>Technical Evangelist in Microsoft's DRG group, commented that
>(paraphrased) HTTP be used as a transport for DCOM so people can (if
>they want to) take advantage of punching through port-based firewalls.
>This represents, IMO, a call to all Firewall vendors to do one thing,
>build a unified HTTP filter.
Having sat through Steve Ballmere's (Co-founder/VP Microsoft)
keynote address at the NT Solutions conference, and reading this
thread, something just dawned on me.
Microsoft is using Catapult to gain experience with proxies, for
a widely distributed html/other browser desktop for Windows.
Ballmere demonstrated a preliminary desktop for NT 5.0, which had a
centrally administrable browser-like desktop. He mentioned that HTML
was far too limiting for desktop/forms use, and (I wish I paid more
attention here) OLE? was to be the preliminary browsing (exploring)
desktop language of choice.
Hmm. An OLE Proxy via Catapult only. Next all other firewall vendors
will have to play catch-up with Microsoft.
P.S.- Clinton wants to allow private data/voice snooping by 'law
enforcement' without requiring court order if re-elected.
And to create 'tracking databases', initial purpose: to track
the horrid criminal-type-of-the-month. And stronger Gun control,
to pull the teeth out of us pheasants. And Dole wants to limit
freedom of speech on the internet? It's 'Vote Libetarian' time.
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