Um, this is about *performance* not the few things MS got right in Vista. Basically Vista is a CPU resource hog of monumental proportions. There's no reason a good, secure OS has to be bloated to the gills with all the crap MS put into Vista.
Lars Skovlund writes: Groklaw reports that the Office XML standard is being put on the fast track in ISO despite the detailed complaints from national standards bodies. The move seems to be the decision of one person, Lisa Rachjel, secretariat of the ISO Joint Technical Committee, according to a comment made by her.
An anonymous reader writes: From LinuxWorld: "With thousands of open source security packages available, choices can be confusing. Here's the short list of tools that are getting real-world successful deployments...". According to their list, the best tools are OSSEC, Snort, Bro, Nagios and Nessus.
asimbaig writes: "Its been over a year since I last posed a question on whether its "really" possible to make a decent living building open source software. I got a lot of good feedback from slashdotters and the open source community. I thought I would provide an update on our experience. In one short year, CATS, our open source Applicant Tracking System has become the number one ATS in the market including commercial packages. We didn't have any revenue last year and we didnt focus on it either since we were too busy building the sofware. We started selling the hosted solution this year and have sold about 100 seats in 2 months bringing us $3000/month in recurring revenue. We just signed an OEM / Source Code license agreement with a large company for $200k. I expect to sell 4-5 of these OEM deals this year. I think making CATS open source played a significant role in our success to date....Marketing."
An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) is reporting that Google has made a first contract with Astound Broadband to serve custom ads to 25.000 customers. On a related note, the Venturebeat Blog reports a related story of a Google deal with Dish Network, Nr. 2 in US satellite TV. Now your TV ads will be all Pizza home delivery, no more mortgage refinance...
wh0pper writes: Intel is entering the solid-state hard drive market with its Z-U130 flash-based drives, but not to sell to the consumer. Intel plans to offer the systems to computer manufacturers and embedded systems makers as a way to offer low-power, high-speed storage and let them achieve better performance than they would with traditional hard disk systems. Intel claims read performance will be at 28 MB per second, write performance will reach 20 MB per second, and the units will offer an average mean time between failure (MBTF) of a whopping 5 million hours. How does this compare to the flash-based hard drives in the various MP3 players?
bednarz writes: "There's a new phishing technique making waves. Attackers are launching targeted phishing scams from the job-related site CareerBuilder.com, according to one network manager who says his engineering firm recently had to combat phishing techniques that use the lure of phony online resumes. The way it works is an attacker sends e-mails to managers seeking job applicants, asking them in a cover letter to visit a Web site to view a resume provided via a link. If a manager clicks on the link, the Web site then attempts to execute a backdoor Trojan to compromise the machine. Network World has the story: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/031207-phish ing-careerbuilder.html"
Sebastiaan de With writes: "After my last howto, in which I gave pointers to change firewall rules, I have proofed my audience by doing a portscan. This final part of my how-to shows the figures of people who decided to take heed. More importantly, the article follows up with more ways to secure your Mac, clearly divided in Basic, Intermediate and Advanced sections."
Joan Cross writes: "Region Free Gaming has arrived on the Nintendo Wii thanks
to a New Modchip called the Wiid, the modchip alows the booting of Pal Games
on a NTSC Wii and Vice Versa as well as full support for Region Free Gamecube
and support for Gamecube Homebrew and is updateable via software upgrades. Its
also compatible with all hardware revisions of the Nintendo Wii."
coondoggie writes: "Seems its ok for some portions of our government to go looking pretty will-nilly for information about us, but we can't get information easily about them. A report issued today by the National Security Archive Knight Open Government survey, found widespread failure among federal agencies to follow the Electronic Freedom of Information Act amendments that took effect in 1997. Here are the top 12 sites worst Web sites for gleaning information according to the group: Air Force (Department of Defense, Department of Defense, Department of Interior....
maniac_inside writes: "IIT-Mumbai has restricted internet access across all its 13 hostels from 24 hours a day to just 1.5 hours a day from 23:00 to 00:30.
IIT-M's dean of student affairs, Prakash Gopalan, said addiction to surfing, gaming and blogging has also made the students reclusive. "There has been a decline in academic performance and also participation in sporting, cultural and social activities has gone down," he says.
magmf writes: IT managers who want to get a handle on their security logs but don't have the budget for big-ticket software can check out an updated version of the open source, host-based intrusion-detection system OSSEC.
twofish writes: "The user of open source software in European government got another boost recently when shadow Chancellor George Osborne told the Royal Society of Arts he wanted to create a level playing field for open source software in the UK. He has estimated that the British government could save more than £600 million a year if it used more open source software, according to this short article on the BBC website."
CCFreak2K writes: ars technica has an article on cGrid, "the real-time P2P punisher." The software is touted as having the ability to precisely track P2P and P2P-like activity and, more importantly, instantly revoke network access from offenders. The software seems to be targetted at educational institutions, where punishment for P2P activity is anything but swift.