12-04-07

Kurt Vonnegut is dead

Maybe most of the belgian readers don't know Kurt Vonnegut but he is one of those writers that inspired me since my youth (and that's some time ago). I would say that his writings helped me becoming the man I am and believing in and figthing for the things as I do. He is best known for his novel 'Slaughterhouse Five' about the bombardements in Dresden, but he has written many other novels.

 

For people who still think about technology and the impact it is having on society as a whole I would recommend reading "The piano player". It is kind of 'Tale of the Two cities" but in this story it is a computer who decides who is smart enough to work in the upper city of gold and who will have to go to the other city.

 

Farewells can be posted in this newsgroups

 

And for those who hate everything american, this is an boycotted, banned but fighting american  (read this quote) every true democrat learns to like and love. Think I will begin rereading his books (have them nearly all).

 

on http://ebooks.skynetblogs.be  you will find a zipfile in the coming hour with a collection of texts and articles, speeches. There won't be any copyrighted illegal downloaded text in it, so don't ask.

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Andere patches uit te voeren

* Oracle brengt 37 securitypatches uit volgende week dinsdag

* WIFI op linux moest sinds december al gepatched zijn

* Apple Extreme Airport Base heeft deze patch nodig

* Winamp kan aangevallen worden met .MAT of .S3M bestanden. Normaal zijn dat verouderde bestanden die je niet nodig hebt. - no patch

* Cineplayer can be remotely crashed and run code - no patch.

* Yahoo messenger needs a patch

* kaspersky products need patches

 

There are every week hundreds of programs that need a patch. You should or use an automated system or take the time each week to update your programs or put them all in auto-update with every restart.

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11-04-07

Is banking at work really safer nowadays ?

It all depends if your firm installes the patches very quickly or very late. Some firms like to test and test and wait and wait before installing any patches. But in the case of the patch for the ani exploit, which is now being used by several easteuropean gangs your workcomputer maybe less safe to do financial transactions over the web than your home computer. There is no other protection against this exploit than the patch. No patch is no protection.

 

For businesses it shows the importance of telling people clearly that you are in no case responsable for any private transaction happening or interrupted or delayed on your network. It should be clear to your users that they do so completely at their own risk and what the problems and dangers may be.

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test if your security and browser are fixed for .ani

If you click on this link

http://zert.isotf.org/tests/testani.htm

 

You will either have a firewall, antivirus or anti-anything popping up or your browser sending alarms.

 

If you are vulnerable go to http://update.microsoft.com

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NEW WORD WILF

WILF  what was I looking for

 

You start the internet to look for say for example, a tv star and you end up listening to some songs on this site, looking at a video on that site, chatting along on this site and reading headlines on another one, while your first goal (finding information about....) is totally forgotten.

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Joost has the hype, but others the boost

The hype about TVstreaming coming to your pc is all about Joost. The main question is even not if it is feasible, but if the same guys from P2P and Skype can pull if off again with TV. It is a personal thing, not a technological analysis.

 

So the main media miss the point. Joost has two main problems that will be hard to overcome. First they will ask too much bandwith from users who are limited to some giga's a month by their ISP (as is the case in Belgium for example). It should also be interesting to see how Joost, IPTV like BelgacomTV and VOIP would interfere on the same router and line. Secondly it is the old MSNTV all over again. Channels don't work on PC, as was already proven before. On a PC we like to choose, we are in command, we want to interfere. The TV is like a bit of amusing furniture at which we watch or not, but is also there and giving us snippets of music, news or just background chatter.

 

And about that chatter. People will be able to chat about programs. Looks interesting and maybe the next fad. But when will people just shut (or should I say Chat) up ?

 

And the other negative about this focus on personality is that they forget that there are other players on the field and that Joost hasn't won the battle because the war hasn't even started.

 

* http://babelgum.com/  beta. You can place your videostreams and vlogs for free here and be paid for every thousand views. They will try to have hundreds of specific channels. Doesn't seem to have great demands on hardware.

 

* http://socialtv.mediazone.com/  another player with more channels but more focused on sports and specific content. Has also interactive and social functions.

Use the software of http://www.tvkoo.com  Also very light. They are also Chinese as http://www.uusee.com/download/  Many startups coming out of the illegal retransmission of satellite images world are getting money from western investors. The biggest advantage is that they already have millions of users and know how to transmit tv-streams without consuming all the personal bandwith of the user.

 

* http://zattoo.com/about This software is showing normal TV channels as we know them, but they don't have the rights for the whole world and even some programs will have to be blackened out to respect copyrights. A TV station that buys a tv program, never buys it for the whole world, but only for its own geographical entitiy. So it goes that not one channel is available for Belgium. Or you will have to go through a proxy. (Have the impression that paid proxy services are becoming more and more interesting).

 

and so on and so on. Type P2PTV in Google and you will see where the money is because Joost has a problem with bandwith and the investors are showing it.

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skynetblogs heeft 200.000 blogspotspams

Tot voor enkele maanden had ook Skynetblogs te lijden onder de aanvallen van commenspammers tot ze hun beperkingen en beschermingen eindelijk invoerden. Ondertussen zijn er honderdduizenden spams in de comments en het zou van de operators zelf teveel tijd vragen om die allemaal zelf individueel te verwijderen. Het is immers niet mogelijk om in 1 klik alle postings onder een bericht te verwijderen of om enkel die comments aan te klikken die je wilt archiveren. In web2.0 zou je ze enkel en alleen nog moeten slepen en droppen.

 

Ondertussen staan ze daar die honderdduizenden spamcomments en geven ze resultaten in Google. En zou het dus het kwaliteitsimago van skynetblogs wel verhogen indien men deze op termijn zou kunnen verwijderen op een automatische manier. Een zeer kleine test toont al aan dat zo'n 200.000 ervan een link hebben naar blogspot.com, het meest geliefde huisland van sploggers (spammers die blogs gebruiken).

 

Een ander gevaar voor de bloggers in skynetblogs is dat de spamcomments gebruikt worden in andere spamlinks op andere plaatsen en dat hierdoor het domein skynetblogs geblokkeerd zou kunnen worden op lokale niveaus of in meer globale blacklists.

 

Het is lente. Geen tijd voor een opkuisbeurt ?

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