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| Let's start with Mike Danseglio, program manager in Microsoft's
| Security Solutions group. In early April at the InfoSec World
| conference, Danseglio was talking about Windows security. He said,
| "When you are dealing with rootkits and some advanced spyware programs,
| the only solution is to rebuild from scratch. In some cases, there really
| is no way to recover without nuking the systems from orbit."
| In one case, Danseglio said, a branch of the U.S. government had a
| malware infestation on more than 2,000 client machines that "was so
| severe that trying to recover was meaningless. They did not have ana
| utomated process to wipe and rebuild the systems, so it became a burden.
| They had to design a process real fast."
| Paul Thurrott, editor and owner of Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for
| I quote: "Since the euphoria of PDC 2003 [Microsoft Professional
| Developers Conference 2003], Microsoft's handling of Windows Vista
| has been abysmal. Promises have been made and dismissed, again and
| again. Features have come and gone. Heck, the entire project was
| literally restarted from scratch after it became obvious that the
| initial code base was a teetering, technological house of cards.
| Windows Vista, in other words, has been an utter disaster. And it's
| not even out yet."
| Thurrott has this to say: "Anyway, the reality of glass windows is
| that they stink ... But the visual difference between the topmost
| window (that is, the window with which you are currently interacting,
| or what we might describe as the window with focus) and any other
| windows (i.e. those windows that are visually located "under" the
| topmost window) is subtle at best. More to the point, you can't tell
| topmost windows from other windows at all. And don't pretend you can."
| Or, take another guy who's Microsoft through and through, Vladimir Mazek...
| Mazek explained to B.J. Gillette of Email Battles that, "Well the
| frontend box was always Linux, it was just powered by Blogger so it
| was a plain Apache. We used Windows + SQL 2000 for the backend and
| distribution of the SBS Show which gets like 40-60,000 downloads per
| episode so we had to get crafty about distributing it. But with the
| upgrade we just decided to standardize that end of things on Linux/Apache."