Saturday, September 29, 2007

GMail Flaw - Mailbox can be hijacked

Hackers can make use of the vulnerability in Gmail filtering feature to get the current and upcoming mails of a user by forwarding all the mails to their desired mailbox.
According to Petko Petkov, a web vulnerability researcher, when a user visiting a malicious website while still logged into Gmail, a "multipart/form-data POST" will be performed to one of the application programming interfaces, followed by injection of filter into user's filter list, then the filter will send all the mails that match the rule, including future mails also. That means even the vulnerability is fixed by Google, the mails will be forwarded also as long as the filter is still there. See Gnucitizen for screenshots and details.
So check your GMail filter list under settings now.

Monday, September 24, 2007

USB 3.0 announced

USB 3.0 is coming next year, around 7 years after USB 2.0 was first introduced. In IDF 07, Intel has announced that USB 3.0 will be released in first half of 2008. The speed of USB 3.0 will be 10X faster than USB 2.0, roughly 5 Gbps compare to 480Mbps, it is even faster than current SATA(3.0 Gbps) technology. USB 3.0 will uses fiber-optic cabling and remains backwards compatible with USB 2.0. Full specification of USB 3.0 will be announced when it is finalised next year, specs like power consumption, efficiency, CPU usage and cable length are what we expect it to improve.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Google Lunar X PRIZE

Google together with X PRIZE Foundation offer $30 million to privately funded teams that can land a spacecraft on the moon. Grand prize $20 million will be awarded to the first team that successfully land a spacecraft on the moon & capable to rove the moon surface for minimum 500 meters and send video, images and data(1GB required) back to the Earth. Second prize $5 million will be given to the next team that completed the mission. Besides, bonus prize of $5 million will be awarded to the team that can complete the additional tasks. Google Lunar X PRIZE is open to all organizations around the world, anyone can participate in this competition. This is what Google and X Prize called Moon 2.0, the second era of lunar exploration.
Check out this video!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Microsoft Tech•Ed SEA 2007 in KLCC

This year Tech•Ed SEA was mostly about Visual Studio Team System, SharePoint products and technologies, SQL Server, .NET, Silverlight, Expression Studio, WPF(Windows Presentation Foundation), WCF(Windows Communication Foundation), WWF(Windows Workflow Foundation), XNA, LINQ, System Center 2007, Office Communication Server 2007, VSTO, ASP.NET, AJAX, Open XML, Windows Live, Security, Forefront, Cardspace, Office 2007, Vista and Microsoft next trio releases - Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 that across all the 7 tracks(WIN, DEV, EDM, OFC, ARC, SYS, WEB/UX) and 4 instructor led labs(IT Pro, DEV, .NET U, Hands on Lab).
There were also a lot of activities like Live Fest, guess my price contest, twin tower building contest, PC Games, Women In Technology, Sumorobot clinic and competition...

Some shots from the event:

Keynote session

The exhibition hall

One of the track session

Dinner served along the foyer on the first day

.Net University lab - too small...

Slides and manuals download at the Internet Cafe

One year earlier...

Collect the bot plans and build

Meet the .Net Bot after 100 minutes of hardwork

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection Free Trial DVD

I finally received the free trial DVD of Adobe CS3 Master Collection that requested about a month ago. The package is included with 3 DVDs which is Adobe CS3 Master Collection , Adobe Ultra CS3 and Adobe OnLocation CS3.

See what is inside the CS3 Master Collection disc, it is really a "master" collection!
It includes:
Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional, Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional, Adobe Contribute CS3, Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, Adobe Encore CS3, Adobe Encore CS3 Codecs, Adobe Fireworks CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, Adobe Flash Video Encoder, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe InDesign CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 Functional Content, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 Third Party Content, Adobe Soundbooth CS3, Adobe Soundbooth CS3 Codecs, Adobe Version Cue CS3 Server

- Installation

- 1GB of RAM is required for some of the applications in the collection

Full installation will consumes around 7.9GB of the harddisk space, and installation will take age to complete if full installation is performed. I think I will need some time to try out all the new products.