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Update on MSE and WHS request

About a month ago, I posted questions about the strategy for MSE, particularly in relation to the home market, and specifically in relation to Windows Home Server.  In that time, the suggestion on Microsoft Connect has been voted up with 50 people marking it as important.  Thanks to all those that have added their support and comments.

Have you added your vote?

What Maxine McKew thinks about internet filtering

Short answer?  Not much.

Like many other Australians, there are lots of things that I love about Australian society, but of course don’t talk about, as we all know that acknowledging the positive status quo is against the law :-).  There are things that don’t like, but I accept because it’s part of living in a democratic society.  Equally, there are those things where my own views mirror that of Australian society, and I think should be eradicated, such as child pornography.  As a father of two little wonders under five, I find the concept abhorrent.  On this issue, the Australian Labor Government and I agree.

Where we disagree is how to go about protecting the innocent community.  Rhetoric offered by Senator Conroy suggests that those that object to the ‘clean feed’ internet filtering policy are supporters, or advocates of child pornography.  This absurd view appears to be blindly accepted (in the main) by the party room.  Wanting to learn more about the views of my sitting federal member, I took the (unusual for me) step of writing a letter to the member for Bennelong, Ms Maxine McKew.  Surely with her history as an investigative journalist (her website mentions her 30 years as a journalist / in public life no less than four times in two pages), she will have asked the hard questions and formed her own view, and all she has been waiting for to break her silence is for someone to ask her opinion of her.

What follows is the correspondence chain between Ms McKew’s office and me, and a reproduction of the letter I received from her.  I’ve reproduced all the email correspondence and a scan of the letter that I received here.  There are a couple of things that are really important to note before you start to look through:

  • Maxine is an awful correspondent.  Her responses are generic, her turnaround time horrendous, and her obfuscation obvious.
  • Based on other feedback from others that have corresponded with their federal member, it’s essentially the same letter that Senator Conroy and Ms Gillard are using
  • I still don’t really know where Maxine McKew stands on the issue.  She avoided my simple questions.  All I received was a form letter which she (and her staff) were too lazy or disinterested to tailor to the correspondence received.  Maxine – you’re welcome to respond either to me personally or via comment to this blog – I’ll publish in full without modification.

With her much publicised background as a seeker of the truth, and asker of the hard questions, I should be surprised by her immediate ducking of the questions.  Perhaps her time as a journalist watching politicians duck her questions was simply on the job training for her transition to politics.

I look forward to your comments and feedback.  Should I have let it lie?  Should I keep chasing? (more…)

Show your support for WHS & MSE

Following the traffic and interest on the subject of Anti-Virus and Windows Home Server yesterday, I wandered on over to Microsoft Connect to make a feature suggestion for Windows Home Server (requires a Windows Live log-in to access).  Once logged in, you’ll see that others are voting up the suggestion – right now it stands at 12.  You have the ability to add your vote and your comments.

In addition, I’ve started asking questions on the Microsoft Answers website.  The answer is that there is no answer at the moment 🙂 The response from one of the MSE MVP’s suggests that the next version of WHS will be 64bit based (which lines up with the comment that I made about Win2k8R2 recently), however it remains that there have been no official announcements.

Anti-Virus on your Windows Home Server?

Funny that.  Only three days after making a reply to a comment on my blog to this effect, someone has discovered a seemingly innocent and benign way to inject malicious content into your network, and directly to your Windows Home Server.  Naturally, it relies on an automated process to obtain data, which lends truth to the maxim that if someone (or something) else uses your machine, then it’s just not secure. (Thanks to Jim at We Got Served for the heads-up)

If Microsoft are nice enough to step up and offer free protection for your machine, then, in my humble opinion, you are nuts not to take advantage of it. Microsoft Security Essentials has reviewed well, and is free to users with genuine software.

But here’s the question:

Why is there no version of Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows Home Server?

It’s the same demographic, and the addition of a MSE Add-in to WHS would add a further layer of win to what are currently two seperate outstanding applications.  It seems that I’m not the first to ask the question.  Steve Boots, who is a Windows Live MVP opines in those threads that AV on a WHS is unnecessary.  I respectfully disagree with him.  I suspect that all those that are running the uTorrent and My Movies Add-ins do as well.