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The Linux mascot, Tux, is about to introduce himself to the masses—by driving really, really fast. [URL="http://tux500.com"]Tux500.com[/URL], a Linux marketing site, is working to raise $350,000 to take primary sponsorship of Stephan Gregoire's car in the Indianapolis 500 race on May 27. So far, only about $6000 has been raised, …
by mattb0611 in Linux and Unix ()
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According to a Wall Street Journal [URL="http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB117702021464476071-MPcTZeAQZixLGpv21JWFFypwWuw_20070520.html?mod=tff_main_tff_top"]report[/URL] the huge crash that left thousands of American Blackberry users without web or email connectivity for ten hours, or ‘a lifetime’ as most of them described it, was caused by a simple, non-critical software upgrade that just had not been tested properly before …
by happygeek 1,669 in Hardware and Software ()
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Just a week after Mozilla made the Release Candidate 1 version of the Firefox-alike open source email client available for download, comes the news that the final version is now [URL="http://www.getthunderbird.com"]here[/URL]. Mozilla Thunderbird 2 brings lots of new features to the table, most notably: [LIST] [*]Message Tagging - Organize emails …
by newsguy 30 in Microsoft Windows ()
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Following Google's announcement just yesterday that they are going to develop a full office suite for the web, they've just recently added a new feature to Google Spreadsheets: charts. This isn't quite your regular spreadsheet program, as it's still quite basic and was not much more than a portable way …
by John A 1,896 in Microsoft Windows ()
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My friends over at security specialists [URL="http://www.sophos.com"]Sophos[/URL] have warned me to be on the lookout for Sandra and her stiletto shoes when using [URL="http://www.skype.com"]Skype[/URL]. Usually it would be my mother offering this advice, but then she would not understand the implications of getting infected by the Pykse-A worm that exploits …
by happygeek 1,669 in Networking ()
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The software giant Adobe has made another move to expand its reaches by unveiling a new media player program called "Adobe Media Player". And no, Adobe hasn't just created *another* video format for streaming, they're using an existing technology that they already own to handle the video: Macromedia Flash. The …
by John A 1,896 in Hardware ()
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As Intel and AMD continue to war for control of the desktop microprocessor market, a recent announcement made by HP shows that a third company, VIA, is still a contender. HP has chosen VIA microprocessors for new Compaq thin-client PCs for sale in China. They're cheaper and more energy efficient …
by mattb0611 in Linux and Unix ()
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[FONT=&quot][/FONT]A newly published report by [URL="http://www.infosec.co.uk"]Infosecurity Europe[/URL] reveals that out of 300 office workers interviewed at London railway stations and IT professionals at a computer show, an amazing 64 percent were prepared to give their passwords in exchange for a bar of chocolate and a smile. The survey also found …
by newsguy 30 in Networking ()
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If you're visiting a known site such as Google.com, you're perfectly safe, right? Wrong. New DNS vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Windows 2000 and 2003 severs could potentially allow a DNS server to get hijacked, and redirect a user to a completely different site than they expected to see. The vulnerability exists …
by John A 1,896 in Networking ()
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While announcing the name of Ubuntu's next release for October, 2007, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth spoke of a new version of the Ubuntu distribution to be released alongside Gutsy Gibbon. This release, he says, will not include any firmware, drivers, applications, and even sounds and imagery which are not completely …
by mattb0611 in Linux and Unix ()
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Suggestions for a suitable epitaph are welcome, although I suspect ‘good riddance to insecure rubbish’ will stand the test of time as well as any other when it comes to the death of Windows XP. Yes, despite the fact that Vista has hardly set the world on fire if recent …
by happygeek 1,669 in Microsoft Windows ()
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Last Tuesday, Palm announced that they're developing a new operating system. Not surprising, especially since the current one that they've got needs a revamp. The huge news here is that this new operating system is going to use the Linux kernel as the base of the operating system, freeing them …
by John A 1,896 in Linux and Unix ()
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IT security and control firm [URL="http://www.sophos.com"]Sophos[/URL] is urging computer users once again to patch against a critical bug in how Microsoft Windows handles animated cursors (ANI files) as hackers exploit the problem by sending out emails related to professional party girl Paris Hilton and hardcore actress Jenna Jameson. This latest …
by newsguy 30 in Networking ()
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Somewhat surprisingly, Apple has admitted that they can no longer stick to the Leopard schedule that had previously planned this spring of 2007 as the release for the new operating system being brewed by the developers of Apple, and so you should expect it 4 months later, says Apple. Reasons …
by John A 1,896 in Mac OS X ()
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The [URL="http://www.itu.int"]International Telecommunication Union[/URL] (ITU)[URL="http://www.itu.int/"][/URL] and the [URL="http://www.aptsec.org"]Asia Pacific Telecommunity[/URL] (APT)[URL="http://www.aptsec.org/"][/URL] today announced the outcome of a jointly organized workshop in Bangkok, Thailand which addressed plans for the implementation and development of Next-Generation Networks (NGN) in the region. With over 180 experts from 24 countries attending, including representatives of international …
by newsguy 30 in Networking ()
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I have been a supporter of RAID for the longest time; after all it would be crazy not to like something that brings efficiency and protection to the data storage process. RAID has certainly provided both, but that was then and this is now, and it is time for RAID …
by happygeek 1,669 in Networking ()
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Today, [URL="http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2007/04/09ipod.html"]Apple announced that they have now sold over 100 million iPods[/URL], which comes after they had released the first iPod 5-and-a-half years ago. Grammy award winner John Mayer said about the iPod: "Without the iPod, the digital music age would have been defined by files and folders instead of …
by John A 1,896 in Hardware ()
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What better use of an iPod than to save a soldier's life by stopping a bullet? [URL="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tiki/445618364/in/pool-appleusers/"]This photo[/URL] appears to prove it, although the actual story was that the iPod [I]alerted[/I] the soldier to the fact that he had been shot, but it was his armor that actually stopped the …
by John A 1,896 in Hardware ()
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Open source means that it's not possible to pirate the software, right? Well, somehow OpenBSD developers have found out exactly how you can do that, by copying sections of some Linux wireless drivers (released under the GPL of course) and then releasing them under OpenBSD's less-restrictive license, allowing proprietary use. …
by John A 1,896 in Linux and Unix ()
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In an effort to bring Firefox users closer together, Mozilla has released a conceptual design dubbed "Coop" that would give Firefox the ability to share "photos, news stories, links" with other users, reports [URL="http://www.computerworld.com"]Computerworld[/URL]. Mozilla of course, says that this is purely conceptual, and that this is as far as …
by John A 1,896 in Microsoft Windows ()
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Leading security vendor [URL="http://www.kaspersky.com"]Kaspersky Lab[/URL] has uncovered the first ever proof of concept virus designed with the sole intention of infecting the iPod media player. Like all proof of concept viruses though, Podloso poses no real world threat to users. For a start it requires a Linux installation, not on …
by happygeek 1,669 in Hardware ()
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[URL="http://www.apple.com/macpro/"]Without further ado[/URL], Apple has added a new build-to-order option to their Mac Pro that allows 2 Quad Xeon processors instead of the previous 1, promised to run at 3 Ghz, and making the Mac Pro the first 8-core Mac. The upgrade doesn't seem like a huge one, as all …
by John A 1,896 in Hardware ()
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The latest [URL="http://www.greenpeace.org/international/press/reports/guide-to-greener-electronics"]Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics[/URL] has been published, and makes fascinating reading for anyone geek who really cares about the effect that technology has upon the environment. Greenpeace ranks the leading mobile and PC manufacturers on their global policies and practice with regards to eliminating harmful chemicals as …
by happygeek 1,669 in Mac OS X ()
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The latest lawsuit against Vista, so it seems, is now attacking the marketing methods that Microsoft used to sell PCs. The prosecutors claim that Microsoft mislead customers by allowing PC manufacturers to place stickers on the machine that said "Vista capable", when in fact many of the PCs sold were …
by John A 1,896 in Microsoft Windows ()
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It seems like Apple is nearing a day we'd never think would come. [URL="http://uk.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUKN0137689420070402"]This time it seems official.[/URL] According to the reports, Apple and EMI have formed a deal that would not only allow Apple to sell EMI's music on their store (quite possibly The Beatles), but "large portions of …
by John A 1,896 in Hardware ()
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Proposals for a virtual red light Internet district have been overturned for the third time during a contentious meeting of the [URL="http://www.icann.org"]Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers[/URL] (ICANN) in Portugal. Concluding business at the meeting, a resolution rejecting a proposal from the [URL="http://www.icmregistry.com/"]ICM Registry[/URL] to create an .xxx top …
by happygeek 1,669 in Networking ()
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Microsoft is aiming to broaden your web surfing horizons with their new "Deepfish" software available for the next version of Windows Mobile. Among other large improvements over the previous browsers used on the PDAs, this one includes a thumbnail view, which will allow you to view content in a scaled-down …
by John A 1,896 in Microsoft Windows ()
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IT security specialist [URL="http://www.sophos.com"]Sophos[/URL] is warning anyone with a website about recently uncovered evidence that spammers are hacking into legitimate sites in order to sell drugs. Online pharmacy spam, be it under the Viagra or just general prescription drug banner, has become one of the most annoying and persistent forms …
by happygeek 1,669 in Networking ()
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Since Microsoft announced that they had reached the 20 million mark of Windows Vista licenses, people have been criticizing the numbers, and rumors have been swirling that the numbers are straight-out made up. Recently, [URL="http://www.pcmag.com"]PCMag[/URL] published an article stating how the numbers did not add up with Vista sales. Microsoft …
by John A 1,896 in Microsoft Windows ()
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If you had any doubts that the code that powers the applications you use is secure, then it's time that you see this in perspective. Because very unsurprisingly, the SANS exam of developers [URL="http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=software_development&articleId=9014307&taxonomyId=63&intsrc=kc_top"]scored terrible overall in terms of security[/URL]. With the increase of hackers and such on the internet …
by John A 1,896 in Networking ()
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