McAfee needs help!

I just finished upgrading some ten installations of McAfee’s VirusScan Professional at a customer site. Most of them were upgraded from 7.x to 8.x, for some it was enough to renew the virus update subscription.

I’ve been doing IT for the better part of my life (which comes to some 24 odd years out of 36 possible), and I can’t figure out exactly how the McAfee on-line store works. Granted, the last upgrades were done at around 04:00 in the morning, but seriously.. how hard can it be?

You log in to the on-line store, select your upgrade and download it, right?
Well, unless you have chosen to use McAfee’s software that is.

It’s fascinating to see that one of the world’s largest suppliers of anti-virus solutions cannot design a simple and functional on-line order process.

Perhaps they give their web developers too much money?

Novell: SuSE Linux 9.2 and Novell Linux Desktop

Wow! Two new toys in the world of Linux! SuSE Linux 9.2 looks to be a lot of fun, and comes with a number of nice improvements over previous versions. Running the upgrade procedure on a SuSE Linux 9.1 installation worked like a charm (albeit a bit slow for my taste; and this is on a 2.4GHz machine with a DVD-reader). Things just keep on getting better.

And then, to top it off, Novell announces its Novell Linux Desktop to be available very soon; how sweet!

“They” are running out of arguments.. I like.. I like a lot!


I started playing with DokuWiki for the first time today. I’ve been looking at other Wiki-based systems before, but I’ve never really looked, if you know what I mean.

The reason I’m taking a look at DokuWiki is because I want to get some sort of global documentation database set-up for a customer where I’m currently camped out. I wanted to do it without the use of a standard intraNet or similar.

One could argue that a Wiki is not the best way to handle corporate documentation, due to its design and odd “mark-up”. On the other hand, I’d argue that one of Wiki’s strengths is just that. It’s extremely flexible and very lightweight (or can be, I suppose you could bloat anything).

Considering that “real” (whatever that means) document management systems usually have some heavyweight costs associated with them, I’d say DocuWiki and the likes have something going for them. The only question is how to get the powers that be to realize that good things don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

Information wants to be free 🙂

MySQL Version 4.1 Certified as Production-Ready

CUPERTINO, Calif. — MySQL AB, developer of the world’s most popular open source database, today announced the general availability of MySQL® 4.1. Certified by the company as production-ready for large-scale enterprise deployment, this significant upgrade to the MySQL database server features advanced querying capabilities through subqueries, faster and more secure client-server communication, new installation and configuration tools, and support for international character sets and geographic data. MySQL 4.1 can be downloaded now at

Yessuh.. we’ve been waiting for this for a looong time! 🙂

The full story can be read here.


Is phpWebsite yet another content management system that doesn’t quite reach the level of useful software? This particular user doesn’t think so.

phpWebsite is yet another content management system, or aims to be. At a first glance, it’s very much the same stuff as seen in countless of packages available on the net; modules, blocks, articles, documents, files, images, and so on. Despite the fact that there’s nothing revolutionary about phpWebsite, it does most things very well.

The administrative interface and functionality is, in most cases, simple and straight forward. It could use some work in the area of content flow control, specially for environments with the need for a flexible application and/or functionality.

With that said, phpWebsite is a fairly simple yet compentent piece of software with great potential. If this basic description meets your needs, I’d recommend a quick peek and trial run.

You’ll find phpWebsite here.


The OPEN-XCHANGE Collaboration and Integration Server Environment allows you to store appointments, contacts, tasks, emails, bookmarks, documents and many more elements and share them with other users. This environment can be accessed via any modern web browser and multiple fat clients like KDE Kontact, Apples iCAL, Konqueror, Mozilla Calendar and many more.

How I wish for something like this .. something to offer a real alternative to Microsoft’s Exchange/Outlook “solution”; read more about it here.