[conspire] Re: OT (somewhat) Linux perspective on "Zotob's" target

Eric De Mund ead-conspire at ixian.com
Thu Aug 18 11:43:15 PDT 2005


] I'm going to go to Hell for this, I know, but I'm succumbing to the
] temptation to post about the latest Windows virus, here -- sort of.

Well, if you're going there, Rick, you're not going alone. I'm thinking
"High Occupancy Vehicle", myself. I'll bring along the chilled beverages
and some travel guides.

] 1. Why the frell are all Win2k-and-later Microsoft machines offering
]    open network access from anywhere at all to a Plug and Play "ser-
]    vice" (daemon) -- even on Aunt Marge's desktop box? Who exactly
]    thought that adding network-aware capabilities to Plug and Play was
]    a good idea?

The thing I keep in mind is that MS *just doesn't care*. Meaning,
they're a business that just happens to be a software business. They're
in the game for the revenue stream, and that's it. Any relationship to
software engineering--in any way, shape or form--ends there. Period. At
least this is how I personally keep my consumption of Tums slightly

I'm about to have to go back into the Windows world (though under
VMware, if I can get it set up under Debian; I'm having trouble figuring
out how to build some modules). These Black Viper links look to be
esteemed, for reducing the number of services running under Windows:

o   Windows XP Home and Professional (Service Pack 2) Service Configurations
      WinXP/servicecfg.htm (Google cache from 20050222)
      WinXP/servicecfg.htm (Wayback Machine cache from 20040618)
    http://majorgeeks.com/page.php?id=12 (is a copy)
    http://www.dead-eye.net/WinXP%20Services.htm (is a tweaked copy)

o   Windows 2000 Professional and Server Services Configuration 411
      WIN2K/servicecfg.htm (Google cache from 20050126)
      WIN2K/servicecfg.htm (Wayback Machine cache from 20040614)

I learned of the above from a recent Slashdot post:

o   Running Windows With No Services
    from the stripping-the-fat dept.
    posted by CmdrTaco on Thursday July 28, @17:07 (Windows)

"The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at
least until we've finished building it." --fortune(6) cookie

Eric De Mund
email: <ead at ixian.com>

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