IT Weekly Roundup, Nov. 4

From the business wires this week: an event log monitoring tool, Active Directory troubleshooting tool, code generator for .NET and a hacking contest.

Dorian Software released Event Alarm 4, the latest version of its event log monitoring tool. Enhancements include log scanning statistics, improved log scanning times, support for Organizational Units in Active Directory and an improved Listener Console.

SmartLine Inc. released DeviceLock Plug-and-Play Auditor, a free clientless utility for monitoring portable devices connected to a network via USB, IEEE 1394 or PCMIA. The software allows you to select computers for auditing directly from the Microsoft Network tree or from any LDAP tree and supports Windows 2000 on.

Digipede Technologies announced Digipede Network 1.2, featuring full support for .NET 2.0. The grid computing solution integrates with and supports Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005. With Digipede Framework API’s support for .NET 1.1, .NET 2.0 and COM, developers can design distributed applications in the Visual Studio environment. Digipede Network comes in two versions: a Team Edition for networks of up to 20 computers and a Professional Edition with support for hundreds to thousands of computers.

Quest Software announced the general availability of version 6.0 of Quest Spotlight on Active Directory, the company’s diagnostic and troubleshooting tool for Active Directory. New features include a Verify DNS Health test, which tests DNS health and responsiveness, and Web-based reports that provide trending information about AD performance over time. Pricing starts at $1,495 per domain controller.

Quest Spotlight on Active Directory
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Get an overview of your organization’s Active Directory forest with Quest Spotlight on Active Directory’s Topology Viewer.

PassGo Technologies updated its two-factor authentication product with the release of Defender 5.2. The solution leverages the features of Active Directory to provide scalable user authentication, identity theft protection and compliance with corporate disclosure regulations.

Tangible Engineering released the latest version of its model-driven code generator for Visual Studio .NET. Tangible Architect 3.0 features a new model-driven drag-and-drop user interface designer as well as an automatic transaction mode to ease application prototyping, database schema verification, extended query API and enhanced project wizards. Integrates with Visual Studio .NET and SQL Server 2000 or MSDE 2000.

Tangible Architect
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See an overview of your design model with Tangible Architect 3.0’s Class View window.

Malguard Services is inviting all serious hackers to try to successfully hack its special HACME box at the URL “” (or, IP address “”). Since the HACME Challenge started on Sept. 6, no one has been able to hack into the box. The information security company is offering a grand prize of $1,000.

Wavigo announced support for Google instant messaging and e-mail services in its cross-IM platform, multimedia player. Now, Wavigo users can chat in Google Talk -- as well as on Yahoo, MSN, AOL Skype and ICQ -- and receive notifications of new e-mail in their Google Gmail accounts. Wavigo can be downloaded for free and currently only runs on Windows 98/Me/2000/XP.

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