There have been rumors and speculation about some sort of tablet device coming from Apple for almost a year. The speculation has been picking up the past month.According to Barron’s, an anonymous analyst has seen the actual table and the final product is just awaiting Steve Jobs’ final approval for release.
I just saw a story from Albuquerque about a man who invented a fuel delivery system for using Mountain Dew as the primary source for fueling an engine. Check out the video from news station KRQU in Albuquerque.
Hopefully not. At least not until June 2010. Skype has a legal disagreement with peer-to-peer company, Joltid, about licensing issues. Ebay is apparently developing their own technology in place of the software licensed from Joltid. So, maybe this will be moot by the time the lawsuit makes it to court.
This week, the IEEE P1901 Working Group announced this week the first draft laying out medium access control and the physical layer control using Powerlines to deliver broadband internet service. The P1901 Working Group’s next meetings are in October. Hopefully, more progress announced from the next meetings.
For all of my System Administrator friends. I hope you have / had a happy SysAdmin Day today.
According to this website, this is the 10th Anniversary of System Administrator Appreciation Day. Be sure to thank your local SysAdmins for all that they do behind the scenes.
I just read an article from Ars Technica stating that 12% of all email users have tried to buy something from spam.
A survey was conducted by the Massaging Anti-Abuse Working Group of 800 individuals who have email that is not controlled by an I.T. Department.
Apparently 48% of those surveyed have never clicked on a link in spam or replied to spam. 12% of those surveyed actually were interested in purchasing the items mentioned in the spam. 6% responded to see what would happen. 13% did not know why they responded to the spam.
A somewhat unknown company, VoloMedia, has been awarded a patent for a “method for providing episodic media content”. According to VoloMedia’s announcement on July 29, this covers podcasting in the United States.
If you have not use Chrome for web browsing, I highly recommend it. Chrome has been my primary browser (about 60% of the time) for the last 6 months. The only drawback is the lack of plugins. For that reason, I still use Firefox about 33% of the time (IE and Opera make up the other 2%).
Get Google Chrome here.
Hitachi has demonstrated its new multi-touch Starboard FX 77 Duo. It has some great features not found in the Smartboards I have used at my school. I love the idea that the "screen" is basically a whiteboard with the hardware located in a removable section (kind of like the Mimio Portable Whiteboard). I also love multi-touch functionality showed off in the demo video.
I also love how you are able to use your hands without a special pen. All in all, it looks like an amazing piece of equipment. Check out the demo video.
Most venders have been working steadily on the recently revealed DNS Security Hole.
If you are not aware of the DNS Hole, here is an except from PC World.
In brief, the flaw relates to how DNS requests are made to servers and fulfilled. The weak point in DNS is that when a computer asks for the translation of a name into a number, malicious parties can try to "poison" the response, by feeding out inaccurate information. The current DNS system uses some random components to made it hard to poison, but Kaminsky discovered that due to an overlooked hole, a peristent malicious party could ultimately succeed.
It appears that most vendors have released and deployed security fixes for the problem. The surprising holdout is Apple. As of the publishing of this article, Apple has yet to release the fix for their servers. According to the Tidbits website, this could pose a huge problem for uses of Apple servers.
All users who connect to Mac OS X-based servers for DNS lookups are at risk: Apple has not yet provided a patch, unlike dozens of other companies that make or distribute operating systems or DNS server software.
Hopefully Apple will address this issue soon.
A former Google engineer has started a brand new search engine. Anna Patterson has created the CUIL (pronounced “Cool”) search engine. The CUIL search engine went online today with an index of over 120 billion pages. Patterson has a pretty good track record with search engines. She created a 30 million page index at archive.org, which lead to her being hired by Google.