Saturday, January 19, 2008

Another of Mr. Gates' Products has Problems

Targeted Attacks Use Unpatched Excel Flaw - Security Fix Excel and Excel Viewer.

The number and severity and ubiquitous nature of these "security issues" speaks to a problem of architecture. If you tried to create a suite of products that had as many security problems as Microsoft has done, you would be hard pressed to engineer a set of systems like this.

But if you make a few key mistakes in architecture - like embedding everything in the operating system, instead of having well-defined application layers that can be carefully controlled, you will have problems.

I don't know what MS has done, but this just renews my conviction that I will never spend another dime with Mr. Gates.open office logo

For those of you have Excel and need an alternative, I recommend OpenOffice.

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