OK I’m back from Toronto and after collapsing for 24 hours, I’m ready to resume our normal broadcast day. Maybe it’s the Prozac in the water?
The Smithsonian was founded on this day in 1846. The Netscape IPO launched the Internet bubble in 1995.
- There’s a serious security flaw in AOL’s Instant Messenger that could give a hacker access to an unwitting user’s computer. AOL has yet to patch the bug.
- Microsoft has finally released Service Pack 2 for Windows XP – the long awaited major security fix for Windows. People are so anxious to get a copy that they’re not waiting for it to appear on Windows Update. It’s being distributed on the peer-to-peer file sharing networks usually reserved for music swapping. I recommend people wait until it’s available on Windows Update later this month. It’s a 272 megabyte download from the file sharing networks. It will be much smaller from Windows Update because you will only download the parts of the update that you need. If you must, download the full version now from Microsoft directly.
- IBM is telling its employees to wait to install the update. According to IDG, in a note headlined “To patch — or not to patch” posted Friday on its corporate intranet, IBM tells its employees not to download SP2 when it becomes available because of compatibility issues.
- Not to be left out, Apple is shipping a 43 megabyte update to OS X today along with a separate security update that patches handling of PNG images. Mac OS 10.3.5 improves Bluetooth performance and updates video drivers. Software update will pull down the updates automatically.
- The google IPO is inching closer. Google settled a patent lawsuit by Yahoo yesterday to clear the decks for the offering by giving Yahoo 2.7 million shares of stock – the settlement will cause Google to post a loss in its first quarter as a public company.
- A nasty virus has been spreading fast since yesterday. The Bagle variant usually has the words price or price quote in the body of the message, the attached file contains the virus and will infect your machine if you open it.
- The FTC has shut down D-Squared, a company that was using Windows Messenger Service to spam computers with pop-up ads. The company was accused of harassing users with spam messages as often as every 10 minutes.
- San Francisco’s 9th Circuit Court has ruled that an Arizona sheriff violated prisoners’ rights by broadcasting images of them being booked to the Internet. Judge Richard Paez wrote that the Webcasts amounted to little more than a “reality show” and went beyond what would be considered a reasonable deterrent to crime.
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