Archive for February, 2010

Microsoft’s Google Attack Patch?

Microsoft’s Google Attack Patch?

Noted journalist and friend of the blog George V. Hulme shared the picture below from CNBC, perhaps the most amusing way seen thus far of describing the patch for the ‘Aurora bug‘ that famously affected Google late last year.

A Brief Reminder, Passwords Have Been Around Forever

A Brief Reminder, Passwords Have Been Around Forever

The much maligned password has existed for thousands of years, for example the Greek historian Polybius described their use in the Roman military before the birth of Christ.

To illustrate the point here is a clip, the password scene, from the 1932 Marx Brothers movie “Horse Feathers”.

Was the Austin Plane Crash Domestic Terrorism?

Was the Austin Plane Crash Domestic Terrorism?

In what could be the first act of domestic terrorism since Timothy McVeigh, a small plane (Piper) that set out from Georgetown Municipal Airport hit a federal office building housing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 11:36 AM in Austin, Texas. A software developer, Joseph Andrew Stack, who had previously set his house on fire, was the pilot who suicidally flew his plane Kamikaze style into the building in an apparent act of revenge against the IRS as detailed in a 3,202 word suicide note on his web site: http://embeddedart.com.

February’s Patch Tuesday

February’s Patch Tuesday

Today is patch Tuesday for February 2010, and it marks a fairly busy patch cycle for Microsoft, who released thirteen updates today. In late January, there was an out-of-band release for two critical patches, in response to the high profile issue around the Internet Explorer Aurora exploit. This makes a total of fifteen total patches between since January’s patch Tuesday.