Intel seeks to change cybersecurity with $7.6B McAfee acquisition

By Tim Conneally | BetaNews.com Published August 19, 2010, 10:44 AM Intel Corporation Thursday morning announced that it will acquire security software and management company McAfee Inc. for $7.68 billion in cash. Intel says the move reflects the changing security climate as more non-PC devices connect to the Internet, like cars, TVs, and medical equipment. …”Frankly, the industry needed a paradigm shift — incremental improvements simply couldn’t bridge the opportunity gap. McAfee and Intel Corporation are…

Hard drive breakthough could herald mega-capacity drives

By Ed Oswald | BETANEWS Published August 19, 2010, 3:31 PM …Toshiba said Wednesday that it had made a breakthrough in hard disk design that will allow hard drives to have much higher capacities than what is currently possible today. The research is in something called bit-patterned media, a magnetic storage technology. The recording surface is broken up into tiny magnetic bits, each of which can hold a single bit of data. The bits are…

How To Renew a Terminal Server / Remote Desktop SSL Certificate

CREATE A NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST: Launch IIS Manager and click the SERVER name (not the websites or virtual directories) In the IIS section, click SERVER CERTIFICATES (if you don’t see this, you are likely not at the server level, go click on the server name at the top of the IIS Manager CONNECTIONS tree) Click CREATE CERTIFICATE REQUEST and complete the form. Note that the only things that really counts is the certificate name (like tsg.commodore.ca)…

11 Reasons NOT to Buy and Apple iPad

The Name: I guess the machine only works 3 out of 4 weeks! No USB: Absoultely inexcusable that Apple is still trying to screw their customers with proprietary peripherals. If I could drop a USB keyboard into it, it might be useful. No Flash: Other than through the use of a special YouTube player you will not be able to watch Flash videos (i.e. most of the videos on the web) 4:3 Aspect Ratio: Love…

Firefox Accounts for 44% of Vulnerabilities Compared to IE’s 15%

http://prosecure.netgear.com/community/security-blog/2009/11/web-browser-vulnerability-report—firefox-leads-the-pack-at-44.php A recent report by Web application security vendor Cenzic pointed out that in the first half of 2009 Firefox totaled for 44% of all vulnerabilities amongst popular Web browsers. Also somewhat surprising is Safari coming in at 35% due to iPhone Safari vulnerabilities (that’s another story in itself). IE came in third at 15% and Opera at 6% (BTW, where was Chrome?).  Firefox (by the way, I’ve been a Firefox user since its debut)…

Office 2010 Looks Pretty Good

I have just started playing with Word 2010 and found some nice minor improvements. The most notable is that the Office Button, which confused most 2007 users, has been correctly replaced with the “FILE” menu drop down list. This is my first test of the new BLOGGING interface. I use Google’s Blogger to blog to my own server and if Word can handle the content creation, that will be great. By for now!

Windows 7 Turn Laptops into Real Wi-Fi Hotspots

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Windows-Laptop-Internet-hotspot-Connectify,8971.html#xtor=RSS-181 http://connectify.me/ Connectify takes control of Windows 7’s Virtual Wi-Fi feature and turns the laptop into a hotspot. PC Advisor reports that Philadelphia developer Nomadio has discovered an unfinished Windows 7 feature (Virtual Wi-Fi) that can turn a laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot. That means other devices in the near vicinity can access the Internet without the need for special tunneling software. The company has now exploited the uncovered treasure and created a free application…

Windows 7 – Lesser Known Interesting Features

These are taken from “77 Windows 7 Tips” http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.10.77windows.aspx 6. Shift to and from Explorer and CommandPrompt. The classic Windows power toy Open Command Prompt Here is now an integral part of Windows 7 Explorer. Hold down the shift key then right-click a folder to add this option to the property menu. While you’re in a command prompt, if you want to open an Explorer window with the focus of the window on the current…

Hacker: Windows More Secure Than Mac OS X

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/hack-windows-security-snow-leopard,8704.html#xtor=RSS-181 …”Snow Leopard’s more secure than Leopard, but it’s not as secure as Vista or Windows 7,” he said. “When Apple has both [in place], that’s when I’ll stop complaining about Apple’s security.”… …It is of the opinion of Charlie Miller, a well known Mac security guru, that even Snow Leopard, the latest version of Mac OS X, isn’t as safe as Windows…

In 1992 There Were Only 50 Web Sites… Now That Was A Growth Industry

I recently tried to find an snippet from the MS Internet Explorer 3.0 (from Win95C) that stated there were only 150 web sites in 1993. However, the help file I was looking for was a link to a web site which is now gone and http://www.archive.org/ has nothing for it. After a an hour or so of searching I found another source which says the same thing: The first graphical Interface for the Internet was…

Microsoft drops 3-app limit from Windows 7 Starter Edition

http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/05/29/microsoft-drops-3-app-limit-from-windows-7-starter-edition?icid=sphere_blogsmith_inpage_downloadsquad by Brad Linder The team of Microsoft developers working on Windows 7 have written a blog post spelling out exactly what features will and will not be available in Windows 7 Starter Edition. And the company has decided to drop one of the most talked-about restrictions: the ability to run just three applications at once. You’ll now be able to run as many programs as your computer’s limited RAM will allow… Microsoft has been…