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Vitrite – transparency for Windows

Vitrite has been providing transparency for Windows applications since 2002. And it’s pretty dang cool. If you don’t mind another thing taking up some of those precious resources that Windows doesn’t already hog. Couple things to note from the author:

  • Vitrite will not work on the following Windows operating systems: Windows 95, 98, or ME. The features that Vitrite uses are only available on Windows 2000 and XP. Sorry, not much I can do about this one.
  • Vitrite can’t change the transparency of the Command Prompt program (CMD.EXE). I’m still working on this and should have a fix (or at least a better explanation) available soon.

Otherwise, try it here! A whole 85k installer!
UPDATE (11:35PM): Michael points out that the link doesn’t work. Sorry about that, it probably got bombarded. Here’s another one that does.
Via Vitrite

Department of Justice publishes SSN in open? Say it ain’t so!

Looks like the Department of Justice is just as bad in the whole “breaching privacy” issues. Here, there is a severe “oops” as they display a woman’s name and her social security number on the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s site.
Truthfully though, is ANYONE actually thinking that any part of the government complies with security standards and policies all that well? NSA (a bit more careful) and perhaps GAO (who actually cites other agencies’ issues) aside, every other department has had their own breaches due to mismanagement. This pretty much due to the fact that the upper level management manage people that they don’t have a clue what the job itself is about and they don’t listen to ways to save money or to get production numbers up.
How is this similar to the corporate world? There is a certain news organization that just gave all of their directors and upper level management bonuses this year even though they’re delving into selling off parts of their organization. Wha? Yeah. I don’t get it either.
BruceSchneier < InformationWeek

Text message anyone

Text message anyone with a text capable mobile phone. Now this is assuming that the person on the receiving end actually can receive text messages and is able to figure out how to read them. This website allows you to text message anyone, virtually anywhere through all sorts of cellular carriers.
Via TextMessage

NSA Echelon listening stations

If you’ve never known about Project Echelon, here’s your chance to learn about a little known secret in information gathering by the National Security Agency.
Two listening posts, one in Sugar Grove, West Virginia and the other in Yakima, Washington are capable of sweeping the nation in the interception of signals. Technically, these are usually used to eavesdrop on international communications coming in and out of the country, but has become an issue with the latest media surge on President Bush’s authorization for the NSA to sweep domestic communications.
Via BoingBoing and BoingBoing

Save on heating costs

As it gets colder, here are some tips to cut down on heating costs. MSN Real Estate has a bunch of tips, many of which are free to do, and the others fixes are under $100. This might be a worthy investment to check into on a spare weekend and see if you can’t same some of those pennies instead of them going to the big bad energy giant.
LifeHacker < MSNRealEstate

Time names Battlestar Galactica Television Show of the Year

What can I say. One of my favorite television series has made Show of the Year for Time magazine. Best quote is from the Time’s critic though:

Most of you probably think this entry has got to be a joke. The rest of you have actually watched the show.

Via Time

How to synchronize data without .Mac

One of the greatest things about .Mac is that you can synchronize data across Macs. But it requires you to have $99 and a subscription. With MySync, you don’t have to do that anymore. It sets up one machine as the master, and the others as slaves and allows you to synchronize your data however you wish.
TUAW < MildManneredIndustries

New York AG subpoenas four labels

New York’s attorney general, Elliott Spitzer is looking into the major labels on their online variable pricing ideas after their tiff with Apple over iTunes. If past history is any indication, Spitzer is out to protect us from the RIAA. And if that is the case, thank you from the bottom of our consumer hearts.
Via Bit-Tech

Prentice Hall offers free e-books for limited time

A plethora of ebooks are being offered on the subjects of open-source and other such subjects by publisher, Prentice Hall. A great many PDFs to collect and read for reference or just learning about open source technologies. A list of book titles:

  • Samba-3 by Example: Practical Excercises to Successful Deployment
  • C++ GUI Development with QT3, Rapid Application Development with Mozilla
  • The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide
  • CIFS: The Common Internet File System
  • Managing Linux Systems with Webmin: System Administration and Module Development
  • “Intrustion Detection with SNORT: Advanced IDS Techniques Using SNORT
  • Apache, MySQL, PHP and ACID”
  • The Linux Development Platform
  • Embedded Software Development with eCost
  • Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager
  • Open Source Security Tools: A Practical Guide to Security Applications
  • PHP 5 Power Programming, Java Application Development on Linux
  • Apache Jakarta Commons: Reusable Java Components
  • Linux Quick Fix Notebook
  • Subversion Version Control: Using the Subversion Version Control System in Development Projects.

Brought to you by devnull from GLUG.

VMware with serious security flaw

VMware has published a security flaw in NAT networking. What does this mean? Anything from VMWare GSX, player, or workstation that uses NAT networking is effected and needs to be patched immediately. This effects the following:

The vulnerability, which affects both Windows and Linux systems, affects VMware Workstation 5.5, VMware GSX Server 3.2, VMware ACE 1.0.1 and the free VMware Player 1.0. All previous versions of these products are also affected.

If you don’t use NAT networking, then you should be okay. VMware is recommending that users of all products update to the latest patches.
eWeek < VMware