||[May. 1st, 2008|05:02 pm]
Yesterday I noted that Vista Service Pack 1 is available for download. I downloaded the "stand alone install it yourself" version (it might improve Vista) and noted that Microsoft have delayed automatic updates to Service Pack 1. A lot of people have been awaiting something referred to as Service Pack 3 for Windows XP. The reason for the delay has been made public. There's a problem (!)
CNet News.com (link)...
April 30, 2008 11:09 AM PDT
Obscure Microsoft product behind halt of Windows releases
Posted by Ina Fried
Microsoft said on Tuesday that it was delaying the availability of Windows XP Service Pack 3 and halting automatic updates to Vista Service Pack 1 because of problems with Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System.
Just what is Dynamics RMS?
It's software that enables specialty retailers to handle cash register functions, process payments, and automate purchasing, inventory and other back-end processes, said Michael Griffiths, the group product manager for the retail part of the Dynamics business.
Dynamics RMS is used to manage about 38,000 different store locations, he said.
Perhaps its most notable customer is the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, who use it to handle all of their merchandising activities, in conjunction with Microsoft's Dynamics AX product.
Microsoft acquired Dynamics RMS as part of its 2002 acquisition of Southern California-based Sales Management Systems, and it last updated the product in January 2007.
Griffiths said the Dynamics team discovered the issue as part of its testing and realized that the problem could lead to data loss.
"The key issue is, there is a potential for data loss within the RMS solution itself, which is obviously something we wanted to make sure we address immediately," Griffiths said.
He didn't offer a specific reason why the company didn't catch the issue sooner. "It just happened this was the time and place when we did find the issue," he said.
The Dallas Cowboys ?
Debbie Does Dallas
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Debbie Does Dallas is a famous 1978 pornographic movie starring Bambi Woods and Christie Ford (appearing under the name of Misty Winter). The plot of the film focuses on a team of cheerleaders attempting to earn enough money to send the title character to Dallas, Texas, to try out for the famous Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad. It had the fictional name "Cowgirls," but it was seen as a take on the real-life Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Each girl finds that she can make extra money during her after school job by having a sexual encounter with her employer.
Contrary to the title, the film is not set in Dallas nor does the titular Debbie "do" anyone in or from Dallas.
I'll have to take their word for it I guess....