“The Hunky-Dory Edition” of Dr. Bill.TV Netcast #190

Dr. Bill Netcast – 190 – (05/28/11)

Star Wars Tie Fighter in Chrome, YouTube: 2 billion views per day, Skype hit by global service crash, fixing a ‘lost’ profile in Windows 7, GSotW: JDiskReport, Skype scrambles to fix login glitch, JDiskReport ‘Cookiejacking’ hack affects all IE versions

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IE Users: Are Your Cookies Being Hijacked?

Huh? Well, I know most of the readers of the Dr. Bill Blog are probably NOT Internet Explorer users, but there IS a “Zero-Day” hack that can hijack cookies if you DO use IE!

Zero-Day “Cookiejacking” Hack Affects All IE Browsers, But Is It Serious?

“A sophisticated new hack has emerged as a zero-day exploit for all versions of Internet Explorer. Dubbed ‘cookiejacking,’ it is a way for hackers to take control of users browser identities and thus be able to impersonate them on Facebook, Twitter or any encrypted bank or retail site.

A play off the now familiar ‘clickjacking’ term, cookiejacking happens when a hacker gets a user to drag and drop an item on a website enabled for the hack. It was discovered by Italian security researcher Rosario Valotta, who presented his findings it at two European security conferences earlier this year before publishing them on his blog. Given the nature of the attack and specificity of the attack, is this something that Internet Explorer users really need to worry about?

Essentially, cookiejacking is enabled when a malicious website gets a users to load a cookie from an Internet zone to a personal zone (one that has access to your cookies).

Valotta told Reuters that he published the game he used to demonstrate cookiejacking on Facebook and was able to get 80 cookies on his server from his 150 Facebook friends.

Microsoft told ComputerWorld that it does not see the attack as serious, given the specific requirements of the hack. Yet, with things such as Facebook games and applications, (think, ‘put the ball in the hoop to win a prize’), cookiejacking could become a very real threat when implemented into the wild of the Web.”

The Continuing Story of Skype’s Woes!

Ouch! A login issue for Skype user’s… it has been a hard week for Skype!

Skype Scrambles to Fix Login Glitch

“Skype issued an update for Skype for Windows to fix a login glitch that locked out some users yesterday, and it promised a new Mac version for today.

Skype’s Peter Parkes reported yesterday in a blog post that a ‘small number’ of users, mostly people using Skype for Windows, were experiencing trouble logging into Skype. Apparently, the problem was caused by a specific xml file, ‘shared.xml.’ To fix the problem manually, Parkes provided instructions for users on Windows (7, XP, and Vista), Mac OS X, and Linux machines, which consisted of quitting the app and deleting the file.

In a later post, Parkes said that the company understands that the manual instructions were ‘fairly technical’ and was working to create updates to fix the problems automatically. Subsequently, a new version of Skype for Windows is now available for download, and Parkes promised an update for Mac today, while Linux users should still follow the manual instructions.

Those using Skype on their mobile phones or TV should not have been affected by the corruption. While this glitch only affected a ‘small percentage of users,’ it brings to mind the system-wide failure Skype experienced last December that paralyzed service for the voice- and video-chatting service worldwide. Skype was able to identify and fix the problem just in time to get the service online for the Christmas holiday, but the outage raised questions about the VoIP service’s reliability.”

Geek Software of the Week: JDiskReport!

JGoodies' JDiskReportThis is a nice, free, Java-based app that discovers your large disk “hogs” and reports them to you! Sort of like WinDirStat, but a bit “cleaner” in terms of the interface. It DOES require that you have Java installed, which is available here.

JGoodies’ JDiskReport

“JDiskReport enables you to understand how much space the files and directories consume on your disk drives, and it helps you find obsolete files and folders.

The tool analyses your disk drives and collects several statistics which you can view as overview charts and details tables.

This is ad-free uncrippled no-charge binary multi-platform software that never expires.”

Help! I Lost My Windows 7 Profile!

It happened to me just yesterday! I logged into my laptop, and, “Yikes!” My profile was “gone!” No desktop shortcuts I had created, no documents in “Documents,” etc. Man! Severe bummer! Of course, the files were still there, I found them in C:\Users\ but I was no longer “pointing” to it in my profile. But, I found an easy fix, so if it happens to you, do this:

  • You must have administrative privileges to do this. Run REGEDIT
  • Navigate to:
    “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList”
  • You should find your profile key, with another named identically except for a “.bak” extension
  • Delete the “normally named” key
  • Rename the “.bak” named key to remove the “.bak” extension
  • Restart your machine

If you do not have administrative privileges, you will need to fist sign on with a user ID that does. Viola! It is fixed! Why did it happen in the first place? Well, it IS windows, Dewd!

Skype Service Crash Earlier Today

Another Cloud Service has issues, and this one was cross-platform as well!

Skype hit by global service crash

“Skype has moved quickly to fix problems that hit users around the world.

Many people started to report that they had problems making calls via the net-based phone system earlier today.

The problem did not seem confined to one group, with users on machines running Windows, OS X and Linux all reporting trouble.

Skype issued advice about how to get its service going, while it worked on a permanent fix.

Messages about problems getting Skype to start up began to be posted on social networking sites such as Twitter soon after it sent out a software update.

The update made it impossible for many people to sign in and make calls.

Skype posted an update about the outage to its blog, saying a ‘small number’ of people have had problems and detailing how to get the service running again.

Skype said the problem predominantly affected Windows users, but it also posted advice for OS X and Linux users. All the solutions revolved around the deletion of a file called shared.xml.’

It also said it had identified the problem and would issue a fix ‘in the next few hours.’

The large number of people turning to the Skype.com website for advice and information also briefly knocked that offline.”

A Lot of YouTube-ry! 3 Billion Views Per Day!

That’s a lot of YouTube viewing!

Thanks, YouTube community, for two BIG gifts on our sixth birthday!

“In May 2005, the YouTube founders launched YouTube.com, providing people with a platform to broadcast themselves to the world. Six years on, the world is watching and we wanted to say thank you to the YouTube community for a couple of amazing birthday presents.

First, your video. Back in November we challenged you to up the volume of videos you uploaded to the site. And boy, did you take the bait. Today, more than 48 hours (two days worth) of video are uploaded to the site every minute, a 37% increase over the last six months and 100% over last year. From videos documenting a baby’s first steps in San Francisco, Calif., to a protest in Syria, to a commencement speech at Yale University, we’re continually impressed and inspired by the quality and breadth (in addition to quantity) of videos that you upload to the site every day. On our end, we’re constantly evolving to provide the best video sharing and viewing experience for you from faster processing of uploads to longer video lengths to the launch of self-service live stream capabilities to partners.”

Play Star Wars Tie Fighter from 1994 in Chrome

Star Wars Tie Fighter Game in ChromeCool Geek Culture! Now you can play an old DOS game from 1994 in the Chrome Browser or the Chrome OS! Nostalgia rules!

NaClBox – Star Wars Tie Fighter – 1994

“TIE Fighter, a 1994 space flight simulator/space combat computer game, is the sequel to Star Wars: X-Wing, and the first game of the series that puts the player on the side of the Galactic Empire.

A notable improvement is the flight engine, which supports Gouraud shading, an effect that makes curves and mass appear more realistic. There are many flight options added, like flight dialogues and messages, a message log, a list of objectives, ships’ status and behaviour, a three dimensional heads-up display, a sub-target system, and other improvements.”

“The Amazingly Cool Microphone Edition” of Dr. Bill.TV Netcast #189

Dr. Bill Netcast – 189 – (05/21/11)

Blubrry Powerpress ‘enhanced’ RSS feed, Dr. Bill.TV on Blip.TV, PlayStation network hacked with Amazon’s ECS, the CAD Model u37 USB Condensor Mic, Amazon claiming Kindle e-books are outselling physical, Geek Software of the Week: Trustware BufferZone

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Trustware BufferZone

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Geek Software of the Week: Trustware BufferZone!

Trustware BufferZoneAre you REALLY, REALLY paranoid these days? Do you want to be ABSOLUTELY SURE that nothing bad can “get” you while surfing? Then you need this week’s GSotW!

Trustware BufferZone

“BufferZone creates an isolated environment called the Virtual Zone. The Virtual Zone ‘buffers’ your PC from all forms of known or unknown attacks that originate from the Internet and external devices. All of your private information is secured in a trusted and separated environment.

How does BufferZone Technology work?

When you use the Internet, programs from the Web can enter your PC uninvited or invited (by downloading). In order to run, these programs make modifications to your hard drive and registry (operating system). Usually such modifications are harmless. However, when they’re not, infected programs or files can do serious damage to your computer.

BufferZone patented ‘Threat Virtualization’ technology

With BufferZone, all programs or files that enter your computer through downloading, browsing or uploading with external media devices are redirected to a Virtual Zone (C:\Virtual). C:\Virtual is a special directory in your computer’s registry that keeps external programs and files in an isolated environment, separated from your trusted personal files and your PC’s operating system.

All files, personal information, drivers and system resources remain invisible to threats and therefore protected from costly or irreversible damage. Viruses, bots, worms, Trojan Horses, phishing, keyloggers, spyware and other malicious code are prevented from covertly installing on your PC.

Modifications from infected programs, files or problematic websites will run only inside C:\Virtual. Inside the Virtual Zone, infections are easily contained and changes can be reversed. The Virtual Zone keeps your computer and trusted files clean and safe.

Anti-virus programs identify only known viruses and then react. This conventional method allows unidentified threats to penetrate and infect your PC. BufferZone technology isolates all threats (known, unknown/zero-day) inside the Virtual Zone. This way, with BufferZone Pro, you can use all browsers and chat programs, share with P2P and use external devices and download from the Web with total peace of mind.

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