While many people have turned their attention from the PC to mobile, it seems the bleeding edge of technology is now moving to television.
I’ve been getting a lot of feedback regarding LightScribe, the new technology for writing labels on CDs and DVDs. First of all, a correction to the previous entry: In that entry, I said that LightScribe was a silk screening technology. Steve Loughran, who worked on the technology, points out that It has been likened silk screening, but it is definitely not: it is laser printing at v. high resolution onto discs. This is an important distinction that I missed out on. Another alert reader pointed out to me that LightScribe now has its own site. From there, one can learn more about the technology and licensing information. More details: At the current time, LightScribe will work with Windows 2000 and Windows XP but support for additional operating systems will come in the future. The new technology will not have much of an impact on prices, adding only a few pennies to the price of disc media and a few dollars to the price of a computer. LightScribe-enabled disc drives will also be available as peripherals Basic printing will take about a minute to complete but more complex images can take up to 15 minutes to print. I do believe that…Read More
For people who have been using my enhanced version of the webalizer.conf file, I’ve just created a new update. This new version includes a number of new user agents, as well as some cleaning up to lower the memory footprint. It is downloadable from its usual location. Enjoy!Read More
Last week, for the second week in a row, IIS administrators have had to face Code Red. More than a simple virus, Code Red could represent a new acceleration in the online virus war and shows that we may not be ready, as an industry, for the era of web services. A Rapid Epidemic Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s take a quick look at how Code Red spread. First of all, there was a simple buffer overflow problem in Microsoft Index Server, for which the company produced a patch. A month later, Code Red starting showing up. However, its rate of growth was relatively slow at the beginning. The true epidemic did not start until July 19th, when Code Red exploded onto the scene, increasing the number of infected servers from just around 300 at 00:15am to 2994 by 7:30am, over 30,000 by 14:40pm and over 300,000 in the 6 hours after that. In other words, in less than a day, Code Red went from a relatively small annoyance to a full blown attack on the net infrastructure. Had no one rung the bell on it, it would have taken only a couple of days for it to…Read More