August 1

Could Skype be shutdown?

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.

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July 30

Why Spam will not go away anytime soon.

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.

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May 25

Google’s Chrome 2.0 is Available

Google has released version 2.0 of their browser.  According to reports, Chrome 2 is even faster than previous released versions.  According to Google, web pages loaded with multiple Javascripts will load 30% quicker in Chrome 2 over Chrome 1.

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%).

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July 31

New Multi-Touch Interactive Whiteboard from Hitachi

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.

July 28

Security news – DNS Holes being fixed

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.

July 28

Cuil – New Search Engine Goes Online Today

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, which lead to her being hired by Google.

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