Archive for May, 2005

Google Into SMS Service ??

Monday 16 May 2005 @ 1:35 am

New York based texting (SMS) service, Dodgeball, has been acquired by search engine giant, Google on May 11th, 2005.

Google confirmed the purchase, but declined to give further details.


So, is this a sign we will have SMS service from Google soon ?? :-?

Man Sent 182,689 SMS In One Month !!

Monday 16 May 2005 @ 1:18 am

An Indian man, named Deepak Sharma, from Ludhiana, sent out 182,689 SMS messages in a month !!

So, this insane record has been recorded in the Guinness Book for having sent the most SMS messages in a single month.

If you have a calculator with you, that’s about 6,100 messages a day, 253 an hour, 4.2 a minute, or a new one every 14 seconds or so !!

You know what’s his return for doing that? It’s a 1,411 page long bill sent by his moile service provider, Airtel. I wonder is this a new Guinness world record or not? :p

By the way, this guy has an unlimited SMS plan. You know, people tend to be greedy when the thing is free, that’s why he fully utilized the unlimited SMS plan. :D


A “Thinner” Version Of Windows XP

Monday 16 May 2005 @ 12:37 am

Microsoft is going to release a stripped-down version of Windows XP, Code-named ‘Eiger‘. This Windows is designed for business users who want more security and manageability on older PCs.

Eiger, a stripped-down version of Windows XP Professional, is designed for customers who want more security and manageability, but who aren’t ready or able to upgrade to Windows XP, according to Microsoft officials. It is not a thin client in the traditional sense. Instead, Microsoft will offer it as an interim, “bridge” solution for enterprise users who ultimately plan to move to XP or Longhorn, officials said.

Actually, the specification of this verwion of Windows XP has already been published since April by Steven Bink, a Microsoft certified systems engineer based in Amsterdam.

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Now What? Flaws In Firefox?

Sunday 15 May 2005 @ 5:52 pm

Just a few hours ago written a short article about flaws found in Internet Explorer and Microsost Outlook, now I’ve just read another article regarding vulnerabilities in the Firefox.

According to the article, in the latest incident, a 16-year-old security researcher – who asked only to be identified by his first name, Paul – found three vulnerabilities in the Firefox browser that together could be exploited to run arbitrary code. It seems that now flaw finders are digging up more security holes in Firefox, while vulnerability researchers frequently flogged Microsoft for the number of security holes found in its Internet Explorer browser.

For the last six months of 2004, researchers found more vulnerabilities in Mozilla’s Firefox than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, according to Symantec’s bi-annual Internet Security Threat Report. The report tallied 21 vulnerabilities for Mozilla Firefox versus 13 for Internet Explorer. However, a smaller percentage of the vulnerabilities found in Firefox were considered a severe security threat, said Symantec’s Oliver Friedrichs, senior manager with the company’s security response team.

Anyway, as compared to the number of critical flaws found, Firefox still is having an edge over Internet Explorer. In other words, quantity of flaws found doesn’t necessary reflect the seriousness of the hole in any browser.

“Severe vulnerabilities in general allow for drive-by installs,” he said. “So just by visiting a website, you could have [anything from] spyware to malware to Trojan horses installed on your system.”

Friedrichs stressed that the number of vulnerabilities found by researchers is not necessarily a good indication of product security. He pointed to the Mozilla Firefox’s relatively young age, the browser’s increasing popularity, and commercial software vendors tendency to silently fix vulnerabilities as factors that could affect the vulnerability count.

To reduce flaws, Microsoft changed more than 50 features of Internet Explorer in WinXP SP2. In total, Microsoft changed more than 428 features in Windows XP, including eliminating two classes of vulnerabilities on which the company did not revealed before.

Those changes have made Internet Explorer a tougher target for vulnerability researchers, said one flaw finder.

This makes me wonder, is reducing the features (not 1, but more than 50) in an application a wise move to eliminate flaws?

Anyway, let’s see what’s the progress of fighting secirity flaws between Firefox and Internet Explorer in coming months.


What Is Inside SP2 ?

Sunday 15 May 2005 @ 12:31 pm

Have you ever wonder what is actually inside Windows Xp Service Pack 2, which was released last year to patch all the security flaws found?

Microsoft security chief just revealed that SP2 for Windows XP changed or eliminated more than 400 significant features in the operating system, also eliminating two previously undiscovered classes of security flaws.

Speaking at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, Microsoft security strategist Window Snyder [apparently his real name] said the company changed or removed 428 Windows XP features considered security loopholes. 51 of them were in Internet Explorer and 107 were in Windows XP’s networking functions.

Snyder also said in the report that security firm SecurityFocus also discovered two “entire classes of vulnerabilities” that have never been reported outside the company. Snyder said the vulnerability types had been wiped out and declining to provide details.


Google Translation Tools

Sunday 15 May 2005 @ 12:23 am

You guys know Google has a free translation service, right?

Anyway, in case you do not know, here is the Google Language Tools.

Try type in “Jessica Simpson’s mom is nice and cool“.

Choose from “English to Spanish“, after that click Translate button.

After that, copy and paste the translated text into the translation text box, and choose from “Spanish to English“, then click Translate button.

See what you get. :D

Note: Don’t simply translate anything and send to someone, ok!! Hahah…

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