September 12th, 2007


Clippy Can Get Hoodwinked...

What is this world coming to when "Clippy" is not even safe anymore?

Microsoft is throttling a potentially evil paperclip this Patch Tuesday: Namely, a critical vulnerability in its Microsoft Agent--aka "Clippy"--that can open a system up to hijacking.

The security advisory for Microsoft Agent, MS07-051, is the only critical release out of four security advisories the company put out on Sept. 11. It addresses a vulnerability whereby Clippy can get hoodwinked by a malicious URL and can then be used to take over a targeted system without ever appearing to the user.

The above text came from an article in eWeek (a technology magazine) and is my way of offering a friendly reminder to make sure that your computer has all the latest patches.

To make sure your computer has the latest updates, run Microsoft / Windows Update.

Disaster Emergency Plan

One of the things that have been on my to-do list at work for a while now is a draft of a disaster emergency plan for the company I work for. I got a lot of the small leg work out of the way early on, but now I must start writing the plan and really have no clue where to start.

Right now, I have a over all of what I want the plan to look like, what needs to go in it, what I want to go in it, and so on, but I just have no clue on how to start.

I guess a good place to start might be some executive summery or something that describes my company, the nature of our business or something like that. I guess next might be a table of contents (which can only be done after it is written)

Now I know that there will be parts of the plan that I will not be able to do until I can get imput from our other divisions and employees, but I figure I will just skip over that stuff when it comes time, leaving space and/or notes to fill in at a later time.

But I still do not know how to start. I've got writers block. I am sure that once I get past the first paragraph or so, I will be my normal long winded self. But, until then I have a blank document just waiting to be filled up.