Thursday, December 20, 2007

Mobile phone tools for Linux

Even people who don't live and die by their mobile phones sometimes need to send SMS messages. Did you know you can do that from your computer? Likewise, it's easier to clean your mobile phone of all the numbers you've not been dialing in the last few years using a mouse, rather than navigating repeatedly through the phone's menu system. Here are some Linux tools that can help you manage your cell phone.


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Windows Vista: The most disappointing product of 2007

Five years in the making and this is the best Microsoft could do?

It's not that Vista is awful. The integrated security and parental controls are nice, and the Aero interface is as whizzy as it gets. Searching and wireless networking are much faster and easier than under XP.


Sunday, December 2, 2007

PS3s replacing supercomputers

Suffering from its exorbitant price point and a dearth of titles, Sony's PlayStation 3 isn't exactly the most popular gaming platform on the block. But while the console flounders in the commercial space, the PS3 may be finding a new calling in the realm of science and research.

Right now, a cluster of eight interlinked PS3s is busy solving a celestial mystery involving gravitational waves and what happens when a super-massive black hole, about a million times the mass of our own sun, swallows up a star.


Friday, November 30, 2007

Crack Passwords with a PS3

Nick Breese, a senior security consultant at Auckland, Australia-based, has come up with a way to drastically increase the processing capability of cracking passwords.

By implementing common ciphers and hash functions using vector computing, Breese has pushed the current upper limit of 10--15 million cycles per second -- in Intel-based architecture -- up to 1.4 billion cycles per second.
Now I really want one of these...


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Backdoor in NIST approved Random Number Generator

The possibility that there is a backdoor in one of the officially recommended random number generators (RNGs) used to create encryption keys, has caused two well-known encryption experts to declare the scheme to be useless.


Sunday, November 4, 2007

OS X Malware

If you thought using an Apple with Mac OS was safe from all the nasties out there, think again!!! Even though the risk is lower for Mac OS compared to Windows, you still need to take the proper precautions.

In the words of many Windows antimalware developers, OS X users can feel a little less smug about their security after a new piece of OS X malware was discovered circulating on various fake codec sites. As would be expected, this news is beginning to receive fairly widespread coverage across the Internet, though more coverage has been received in recent days on arguments about whether the Leopard firewall is fundamentally flawed or not (probably not).
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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Beware of software cracks!!!

Those tempted to download software cracks to unlawfully activate software from a trial mode into a paid mode have been warned that they may be unknowingly installing hacking tools onto their system.

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Poor security in Apple's Leopard according to researchers

Security features that Apple Inc. added to Leopard look great on paper, but in practice most are half-baked or useless, experts said Wednesday. And none of those features, good or bad, will make a whit of difference in how safe Mac users are when they hit the Internet.

"If security was the deciding factor, I wouldn’t be using my MacBook. But it’s not [the deciding factor]. The MacBook, and the tools on it, that’s what is."

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Run Leopard on Windows PCs

"The cat and mouse game between hackers and Apple takes another move, with news that Apple’s new Leopard operating system has already been successfully installed on Windows PCs.

The OSx86 Scene forum has released details of how Windows users can migrate to Apple’s new OS, without investing in new hardware -- even though installing Leopard on an PC may be counter to Apple’s terms and conditions."

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Quantum Crypto to Secure Votes

A new "unbreakable" encryption method will be keep votes safe for citizens in the Swiss canton (state) of Geneva in the country's upcoming national elections, officials said Thursday.

The city-state will use quantum technology to encrypt election results as they are sent to the capital on Oct. 21, said Nicolas Gisin of the University of Geneva.