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CISCO vulnerability
Just read this on CNET. I thought the guy made a gutsy call on resigning from ISS and going through teh presentation themselves, but CISCO basically stopping the guy from releasing the code? I mean really how is that going to help? People going to the Blackhat conference are not dummies who will wait for the guy to release source code. Thye know how the attack can be performed and will simply start writing their own exploit code. CISCO probably gets like 3 days in the process - nothing that will ......

Posted On Thursday, July 28, 2005 6:12 AM

MS DLL versioning issues (WYS != WYG)
I thought this may be interesting to the folks over ehre. One of the products I work on needs the Web Services Enhancements package from MS. In one of our packages we ship the WebServices DLL(Microsoft.Web.Service2.... along with our product. For some reason I had compiled the package with version 2.0.0.0 of the Microsoft DLL but during packaging grabbed the 2.0.3.0 version from another machine. This caused obvious problems wduring deployment. After noticing the source of the erro, I went to my ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 26, 2005 10:57 AM

Any developers in n around NY want to meet up?
Taking a leaf out of Sarah's blog, I was wondering if any geeks want to meet up in the big. bad city. If there is enough demand we can meet up at any of the bars downtown for an evening of beer n geek talk :)

Posted On Monday, July 25, 2005 10:34 AM

Massive deployments - how do you do it?
I work in a company that has one major product line. The developers develop and put their code on the test machine to check if the code is running. The major problem is however how to deploy it. However, shipping out the product is a whole new story. Because you can mix and match several of our products we decided to split the product to align with the marketing. This is all nice and well since each section has it's own documentation and manuals and stuff like that. The difficult piece that I am ......

Posted On Thursday, July 21, 2005 12:05 PM

Am I the only one?
I was thinking today of what most software engineers / developers/ architects / (insert favorite title here) do when they are not on a time-intensive project. Quite incidentally, I found out today that some of our brethren do nothing. Well, they stare at the screen or read more and more and more news but don't do anything intellectually challenging. So I thought it may be worthwhile to write about what I do, and see how it compares to what a few other folks end up doing. Here's my version of it: ......

Posted On Monday, July 18, 2005 9:58 PM

Easter egg in "Writing Secure Code"
Here's one for the geeks. Michael Howard has just announced that the "Writing Secure Code" book from Microsoft has an Easter Egg in it. Funnily the book chastises developers from writing easter eggs. Anyone know what it is?

Oh, this is so much fun :p

Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2005 9:53 AM

interesting news from the weekend
Two interesting things happened this weekend. Well, arright, it may be interesting in my world. First off, UPEK announced that they will be providing a BioAPI interace to theri sensors on the IBM/ Lenevo laptops. Interesting stuff, because the way I look at it, you can now have any application on the machine asking for biometirc authentication from the user. I guess this also has a downside because any h4ck3r putting an appliation on the machine can get a fingerprint. The second newsworthy item was ......

Posted On Monday, July 11, 2005 1:51 PM

DirectoryServices funkiness
There are seevral links to this all over the net, but I thought I may as well register my word of protest. The Microsoft System.DirectoryServices is probably the most finicky code out there. This afternoon I struggled for about 3 hours before realizing that there was a missing slash in the code the address. See Jonathan Malek's post regarding this

Grrrrr....

Posted On Wednesday, July 6, 2005 6:12 PM

development strategies
I was wondering what development strategies (if any) other people on this site use. I have been using the Test-driven development stategy for the last couple projects. It is a good strategy that keeps me in check while writing my code. Lately though, I have started getting frusturated with requirements changing rapidly on me. It happened again yesterday, and now I am struggling to modify the code to meet requirements. I would like to try out a development strategy that helps me modify code as easily ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 6, 2005 1:28 PM

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