Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Sharepoint utilities / add-ons

Sharepoint tools
Sharepoint Resources

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Recovering from Windows XP virus annihilation

Recently, several members of the family have had their computers "owned" by viruses or spyware. At my house, I'm more focused on prevention but if all else fails, here's a great write up of using Windows XP Recovery features to repair your down and out home computer.

Also, a correspondence with one of my pals (a conversation I've had many times with lots of folks):

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Nope. I think you're on the right path. Good write-up:

Afterwards, I would recommend the following:

1. Set only 1 person within the household as an Administrator...I've found the Mom is usually best. Disable the ability to install software for all other users (i.e. they only belong to Users group)
2. Install virus scanning software; set to update nightly, scan nightly
3. Update Windows with all patches from www.windowsupdate.com. Set Windows to update automatically. Make sure you install SP2
4. Enable the Windows firewall from SP2
5. Download and install the latest Zone Alarm firewall
6. Run a hardware router with a built-in firewall in front of your cable/DSL modem
7. Install and set to run regularly a spyware checker such as Ad-aware
8. If you/they are using a wireless network, use 128-bit WEP encryption with a 13-bit passcode.
9. Enable the pop-up blocker within IE6, Windows SP2
10. Don't use Outlook Express but rather a standard browser for email
11. Don't use file sharing programs
12. Don't use chat programs like AIM or Yahoo messenger without a scanner

Also, from my blog:
http://effectivethoughts.blogspot.com
http://effectivethoughts.blogspot.com/2005/01/preventing-spyware.html
http://effectivethoughts.blogspot.com/2005/03/security-guide-for-smb.html
http://effectivethoughts.blogspot.com/2005/06/avoiding-phishing-attacks.html
http://effectivethoughts.blogspot.com/2005/04/michael-howard-keeping-home-computer.html

Jeff...

On 6/14/05, wrote:

no luck...won't even boot up in Safe Mode...just loops through and says Windows could not start, please choose a mode to boot up in...any option you choose loops back around to same screen. couldn't find his rescue CD to boot from, so I need to order one from HP today. Any other advice? (besides using it as a boat anchor)



-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Hunsaker [mailto:]
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 9:19 AM
To:
Subject: WinXP repairs

How did you fare?

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Jeff Hunsaker

Top Ten Data Crunching Tips and Tricks

Top Ten Data Crunching Tips and Tricks

Free E-Learning and Skills Assessments for VS 2005/SQL Server 2005

David Boschman highlights free Microsoft online training...good through 11/1.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Avoiding Phishing Attacks

Good write-up on avoiding the latest Internet exploit-phishing. Basically, don't trust links embedded into emails-always browse to sites involving personal or credit card data by typing the address directly into a browser.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Custom Exception Handling in C#

Rule of thumb is to avoid throwing System.Exception or System.ApplicationException. I created a custom exception (below) which inherits from Exception.

Implement standard exception constructors

Types should not extend certain base types

[Serializable]
public class MyCustomException : System.Exception
{
public MyCustomException(){}

public MyCustomException (string message) : base (message) {}

public MyCustomException (string message, Exception innerException) :
base(message, innerException){}

protected ProcessorException(SerializationInfo info, StreamingContext context) :
base (info, context) {}

}

Wednesday, June 08, 2005