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Strange things....

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NewsWould you want a webmail account where everybody could read your email? Well, if you need to you can have it now. Check out the Oh Craps! project.
 
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The REAL tourist guy

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NewsHave you seen the famous fake picture of the guy on top of the World Trade Center, with the airliner just about to hit? And have you seen all the other sites, like Tourist Guy, Tourist of Death and WTC Tourist?

Now the guy have turned himself in. Or rather, he stood up in a Hungarian online news site, Index. The reason for this? The tourist guy is from Hungary.

And if hungarian isn't one of your native tongues, try the story on Wired instead.
 
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Building an E-mail Virus Detection System for Your Network

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SecurityThis article from Linux Journal explains how to make sure that your mail server(s) and gateway(s) don't participate in the spreading of viruses.
 
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It's all bright RED!

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HardwareMSI used to save their bright red PCB's for special edition boards with special features. Now its nearly every new MSI board who hit the market.

Take a look at the boards on the main page of MSI. It's definitively bright RED!
 
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Please don't use that thing. Ewwwk!

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SecuritySeveral ISP's in the US of A reportedly tells its customers to stop using their personal firewalls.

Why?

Because the support people have a hard time troubleshooting whatever problem the customer might have, and because it fouls up the ISP's connectivity tests and statistics gathering.

The last part about stats and testing might be true. My cable ISP sends me copious amounts of strange packets all the time, presumably just so they can know whether I'm on or not. Or whatever. Their packets die in front of my firewall anyway. I see no reason whatsoever accepting this kind of "snooping" traffic. Besides, my contract with the ISP doesn't mention anything on firewalls or what kind of equipment I'm allowed to set up. If it eats DHCP, it's up.

Should broadband ISP's ban software or hardware from their lines just because their support people doesn't understand the technology involved?

Take a look at Businessweek Online for the whole article.
 
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Dell: denial

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GNU/LinuxFrom The Register comes this story about how Dell ditched Linux as a choice of preinstalled operating systems on their hardware, and then sent out a letter of denial. Read it, it's quite funny as well.
 
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BitBeamer - the internet file transfer app.

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WindowsFor all of us that have used LeechFTP for years and years and years (is that you Carl Sagan? Is this me?) without support, no updates, poor docs and the occasional German wörter here and there, the release of BitBeamer comes in handy.

The really really cool thing about the discontinued LeechFTP, is that it does multithreaded filetransfer. It simply means that the FTP client pulls the files from the server more than one at a time. This really squeezed the last bitspersecond out of the bandwith. BitBeamer does this as well, and it also does queueing of files, meaning you can mark 200 files for download and go have dinner, take a smoke or quarrel with your neighbour. When you return, the files are all there. Take a peek at BitBeamer's features, and discover that the good old FTP client is older than you thought. BitBeamer also integrates with your browser, extending whatever FTP://-functionality that was in there from before.

It's not free, but you can leech a trial version that will chug-a-lug for 30 days. It's Windows only.
 
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Opera 5.13 for EPOC is out

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Psion PDAVersion 5.13 of the Opera browser for EPOC / Symbian OS has been released. It's available as a 1,1Mb ZIP file for download from the Opera web site. Also take a look at the changelog, screenshots and the feature list.
 
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Opera 5.x security vulnerability

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There is a security hole in the Opera 5.x web browser, in which a web site script with bad intentions might be able to access cookie data from other sites. The vulnerability is discussed on Security Focus. Until Opera Software gets out a patch for this, a recipe for making yourself secure is also there. Affected versions are all 5.x versions for Win32 and Linux.

No mention of this vulnerability could be found on the Opera web site.
 
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EPOC in the new Nokia 7650

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Psion PDAIt might not have registered with you, but the new mobile phone from Nokia, the 7650, has EPOC for operating system. Since marketing droids needs to take home paychecks too, the system is also known under the name Symbian OS.

The new dual band phone has 4 MB RAM (Nokia calls this "dynamic memory"), a backlit 176x208 pixel color display, a built in camera, a joystick (!) and all sorts of connectivity. Check out the full specs at Nokia's web site. Also, see Nokia's flash demo of the phone for pictures from a bewildering number of angles.

And yes, according to rumors, you can talk into it too.
 
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