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I’ve just 2 words to say to those Mac users who ridiculed Windows users saying that we are fools to use insecure & virus happy OS, “hastalavista baby”. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Mac users have been hit hi-time with the risk of 1-2-combo attacks. A security researcher has released the fact that OS-X has a couple of security flaws which when exploited together, can do the ole Mac some good by allowing the attacker to run any file from the victim Mac. In simple english, it means that Mac OS-X is Vulnerable. The reasearcher claims to have notified Apple of these flaws in February but the big A never responded, which made it quite clear that Apple are just too confident about the security of their products that they can be safely called over-confident.
Its not that they didn’t respond. Apple did release a security patch last Friday but what’s amusing is that it has failed to plug the security hole. Jason Harris, a programmer for Unsanity wrote in his company’s white paper that it’ll not be easy to fix these flaws & Apple will have to remove useful features from its OS to fix these flaws, given that there’s a lot of overlap between the apps on OS-X.

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Philanthropist Microsoft!!

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Its not that Bill Gates the philanthropist & Bill Gates the Microsoft Chairman, are two different people. Nor is that he does philanthropy only through Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I’ve got a strong reason to believe that he does philanthropy through Microsoft too. If anyone follows news closely or have been doing so even for past one year, (s)he can see what I’m pointing at. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Whoever said that Microsoft hasn’t done anything significant in the past year, needs to brush up on the news headlines & get an eye checkup. Ofcourse Microsoft has done pretty significant things in the past year. They are the settlements for law suits filed against Microsoft. Seems like Microsoft has found out a new way to contribute for development in the IT industry. They pay for settlements of law suits which are filed against them by rival companies. In the past year, Microsoft has paid billions of $$$ to settle the courtroom duels with Sun Microsystems, InterTrust, Time Warner’s Netscape division, etc.
James Gosling, the father of Java, mentioned Microsoft’s pay-off to Sun in his Blog & hinted that a good part of the settlement would be invested in Java development.

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SuperComputing Windows!!

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A market dominated(or should I say monopolised) by Unix/Linux until now, may not be the same in next 2-3 years. Microsoft is planning to take its war with Linux into the next level by moving up its efforts to make Windows for the hi-speed data crunching monoliths, shortnamed Super Computers. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 
Presently, if you want to have supercomputing simulation, you create a cluster of high performance computers & to get all that computing to work, Linux was the obvious choice. Techies around the world would instantly say “Linux” if you ask them for an OS to run on their clusters.
Now Microsoft is also going the cluster way, with its High Performance Computing for Windows Server 2003. ๐Ÿ˜€
One of the key benefits of this will be that connection between the big bird(the cluster or super computer) & the workstations running Windows will be smooth & easy. ๐Ÿ˜€ Until now, creating the bridge between Linux Server & Windows Clients had been tricky, a bit difficult, & dependent on 3rd Party tools.
Well, until anything solid is released, I’m not looking further in it. It still is a concept that hasn’t yet materialised. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But you can read up the full story at CNet’s News.com if you desire. ๐Ÿ˜‰
 

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64Bit Virus

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We heard about 64Bit processors. Then we heard about 64Bit operating systems & softwares. I think its time we hear about 64Bit Viruses. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Yes, that’s true. Anti-Virus & Security company Symatec reported on thursday that they’ve identified what they think is the first virus for the 64Bit versions of Windows, which is labeled W64.Rugrat.3344.
That’s crazy if you ask me. ๐Ÿ˜ก I mean, 64Bit operating systems(especially Windows) haven’t even got a foothold in the industry yet, they are not widespread yet & there’s a virus already for them. ๐Ÿ™„ What does the virus writer want with this? The last thing I knew was that virus coders write viruses for OSes that have a great following, so as to make an impact on a lot of computers & people. Maybe I should refresh my thoughts on that & do some reading again. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

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Stored Queries in Access

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Marcus has written an article at 15Seconds which highlights the increase in performance that you can get when you use Stored Queries in the Access database rather than using Dynamic Queries.

Ofcourse everyone has heard about Stored Procedures in databases like MSSQL & Oracle etc., but what you may ask what are stored queries in Access databases. Its not a surprise that many ASP developers, including those who’ve been programming in ASP for quite a time now, are unaware of Stored Queries. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Busy Busy Busy!!

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Its been a very busy week. I’m sorry to inform to those whom I promised the 1st Beta of igBlog in a week. I haven’t been able to devote any time to it in past 9-10 days, so its still there where it was last week.
What’s more, this I’ll spend this weekend working through my teeth, to finish up some work that has streched past deadline.
Much of the delay has been because I’ve had to format my HDD & re-install everything, starting with the OS. 2 whole days went into it since there are 2 OSes on my PC & lots of things to be installed & configured again.
Boy, I’m bushed but what can be done?

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OS-X on Windows!!

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Mac users had one advantage over Windows users for years. They’ve been able to run Windows on their Macs using softwares like Micosoft Virtual PC but Windows users haven’t been lucky to run Mac OS on their Windows PCs.
But this situation is no more. There’s a reason for Windows & Linux users to rejoice. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now they can run OS-X on their PCs. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ
Don’t believe me? Well, then you should check out PearPC, an open source software project at SourceForge.net, its an emulator that can enable Apple’s OS-X & other G3 OSes to run on Intel and AMD based PCs. ๐Ÿ˜€
A word of caution is that its still not fully stable, it has a few bugs that can prove fatal to your PC & data stored on it. So it is advised by the PearPC development team that you don’t use it on a production machine.
You can check out more of the story at Wired News. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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WP 1.2 RC OUT

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The first release candidate of much awaited WordPress 1.2 is now available. ๐Ÿ˜‰
I’m glad that it has moved out of Beta quickly & before long(1 week is what Matt say), the final version will be available.
I for one am not upgrading yet. I’ll download the RC for sure but only to play around with it on my local machine. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll only upgrade once I have the final version, be it another week. ๐Ÿ˜€

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MT -> WP

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MT?? Nah, its WP time baby!! ๐Ÿ˜€
With the introduction of the new licensing structure(read ridiculous) of MovableType, there’ve been quite an uproar in the MT users community. There’ve been a lot of hype about the new features that v3.0 of MT will have but this beats them all. ๐Ÿ™„
This just came out of blue, no one really expected any such thing.
Mena, the co-founder & CEO of SixApart says its about time. ๐Ÿ™„ Yeah, its about time users ditch MovableType & move on to other better solutions. There are some pretty good Blog Scripts available for FREE & equal MovableType’s features & minus its nuisances. The leader of the pack is WordPress, closely followed by b2evolution, NucleusCMS, pLog & TextPattern.

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