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Welcome to my Blog.

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<span style="font-family:Arial;">I have been a software developer for over 30 years. As a developer, I have developed custom software and packaged software products. As part of my development responsibilities, I have been responsible for user training, and I am experienced at doing one on one as well as group training.</span><br/><span style="font-family:Arial;"></span><br/><span style="font-family:Arial;">I was a monthly columnist for CWCE Magazine for 7 years. CWCE is a print magazine (48 pages 4 color glossy) with a circulation of over 10,000 copies per month. Currently, I am publishing my own web based magazine </span><a href="http://www.softwarenewsandviews.info/WhatsInside">Software News & Views</a><span style="font-family:Arial;">. I personally write all content on the Software News & Views web site.</span><br/><span style="font-family:Arial;"></span><br/><span style="font-family:Arial;">In addition, I will be a monthly columnist for the </span><a href="http://www.utmag.com/">Universal Thread Magazine</a><span style="font-family:Arial;"> . The first issue including my columns will be September 2005. I am also a co-author of three books currently in development. The first is a tutorial on learning Visual FoxPro. The second is a book on Re-Factoring Visual FoxPro. The third book will be a funny look at the world of computers.</span><br/><span style="font-family:Arial;"></span><br/><span style="font-family:Arial;">I am also active on the speaking circuit, having made 2 speaking appearances at each of the Visual FoxPro user groups in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego during 2005. I will also be reporting on the </span><a href="http://www.swfox.net/">Southwest Fox 2005</a><span style="font-family:Arial;"> conference in Phoenix this October for </span><a href="http://www.utcoverage.com/">The Universal Thread</a><span style="font-family:Arial;"> web site.</span><br/><span style="font-family:Arial;"></span><br/><span style="font-family:Arial;">In all of my speaking and writing activities, I have one common theme; I speak and write about technical subjects in language that anyone can understand. I am known for conveying very complex issues very clearly in simple English with the occasional humorous observation to keep things light.</span><br/><br/><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://burtrosenblog.blogspot.com/2005/08/welcome-to-my-blog_18.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Zotob Worm

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As the Zotob worm makes its way through Windows 2000 machines,
there is a lot of discussion about how best to protect against worms
and viruses. Many people are complaining that their IT departments do
not apply Windows patches quickly enough. I personally can understand
their hesitation. Quite often, a new patch will fix 1 problem and cause
2 others. IT departments have learned that caution can be critically
important. At the same time, caution can be devastating when this type
of attack occurs.<br /><br />My server happens to be Windows 2000, but I
use an alternative method of protecting against these types of attacks.
I use a combination firewall/anti-virus product called pc-Cillin.
Pc-Cillin defaults to an automatic update every 3 hours. In addition,
pc-Cillin notifies me when there is an outbreak of a new worm or virus.
Fortunately, by the time I received the notification and read about
Zotob in the news, all of my computers were already updated. A big
thanks to pc-Cillin from Trend Micro.<br /><br />I am preparing a full review of pc-Cillin for my web magazine <a href="http://softwarenewsandviews.info/WhatsInside">Software News & Views</a>. I will post a note here on my Blog as soon as the article is posted.<br /><br /><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://burtrosenblog.blogspot.com/2005/08/zotob-worm.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Remote Support - GoToMeeting

by burt In reply to Burt Rosen - Software New ...

With the price of gas rising (over $2.60 per gallon in my area) I have
come to the conclusion that I have to reduce my business driving.
Before this, I would routinely drive out to a client about 20 miles
away from me whenever they had a problem. Now, with the cost of
driving, I wanted to see if I could do my support remotely.<br /><br />In
the past I have always used pc-Anywhere. I like pc-Anywhere and it
works well. It does however have certain disadvantages. First of all,
my client has to purchase the software. Many clients are reluctant to
do this; after all it is my time and money they are saving not
theirs. (I do not charge for support, it is part of my contract). Then
I run into the problem that many people see pc-Anywhere as a security
risk. There is also an additional problem of conflicts with firewalls.
The few clients I have that are willing to use pc-anywhere require me
to use it over a dial-up line rather than through their internet
connection. This is just too slow for comfort.<br /><br />What is the solution? I have started using <a href="http://www.gotomeeting.com/">www.gotomeeting.com</a>.
This is a subscription service that provides me with the ability to
establish a meeting session between my computer and my clients
computer. Using this connection, I can then take control of the
clients computer, and 9 times out of 10, I can solve the problems
online without an on-site visit. I expect this percentage of remote
solutions to increase with time as I become more familiar with the
system.<br /><br />I will be posting a more detailed article on GoToMeeting soon on my web magazine <a href="http://softwarenewsandviews.info/WhatsInside">Software News & Views</a>.<div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://burtrosenblog.blogspot.com/2005/08/remote-support-gotomeeting.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Bugs in the Zotob Worm

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">I just read an article that struck me as very funny. It seems that some of the variants of the Zotob Worm have a bug in them. Written correctly, the worm will take over the target computer without the user being aware of the attack. Written incorrectly, the worm will reboot the system warning the user that something is wrong.<br />
<br />There is poetic justice here. Because of bus in the operating system, Windows 2000 is vulnerable to these attacks. Because of bugs in the attacking worm, the attack was not as severe or successful as it could have been. By the way, I am not saying the effects were not serious. I am reading that more variations of the worm are appearing and they are devastating.<br />
<br />Bottom line ? if you are working with computers and software, bugs are a fact of life.<br />
</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://burtrosenblog.blogspot.com/2005/08/bugs-in-zotob-worm.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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