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Thu, 29 Oct 2009

Dvorak, on Windows 7, Microsoft and attention to details..

The other day i tweeted a link from John Dvorak reviewing Windows 7. He basically said that Microsoft was dying, and said the product was "made with the same cheap Microsoft vodka."

Dvoraks not new to this[1], (i recall reading his columns in PC magazine in the early 90's, so he has been around). He slates Microsoft, not because of the code in windows7, but because (he feels) Microsoft has stopped paying attention to details:

he writes: "Microsoft's carelessness with the media seems to represent an overall careless that permeates throughout the entire company.

The recent spam newsletter, "Microsoft at a Glance," is the perfect example. For one thing, periods are left off at the end of sentences. This was likely an oversight resulting from having a computer-generated newsletter, since it seemed to happen in a specific sequence. It's the cheap vodka syndrome all over again.

This sloppiness is also reflected in Microsoft advertising...

There are flashes of brilliance and good taste all over the company, but Microsoft is just lazy, careless, and not at all detail-oriented anymore. There are also indications that the employees all play a zero-sum game, hoping the guy in the next cubicle fails. "

This is a sad state for the once mighty Microsoft to find themselves in, and one wonders how they could have found themselves there. [2]

The answer (as we know) is one sloppy email/newsletter/report/proposal/code-check-in at a time.

Details matter, and sloppiness shows, and although i have heard many a manager choose "just do it" over "just do it well", on a long enough timescale, attention to details pays off..

/mh

[2] It's a bad time for questions to come up on Microsoft's attention to detail, because you know the mac fanboys are going to be comparing it to the recent sightings of the [Apple iJobOffer] and [iTShirt]

Sensepost's Developer and Bootcamp Security courses (November)

Hi All

SensePost will be running their next Developer and Bootcamp courses for 2009, scheduled for November. Please drop me an email if you know of anyone in your area that would like to attend.

- 1) Hacking by Numbers - Developer Edition (16-18 November 2009)

- 2) Hacking by Numbers -Extended (Bootcamp) Edition (10-13 November)

Information about courses:

1) HBN - Developer Edition 'Hacking By Numbers - Developer Edition' is a course aimed at arming web application developers with knowledge of web application attack techniques currently being used in the 'wild' and how to combat them. Derived from our internationally acclaimed 'Hacking By Numbers' security training, this course focuses heavily on two questions: "What am I up against?" and "How can I protect my applications from attack?" During the course sample applications will be dissected to discover security related bugs hidden within the code. The class will then consider prevention, detection & cure.

Where: Brooklyn (Pretoria)

Times: 8:30am - 5:00pm Developer Edition Cost: R12,000 per attendee +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

2) HBN Extended Bootcamp Overview The HBN 'Extended Edition' is simply an intensive extended version of the regular Bootcamp course. Whilst the content and structure are essentially the same as Bootcamp, the Extended Edition offers students a deeper understanding of the concepts being presented and affords them more time to practice the techniques being taught. Extended Edition is currently offered in Switzerland and South Africa only, or can be arranged on request.

Who should attend: Information security officers, system and network administrators, security consultants will all benefit from the valuable insights provided by this class. Remember that this course is practical and of an extremely technical nature, so a basic understanding of networking, security, UnixT and NTT is a course prerequisite.

Should you require more info please contact shane@sensepost.com.

Where: Brooklyn (Pretoria)

Times: 8:30am - 5:00pm Extended Edition Cost: R15,000 per attendee +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

To Book:

Please mail shane@sensepost.com or call me on 012 4600880.

Sun, 4 Oct 2009

*sigh* alas poor kindle...

my wife might have a kindle, which i might have bought in the US, which she might have loved dearly.. Buying books might have been possible using the "gift card hack" or the "US Postal Address hack" - but alas! It seems as if i can no longer transfer my money from me to Amazon this way..

Must our beautiful friendship end this way amazon? Will this geofilter come between us after all these years?