Monday, June 25, 2007

Google Apps introduces easy email migration service

I have been using Google Apps for a while now. I use them to enhance and aid me in covering most my needs, like scheduler(calendar), spreadsheet, and of course email.
I do not have the enterprise service but I do plan to upgrade my standard service soon. Which is used exclusively by my little startup which just started kicking it's limbs.
We rely on most of Google services to accomplish our goals. I am able to use my notebook for all my work and I do not have to be tethered to a chair and desk. And that is my best mode of operation.
Just do not think that only tiny startups that move their services to Google Apps! According to an article on Google blog Official Google Blog: A smooth Apps move, Central Piedmont Community College, replaced its old email system for 30,000 users in just 3 weeks. And that process came down to 3 million emails flying from their server over to ours in just 24 hours -- more than 2,000 emails per minute, all without missing a beat.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Net Neutrality How it affects you and the nation.

While nations around the world big and small thrive to increase the broadband access to it's citizens, United States is falling behind as it has become free for all game for big telephone and cable companies.
As SnapVoIP reported, AT&T is hiding the advertisement of $10 DSL access it is supposed to provide due to a legal action. These explain how far a telephone company goes to protect it's pockets.
But this article is to tell you why net neutrality is important to all of us and how to go about making sure that the net stays neutral.
There have been many organizations working together to promote net neutrality but I have always been a fan of
Save the Internet have stated that by a factor of more than 10 to 1, people spoke out in favor of restoring strong Net Neutrality protections. It’s now up to the FCC to represent the overwhelming support for open and neutral networks in future decisions concerning the Internet.
But what could you do to insure that net neutrality will continue in it's best form of providing Internet access to masses in an affordable and broad enough to call broadband! (In Japan, you can get 100MB/100MB fiber connection for what I pay for a 4MB/768 DSL)
You can do what I did, you can use the tools provided by them!
What Is net neutrality?
Check out this coalition and join if you like.
ACT NOW because there are only 22 days left!

Open Source label!, Use with care!

Article on WeSeePeople explains OSI's standing on vendors using open source label incorrectly.
WeSeePeople: Open Source getting tough on Open Source label!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Mark Russinovich's WinHec Keynote is online

Mark Russinovich of Systernals is now at M$ since M$ acquired the Systernals. I think it is good break for Mark and Bryce Cogswell. After providing us with tools to deal with all those (&*(&( on and in windows and finding things like Sony rootkit (have people already forgotten that!). But they are busy as ever. I had the chance to see Mark's presentation, Windows Server Platform Internals, as the WinHec keynote. As always it was a pleasure.
But I noticed at Microsoft technet Systernal site that a quite few videos of Mark is available for viewing.
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Mark's WinHec keynote (Windows Server Platform Internals) is now available on-demand. This is an excellent session which covers many of the new technologies built into Windows Server 2008. In addition to a deep dive into these features there are pertinent demos as well.


Mark talks about life at Microsoft and working on Windows in this 5 minute interview taped at WinHEC.

Also you will find usual systernals info and tools.

Friday, June 01, 2007

WeSeePeople finds the Google Photo van Used in Google Stereet view!

WeSeePeople: WeSeePeople had fun seeing people in Google's Streetview!

Well one of those vans that took pictures for Google's Street view!, again only a reflection on a window!. Run away if you see the van. When are the M$ and Yahoo street photo taking vans are coming?

Apple music files embedded personal information

It has come to light that Apple has embedded personal details into music files bought from its iTunes music store.
Ars Technica, one of the first websites to unveil the hidden information, said: “Everyone should be aware that while DRM-free files may lift a lot of restrictions on our personal usage habits, it doesn’t mean we can just start sharing the love, so to speak. Sharer beware.”
Personal data, including the names and e-mail addresses of purchasers, are inserted into the AAC files that Apple uses to distribute music tracks.The information is also included in tracks sold under Apple’s iTunes Plus system, launched this week, where users pay a premium for music that is free from the controversial digital rights management (DRM) intended to protect against piracy.

The Electronic Freedom Foundation, said it was possible that the data could be used to “watermark” tracks so that the original purchaser could be tracked down if a track appeared on a file-sharing network, although experts said that it would be relatively easy to “spoof” such data.


A couple of recent posts on Ars Technica and TUAW pointed out that Apple is embedding personal information, such as the name and email address of the purchaser, in all of their AAC files (including the DRM-free ones). We got curious, and wondered whether Apple might also be watermarking the underlying audio data in these tracks.

We've found that there isn't a watermark in the compressed audio signal itself, but there are surprisingly huge differences in the encoded files. Much bigger differences than just different tags, or even different signed/encrypted tags.

We compared two DRM-free copies of the track Daftendirekt by Daft Punk. When decoded to PCM/WAV data, both copies produced an identical audio signal (the MD5sum is e40b006497f9b417760ca5015c3fa937). So there is no audio watermark. But one of the .m4a files is almost 360K larger than the other!

We haven't finished examining these differences yet, and we don't have in-house expertise on MPEG codecs, but some of them have an intriguing amount of structure. There's a region (see around offset 0x11470 in the Daft Punk track for example) where the files contain what look like tables with sequential indices but different data in the table.

We'll post again if we learn more about what's going on here. In the mean time, some pure speculation: it may be that large amounts of iTunes library data are present in each file. It's also possible that Apple has found a way to watermark the AAC encoding itself, such that users would need to either crack the watermark or transcode the audio signal in order to produce a file that does not identify them as the source."

Apple's DRM-free AAC..

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