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WiFi Hacking Tools

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Ethical Hacker has a column that goes over the most widely used WiFi network security tools available. Although providing a blueprint for script kiddies to hack wireless networks can seem to be a poor decision, information can only help the security scene in the long run. For those not familiar with any of the tools available, this is a good place to start understanding WiFi security.

Yahoo! Releases Top Searches of 2005

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Yahoo!'s Official Blog announced that they have compiled the results for 2005's top search criteria. Not surprisingly, the overall search query leaders basically all have sex appeal reinforcing the notion that "sex sells". Mrs. Spears-Federline topped the list which is no surprise when considering her marriage, her baby and her husband.

For me, I was more interested in the product search rankings (specifically, the electronics category). Interestingly, the PSP outranked the Xbox 360 while the PS3, with its far away release date, doesn't even crack the top 10.

Google FireFox Extensions

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Google released two new FireFox extensions - Blogger Web Comments and Google Safe Browsing for FireFox. Blogger Web Comments allows you to more efficient surf and post comments on Blogger sites while Google Safe Browsing helps prevent users against phishing attacks.

What's really interesting about the timing of these two releases is the rumor circulating the web that Google may be in talks to buy Opera, the "other" non-Internet Explorer web browser. With Google backing

Nessus 3.0 Vulnerability Scanner Released

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Tenable Security released a new version of their industry leading vulnerability scanner - Nessus. However, this version has one major change over previous versions - it is now closed source. This move was made because no developers were contributing code when Nessus was open source and yet people were repackaging the software (not always a bad thing) for their own monetary profit.

Ok, enough politics. Nessus 3.0 offers greatly increased efficiency and speed with their new version. Anyone who's doing a network

Newsweek SEO Article

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Matt Cutts has posted his thoughts concerning the SEO article written by Newsweek. The article (and Matt) talk a lot about "blackhat" search engine optimization where "sneaky" efforts to get a higher page rank are met with resistance by companies such as Google, Yahoo! and MSN. Great advanced level article if you are trying to understand how search engines rank your site.

Online Office Suite

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

While many wait for gOffice, Google's online office suite, ThinkFree Office Online already has an amazingly functional and fast online office suite written using Java (I'm pretty sure there is little Web 2.0 or AJAX here, mainly Java applets). I use this site personally to keep track of my workout stats until I get my own web based workout tracker up and running. Check it out and believe in the power of online office computing.

IBM Discloses Xbox 360 CPU Design

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

IBM has released information concerning the design of the Xbox 360 CPU. From their white paper:

The Xbox 360 system has a single chip (with 165 million transistors) for its CPU. This chip is in fact a three-way symmetric multiprocessor design. The three PowerPC cores are identical, except that they are physically reflected through the X and Y axis. Each of the CPU cores is a specialized PowerPC chip with a VMX128 extension related to (and partially compatible with) the VMX instructions in the G4 and G5 CPUs. The three CPU cores share a 1MB Level2 cache. Each processor has 32KB each of data and instruction Level1 cache. The chip's front-side bus/physical interface has a 21.6GB/second bandwidth, and runs at 5.4GHz. The high frequency clocks are generated on-chip by four phase-locked loops: two for the core clocks, two for the PHY clock.

Windows Live Local Released!

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

The MSN Search blog states that Windows Live Local has been released and is now "live". What is Windows Live Local you ask? Basically, think of Google Earth, but geared to performing local searches and without the really cool interface. However, it's good to see some competition for Google so that they continue to improve their products.

Windows Rootkits

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

eWeek has a report on rootkits and where they are being developed and for what purpose. Not to spoil the surprise for everyone, but spyware companies seem to be the leader (I know, I know, what a shocker!).

What makes this article great are the resources included in the article. There is a link to an anti-rootkit detector and some news about how Microsoft's AntiSpyware application will have future detection and removal tools for rootkits. For many who don't know, rootkits are the real malicious payload that we should be looking out for because deployers of rootkits aren't going to just hit your machine once - they are going to perform identity theft, credit card fraud and use your machine as a zombie in other black hat activities.

Yahoo! Answers Released

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Yahoo! has released a new tool for searching for answers on the Internet - aptly named Yahoo! Answers. Yahoo! allows you to ask a question (in a very Jeeves like way) and it returns answers in a different format than a normal search engine does. The interface is very easy to use and the random questions that show up are actually slightly interesting.

I'm not sure where Yahoo! is going with this, but I do see the need to make searching on the Internet easier. I would hazard a guess that 90% of Google users don't even know