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- Walter Dnes (delete the 'z' to
June 20, 2004, 6:18 am
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4 weeks, I hope to get back on ADSL, and intend to get an upgraded
subscription to live365.com. While I can listen to streaming MP3 with
XMMS on linux, they also have an MP3-Pro player that sounds better, and
only works on Windows (mumble, grumble).
Being the pack-rat that I am, I have an old Win98SE install CD and
"Getting Started" booklet with the install key. I also have an old
400mhz PentiumII with 128 megs of ram that I can legally use it on. I
intend to use it as a glorified standalone MP3-Pro player. Internet
Explorer will only be used to get security updates from microsoft.com.
Any web-browsing will be done with Mozilla-Firefox.
Now for the questions...
- I have a Netgear RT314 router that can be programmed to block
inbound syn-packets, and TCP+UDP ports 0..1023 to/from my machine,
and restrict the ICMP subtypes allowed in or out. Is there any
reason to get a heavy-duty "hardware firewall", or is this as good
as it gets without shelling out really big bucks?
- What are the recommendations for free anti-virus products? Note
that I won't be doing email on the machine. I may even uninstall
Outhouse Excuse altogether. Is a software firewall any help at all,
given that it'll be sitting behind the Netgear?
- What is the story on updates? I've heard conflicting stories about
whether to go manually or auto-updates. I only need security
updates, and probably IE updates, so it can continue accessing
updates. I do not need updates for other apps. If I go manually,
what's the correct URL?
Walter Dnes; my email address is *ALMOST* like firstname.lastname@example.org
Delete the "z" to get my real address. If that gets blocked, follow
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IT Risk Management (Development and Operational)
have produced a list of 100 development and operational risks and wonder if
others are interested in this list, or better still, adding to the list.
The intention is to develop a comprehensive list to assist IT project
managers and operational support personnel.