Archive for September, 2005

Sorry for the vanishing act

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

It looks like the site disappeared for a brief time. It looks like my service provider did some maintenance which left mysql looking for a file in a place it doesn’t exist. I’ve done a script which hopefully can deal with it automatically if it happens again, but anyway….    Send article as PDF   

Free Linspire download through September 6

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

It looks as though Linspire 5 is available for free download through September 6. A review of the release is available here. According to desktop linux, this is in part related to freespire, which has been requested to change it’s name. Currently the codename is “squiggle”.    Send article as PDF   

Another critical IE vulnerability

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Say it ain’t so…. yet another security vulnerability was discovered in Internet Explorer. Users are advised to use alternative browsers (firefox, opera, netscape.) At this point it doesn’t look to be actively exploited, it can at least crash IE, but at worst allow a vulnerable system to be controlled remotely….    Send article as PDF [...]

More on the Zotob/Mytob identity theft ring

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

The Security Fix has reported on the unraveling of a ring of identity theives after the arrests of the writers of the zotob and mytob worms. Apparently they have leads on about a dozen different people following the arrests last week of the suspected virus writers.    Send article as PDF   

Profiteering and scams after Katrina

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

It’s worth warning that there will be a number of sham organizations and individuals looking to profit off the misery of others after the recent hurricane. The security fix has a posting on just that.    Send article as PDF   

Adware, spam, bots, keyloggers, 180solutions, etc. etc. etc. oh my…

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Spyware Confidential has an article and there are more details at the spyware warrior. Of a particularly bad spyware infestation triggered by the visit to ONE web site.    Send article as PDF   

Catching up on tech news

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

This afternoon I’ll try to start catching up on some of the tech news I’ve neglected this week. Frankly it seems fairly insignificant contrasted with the disaster along the Gulf Coast. There have been some news items though. I don’t know at this point how I’ll deal with catching up, I may summarize and lump [...]

News on New Orleans

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Really, the news over the last few days has been overwhelming. We’ve had some effects here in North Carolina with stations running out of gas rumours of all the stations closing at 6PM and prices climbing by the hour. (Mostly yesterday, but there are still lines at some gas stations.) We will likely return to [...]

New Orleans Datacenter STILL up and running

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Of course the thoughts and prayers of the nation and indeed the world are with those in the Gulf Coast area of the U.S. and particularly the situation in New Orleans. I ran across an amazing story of a webhost that is based in New Orleans and their datacenter is still running. They are keeping [...]

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