Archive for January, 2010

Heck of a Genius!

January 29th, 2010, posted in Oldies

A friend of mine (Mahdi) sent me this video in an email and titled it:
if you think you saw it, think again!!

How Microsoft Made PHP Suck Less on Windows

January 24th, 2010, posted in Oldies

As yet another demonstration of Microsoft’s seriousness about participating in the open source community, it’s hard at work to make PHP run better (dare we say really well?) on Windows. During last week’s Open Source Convention, I spoke with the dude in charge of making that happen.

For years, PHP developers might develop on Windows but never deploy on Windows. And for good reason, explains Garrett Serack, the open source software developer at Microsoft who’s involved with the company’s Open Source Technology Center. “If you banged on [a PHP application] too hard on Windows, IIS would crash, and nobody could tell why it died,” he says. The existing PHP driver was based on old protocols; its performance was “not great” because, Serack says, the PHP community lacked the technical information necessary to improve it.

Attack code used to hack Google now public

January 24th, 2010, posted in Oldies

The dangerous Internet Explorer attack code used in last month’s attack on Google’s corporate networks is now public.

The code was submitted for analysis Thursday on the Wepawet malware analysis Web site, making it publicly available. By Friday, it had been included in at least one publicly available hacking tool and could be seen in online attacks, according to Dave Marcus, director of security research and communications at McAfee.

Dump Internet Explorer Now

January 24th, 2010, posted in Oldies

I’ve always known that Internet Explorer was an insecure mess, but this latest attacks on Google and dozens of other companies has really opened my eyes to just how bad it really is. The latest zero-day flaw exists not just in bad old IE 6, but in every modern version of IE.

Nokia previews next-generation Symbian user interface

January 24th, 2010, posted in Oldies

Nokia has turned in its proposal for the user interface in Symbian^4, with the goal of developing an interface that can compete with the iPhone and Google’s Android OS.

The proposal was turned in to the Symbian Foundation on Friday, and will now undergo open evaluation, according to a blog post.

JavaScript Workaround Brings Flash to iPhone (Sort of)

January 24th, 2010, posted in Oldies

Flash has come to the iPhone–or rather, the iPhone has come to Flash–thanks to a clever addition to the Javascript Runtime Environment called Gordon and created by Tobias Schneider. While the addition doesn’t require “Jailbreaking” the iPhone, it does have serious limitations.

Google begins replying to more Nexus One complaints

January 24th, 2010, posted in Oldies

Google appears to be trying to boost its customer support for Nexus One customers, posting replies to many more queries on its online forum.

Google has come under fire since the launch of the Nexus One after hundreds of messages were posted with complaints or questions about the phone. Many customers said that after calling T-Mobile they were referred to HTC, the phone’s maker, or the reverse. Google does not have a customer-service phone line, and customers sending e-mails were being told to wait one or two days for a reply.

Google’s Nexus One vs. the Droid: Two Phones Dissected

January 24th, 2010, posted in Oldies

Motorola can add one more item onto its list of Droid slogans: Droid does have more expensive hardware than the Nexus One. But only by a small margin.

A new teardown analysis finds Motorola’s flagship Android device has $179.11 worth of components inside. Google’s Nexus One, on the other hand, has $174.15 worth of goodies beneath its shiny shell, according to the same company. That difference is despite the fact that the Nexus One boasts a faster processor and twice the RAM of its Motorola-made contemporary.

Cell phone radiation could stave off dementia

January 23rd, 2010, posted in Oldies


Tired of all the bad news about what cell phones are doing to your brain? Then you might be intrigued by a study from the University of South Florida that found that cell phone radiation actually prevents mice from developing Alzheimer’s. It’s unknown whether the same effects hold in humans, but it might balance out your brain tumor worries a little bit.

New iPhone app lets you see through clothes

January 23rd, 2010, posted in Oldies


Ever since the days when every comic book came with an ad for x-ray specs, we have dreamed of a magic device that will let us see our friends and neighbors in the nude. Could this iPhone app be just such a device? Don’t blame us if it doesn’t turn out quite the way the promotional video depicts it.