RE: New Poll on

  • From: "Thomas W Shinder" <tshinder@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 14:17:31 -0500

Hi Frederic,
Well said! 
Thomas W Shinder 
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        -----Original Message-----
        From: Frederic Giroux [mailto:fgiroux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
        Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2003 9:01 AM
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        Subject: [exchangelist] RE: New Poll on
        Mike Dufoe said... 
                2000 but after this last outbreak from MS (RPC), my
CEO's want me to find another product as they say they can't have down
time like this and why should we pay thousands of $$$ for this ????
                I am sorry to disagree with your CEO.  I do have some
empathy for lay people that are affected by Blaster and others of the
sort since they do not have the training (or they simply don't care) to
realize the importance of upgrading and maintaining systems up-to-date.
However, I have much less empathy for SysAdmins that are suppose to know
what they are doing.
                The RPC bug is only another problem in a long list of
problems that affect ANY OS.  Linux, UNIX and others do have problems
and sometimes those problems remain unfixed for a long time of the
SysAdmin do not upgrade their systems (recall the BIND bug).
                I am not a MS fan per say.  I respect every OS the way
it has to be respected.  After years of development, Windows is finally
(with 2000) a stable platform that deserves to be in the major leagues.
What makes the differences between Windows and other OSes is that
Windows is more "democratic" so lots of "wannabe" SysAdmin try it
thinking they can easily manage it. This is lack of respect and they
eventually have to pay for it.
                My point is that if you maintain your system up-to-date,
manage the firewall properly and do administrative tasks (such as
checking your antivirus), you will be able to avoid problems such as the
ones caused by Blaster.  Of course, all systems have flaws that an
intruder can get through (if it can be found).
                In conclusion, my point is that it is easy to blame
Windows and/or Microsoft.  Before doing that, start thinking about what
YOU could have done to prevent problems and, most of the time, you will
realize that you made a mistake along the road.
                If you switch product, you will realize that they also
have their flaws.
                Frederic Giroux

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