* As you might already know IE7 is soon to be on it's way to you via the Windows Update feature. Currently very few Assistive Technology products support the new version of the popular browser. And in some cases you will have to obtain an paid upgrade for better support or compatibility to IE7. The danger of course is that you or your company may have Automatic Updates set on your computer or network. Which could be bad when you come into work and boot up to a whole new browser. Ars Technica has an article on a tool kit released way back in July that will prevent you from doing this little surprise. The Microsoft kit doesn't stop or prevent you from downloading IE7 manually though. so you can still use the browser once you are up to snuff with your AT product of choice. Find the article at the link below.
Of course you can also go into Control Panel, Automatic Updates and set them to "Notify me but do not download updates". It's a bit easier but you will have to be on the look out for IE7 in the Critical Updates next time Microsoft issues a patch. For that you must strike IE7 from the list of available downloads in Windows or Microsoft update.
* Windows Updates: Speaking of Automatic Updates at Microsoft.. You may have noticed that Patch Tuesday was kind of more like Patch Someday. There appears to have been some network problems at MS which prevented the automatic distribution of patches. It's all better now and you may either manually download or auto update yor copies of Office and Windows XP. The 10 patches are all under 1.5 MB and you will need to restart your system after running these updates. ZDNet has more on a patch that was supposed to come but didn't by the way.
* Anti Virus Nay Saying: A ton of press has been all over the net from the leading Anti Virus makers on how Microsoft is hurting them and ignoring real threats in security. For a very long time I have been a bit of a conspiricy nut on this subject. Part of me, the I used to work in high pressure sales part, says that these companies create the problems that they then magically fix thereby holding you at the throat to continue to the never ending subscription model that makes up the very core of their business model. Another part of me can't stand the bloatware that comes from things like System Works. But many on the web who are far more technical than I have come right out and accused these companies of being wrekless in their arguments to exist. ZDNet once again today has another article on this subject and it's a good read to see how the bucket doesn't always hold all the water it says it does on the side of the retail box.