Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Open Source Data Recovery Tools To The Rescue

Disasters happen to the best of computers. Luckily, open source apps like SystemRescueCD, dd, Partedmagic, BackTrack, Security Tools Distribution, Helix, and TestDisk can help recover important data and bring dead systems back to life.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Free Sourcefire tool pinpoints hostile MS Office files

Sourcefire, the company behind the popular Snort intrusion detection system, has released a freeware utility to help identify potentially threatening Microsoft Office files.

The tool, called OfficeCat, can be used to process Microsoft Office documents — Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher — determine if possible exploit conditions exist.

Unlike products that detect attempts to exploit known Microsoft vulnerabilities, Sourcefire said OfficeCat can determine if a file contains hostile content before it is opened.

Link: http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1307

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Free legal music downloads.

A new legal music download service offers MP3s free at the point of delivery. the New York-based www.Spiralfrog.com will be fully funded by advertising.

Spiralfrog will make the entire Universal back catalogue available at no charge, including current hits like Razorlight and Johnny Hallyday, together with its roster of classics from the likes of Stevie Wonder. Independent labels will be hosted too, along with video content. There are currently 40 illegal downloads to every single legal one. Spiralfrog will be pitching to the tech-savvy 13 to 34-year-olds.

The standard download charge at iTunes is currently at $1.00 per track. Whether Spiralfrog's entry will prompt a rethink at the dominant player remains to be seen. There is no mention of which audio codec or DRM solution will be used, although it is very likely that the record labels will insist on some DRM being in place.

And, on that note. Happy Downloads.