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"Small Business Susan" - 5 new articles

  1. When a website doesn’t work
  2. Resetting the Windows firewall on SBS 2008
  3. In Memory of
  4. Microsoft pulls the plug on the heads up notification
  5. Being a female geek
  6. Search Small Business Susan
  7. Prior Mailing Archive

When a website doesn’t work

Why I hate the CNN redesign, quantified | The Robservatory:

Glad to know that I’m not the only one that feels that CNN’s redo has jumped the shark.  Now granted I’m guessing that on mobile devices the transformation makes more sense and is less jarring, but on a desktop, man is the new format PAINFUL as every photo is larger than a page and just takes too much scrolling.

Of interest is how many devices are now the majority of our computing experience these days.



Resetting the Windows firewall on SBS 2008

Because the attachments were mangled a bit in the migration and because I’ve had several requests for this, I’m reposting the default settings for a SBS 2008 firewall on the server.

FirewallFileszipped up

So instead of this post –

Use that link above


In Memory of



So walking around at CES we found at the Parrot booth (a French technology company) this memorial to the French citizens who lost their lives.


Microsoft pulls the plug on the heads up notification

So today, instead of the normal first Thursday of the month heads up bulletin, the one that says how many security bulletins to expect and what type, they sent out an email saying that they are discontinuing it for everyone but their premier support customers.

So let’s review what actions Microsoft has done since they announced the closure of the Trustworthy computing group:

1. They stopped doing the MSRC monthly webcasts, the only method we have for getting public clarification of security patch questions.

2. They stopped posting the risk index post on the SRD blog.

3. They stopped posting the exploitability grid and recap video on the blog.

4.  They increased the price tag of support cases from $259 per call to $499 a call. Now while I know that support calls for security patch issues are ultimately “comp’d” back, many a customer is not willing to play what I call the credit card game and open a case with the trust that they will get the fee comp’d back.

and now they “got feedback” from customers that we no longer need to have advanced warning of what security updates are to be released on the second Tuesday.

I am really unsure of what customers feel that patches released lately are of a level and quality that merely waiting until the information comes out on Tuesday is good enough to plan our patching schedules around.

If you are like me and feel that enough is enough and I’m a customer of Microsoft that deserves more respect than what I am getting, go social and email  whatever Microsoft representative you have access to, and by all means take to Twitter or any other social site as you see fit to express your opinion on this matter.



Being a female geek

The designs and mobile charging solutions found in this booth at CES really impressed me:

In the booth at CES they showcased models that had mobile power solutions inside the very stylish bags that did not look like the clunky backpacks I normally cart around.

I’ll be looking for those mobile charging solution models as soon as they go on the web site for sure!



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