Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Open Source Christmas List!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Switching the Parents to Ubuntu...?

I spent a half hour or so recently on the phone walking my Mom through a technical issue. Tentatively, I diagnosed her issue as a hard drive failure. She brought it over on her last visit and sure enough, the Dell XPS 450 from circa 1999 sounds like a bad coin-operated laundry at full capacity.

I was aghast to discover she's running Windows 98. Ugh. Also, her recovery disk is just that--for recovery. I don't believe I'll be able to re-install Win98 on a new hard drive. That, coupled with the end of Microsoft (and Dell) support for Win98, got me thinking about Linux. (and she's not intense about her computing needs...and she doesn't want to spend much money...)

I've been reading good things about switching one's parents to Ubuntu. Any thoughts out there?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Microsoft ASP.Net Anti-XSS Library Released

Prevent XSS attacks and reduce vulnerabilities with this updated library. This is particularly relevant with the increasing popularity of AJAX.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Data Privacy Breaches

Chronology of data privacy breaches since Choicepoint in 2005. Far too many, people...

Internet Explorer...within Firefox!

Check out the IE Tab Firefox extension. It allows sites optimized for IE to display within Firefox. I used to open a separate IE browser only to support Outlook Web Access (because the experience was less than optimal in Firefox). Never again!