Oct 122008

Installing WinXP on my Mac, and seeing the Windows logo feels like I’m coming full circle. Didn’t I just leave this party?

What’s funny is seeing the promo screens for WinXP during installation, at 800 x 600 resolution. “An exciting new look!” LOL

Aug 112008

THIS just hit the wire Friday morning. Once exploits are created to take advantage of this, there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The gist:

This week at the Black Hat Security Conference two security researchers will discuss their findings which could completely bring Windows Vista to its knees.

Mark Dowd of IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS) and Alexander Sotirov, of VMware Inc. have discovered a technique that can be used to bypass all memory protection safeguards that Microsoft built into Windows Vista. (emphasis added)

The researchers were able to load whatever content they wanted into any location they wished on a user’s machine using a variety of objects, such as Java, ActiveX and even .NET objects. This feat was achieved by taking advantage of the way that Internet Explorer (and other browsers) handle active scripting in the Operating System.

While this may seem like any standard security hole, other researchers say that the work is a major breakthrough and there is very little that Microsoft can do to fix the problems. These attacks work differently than other security exploits, as they aren’t based on any new Windows vulnerabilities, but instead take advantage of the way Microsoft chose to guard Vista’s fundamental architecture.”

Glorious. Simply glorious.

Jul 262007

Yesterday brokenbryan‘s friend Danny dug out his laptop while in our office. It looked suspiciously thin and brushed-aluminumy.

“Please tell me you don’t have a…”

Danny grins and flashes the Apple logo on his 15″ MacBook Pro. “Not fair!”, howl I. First it was a2andy‘s 17″ MB Pro and 8GB iPhone, now Danny adds insult to the injury. At least he let me play with it for awhile, further inflaming my already scorching case of Mac Envy. The Cipro I’m on is no match for this particular infection.

Despite our intartubes being temporarily down due to a wonky cable modem, I had Danny hook up to our inside LAN. It took literally 3 clicks and 5 seconds before he was viewing the shared folders on my PC. I can’t even add up the time and frustration I spent getting our two PCs and three laptops to deign to speak to each other on an all-Windows network: the frustration, the begging and pleading, even resorting to bribes.

“Please? Just connect to the Music folder? I’ll copy the new Tool album over to you. You like Tool, don’t you? Just one file for Daddy, please?”

“NO! I don’t wanna!”

“Fine! I only loved you for your games anyway! And you were adopted!” *sob*

This concludes today’s venting over my unhealthy obsession.

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