I don't think that parents can teach teens everything they need to know about how to stay secure. Alot of the skunkware of the net is found at places the teens will never ever admit to visiting in the first place. And neither will the parents. So that
conversation is a non starter. Everyone must learn to apply some basic precautions. The good thing is that its very easy to find resources online that offer good advice.
If I recall correctly not even turning on the Windows firewall will fully protect you while downloading the patches to a new Windows XP installation that is connected directly to the Internet. You need to turn of DCOM too in order to protect you against
problems with the RPC vulnerability attacks while getting the first updates. Or better yet, get a good stand alone firewall and put between your machine and the net. It will let you sleep better at night. Just a tip (I like tips
Another thing to remember when talking about going to college is that it's very hostile environment. Lots of students with a high degree of knowledge and lots of free time. They just love to own your box.
Sure the security issues drive others to use something else, but tabs was one of those features that immediately drew me to use another browser besides IE.
For me it's the other way around. I moved to Firefox in early June because of the security problems with MSIE, and to begin with I didn't find the tabs all that useful. But now I've learned how they can make help me group related pages in one window. And I'm
finding it surprisingly hard to give that up. On the other hand I think the tabs feature gets way too much attention. If Microsoft just wanted to add tabs to MSIE I bet they could have done in just a few days. It's not rocket science. What will be more interesting
is to see what else the guys at Microsoft comes up with that Firefox has not yet invented/implemented. Coming up with new ideas is the hard part.
Working in the MSIE group will be a tough job. Everyone is watching. But believe me, the
worst job of all is working on something that noone cares about!
I think this video is the one that have impressed me the most so far. The 3D media application is very pretty, but this is some really good down to earth productivity enhancements. The task oriented way (as opposed to document centric) of working is something
I look forward to and I think it will make the everyday work much smoother. I'm also impressed by the openess. It's clear that they are concerned that someone else could rip of their inventions and still they
show it and accept it as part of the game. Now that is a real change to the way I picture the "old" Microsoft. I like this very much indeed. Good work. And thanks for sharing.