Thursday, July 10, 2003

helpful messages

A T1 disruption (known in Pune/IT as "the time when the crow sits on your network connection") has led to all instances of Windows Explorer (read: the heart of the Windows Operating[sic] Systems[sic! hic!]) to *CRAWL* (analogy: running a data warehouse for Amazon on a 386). While trying various hacks to resolve the situation, I noticed that the "Automatic Update" agent had some more updates for me -- it's a good break to install some MSFT updates and then reboot (just for kicks). This time I had two updates: 823559: Security Update for Microsoft Windows and 817606: Security Update (Windows XP). The help text (meaning: a brief description that helps you understand why you might want to install this update) for both was the same and read: An identified security issue in Microsoft Windows could allow an attacker to compromise a Microsoft Windows-based system and then take a variety of actions. For example, an attacker could execute code on the system. By installing this update, you can help protect your computer. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. In short: (a) either they don't know what this update is supposed to do OR they don't want to tell me (after all, such information is useless right?) (b) There seems to be a strong connection in the way most MSFT update and information trackback hidden programs (aka those that send personal information back to MSFT without even a by-your-leave) mimic the SETI project. SETI = MSFT and will assimilate your machine at the earliest inconvenience.

Oh, by the way, I've decided to run the updates -- live dangerously. In case you don't read from me again, you know what happened ... or didn't.

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