15th > February > 2002 Archive
Amstrad touts em@iler-plus on TV
Amstrad is to spend £ 2.2m on advertising the e-ma@iler plus, its text-messaging, games-playing, email delivering telephone, on television.
Call for tougher action, in Samsung stolen phone wake
In the wake of the theft of 26,000 Samsung mobile phones last weekend, questions have been raised about why networks are less efficient at blocking mobiles stolen from individuals.
Nvidia opens books for SEC
Nvidia is conducting a review of accounting practices, in response to a 'request' from the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC).
Evesham sets up small business portal
Evesham.com, the UK system builder, has introduced an internet access service for its small business customers.
Gateway secures entry to small biz
The making money mantras for PC builders large and small increasing revolve around three topics these days: wireless, security, and Internet access. All three can provide recurring revenues, although in the case of wireless, the big money kicks in for the road warriors.
Scanning for SNMP vulnerabilities
SANS has released a scanning tool called SNMPing which will find SNMP daemons running on a TCP/IP network. It defaults to port 161, but you can enter the port of your choice.
Apple exec refused ‘Kill Dock’ bribe
BSDConAn Apple executive turned down an offer to sabotage the Mac OS X code tree, yesterday, we can sort of exclusively reveal.
Why your vendor has no SNMP fix
Ever wonder why only a handful of vendors had a fix ready for the myriad SNMP vulnerabilities recently reported? The vulns were discovered nine months ago, after all.
Justice chief queried over MS campaign contributions
A Democrat representative on the US House Judiciary Committee has written to Attorney General John Ashcroft asking why he did not disqualify himself from participation in settlement talks in the Microsoft case, whereas he has done so in the case of the Enron investigation. Ashcroft's failed senate campaign in 2000 received contributions from both Microsoft and Enron.
Symbian CEO Myers exits suddenly
Symbian CEO Colly Myers has stepped down, just a month after the company secured a new round of funding from its investors. It's not as yet clear where he's going, if it's anywhere in particular, but the move seems to have been not entirely planned for - David Potter, founder of Psion and Symbian chairman, is taking the post of executive chairman while a new CEO is found, and joint COOs have been appointed - CFO Thomas Chambers and director of programme management Kent Eriksson.
MS to block internet apps by default in .NET
Microsoft is to implement a switch in default security settings in a forthcoming service release for the .NET Framework. As shipped, the default policy will be not to allow managed code to run from the Internet. Think about that one for a moment and then think about what you thought .NET was supposed to be about, folks - but don't worry, you can always switch it back on.
BT Cellnet mmail falls off the Internet
BT Cellnet's email to its own SMS gateway service, mmail, is currently unavailable after the domain fell off the Internet.
Virus smuggling risk for Outlook Express users
Security researchers have identified a way to smuggle virus laden emails past AV checkers and into the in-boxes of Outlook Express users.
Coming soon: foot-powered laptops
A US developer is coming to market with a device which lets users recharge batteries using a foot-operated pump.
802.1X can be toppled ‘like set of dominoes’
Security researchers have suggested even more security shortcomings in the way Wireless LANs are set up.
Lindows CEO delivers broadside in MS trademark dispute
Recently we published a piece in which we argued that Microsoft was doing no wrong in pressing a trademark case against Lindows.com. And it would probably win anyway, we said. Two people agreed, while 70 or so thought we were talking out of our proverbial.