Wednesday, December 29, 2010

LBK Post 054 Quietly France Sinks Deeper into Windows Deep Pockets

Quietly France Sinks Deeper into Windows 
Deep Pockets


France To Impose Levy on Tablets, 
But Not if They Run Windows

Also From

Microsoft's New Browser Demos Included Vorbis, 
Now Removed

Internet ExplorerMicrosoft added a couple of new Christmas themed HTML5 demos to their IE9 test drive site which included Vorbis audio in addition to the AAC audio in the audio tags. They've since modified both demos to remove the Vorbis audio. It seems Microsoft is happy to use Vorbis in HTML5 pages internally, just not publicly.

and Also From

Creating an LVM-backed FreeBSD DomU 
in a Linux Dom0

OSNews, Generic OSesDocumentation on how to create a FreeBSD DomU is scarse, so I wrote this step-by-step guide, to guide users from the initial download to a complete, running FreeBSD DomU under a Linux Dom0 Xen host. The guide covers creating the initial Xen kernel, configuring the Xen host, generating the correct configurations, resizing FreeBSD partitions in Xen and cleanly booting the final OS. In the process, we will also create a template disk image which can be used to generate new VM's very quickly. The entire process can be completed in under an hour the first time, and only takes 5-10 minutes to re-generate future VM's.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

LBK Post 053 Mozilla Releases Eighth Firefox 4 Beta

Eighth Firefox 4 Beta

The latest version of the browser for Windows PCs and Macs includes a streamlined synchronization tool for browsing history, bookmarks, open tabs, and passwords across computers and smartphones. In addition, the latest beta supports WebGL, an open standard for accelerated 3D graphic rendering in the browser without the use of a third-party plug-in.

Tracking the Open BSD /
 Backdoor Story

OpenBSD Code Audit Uncovers Bugs, 
But No Evidence of Backdoor

In a follow-up e-mail published this week, de Raadt outlined his current perspective on the controversy and his interpretation of the findings that have emerged from the ongoing code audit. Reviews are being conducted on the history and provenance of code in the IPSEC stack as well as the current implementation. Reviewers have uncovered several bugs that could have security implications, but the nature of the bugs suggests that they were not intentional, nor were they intended to facilitate a backdoor.

Theo de Raadt is the OpenBSD project leader







Wednesday, December 22, 2010

LBK Post 052 OpenBSD Chief Believes Contractor

OpenBSD Chief Believes

Contractor Tried to Write Backdoors

IDG News Service - The lead developer of the OpenBSD operating system says that he believes that a government contracting firm that contributed code to his project "was probably contracted to write backdoors," which would grant secret access to encrypted communications.

Posting to an OpenBSD discussion list Tuesday.

The Stupidest Link I've Ever Seen: 289 characters.  
I call it Web .25 (that's Point 25).



Sunday, December 5, 2010

LBK Post 050 Best New Show on TV Ends Season Tonight on AMC

When to watch: 'Walking Dead' marathon

When • 3:30 p.m. Sunday, beginning with the pilot and leading into the season finale at 9 p.m.

Where • AMC

AMC Has Become The Must See Channel on TV This Year

This Year's Best of the Best Started the Season on Halloween Night with a "killer" Opening Shot.

I expect there will be an explosive "Finale" to it tonight 

and leading to a 13-Episode 

Season 2, although it won't shuffle onto the small screen until next fall