Apple’s Leopard rejects latest version of Java

Forum overlords delete developer gripes Apple faces yet more flack from the Mac faithful over the discovery that the operating system won’t run the latest version of Java. It’s one of several beefs relating to the OS X upgrade that is sparking vitriol among the normally docile crowd. Leopard may have 300 new features, but it is unable to run Java 1.6, even though that same version is available for both Windows and Linux. That has taken some Mac users by surprise, including some on this user forum on Apple’s website. Several users there say 1.6 is so central to … Continue reading Apple’s Leopard rejects latest version of Java

Seagate settles class action: cash back over misleading hard drive capacities

The world’s largest hard disk manufacturer will offer customers 5% cash back on disk drives bought over the last six years in order to settle a legal action over the measurement of hard drive capacity. But the real story starts way back, when marketers decided 24 bytes didn’t mean much. In modern terms, it’s equivalent to a fraction of a cent, or the weight of a feather atop a two tonne truck. Story at via CoU. You can file your claim at

Spammer’s trick: Redirection. Can’t Google, Yahoo and AOL kill the false one?

This is not new since this is ‘common’ issue with redirection and being use by spammer but geez, can’t this company do something to stop the redirection to succeed? Same SPAM emails received today:   That’s AOL, Yahoo and Google.  Guys, you should do something to kill this “False redirection” and it will sure help in killing one method of spammers is using. I know we can disable the automatic redirection in the browser but that will kill the features that many are using.  Example: 1.  Search function in the browser 2. Downloading a file that is redirected by good … Continue reading Spammer’s trick: Redirection. Can’t Google, Yahoo and AOL kill the false one?

Korean software firm sues Microsoft

Microsoft has been slapped with a lawsuit filed by Korean instant messaging program developer, which is claiming millions of dollars in anti-trust damages. According to Korean newspaper Chosun, the US software mammoth has been accused of causing a loss in sales revenue estimated at W30bn (US$1=W918) because the firm’s Windows operating system comes pre-loaded with a media player and instant messaging. Seoul Central District Court confirmed yesterday that Digito was suing Microsoft in the US and Korea, claiming that the software giant had violated the Fair Trade Act since 2000. Korea’s first instant messenger was created by Digito in … Continue reading Korean software firm sues Microsoft

FSF Launches "BadVista" Campaign

From Slashdot : FrankNFurter writes to note the launch yesterday of the FSF’s BadVista campaign against Microsoft’s new operating system. BadVista’s aim is to inform users about the alleged harms inflicted by Vista on the user and about free software alternatives. Quoting program administrator John Sullivan: “Vista is an upsell masquerading as an upgrade. It is an overall regression when you look at the most important aspect of owning and using a computer: your control over what it does. Obviously MS Windows is already proprietary and very restrictive, and well worth rejecting. But the new ‘features’ in Vista are a … Continue reading FSF Launches "BadVista" Campaign

Berkeley Data Systems Launches Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95 a month

Berkeley Data Systems, creators of Mozy online backup, today announced the release of Mozy Unlimited Backup. For $4.95 a month, users may now backup unlimited amounts of data and have access to an unlimited number of restores. Users may choose month-to-month or annual plans, and Mozy will continue to offer consumers 2 GB of automatic online backup for free.

Spymac Announces "Moves It"! – Switch from Windows to Mac

Spymac, the largest Macintosh community and top Macintosh site for sharing photos, movies and music online, announced today “Move It,” the ultimate resource for consumers interested in switching from Windows to Macintosh. The new Spymac online service at, lets users ask, learn, blog and connect with other Spymac users to help them through the whole Mac switching process.

10 steps to fortify the security of your MySQL installation

For those who wish to enhance or fortify the security of the MySQL installation the following technical 10 steps are a good start. Step 1: Run MySQL in a chroot jailStep 2: Restrict or disable remote accessStep 3: Change default root password and change root usernameStep 4: Remove anonymous accounts and accounts with empty passwordsStep 5: Remove sample databaseStep 6: Run MySQL as an unprivileged userStep 7: Grant minimum privileges for database usersStep 8: Enable MySQL logging and restrict access to logsStep 9: Encrypt data stored in the database using MySQL built-in functionsStep 10: Keep a look out for patches … Continue reading 10 steps to fortify the security of your MySQL installation