  The funny part is..it’s able to be very easily done.  I have to post this one in full:

Vista has speech recognition hole


Microsoft has admitted that speech recognition features in Vista could
be hijacked so that a PC tells itself to delete files or folders.

Vista can respond to vocal commands and concern has been raised about malicious audio on websites or sent via e-mail.

In one scenario outlined by users an MP3 file of voice instructions was used to tell the PC to delete documents.

Microsoft said the exploit was “technically possible” but there was no need to worry.

The firm has pointed out that in order for the flaw to be exploited the
speech recognition feature would need to be activated and configured
and both microphone and speakers would have to be switched on.

There are also additional barriers that would make an attack difficult

Microsoft security researcher

“The exploit scenario would involve the speech recognition feature
picking up commands through the microphone such as ‘copy’, ‘delete’,
‘shutdown’, etc. and acting on them,” a Microsoft security researcher
wrote on the team’s official blog.

Some Vista users have already tested the exploit and
were able to delete files and empty the trash can so that the documents
were not retrievable.

Microsoft has said that even if the machine was primed
to accept voice commands it would be unlikely the user would not be in
the room to hear the file with malicious instructions being played.

The firm also said that voice commands could not be
used for privileged functions such as creating a new user or formatting
a drive.

“There are also additional barriers that would make an
attack difficult including speaker and microphone placement, microphone
feedback, and the clarity of the dictation,” wrote the Microsoft
researcher.

While speech recognition was a feature of Windows XP, in Vista the use has been widened.

“While we are taking the reports seriously and investigating them
accordingly I am confident in saying that there is little if any need
to worry about the effects of this issue on your new Windows Vista
installation,” said the researcher.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/technology/6320865.stm

So this means when you walk away form your vista machine you really need to either unplug your mic or turn off your speakers. yOu also can’t use the software mixes in vista as i’m sure a trojan wil be developed that will first turn on voice recognition, then turn on the mic and then turn on the speakers and then playback a file telling the machine to start deleting things. New security procedure for vista:

walk away form computer
turn off speakers or unplug or use the mics hardware switch to mute it or turn off the machine

For home users you should only consider Vista Home Premium.  Why?  Vista home basic is even more stripped down than XP Home.  There’s an interesting way to avoid paying so much money to Microsoft for Vista…install the upgrade version on a blank hard drive without any other versions of windows present. .  Impossible?  nopers.  Here’s how you do it:

1. Boot with the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD.

2. Click “Install Now.” NOTE: during the install delete all of your partitions and then reformat the drive after recreating the partition.

3. Do not enter a Product Key When prompted.

4. When prompted, select the Vista product edition that you do have.

6. Install Vista normally.

7. Once the install is complete, restart the DVD-based Setup from within Windows Vista. Perform an in-place upgrade.

8. Enter your Product Key when prompted.

I am going to add one more thing to this…format your drive before trying this.  I have a feeling Vista will search the hard disk for a previous installation and if it finds it it might invalidate that key forever since upgrading xp to vista invalidates that xp license forever.