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Tuesday, October 15, 2002
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If you poke a blind person in the eye does it hurt?
Jonathon Delacour is pissed. IBM is screwing the Australians. As an Accessibility advocate and speaker he was using the IBM Home Page Reader to demonstrate how blind folks hear and can use the web. He had been using a Trial Copy which expired.
He stepped up to buy a copy only to find that the US Price was "$117.00 which equals AU$214.40 at today's exchange rate." He could not purchase this living down under, so he went to the Australian Page to find the same product at $341.00.
If any computing company in the world is in a position to leverage the Internet for cost savings IBM would be on the top of my list. Having created the Personal Computer then being overtaken by clones, they must still be mad.
I have been reading Jon Udell since BYTE was the Gold standard in computing magazines. I have not met him yet, but it is early days yet. He was at the Digital Identity World conference and posted this yesterday;
The connected computer is fast approaching ubiquity. We've created cyberspace, but we haven't yet really colonized it because we lack the organizing principle to do so. Having abolished time and space, nothing remains but identity. How we project our identities into cyberspace is the central riddle. Until we solve that, we can't move on.
We are moving on as you read this...
There is no riddle here, there is a problem of looking at communication in a new light.
Microsoft has their hand caught in the FUD pixel jar again. The latest blitz from Redmond has this nugget (note it is a Google cache as MS pulled it down) "It's about more and better". Swapping a Mac for a PC? Get Real!!
Last night I was sitting at home watching a show that I had recorded last week when there was a knock on my door. People don't usually knock on my door unless there is a problem.
It was a guy who lives over 3 blocks from me. He wanted me to sign a petition in support of getting someone who lives 4 blocks away to tear down the 6.5 foot block they had put up in the front of their house.
He informed me that their were two junk cars on the property and 'those' folks did not have a 6.5 foot fence in their back yard. (I didn't bother asking him how he knew so much, I have seen this movie before)This was one of those self directed fools who could not understand that not only did I not care that someone had a 6.5 foot fence in their front yard, he could not understand that I would like one for mine to let my 6 dogs run free in my front yard as well as out back.
Microsoft Patch o' the Day
The latest reason that Microsoft is the last company on the planet to manage Digital Identities.
An Unchecked Buffer in Outlook Express S/MIME Parsing May Permit System Compromise
To permit Outlook Express to verify the authenticity of mail messages, Outlook Express supports digital signing of messages by using Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension (S/MIME). The code that generates a warning message when a particular error condition occurs contains a buffer overrun vulnerability. That error condition is associated with digital signatures.
If an attacker creates a digitally signed e-mail message, edits it to introduce specific data, and then sends it to another user, the attacker may cause one of two effects to occur when the recipient opens or previews the e-mail message:
In the less serious case, the attacker may cause the mail client to stop responding. If this problem occurs, the recipient can restart the mail client, and then delete the offending mail to resume ordinary operation.
In the more serious case, the attacker may cause the mail client to run code of the attacker's choice on the user's computer. Such code can take any action that the attacker wants, limited only by the permissions of the recipient on the computer.
This could be considered a public service if you wish. But is is really about my clients. This way I can ensure that my clients who are still using Windows are up to date.
It's Time to Stop the Music
I want you to stop buying Commercial Music and going to Movies for six months.
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