First, a disclaimer, I have never cared for Norton Anti-Virus. In fact, it stinks! We use it where I work, but I don’t trust it. I have seen it fail too many times, I have seen it compromised too many times, in short, it is just slightly better than nothing at all. That said, it is now worse! A flaw has been found in Symantec Norton Anti-Virus that allows it to be compromised.
Symantec Norton Anti-Virus Flaw
What would the Doctor do? Switch to AVG or Avast! FREE anti-virus immediately! They are both excellent and free! Gotta love that! Links below:
FREE AVG Anti-Virus Download
Avast FREE Home Edition Download
Wow! Talk about your big purchases at Christmas! Seagate is buying competitor Maxtor!
Seagate Buys Maxtor
Seagate is the biggest hard drive manufacturer followed by Western Digital, with Maxtor in third place. The market shrinks… let’s hope drive prices don’t go up!
OpenOffice 2.01 is out… bug fixes and updates:
First Update to OpenOffice
Open Source, Free, and Safe… ya gotta love it!
Microsoft Corp. released to their beta testers Monday a build for both the Windows Vista client and for the Longhorn Server. Both the Longhorn Server and Vista client build number is 5270, testers said. Microsoft made the bits for both Windows builds available simultaneously for testers to download from the Microsoft Connect tester Web site.
Longhorn Server Beta Released
Now, the question is, will the final resulting server operating system be more stable than in the past?
Security firm Ironport counted how long it took anti-virus firms to produce an antidote following the first appearance of a malicious program. It found that, on average, anti-virus firms took 17 hours to respond to new threats.
Virus Response Slow!
Ironport gathered its statistics from its monitoring system that looks at incoming and outgoing e-mail traffic for more than 100,000 organizations. Come on, guys… let’s get it together!
Remember the “Soup Nazi?” “No soup for you!” Well, Microsoft is saying to Mac users, “No IE for you!” Microsoft plans to discontinue support for its Internet Explorer browser on Mac OS X at the end of this year.
Microsoft Drops IE for Mac
“While IE for Mac will continue to be available for another month after support ends, Microsoft is advising all users to move to ‘more recent browsing technology such as Apple’s Safari.’ The lack of support for IE is unlikely to be an issue for Apple users, most of whom already use alternatives. The only potential difficulty could lie with some sites that have been designed to work with IE only.”
So, another reason not to develop sites that cater to IE only. Get wit’ the program!
Ya take ’em where you can get ’em! Firefox has won a small victory against the Evil Empire (Microsoft.) Even if it is just an icon!
Microsoft to use Firefox RSS Icon!
Maybe this is the start of bigger wins to come? We can only hope!
1 BILLION for AOL?!?! And, only 5% of AOL, at that. I wouldn’t give you 1 penny for all of AOL, but that is just me!
Google Offers 1 Billion for 5% of AOL
Unquestionably, Google has the bucks to do this… but, I have to wonder, are they just doing it to bust Microsoft’s chops?
“Google has offered to pay $1 billion for a 5 percent stake in America Online, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, effectively pushing Microsoft out of any negotiation with Time Warner. The news marks a major setback to Microsoft’s efforts to gain a more even footing with Google in the search industry.
If the rumors prove true, it would mean nearly a year’s worth of negotiations between Microsoft and AOL would have been for naught. Microsoft had endeavored to convince AOL to drop Google for MSN Search, as well as combine the sales and advertising departments of the two companies.”
OK, I have long given you “Geek Software of the Week” recommendations… this may be Geek Software of the YEAR! VPN (or “Virtual Private Networks”) can be hard to configure, use and manage. Also some VPN configurations can be less secure than others. Now, we have a SIMPLE, FREE and VERY SECURE VPN for users to connect two (or more) computers (and therefore LANs) to one another even behind firewalls and NAT addressing schemes. It is multi-platform (Windows and Linux now, shortly for the Mac), and can be useful for “Road Warriors” in hotels that need to connect to a system behind a firewall safely. DEWD! This is SO cool!
Hamachi FREE VPN
Sign up for free now, and enjoy secure VPN computing! This totally rocks! Also, use Steve Gibson’s Super Secure Private Password creator to further secure this connection. That link is available here:
Gibson Research Private Password Generator
Microsoft is evil. I have mentioned this fact before in this Blog. One of their evil ways is to strongarm vendors into an official “Microsoft only” software policy. “We only recommend Microsoft!”, a vendor must say in order to maintain good relations (not to mention special incentives and discounts) with the Evil Empire! So, is Dell Computer breaking with Microsoft, ever so slightly? There have been rumors in the past that Dell was going to offer desktop system with Linux pre-installed. (Horrors!) Could they now be testing pre-installing Firefox on their systems?
Dell Pre-installed Firefox on some U.K. Systems
We can only hope the rumor is true! After all, it would make sense from a customer service point of view. If Dell can install a secure Web Browser (Firefox) on their systems before they get into the hands of their customers, then they will have less issues later with Spyware and Ad-Ware infections to deal with. It is just economics, and good customer service. But will the Evil Empire retaliate? Stay tuned!