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         Alun Jones (Security MVP Reconnect) writes about security, cryptography, SSL, PKI, and pretty much anything else that bothers him enough.

Archive for February, 2008

February 29, 2008

Random leap-day events.

Filed under: Miscellany - not security @ 8:47 pm

A semi-hobby of mine is that of date- and time-related issues with computers. Something that we all take for granted, and assume to be easy, is actually incredibly complex, with rules that depend on where you are, when you are, which laws you follow, which religion you believe in, and any number of other steps. […]

February 26, 2008

CS-RCS Pro on Vista

I’ve been trying back and forth to get CS-RCS Pro, a version control suite, to work on Windows Vista. I like CS-RCS Pro for a number of reasons: Files stored in CS-RCS Pro are kept in a simple format, open and well-documented. As a result, if I ever have to move away from CS-RCS Pro […]

February 7, 2008

Dealing in Vulnerabilities – Denying the Vendor

Filed under: General Security @ 2:20 pm

Full disclosure, responsible disclosure, malicious exploit use, there are so many ways to act when you find a vulnerability. What about disclosure to a select band of people (selected only by their ability to pay you a bucket of money every year), and demonstrating the vulnerability publicly, while simultaneously withholding details of the vulnerability from […]

February 5, 2008

MMR vs Autism – Amateur Epidemiology

Filed under: Autism @ 1:20 pm

Once again, the headlines declare, “No link between autism and MMR vaccine“. The story, however, is a different matter: The study, published on Tuesday in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, found no evidence of any abnormal biological response from the shot that could point to a link between the vaccine and autism. Hmm… an […]

February 4, 2008

Google on Microsoft / Yahoo! Deal: "Wah!"

In case you’ve been under a rock, Microsoft appears to be trying to take advantage of Yahoo! Inc’s recent poor performance to make an unsolicited offer (as far as I can tell, it’s not a hostile bid until and unless Yahoo! officers declare that they will be fighting against it by offering a deal they […]

February 1, 2008

Get Well Scotty McLeod

I could have titled this “adversity shows how small our world truly is”. I had no idea that so many of my friends, acquaintances, MVPs and Microsoft staff are also friends with Scotty McLeod – until he got hit by a train last week. He is recovering, and I hope to see him sitting up […]

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