Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Macintosh team, has created a wonderful Mac history on Foklore.org.
- There’s a nasty virus coming your way. MyDoom or Novarg, depending on which anti-virus company you listen to, is spreading faster than any email virus since SoBig, probably because the email it comes in features such pseudo-tech speak as “The message cannot be represented in 7-bit ASCII encoding and has been sent as a binary attachment.” and “Mail transaction failed. Partial message is available.” Works better than pictures of Anna Kournikova these days.
Besides sending itself to everyone in the victim’s address book, MyDoom also adds itself to Kazaa’s shared files posing as a pirated application, and then lies in wait for a planned attack on the SCO Corporation’s web site on February 1st. The virus also installs a backdoor and a keylogger.
- HP has announced it will use the Opteron in its new line of ProLiant servers. A big win for AMD.
- Experts say we’ll see an end to spam around 2006. No thanks to the Federal SPAM-CAN act. Since it became the law of the land spam has actually increased to 60% of all mail, but stepped up enforcement and address verification requirements by the big ISPs should begin to take hold by the end of this year, according the Brightmail CEO, Enrique Salem.
- The European Union is close to a judgment on the Microsoft anti-trust case.
- SlashDot reports that Dell is offering PCs without Windows for the first time since their failed Linux flirtation. The business PCs come with FreeDOS instead.
- Out of the way Wi-Fi, here comes UltraWideband, a wireless technology that’s faster and lower power. That makes it better suited to TV and other entertainment connections according to chipmaker Texas Instruments.
- The William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library will feature 40 million emails sent by staff, and two sent by the Prez himself. Actually one doesn’t count, because it was a test email to see if Clinton could figure out how to use the send button. (Don’t Presidents have people to do that stuff for them?) The lone actual email: a message to John Glenn aboard the space shuttle.
- We’re not the only species that sends out virus warnings. According to a new Penn State study, corn plants can warn each other about oncoming infestation.