I had a great time doing the show today. It was just like the old days. It’s so much fun answering calls and chatting about tech without the time constraints of TV. I can’t wait to do it again Feb 15th! Here are the links to some of the things I talked about today.
Sonic.net vs. SBC
Sonic.net founder and president, Dane Jasper, joined me to talk about independent ISPs and their fight to survive. If you’re shopping for DSL, or you’re a DirecTV DSL customer who’s looking for a replacement service, you’ll want to hear about CISPA’s PUC complaints against SBC.
The Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Worm
It practically brought the net down early this morning. Everything’s okay now, but it just shows you how fast thest things can spread. Security guru, Steve Gibson, joined us to talk about Slapper and how it works.
AnalogX’s Internet Traffic Report is down this morning, but it’s usually a good way to sample the current state of the ‘net.
If you run Microsoft’s SQL Server 2000 make sure you’re not vulnerable to the worm. Steve’s got the relevant netstat command at grc.com.
To learn more about Slammer read the white paper at eEye – you’ll find a link to the patch there, and a discussion of other ways to block the attack.
Spybot S&D detects and deletes spyware. It’s free from security.kolla.de/
I’ll be speaking at the next General Meeting of the Golden Gate Computer Society in San Rafael, CA on Monday, January 27. The meeting is free and open to the public. The topic “Playtime is Over.”
And thanks to Bob O’Donnell for letting me fill in. His web site is everythingcomputers.com.