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August 25, 2005

if i should rip something out

then why am i being tested on it?

looking back is one thing. i admit…i’m a sucker for a good in my day, we didn’t have cat5 story, but let’s not go so crazy with things released long ago that we end up perpetuating some cockamamie idea that you can actually use that stuff in production.

case in point:

as part of studying for 070-291, one of the materials i’m using to review (a practice test) has in its bank of questions one with a scenario where you must configure remote access to your w2003 network for third-party contractors.

the os on the laptops being used for this access?

windows 95.

that’s right…you heard me.

and the answer?

install the dial-up networking update 1.3 on the w95 laptops.

i kid you not.

holy purina!

if, as so many folks are saying these days, we need to get serious about getting our clients to replace ancient, insecure, unsupported, not-even-being-patched stuff, then…in the name of all that is good and holy…help us out here by not making us schizo about having to still know this decrepit stuff.

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