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Zero day Excel hacker takes on ebay

Typically, software companies are given a window of between one and a number of months to examine and release patches for the problem, before the finer details are released to the public. But fearwall is understood to have said in his auction description: "Since I was unable to find any use for this by-product of Microsoft developers, it is now available for you at the low starting price of $0.01 - a fair value estimation for any Microsoft product." The seller even offered Microsoft employees a discount: “To qualify, you must provide email address and must mention discount code LINUXRULZ during checkout," he said. Marks The Coming Of Age Of Open Source In India, India’s largest Free and Open Source Software conference, was held in India’s IT capital, Bangalore, from November 29th to December 2nd this year. The event attracted over 2700 attendees indicating the coming of age of the open source, free software movement in India.

FOSS.In — known in its earlier four editions as Linux Bangalore — itself was sponsored by the Ministry of Information and Technology. The event saw four days of ideological debates, tech exchange workshops and interactions with some of the who’s who of the free and open source world. The event covered a wide range of topics related to FOSS technologies, products and initiatives.

CLI Magic: Daily aliases

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 11, 2005 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
If you spend any time working at the shell, you probably use many GNU utilities. One thing that distinguishes the GNU versions from the classic Unix versions is that the GNU programs are rife with additional options. Some of these options are so useful you may want to create an alias so you can use them all the time without needing to do all the extra typing.

Apace Systems and Fujitsu 10GbE Technologies Make Collaborative Uncompressed HD Video Editing & Archive a Reality

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 11, 2005 11:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Optimized for PC, MAC, Linux Based Video Editing and Post-Production, Apace Systems Network Storage Equipped With 10GbE Connectivity and in Partnership With Fujitsu Ultra-Low Latency 10GbE Switch Fabric Offer End-to-End High Performance Multi-Stream HDV, SD and HD Workgroup Video Editing Access, Playback and Archive Over 10GbE LAN

Thunderbird 1.5 and Beyond

With the recent release of Firefox 1.5, many people are eagerly awaiting the new version of its email client counterpart, Thunderbird. Thunderbird 1.5 is slated to be officially released in January 2006 and its Release Candidate 1 had been available for a few weeks now. The enormously effective Spread FireFox has sparked interest in Thunderbird and no doubt had a positive effect on its growth so this is an important step for Mozilla and its supporters. This article take a brief look at Thunderbird 1.5 RC1, looks into what to expect from 1.5, and what the future holds for this email client.

Panasonic Mobile Bows Out of 2.5G

  • Mobile Gazette (Posted by bstadil on Dec 11, 2005 10:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Panasonic Mobile have announced that they are to cease production of GSM handsets from January 2006 and concentrate on 3G handsets. Also, they will cease development on the Symbian platform and concentrate on a Linux-based solution for their phones.

Mini-itx Sports Pentium M and Runs Linux

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Taiwan Commate Computer has launched a new embeded Mini-ITX mainboard, the LV-675. LV-675 is a Mini-ITX Motherboard with support for the Intel Pentium M / Celeron M processor. The board comes with 2 x Mini-PCI expansion and high performance display functions for DVI or LVDS application.

Pick a computer to suit you your needs

  • News & Observer; By Paul Gilster (Posted by tadelste on Dec 11, 2005 7:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A FINAL THOUGHT: Do you really need to pay extra for Microsoft Office? Choose the free OpenOffice, at, and put the money you save into more memory.

US group says Microsoft ‘pretending’ on earnings

The head of a US tax-research group has accused software firm Microsoft of “pretending it makes all of its money in Ireland" in order to pay minimal tax. Attention has focused on how some multinational firms use Ireland to book large profits, which are taxed at the Irish corporation-tax rate of 12.5 per cent, rather than 35 per cent in the United States. Microsoft and other multinationals have said they are fully tax compliant. However, Bob McIntyre, the director of Washington-based Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ), said his group has had concerns about the tax regime in Ireland for some time. “Everyone knows there is an issue here,” he said. “It doesn't just involve Microsoft and Ireland.

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'intelligent Caching' Best Improvement In Firefox Upgrade

Firefox 1.5, the first major upgrade to the Mozilla Foundation's popular open-source browser in a year, brings new features and increased speed, making what was a very good product even better.

Mozilla Thunderbird Announces Tabbed Message Browsing

Mozilla has released an updated patch for Mozilla Thunderbird for tabbed message browsing. Developed by Myk Melez, the feature allows users to right-click a message header and select "Open Message in New Tab" from the context menu.

Users occasionally want to keep a particular message open while browsing their mail, open multiple messages simultaneously for quicker reading of messages over a slow network connection, or otherwise access multiple messages at the same time. Thunderbird currently supports this with its "open message in new window" feature, which displays one or more messages in separate windows.

HOWTO Install FreeNX Server on SUSE 10

  • Mad Penguin; By Adam Doxtater (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 11, 2005 5:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: SUSE
Not long ago, I reviewed SUSE Linux 10 and found that they had included the latest version of FreeNX (a free version of NoMachine's NX Server) on the installation media. I'd never really tried FreeNX at that point but had heard some good things about it, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Well, once it was installed and working I have to say I was immediately impressed by how simple it was to setup and how well (read: fast) it performed over a WAN connection. I was literally able to get my desktop at home from anywhere else in the world and get near-local speed. Normally, working on a remote system is alright until you need to type in any shape or form. There was almost no delay from the time I'd press a key to the time it would show up on the screen. This is what sold me on FreeNX and prompted me to offer to write a HOWTO on the topic. I was overwhelmed with email from our readers asking that I write it... so here we are!

Linux Makes it to the NASDAQ-100 Index with Red Hat

New York – (NASDAQ:NDAQ) The Nasdaq Stock Market has said that the annual re-ranking of the NASDAQ-100 Index®, will be effective with the market open on Monday, December 19, 2005. The new listing includes Red Hat and Google.

Firefox 1.5 exploit code released

  • TechSpot; By Derek Sooman (Posted by tadelste on Dec 11, 2005 1:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Already Firefox 1.5, the latest incarnation of the popular alternative browser, has had exploit code released which takes advantage of a bug in the history.dat file, which stores information from Web sites users have visited. Basically, using an overly long topic of a page can cause the browser to crash each time it is started after going to such a page. According to the Internet Storm Center, it is not possible to start Firefox normally until the history.dat file is manually erased.

Firefox 1.5 anti-phishing toolbar update available

  • (Posted by bstadil on Dec 11, 2005 12:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Internet services company Netcraft Ltd. invites Firefox users who haven't yet tried the Netcraft Toolbar to install its latest version, which has been updated for compatibility with Firefox 1.5

OEM/Microsoft Tax Survey Established

Inspired by the ideas and work of Hans Kwint, I have decided to try and breathe new life into the OEM/Microsoft Tax survey I started several months ago. In addition to collaborating with Hans, I am looking for assistance from our community.

Setting up an Internet server on Mandriva 2006

A new, simplified but detailed tutorial on how to set up a Mandriva 2006 Free Edition-based server for Web and other Internet services has been published on The server offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (Web server SSL-capable), mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS!), DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.), reports author Falko Timme.

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Microsoft Offers Free Software For Small Retailers

From the FYI department:

Microsoft Corp. is giving small retailers in the United States free add-in software to integrate Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006 with either Microsoft Point of Sale or Microsoft Retail Management System.

The software allows integration between the Microsoft products that wasn't possible before. "Instead of having to wait for the next full release of the product we're offering it as a module add-in," said Mike Dickstein, director of retail solutions at Microsoft Business Solutions, late Thursday. "It's something customers have asked for."

Q&a: SAP Exec Fields Database Queries, Zings Oracle

Calm but determined, Shai Agassi had a message for analysts who gathered earlier this week in Las Vegas: "The database layer as we know it will go through radical shifts."

Agassi, president of SAP‘s product and technology group and a member of its executive board, also sat down with reporters, including TechWeb‘s Laurie Sullivan, to explain the NetWeaver platform, composite applications projects, database commoditization, and the $1-billion-per-quarter for services the German software company expects to generate.

Siemens says, "Go Linux Go!"

Siemens recently announced that it has joined the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a group of international companies pushing for increased adoption of Linux worldwide. The mobile phone manufacturer will be participating in OSDL’s Carrier Grade Linux (CGL), Mobile Linux Initiative (MLI), and Data Center Linux (DCL) working groups. Linux is a free open-source operating system based on Unix that is quickly making headway into a number of industries, and not just mobile

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