Category Archive for 'Software'

Duts: First PocketPC virus

Monday, July 19th, 2004

The Register is reporting the existence of Duts, the first PocketPC virus. Remember the European virus writer collective 29A Labs I talked about while talking of Cabir earlier today? The same group has created Duts. Just like Cabir, Duts is a proof-of-concept and exists only in the laboratory, not in the wild. Similarly, the virus […]

alphaWorks’ aDesigner

Monday, July 19th, 2004

I just gave aDesigner a test run. Simply put, I am damn impressed. Let me organise my thoughts: What is aDesigner? IBM has an emerging technologies initiative called alphaWorks. Here they develop, showcase & distribute new ‘alpha-code’ technologies till they are licensed or integrated into IBM products. (Read more) aDesigner is a disability simulator. It […]

Mobile Phone Virus – Cabir

Monday, July 19th, 2004

European virus writer collective 29A Labs have demonstrated a virus called Cabir which infects Symbian OS mobile phones with Bluetooth. This is a zoo virus which means it exists only in the laboratory environment and is not in the wild, that is, in circulation. The Cabir virus was benign. The worm is transmitted over Bluetooth, […]

Doom 3!

Sunday, July 18th, 2004

Doom 3’s website has been updated to announce an August 3 shipping date! Woo hoo!

Google Enters The Computer History Museum

Saturday, July 17th, 2004

The Google Blog talks about Google entering The Computer History Museum. We’re five years old and already they’re sticking us in a museum. The museum’s display is of Google’s first corkboard server rack from 1999. A few specs: each tray contained eight 22GB hard drives and one power supply, and the rack itself required no […]

Hackers hacked by hacker

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

I just came across a funny story on The Inquirer which provides info on how Hackers got hacked by a hacker! I’ve usually heard of stories about this, especially the tiff between pro-India and pro-Pakistan hackers/crackers/script-kiddies a few years back when they went on a site-defacement spree. But this is a pretty detailed account of […]

Silly Window Syndrome (SWS)

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

Did you know that there is something called Silly Window Syndrome? Don’t believe me? Read this Microsoft Knowledge Base Article if you don’t believe me. 😉 This site provides a huge list of humourous Microsoft Knowledge Base articles. Some of them are quite quite funny indeed! 😀

Patent Overload

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

This banner speaks a lot about software patents. As more and more so-called intellectual property is being patented and licensing fees demanded, I am slowly beginning to wonder where the future is headed in this regard. Sooner or later, we’ll see amazingly high costs for all software because all new UI enhancements/processes require licensing fees […]

President Pushes for Open Source

Sunday, July 4th, 2004

The Indian national daily The Hindu has reported that the Indian President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has “advised defence scientists to shun proprietary systems and opt for open source codes to enhance software security in defence networks.” Open source codes can easily introduce the users to build security algorithms in the system without the dependence […]

Apple OS X Tiger preview

Sunday, July 4th, 2004

eWeek has put up Apple OS X Tiger preview screenshots! Some of the new things in this update are pretty exciting. For one, I’ve been looking forward to Safari 2.0 which comes with ‘private browsing’ — a feature, once enabled, does not store any information in the cache or browser history. Very cool. The RSS […]

Open Source Paradigm Shift – Tim O’Reilly

Monday, June 28th, 2004

Progress is evolution–of thought, processes, pinciples, social order, etc.–but major and significant changes are sudden and swift, labelled paradigm shifts. The evolution of IT industry is no different; in parts incremental and dotted with a few paradigmatic shifts . Tim describes how the software industry should take a look in the past when a paradigm […]

Infectious Web Sites

Friday, June 25th, 2004

A story on ZDNet reports that “online organized crime groups are breaking into Web servers” and installing code there that takes advantage of two unfixed flaws in Internet Explorer to install a program that “takes control of the user’s computer.” The most significant paragraph of this story is: Researchers believe that attackers seed the Web […]