11/9/2005

Microsoft: Retrain Java Devleopers To Use .NET

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

With government agencies struggling to find people with .Net expertise, Microsoft’s answer is to retrain Java and Visual Basic developers.

Microsoft has suggested that companies who can’t find programmers skilled in .Net should consider retraining their Java experts.

Mark Quirk, Microsoft UK’s head of technology for development and platforms, admitted on Monday that there aren’t enough developers in the market who can help companies migrate to .Net.

Source: ZDNet

Antivirus Firms Target Sony ‘Rootkit’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Antivirus companies are releasing tools this week to identify, and in some cases remove, copy protection software contained on recent Sony BMG Music Entertainment CDs. The software has been identified as a potential security risk.

The Sony software, found on several of the company’s recent albums, is triggered by playing one of the CDs in a PC. From the CD drive, the software installs itself deeply inside a hard drive and hides itself from view. This cloaking technique could be used by virus writers to hide their own malicious software, security experts have said.

There is a range of opinion among security companies about how much risk the software poses, from those who consider it no worse than an adware pest to those who view it as potentially dangerous spyware.

Source: News.com

Gates Calls For New Web Strategy At Microsoft

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. must change its business to better compete against an array of new competitors offering technology and services on the Internet, Bill Gates, the world’s largest software maker’s chairman, said in a recent memo to executives.

“The broad and rich foundation of the Internet will unleash a “services wave” of applications and experiences available instantly over the Internet to millions of users,” Gates said in the memo, which was sent to senior Microsoft executives in late October and obtained by Reuters and other media outlets this week.

Gates’ memo acknowledged that the giant software maker is facing increased competition from rivals such as Google Inc., Salesforce.com Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Skype Inc. that have built businesses by delivering services over the Internet.

“We have competitors who will seize on these approaches and challenge us,” Gates said.

Microsoft, recognizing that it needs to deliver more of its software technology over the Web, announced last week that it would offer users some of the basic features of Windows and Office over the Internet, without the complexity of installing and maintaining the software in computer hard drives.

Source: Reuters

One million Windows users switch to Mac

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

As many as one million Windows users may have switched to Macs this year as the iPod halo transforms Apple into a technology industry “darling” and users tire of Windows security problems.

According to Needham analyst Charles Wolf the shift follows Apple’s fast-paced series of innovations. “The momentum generated by these products has translated into financial results that have easily beat most estimates. Most importantly, Windows users are buying Macs in increasing numbers.

“We estimate that in the first three quarters of calendar 2005, over one million of them have purchased a Mac compared to our estimate of 500,000 for the entire calendar year. Clearly, the so-called halo is working. Windows users are also switching because of the growing epidemic of viruses infecting their PCs,” he writes.

Source: TechWorld

Sun Offers Java Studio Enterprise 8 For Free

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Sun has offered Sun Developer Network members free editions of Java Studio Creator and Java Studio Enterprise 8. JSE8 is their newest development environment for Java Enterprise Edition, and features UML and mobility functionality.

Both Java Studio Creator and Java Studio Enterprise are built off of the Netbeans codebase. Java Studio Creator is a tool to help create web applications using JSF; Java Studio Enterprise contains tools aimed at the entire Java Enterprise Edition stack, and has plugins for such APIs as the Portlet API, data collection APIs, and more.

Source: TheServerSide

Is Sun’s use of the Java trademark fair?

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

As the owner of the http://JavaToolbox.com site, I have been contacted several times by a lawyer who asked me on behalf of his client - SUN Microsystems - to change the name of this site.

As you can tell from the name, this site references the development tools and libraries available for Java. Is a site like this a blatant counterfeit of the Java trademark? Is Sun abusing its trademark? How come Sun does not support community sites promoting its technologies?

Is this site a blatant counterfeit of the Java trademark, as they say? Isn’t this site about Java? Isn’t it clear for everyone that this site is not related to Sun?

Source: The Server Side

Google Phishing Scam Promises a $400 Windfall

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Fraudsters are using a promise of a $400 prize from Google as bait in a new phishing scam aimed at stealing credit card data, a security experts has warned.

A fake copy of the Google Web site hosted on a server in the U.S. displays the message: “You WON $400.00 !!!”, security monitoring company Websense said in an alert Tuesday. To collect their prize, “winners” are asked to click on to a second page that asks them for their credit card details and address, Websense said.

The fraudulent Web site was advertised in a spammed e-mail message, Websense said. The San Diego-based company’s Websense Security Labs has an automated system that scans the Web for malicious sites and sells a product to protect customers against those threats. As with all phishing scams, Internet users in general can protect themselves by being cautious with e-mail and not following links in spammed messages.

Source: News.com

Digital Tracking To Protect On-Demand TV

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Invisible marks that can be used to trace illegal copies of television shows and movies will be embedded in programs available on demand across the country using technology from Widevine Technologies.

Widevine, based in Seattle, said Tuesday its invisible digital markers would be embedded in programs distributed to cable companies served by TVN Entertainment Corp., a Burbank-based company.

Among TVN’s cable customers are four of the nation’s largest operators: Comcast Corp., Cox Communications Inc., Charter Communications Inc. and Adelphia Communications Corp.

Digital watermarks are not visible to the naked eye, but contain information about the origin of the program. They allow Hollywood studios to track shows as they are distributed to cable boxes, TV sets, computers, cell phones or other devices.

The watermarks remain even after the program is copied several times, allowing law enforcement to tell where illegal copies were obtained.

Source: AP

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