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What to do with passwords once you create them

Posted by Oyya-Info on Friday, July 16, 2010, In : Security 

Cryptography expert Bruce Schneier used to write his passwords down on a slip of paper and keep it in his wallet.

Today, he uses a free Windows password-storage tool called Password Safe that he designed five years ago and released into the open-source community. The desktop application lets users remember only one master password to access their password list.

But Schneier still recommends the paper method for people who don't have their computers with them at all times like he doe...

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IBM is its own open-source lab for social software

Posted by Oyya-Info on Saturday, September 5, 2009, In : TechNews 

Most vendors must guess what customers want to buy, and how they'll use it. For IBM, however, with about 400,000 employees, it has the potential to be its own best laboratory, one that becomes even more potent when mixed with active participation in open-source communities.

That potential, as I discovered in an interview on Friday with Jeff Schick, IBM's vice president of social software, isn't a "gimme," but is powerful if you can enable the right sort of corporate culture and processes.


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CentOS Linux developers threaten mutiny

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, July 30, 2009, In : Business Tech 

Offering a free clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux turned out not to be such a simple matter after all.

The CentOS project aims to reproduce Red Hat's tested, supported, and certified version of the operating system, without its per-server subscription fees. Because RHEL is open-source software, it's theoretically possible for an outsider to select the same software packages, apply the same patches, and produce a version of the Linux product that works the same.

But several lead programmers...

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Why Oracle will continue to win?

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 29, 2009, In : TechNews 

I was somewhat shocked by the stellar results Oracle recently reported, considering the sorry state of the economy. I even called an analyst friend to find out if maybe there was some house of cards ala Computer Associated that explained the consistent rise in revenue and margin. But I was reminded of two simple facts explaining why Oracle remains dominant:

  1. Applications drive database sales
  2. Oracle owns pretty much everything

Oracle's acquisition streak has given the company an enormous bre...

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Microsoft takes aim at fake antivirus program

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Security 

Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool was updated this week to detect a generic type of fake antivirus program known as "Win32/InternetAntivirus."

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center gives Win32/InternetAntivirus an alert level of "severe." The software is "a rogue program that displays false and misleading alerts regarding malware, in order to convince users to purchase rogue security software," according to a Microsoft Malwa...

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Storage software industry takes a revenue hit

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Business Tech 

The storage software industry has seen its first quarterly sales decline after more than five years of solid growth, according to a report from market researcher IDC.

First-quarter 2009 revenue for the industry sank 5.2 percent to $2.8 billion from the previous year. The slump has impacted several key vendors, including Hewlett-Packard, EMC, and IBM, all of which sell storage software to enterprise clients.

"The combination of the normally slow first quarter for most companies with the contin...

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Microsoft warns of new server vulnerability

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Security 

A new, unpatched vulnerability exists in one of Microsoft's server products, the company warned late Monday.

In a technical bulletin, the company said it is looking into "public reports of a possible vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)."

The company said that a flaw exists in a certain type of Web serving operation.

"An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in the way that the WebDAV extension for IIS handles HTTP requests," Microsoft said. "An attacker ...

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Google opens update software to scrutiny

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Google 
In an attempt to better show what its software is up to, Google has released the source code of its Google Update software, a project code-named Omaha that can automatically install new versions of programs, including the Chrome browser and Google Earth.

"Some users can be surprised to find this program running, and at Google, we don't like disappointing our users. We've been working hard to address these concerns, and releasing the source code for Omaha is our attempt to make the purpose of G...

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