Some news is better than no news and that’s what you’ll get next week when I’m on vacation.
Meanwhile, happy birthday Alfred Hitchcock. I think I’ll send him a card with my new Leo Stamp.
- Windows XP Service Pack 2 is now available through Windows Update. However, some problems have been reported. Might be worth waiting a bit before upgrading. I’ve had no problems on two systems, but Andy Walker has reported that the Windows Update verdestroyed one of our systems.
- Jeffrey Lee Parsons, a 19-year-old from Minnesota, has plead guilty to creating and spreading the Blaster-B worm. He based it on the original Blaster whose author remains at-large. Parsons is not the brightest banana in the bunch – he simply rewrote the original virus to make it nastier, and then distributed it under his own chat handle, making it easy for cops to track him down. It’s unlikely they’ll ever catch the guy (or gal) who really started it.
- DVD Jon is at it again. First he breaks the CSS encryption on DVDs, then he cracks the iTunes Music Store copy protection, now he claims to have broken the encryption in Apple’s Airport Express Wi-Fi device, allowing it to be used for more than just iTunes music sharing.
- Google’s Initial Public Offering was almost delayed again, this time because founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin have revealed too much in the pages of Playboy. The auction is scheduled to begin today amid fears that the interview may have violated the SEC mandated Quiet Period. (Although I notice that Google’s lawyers have added the interview transcript to the official prospectus). No action has been forthcoming from the SEC so if you registered in time, point your browsers to ipo.google.com and let the bidding begin.