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Do You Blame Users For IT Security?

An interesting article published by security guru Bruce Schneier:

Blaming the victim is common in IT: users are to blame because they don't patch their systems, choose lousy passwords, fall for phishing attacks, and so on. But, while users are, and will continue to be, a major source of security problems, focusing on them is an unhelpful way to think.

=> Blaming the user is easy – but it's better to bypass them altogether

I already wrote about verifying your own or ISP recursive resolvers using dig command under Linux and UNIX. However, most windows users don't have dig command installed. You can use nslookup command as follows (open dos prompt by visiting Start > Run > type "cmd" > Enter:
nslookup -type=txt -timeout=30 porttest.dns-oarc.net
nslookup -type=txt -timeout=30 porttest.dns-oarc.net ns1.your-isp.com
nslookup -type=txt -timeout=30 porttest.dns-oarc.net NS-SERVER-IP

You must see the word GOOD otherwise your dns is open to attack.

Check DNS Cache Poisoning Under Windows Xp / Vista / Server Edition using nslookup command

Check DNS Cache Poisoning Under Windows Xp / Vista / Server Edition using nslookup command

Microsoft Admitted Windows Vista Failure – XP Gets Support Till 2014

I'm not pro windows user, nevertheless it is a good news. Some time I got to deal with Microsoft desktop products and vista is the worst operating system out there. Also, Microsoft may have little choice but to support XP for an extended period since most of its business customers have not upgraded to Windows Vista.

This is the best thing Microsoft could have ever done, IMPO. This will help both IT stuff, admins and users. Also Microsoft don't want to promote Linux here:

Without continued access XP, manufacturers of such systems would be forced to offer them with the rival Linux OS on board -- a situation Microsoft is hoping to preempt.

=> Microsoft Pledges Windows XP Support Through 2014

Windows Vista Failure: Pay Extra $50 To Get Aging Windows XP

From the computerworld:

Dell Inc. will charge customers up to $50 for factory-installed Windows XP on some PCs after Wednesday, according to the company's Web site. Vista Business and Vista Ultimate are the only generally-available editions that allow downgrades, and they can be downgraded only to Windows XP Professional. Under Microsoft's licensing terms, the less-expensive XP Home cannot be installed as a downgrade.

This is really funny, Microsoft spent over 6-8 years developing MS-Vista and now users are willing to pay not to use it. This clearly indicate that end users only pay when you have a better product, which is free from DRM crap, faster and less buggy as compare to Vista. As usual, I suggest you get Dell with Ubuntu Linux loaded for 100% peace of mind.

Developers Deliberately Avoiding Vista for Mac OS and Linux

Programmers deliberately avoiding association with Vista, and habitually keeping away from Vista for Mac OS and Linux. According to a survey issued last week by Evans Data Corp. The headline was that most developers are still not targeting Windows Vista when they write new apps. Only 8% of the 380 developers surveyed were writing for Vista; 49% were still targeting Windows XP.

It appers that programmers may be developing an interest in something beyond the size of the installed operating system base, which is good news for Linux.

=> Survey: Programmers shunning Vista for Mac OS and Linux

Mega List of low Cost ( Cheap ) Linux / Windows Ultraportables PCs

Check out this awesome post about all tiny device powered by Linux!

Over the past six months or so, Asus, Everex, and HP have managed to bring low-cost ultraportable notebooks to market. But dozens of other computer makers have promised to bring out their own mini-notebooks. Some will run Linux, while others will be preloaded with Windows XP or Vista. Some will have flash memory, while others will have hard drives. But every one will be smaller, lighter, and cheaper than most existing laptop computers. Here's a roundup of some of the computers that have been announced or are already available.

Comprehensive list of low-cost ultraportables (Via digg)

Operating Systems At War – But Who Wins?

Each OS has its own advantages and disadvantages. This article from Pc Advisor takes diffrent angle and considers normal joe user who just wanted to do their work:

When it comes to an OS, what should you choose? Each of the four biggest players; Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Vista and Windows XP all have their merits. So we've taken four experts and asked them to defend their chosen operating systems in an opinionated free-for-all.

=> Linux, Mac OS X, Vista and XP: head-to-head