We're a day late, but still piping hot!! Possibly even still steaming. So remember to blow on this episode before listening. Nope. No double entendres in that sentence...let's move on.
With Valentine's Day this week, we brought the love. Oodles of it. It's everywhere. I think I'm even sitting in it as I type this. Gross!
In honor of this Hallmark-corporate holiday I tell a story of my favorite Valentine's Day and Dong, being the Scrooge McDuck that he is, regales us with his worst Valentine's Day.
Not long after that Dong … Read more
The U.S. Web site of Russian antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab was hacked over the weekend, exposing the company's customer database. But Kaspersky denies any data was compromised and says the vulnerability wasn't critical.
An unidentified hacker reported over the weekend that he was able to access a complete profile of the company's databases, revealing its clients' names, activation codes, list of bugs the company tracks, and client e-mail addresses.
The hacker claims to have hacked Kaspersky's databases using an SQL injection attack, which exploits a vulnerability in an application's database layer.
The method has … Read more
Google late Thursday unveiled a new Gmail Labs feature that allows users to have more than one inbox in their default Gmail view.
The new feature--called Multiple Inboxes--allows users to have multiple viewing panes open simultaneously without having to open another browser window. The upgrade gives users a quick view at important labels as well as saved searches.
I'm seriously into filters and labels. All the email I get related to Flash … Read more
What with all the virtualization hype, one would think that virtual servers had the option of parting the Red Sea or walking on it.
While there's a great deal of promise in virtualization, there's also the peril of managing virtual servers, as Luke Kanies, founder of the Puppet project, points out in a blog post.
You have significant problems when you rely on golden images (i.e., virtual images complete with all necessary services): image sprawl, updating your images, and image state vs. running state...Maintaining these (virtual) images is more like managing a foil ball: it's … Read more
WASHINGTON--Is your Internet provider interfering with your network traffic, and perhaps even running afoul of Net neutrality principles? Google and some like-minded folks believe they've come up with what amounts to an early warning system.
The idea behind the so-called Measurement Lab, or M-Lab, is that just about anyone interested in Internet regulation--including consumers, regulators, and content providers--could use more details about their network's performance. Google, the Democratic Party-affiliated New America Foundation, and the PlanetLab Consortium (a university-business consortium devoted to next-generation networks) announced M-Lab on Wednesday.
The launch's timing is probably no coincidence: M-Lab may become … Read more
Dong and I waste no time getting right to some serious business by tackling San Francisco's homeless problem, or more our problem with the homeless--not all homeless, of course. Well, just check it out. It's very un-PC, although maybe not in the way you'd expect.
Then it's the Year of the Ox! Happy New Year, um again. This time it's the Chinese and Vietnamese New Year. Dong seems to think the Chinese and Vietnamese are one and the same, but he's very close-minded when it comes to cultures and honestly, a little slow. I … Read more
On Monday Mozilla released a new version of Ubiquity, the in-browser command line-like utility. While mostly a "stability" update, the add-on has undergone considerable cosmetic change as well, sporting a new dark plastic look. This look can be changed by anyone as part of a new styling system that uses simple CSS. Presumably, user-designed themes will go into an add-ons site as the product matures.
In addition to its new look, Ubiquity now borrows a few features from Firefox 3's "awesome bar." It remembers some of the commands you've used in the past and … Read more
There hasn't been much Web chatter around Open Kernel Labs, but late last week, the Chicago-based Open Kernel Labs, a spinout from Australia's NICTA, announced a $7.6 million investment from Chrysalis Ventures, Neo Technology Ventures, and Citrix Systems.
This follows a $2.5 million grant Open Kernel Labs recently received from NICTA.
Not much noise is made about Open Kernel Labs because it operates in the embedded-virtualization market, providing microkernel technology to manufacturers of electronics such as mobile handsets.
Importantly, while based on the open-source General Public License 3, the company is able to segregate differently licensed … Read more
OK, that was kind of a longer break than we expected. Sorry about the whole no warning thing. We're back on at least a weekly schedule now, and because we've been away so long we're giving you over an hour of content even your mom would enjoy. If your mom's cool, that is.
First up, we have a little semi-impromptu discussion about one of our favorite shows Firefly. The nerds know what we're talking about. All of you who believe you're not nerds, first of all, wake up, then, get on board while the … Read more