Mind the Bird

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Latest Microsoft Patches!

As expected, Microsoft released a record-breaking, massive number of patches last April 11, 2011 that affects all versions of Windows and Office (which includes its cloud apps) and addresses some long-standing holes that hackers have been exploiting in the wild.

17 security bulletins fix a whopping 64 holes. These include nine critical patches and eight important. Of the critical patches, five of them have the highest "exploitability index" rating of 1, meaning that the risk of attack is high and the impact of being pwned is also high. Today's Patch Tuesday is a record-breaker in the number of holes fixed. In December, 2010, Microsoft released 17 patches, too, but these fixed a total of 40 holes.

Affected software runs the gamut. There are patches for all supported versions of Windows, including XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and even the non-GUI WS2008 Server Core version.

Additionally, Microsoft issued patches for all versions of Office, including patch MS11-022, for the local, companion app for its cloud-hosted Microsoft PowerPoint Web app.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

BSU as Open Source

Inline with our department's ideologies to use open source systems, I am now using Lazarus as my front end and Firebird as my backend. It's almost 2 year that i've been using firebird (started by ver 2.1.2) and i really find it a great database. I just started with Lazarus and so far, im already getting the hang of it!

These are the other open source tools that our office is using:

Web development
Drupal (our website was made with drupal)
Joomla! (as backup)

Server Programming
Ruby/Ruby on Rails
Python (am still thinking about it)

Client Programming
Lazarus (0.9.30)

Firebird (2.5)

other databases
MySQL (5.1.x)

Monday, April 11, 2011


WOW! What was my last post?! Well, for those who are not aware of this, if you pass the LPIC - 1 (from LPI), one would also be automatically a CompTIA Linux+ powered by LPI certified! Now that's a great bargain! Two Certifications for the price of one!

Also, take note that CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+ are NOT "for life" certifications anymore which started last January 01, 2011.

For my personal opinion on the computer certifications that one must take considering the needs in the Philippines, these are my recommendations:

2. CompTIA A+
4. CompTIA Network+

For MCP, I think that it's value is NOT what it was 8 years ago. That's only my opinion.