Explaining Microsoft's Monthly Patches in Non-Technical Terms
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Thursday, October 23, 2003

Status Report

Patch here,

Just wanted to keep you guys up to speed on teh status of the site, and the Windows Security world in general . As I previously mentioned, Microsoft changed their strategy towards patching. They will now be releasing patches on the second tuesday of every month. Their last go-around had a signifcant number of patches, many of them critical. I have been very busy over the last week, as my company is working on releasing a new product later this afternoon. I am deeply concerned about the latest patches though, and hope to have all the summaries completed by the end of the weekend. If you have noticed, the security bulletins for October were updated to be a bit easier to use, and they now contain several improvements that draw directly from my work here. Maybe someday soon this site will no longer be necessary. That will be a great day indeed. Until then, we'll still be here for you.

Next week I will be at the Professional Developer's Conference in Los Angeles, so if any of you are there, please find me and say Hi. Upon my return, we will be upgrading the website to .Text 0.95, which will bring about a few usability improvements on my part. Since so many of you want to be able to carry on discussions on this site, November will see a new section of the website, “PatchTalk”, where all of you can come and talk about your experiences with the various patches. I have yet to decide exactly how this section of the site will be organized, so please feel free to shoot some comments my way.

Several of you have e-mailed me regarding the possibility of cross-linking websites. Rest assured I will get to these e-mails ASAP. I had no idea how popular this site would be, and I hope to have all my pending inqueries answered by the next PatchDay.

Well, I'd better get back to work. I hope you all have had an uneventful week, and I'll get these summaries out very soon.

Your Friend In Security,
Robert “Patch” McLaws

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