This weekend was a surprise when Microsoft allowed attendees to get a hands on expierence with Linux and all sorts of Linux desktop software. Most of these attendees were unfamiliar with Linux and experimented with K Desktop Environment as well as watching an Apache server in action. Don Johnson (not the actor) gave an overview of linux and their concepts. Johnson explained to the attendees the key tradeoffs between Linux and Windows. Johnson also got explaining how user-friendly Windows and Linux were. Windows was obviously more user-friendly and he pointed out that you have IT expertise and knowledge to run Linux. The last tradeoff he pointed out was that Linux had the ability to run on almost anything whereas Windows has a limited platform focus. More info can be found at eWeek.
The podcast that I had mentioned in a previous post is out. Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht are now doing a podcast about Digg stories. Both of their sites contain links to downloads. Happy Downloading!! -Vash
Security researchers have just recently discovered a bug with Internet Explorer. When you access pages with Active X components, attackers can overwrite registers on your computers processor. This can cause your computer's memory to fill with malicious code in what Austrian SEC Consult Martin Eisner calls, "a heap-based buffer overflow." Say that ten times fast. SEC Consult is a security consulting firm. Eisner is a chief technical official with SEC Consult. Eisner says he expects Microsoft should patch the bug within a couple of weeks. He also says that as of right now the bug is not that dangerous. "But of course within a couple of weeks there will be somebody who has a little bit more time than we have and there will be an exploit then" says Eisner. -Vash
Microsoft is settling an anti-trust suit with IBM, paying it $775 million and another $75 million in credit announced today. This resolves claims made by the U.S. government against Microsoft. Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson found that IBM was hurt by Microsoft's anti-trust practices. The two companies were both pleased to settle the lawsuit. Part of the settlement includes that IBM cannot make claims for what they are calling server monetary damages for two years or claims made before June 30, 2002. -Vash
The FBI has collaborated with Federal authorities from all over the world in another international software/movie piracy crackdown. Operation Site Down is the second successful piracy crackdown initiated by the FBI through the use of an undercover FTP site administrator. In 2001, the FBI conducted a similar crackdown in Operation Buccaneer.
First I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Vash and I'm one of the newest writers to Techspec. As many of you know Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht (who's finally resurfaced) are now going to be doing a podcast on Digg and some of the most dugg stories and their favorites. They are planning to release an episode within the next two weeks. -Vash