The XP service pack 2 is available from the Windows Update web site. I installed it last night on one of my machines and had no problems. It was about a 90 MB download, and took quite a while to install.
Anyone else have experience with downloading and installing it, both good or bad? Did it break any programs you run?
(Let's try to keep the anti-Microsoft flames down and discuss any real problems or successes.)
Before you settle down and think that you now have a reasonably secure box, read this article [theregister.com], which highlights just the currently known holes that sp2 leaves on your machine.
Again, the useless Firewall is high on the list [ that's the 'installing a packet filter that lacks a capacity for egress filtering' the article mentions ], including a massive hole in it I wasn't aware of but it figures.
But the list is long enough to make you realize that MS will not jeopardize their plug and play 'user friendliness' in any significant way, since that's what drives their market domination.
"Before you settle down and think that you now have a reasonably secure box, read this article, which highlights just the currently known holes that sp2 leaves on your machine."
Another one of his gripes is that Outlook Express defaults to sending email in HTML mode (not receiving, sending). The explanation for why this is a problem is that HTML consumes more bandwidth than plan text. Huh? I guess we should be building web sites in plain text instead of HTML to conserve bandwidth, too.
Plug and play is not a bad thing (if done in a reasonably secure manner), even if it does lead to market domination. Indeed, the pc market wouldn't be nearly as large as it is if it wasn't for plug and play. This guy raises some good issues, but by the end it looks more like sour grapes than an objective overview.