Explaining Microsoft's Weekly Patches in Non-Technical Terms
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Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Welcome to the All-New!

Hello, My name is Robert McLaws, President and Chief Software Architect of Interscape Technologies, Inc. You've stumbled across, a new site dedicated to keeping non-techies up-to-date on Microsoft software vulnerabilities.

You may not have known this, but every Wednesday, Microsoft releases patches, or software band-aids, to its users to fix problems that have been recently discovered. If you've seen Microsoft's reports on these issues, you know that they are very jargon-heavy. Heck, I'm a technical guy and even I have a hard time understanding them sometimes. Another thing that really frustrates me is the fact that you have to click through at least 4 different pages to get to the patch that you need to install. It's really ridiculous. was designed to tackle all those issues. It gives a very brief description of the problem, using terminology my mom would understand. On the left, you'll see a thermometer (courtesy of Microsoft) that rates the severity of the problem. Then, right underneath the summary, are direct links to the files, straight from Microsoft. No fumbling through sites trying to find the link.... just simplicity in all its glory.

So, I hope you like what we've done here. Feel free to leave me comments on how my company can improve this site. We welcome your feedback, because this site is for you. Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed, and don't forget to tell your friends and family. I'm sure you all know at least one person who suffered because of the Blaster worm. This is our little way of helping out, but to borrow from Smokey the Bear, “Only you can prevent unnecessary vulnerability exploits!” Security is everyone's problem, so make sure you do your part.

Thanks for coming to the site :) .

Robert W. McLaws
President and Chief Software Architect
Interscape Technologies, Inc.

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