July 2, 2008

simply say not to icq…

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 8:11 pm

… and any other proprietary (instant messaging) protocol. On Tuesday 1nd July, ICQ presented another time why people should never ever use proprietary protocols or tools again: By changing their protocol they locked out every free instant messaging client to connect to their servers. (See Gulli or golem (both german) for more.


Via gulli I even found a (german) page which describes quite in detail and very good, why you shouldn’t use icq: Sagt Nein zu ICQ. And just to note: any other proprietary protocol won’t better. So: cool kids don’t use icq, nor msn…

What to use else?

@immerda.ch we started quite a while now a jabber service, which is open to all people using our services. Jabber can do the same, as msn and icq, it’s open and even cooler! Have a look at our Jabber Services Page, drop msn, icq, etc. and join the jabber community!

July 1, 2008

security vs. uptime

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 1:00 am

Russel Coker have done some math about kernel security related reboots and some common uptime marketing gags.

In Short: If you do all the security related reboots, you can hardly achieve an uptime like: 99.9999%, which is not uncommon nowadays in many bussinness categories.

more access control

Filed under: apple,selinux — admin @ 12:54 am

Karl McMillan and Chad Sellers have both some nice blog entries [2] due to the recent OS X trojaner: They both sign the need of more restrictive and finer grained security controls for operating systems.

SELinux or the Sandbox for Apple, which comes from TrustedBSD a sister project of SELinux (circuit close!), both provide systems like these. As Redhat is now including and propagating the use of SELinux, as well the Fedora Community integrated some nice support into Fedora 9, it even looks like apple will more and more come with things like that. And they seem to have started to integrate it into CUPS.

Good way to proceed.

continued surveillance

Filed under: data retention,privacy,society,surveillance — admin @ 12:46 am

some facts about surveillance in europe and upcoming international surveillance:

  • Berlin: Wiretapped one million phone calls a year: Gulli, Datenterrorist (both german)
  • Austria: 32 daily requests for wiretapping and internet traffic surveillance: Gulli
  • Duties should be allowed to scan your computers for piracy: Gulli
  • USA likes to observere there inhabitants more and more: Gulli
  • unfortuantely more to come…

no encryption with french ms windows

Filed under: cryptography,windows — admin @ 12:21 am

it looks like there is no encryption for microsoft windows when using a french version. according to a blog-entry @fefe (german), which points to a french blog-entry. Windows is turning the random key generator off, when it thinks being used in france. someone even notices that all french windows versions are affected. scaring…

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