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Entries for November, 2008

Keeping offline machines updated?

Security4all has a post about a new (or rather: updated) tool from Microsoft. The title, “Patching offline virtual machines” immediately captured my attention; unfortunately, the tool doesn’t enable offline patching just yet. Here’s the description of the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool:  The tool uses “servicing jobs” to manage the update operations based on lists of [...]

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Chrome market share

There was a lot of talk today about Chrome’s market share. It started with a curious editor at Cnet:   So I persuaded CNET’s tech guys to give a window on what’s going on here at CNET News. The result surprised me: 3.6 percent of those visiting the site in October used Chrome, up from [...]

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New tool to easily scan your PC for necessary updates

Security firm Secunia has just released the first official version of their Personal Software Inspector. This application is a free version of their Network Software Inspector, and will scan a personal computer for necessary updates: The Secunia PSI is an invaluable tool for you to use when assessing the security patch state of software installed [...]

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European digital library overwhelmed by traffic

The pan-european digital library Europeana was brought down by massive amounts of traffic within hours after its launch; according to their temporary website, there were millions of hits per hour: We launched the Europeana.eu site on 20 November and huge use – 10 million hits an hour – meant it crashed. We are doing our [...]

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Microsoft gets 5th place in Spamhaus worst networks list

Microsoft has risen to the top 5 of Spamhaus’s worst networks list; even though Microsoft has been notified of some issues months ago, several spam gangs are still using Microsoft’s servers to host spamvertised websites and to redirect unsuspecting users to malicious URL’s.  Richard Cox, CIO of Spamhaus, explains the listing: We have been notifying [...]

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Youtube adds full HD resolution videos

Google has quietly been adding true 720p-resolution HD movies. Wired was the first of the mainstream news sites to pick up this news after it first appeared in several forums. Just have a look at the video below to see the difference in resolution over normal YouTube videos: To view the video full-screen you’ll have [...]

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Why post this comment?

I try to go through my spam queue at least once a week to check whether Akismet has incorrectly flagged any comments. This week, I noticed some strange messages (click for larger version): At first, this looks like a legitimate pingback; at least, if this blog was about travel or cars. Out of curiosity I [...]

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McColo briefly returned, botnet still offline

McColo was back online for about 12 hours last weekend following their disconnection a week earlier. The spam-sending botnet that was controlled from servers located at McColo was sent new instructions, and it is reported that a large amount of data was transferred to servers in Russia.  This appears to have been a backup plan [...]

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HavenCo “data center” offline?

They haven’t been in the news since The Pirate Bay wanted to buy the entire nation of Sealand, but it appears as though the hosting provider HavenCo has finally gone offline.  The company started in 2000, offering hosting services from an old naval fort that was declared a ’sovereign principality’ by Roy Bates. The major selling points [...]

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Firefox 2 end of life: what about Windows 9x users?

With the end of support for Firefox 2.0 coming in about a month, some users will be left out in the cold; version 3.0 of the popular browser is only supported on the latest Windows platforms. Here is a short summary of the platforms that will no longer be supported: Windows 98 Windows 98 SE [...]

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