Sunday, July 31, 2005

Where for art thou, Brushed Al?: "

Why has Apple forsaken the Brushed Aluminum skin? And Aqua for that matter?
Using Tiger, I’ve gotten used to the somewhat bland, Windowsish look. But the other day I fired up Onyx and was immediately struck by how stunning it looked. Here’s a snapshot:

Whether you liked Brushed Al or not, when someone from the dark side saw it, they knew they were looking at something with a bit of class.

Is your printer spying on you?: "

Tech tracking spooks EFF

Secret codes enbedded into pages printed by some colour laser printers pose a risk to personal privacy, according to the Electronic Frontier Fundation. The US privacy group warns the approach - ostensibly only designed to identify counterfeiters - has become a tool for government surveillance, unchecked by laws to prevent abuse.…

All this sounds like the stuff of black helicopter conspiracy theory but the EFF wants to flesh out its preliminary research by gathering information about what printers are revealing and how. It's asking consumers to get involved by sending in test sheets from colour laser printers. In addition to documenting what printers are revealing, the EFF is filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request over the issue. These research efforts are a necessary precursor to any legal challenge from the EFF and ammunition for possible lobbying on legislation to protect consumer privacy.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar Go Linux: "robinsrowe writes 'Most of the major studios use Linux -- such as DreamWorks with more than 1,500 Linux desktops and 3,500 Linux servers. The MovieEditor Conference is an all-day event on computer-based filmmaking in downtown Los Angeles on August 3rd. Studio technology chiefs and other experts discuss ongoing work using Linux in feature animation and visual effects. Presented in collaboration with'"

(Via Slashdot.)

VoIP Security: "An anonymous reader writes 'Whitedust are running an interesting article on the security aspects of VoIP. From the article: 'The fact that VoIP operates across standard networks makes it vulnerable to all manner of IP hacking - including man in the middle attacks,sniffing, session hijacking, etc.' Considering it's recent growth, how secure is VoIP?' PCM2 sent us a wired bit about Phil Zimmerman of PGP working on a privacy system for Voice over IP calling"

(Via Slashdot.)

Personal storage sites are a 'safe haven for hackers': "

Censorware firm apes Mary Whitehouse

Websense, the employee management software outfit that's become best known for heaping FUD on emergent net technolgies, has found a new target. Hot on the heels of charecterising online storage sites as a conduit for industrial espionage and blogs as a host of malware it's decided to chastise personal web hosting sites as a 'Safe Haven for Hackers'.…

Sunday, July 24, 2005

What OS X Could Learn From Windows: "

Hard hat? Check.
Flak jacket? Check.
Flame proof vest? Check.
White flag? Check.

Deep breath? Check.

Windows has some features OS X could do with.

There, I said it. Nice and quick and up front. No…"

1) Compatible control keys.
2) Save button on toolbars.
3) A multi button mouse.
4) Only show relevant file types in open and save dialogs.
5) Sort folders to top of directory listings
6) More context sensitive help.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Next: Video on the go on the Apple iPod?

Speculation is that videos, downloaded from iTunes, will be the next apple of iPod's eye. But if you think carefully about it, you will find it strange. You need a much larger Color LCD than any Model of iPod has at this time. Now there is also the idea of a bigger battery and more complex man board / CPU. So how much bigger this creature will be? We have to wait and see!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

400,000 Windows users switch to Mac

Then they say that there are not switchers. LOL! Where there is. As for me, I will never switch, you know why? I use both, and that is the smart thing to do.

Apple passes Lenovo in U.S. computer sales

Apple Computer moved up a notch to become the No.4 seller of personal computers in the United States in the second quarter as Macintosh sales soared by one-third, according to two reports. Lenovo, the Chinese company that owns the IBM personal computer brand, lost share.
This is Significant!

Monday, July 18, 2005

Nigeria jails woman in $242 mln email fraud case
AGOS (Reuters) - A Nigerian court has sentenced a woman to two and half years in jail after she pleaded guilty to fraud charges in the country's biggest e-mail scam case, the anti-fraud agency said on Saturday.

Amaka Anajemba, one of three suspects in a $242 million fraud involving a Brazilian bank, would return $48.5 million to the bank, hand over $5 million to the government and pay a fine of 2 million naira ($15,000), the agency said.

Scams have become so successful in Nigeria that anti-sleaze campaigners say swindling is one of the country's main foreign exchange earners after oil, natural gas and cocoa.

What is Next for iPod? Is apple planning to come up with an Egg Beater version as well? Video iPod May Arrive in September: "Fuzzball963 writes 'MSNBC is reporting that Apple is in talks with major record labels to license and sell video content on the iTunes music store. The videos would sell for $1.99 and be playable on a video iPod, which Apple has reported may come out sometime in September.' Update: 07/18 18:54 GMT by T : Carl Bialik from the WSJ writes 'Just to add to the previous Apple post, here's a free link to today's Wall Street Journal article upon which the MSNBC article was based.'"

Monday, July 11, 2005

All our Prayers are with them! Go NASA GO! Shuttle is go for launch: "

In the absence of any lightning

The Shuttle Discovery is good to go, NASA says, and is on standby for launch later this week, despite Hurricane Dennis having slammed into the Florida coast. Weather forecasters say that there is a 30 per cent chance of weather disrupting the launch, according to NASA. Frankly, those are better odds that you'd get on most English picnics going ahead.…

Now this is a very important step boys and girls! Pay attention! A BookLess School! That is a First step towards a Complete Paperless World! But will it happen? Or will it be abandoned? 'Sims school' abandons books for laptops: "

The net is all you need

Technology vendors have long viewed the state of Arizona as rich pickings. In addition to the Federal pork barrel, state tax payers have found over $60m dollars for IT investment.…

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Pocket PC VS Palm Showdown: "Espectr0 writes 'TuxTops has a small review comparing the Pocket PC handhelds against the Palm ones (no pun intended), with advantages and disadvantages of each. The conclusion? If you are after gaming, multimedia, good WiFi+Bluetooth support, a lot of accessories and versatility, go with Pocket PC. If you are after small and stylish devices with good battery life, simple interface and simple PIM apps, go with PalmOS.'"

Friday, July 08, 2005

Are We too Late? Has Intel taken over? IBM Officially Unveils Dual-core PowerPC Chips: "PM4RK5 writes 'Today at the Power Everywhere Forum in Japan, IBM officially unveiled its rumored dual-core PowerPC line of chips, the 970MP. Code-named Antares, these chips have been rumored to be under development since 2004. It is believed that Apple has been working with prototypes and is likely to use them in forthcoming updates to the PowerMac G5 line. The press release is in Japanese; as of this writing, IBM has not released an English version. Some of the slides from the presentation given by IBM are available. The processors pack some impressive specs, ranging from 1.4 to 2.5 GHz and including 1MB L2 cache per core; the chips also include the ability to power down the extra core when it is not needed. Alongside the 970MP, IBM also announced its low-power 970FX chips, ranging from 1.2 to 1.6 GHz, with power consumption ranging from 13 to 16 Watts, respectively.'"
POWERアーキテクチャーに更なる弾み Power.orgの新メンバー、OpenPower Projectの拡大、Power新製品を発表 BM®は本日、東京で開催された「Power Everywhere™ Forum 2005」において、Power Architecture™関連の新製品、パートナー、イニシアティブを発表し、引き続きIBM  POWER™ マイクロプロセッサー・ファミリーの世界的展開に弾みをつけていくことを示しました。(If you can translate it!)

Apache Request Smuggling Vulnerability Found: "An anonymous reader writes 'Whitedust is reporting on a HTTP request smuggling vulnerability in Apache. The flaw apparently allows attackers to piggy back valid HTTP requests over the 'Content-Length:' header, which can result in cache poisoning, cross-site scripting, session hijacking and other various kinds of attack. This flaw affects most of the 2.0.x branch of Apache's HTTPD server.'" Extract:
All versions of Apache previous to 2.1.6 are vulnerable to a HTTP request smuggling attack which can allow malicious piggybacking of false HTTP requests hidden within valid content. This method of HTTP Request Smuggling was first discussed by Watchfire some time ago. The issue has been addressed by an update to version 2.1.6.

The vulnerability involves a crafted request with a 'Transfer-Encoding: chunked' header and a 'Content-Length' can cause Apache to forward a modified request with the original 'Content-Length' header. The malicious request may then piggyback with the valid HTTP request possibly resulting in cache poisoning, cross-site scripting, session hijacking and other various kinds of attack. This vulnerability has resurfaced due to vendor confirmation, the original Watchfire Whitepaper on HTTP Request Smuggling is here.

(Via Slashdot.)

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Was Apple coerced into Intel partnership?: "The consensus is that there would have been 'no sense' in Apple looking at alternative AMD processors. Analysts are wondering whether Apple was coerced into working with Intel, following AMD's lawsuit against the microprocessor company. However, the consensus is that there would have been "no sense" in Apple looking at alternative AMD processors."

How Microsoft Will Die: "

Longhorn, by the features

WFS: Cut
.NET Framework: Cut
Integrated Search: Cut
Avalon: Who knows?
Indigo: Who knows?
IE7: You can repaint a Kia, lower it down, put rims on it and think you are…"

Friday, July 01, 2005

Will this Nightmare ever End?
SCO Versus Novell Going All the Way
: "Robert writes 'Computer Business Review reports that ownership of the Unix System V code copyrights is set to be decided in court after a US District Judge rejected Novell Inc's second request that SCO Group Inc's slander of title case be dismissed.' From the article: 'Novell's second motion to dismiss SCO's slander of title claim was prompted by an apparently positive response from Judge Dale Kimball to its first request to throw out the case, although he rejected it having concluded that the arguments about the agreements at the heart of the case would be more properly heard on potential later motions for summary judgment or trial.'"

(Via Slashdot.)