RSS Reader Reviews; New FeedDemon Beta has a good set of reviews on many of the major RSS readers. The article will give you a good way to get up to speed on the various reader options. The article gives the highest score to FeedDemon, which happens to be the RSS reader / news aggregator I’m using these days.
A brand new beta of FeedDemon was just released and makes some nice improvements. If you are shopping for a new reader or want to try another one, I recommend giving FeedDemon a try. Note that it is still in beta, but free. When it is “officially released” expect that it will no longer be free.

More Windows Insecurity Links

A few more good articles on the Windows security issue.
First, Rob Pegararo’s Microsoft Windows: Insecure by Design, a good primer to some must-know facts about Windows. The money quote: “In its default setup, Windows XP on the Internet amounts to a car parked in a bad part of town, with the doors unlocked, the key in the ignition and a Post-It note on the dashboard saying, ‘Please don’t steal this.’”
Fred Langa has written two useful articles. The first, called Good And Bad Online Security Check-Ups, gives you the lowdown on some online methods of testing your own security set-up. The second, called How Much Protection Is Enough?, talks about the dangers of relying on a single approach to security and advocates a “layering” concept.

Potato Famine Theory of Computer Insecurity

A fascinating article by Chey and Stephen Cobb sets out a potato famine theory of computer insecurity, the essence of which is that our dominantly monocultural world of operating systems heightens the danger from viruses and other problems, just as is the case in monocultural agriculture.
For me, the theory is compelling, but I’m not sure what are the best ways to implement practices that deal with this issue and the Cobb’s article does not go into detail into what more diversified approaches would look like.

Good Critique of Windows Update Issues

David Berlind on has an an article called “Why Windows Update desperately needs an update,” a very good critique of the problematic workings of Windows Update.
Now that it has become vital to install Windows security patches, here’s an interesting legal question: Because you can’t download and install critical updates without “accepting” a clickthrough user agreement, is there any meaningful acceptance of the terms of that user agreement? Would or should a court find any of the terms of that user agreement enforceable, or, as a practical matter, does any updater have any meaningful choice in these contracts?