Weekend Link Roundup: Week 6

Written by Mark Sanborn: May 3, 2008

Server Environment Discovery Tool - This is an sweet time saver for knowing what services a server offers.

Feds: We will search through your laptop files at the border - Well this seems crazy to me. If you are traveling abroad you may be subject to search and seizure of your laptop/cellphone data. I’ll quote good ol’ Ben Franklin, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” I recommend using a program like truecrypt for whole drive encryption. I think it would also be fun to write over the “blank spots” of your hard drive with Rick Astley videos.

Microsoft device helps police pluck evidence from cyberscene of crime - Microsoft apprently made a USB device that allows law enforcement to quickly decrypt passwords and perform other forensic tasks. I am guessing it will decrypt Windows passwords easily since this has already been done, but what good is it for people that operating systems with real encryption and authentication methods?

Opera 9.5 beta 2 improves speed, adds features - The author of this artcile does his own tests and finds Opera is much faster than Firefox and the new beta version of Firefox. I have always liked Opera for many reasons and always knew opera was lighter and faster than other browsers. The artcile is a well written review of the newest version.

Error Message: Your Password Must Be at Least 18770 Characters and Cannot Repeat Any of Your Previous 30689 Passwords - An actual error in Microsoft Windows with resolution. Unbelievable!

Hackers Focus Efforts on Firefox, Safari - An intersting article about hackers targeting the ever popular Firefox and Safari internet browsers. I suspect hackers will be targeting Firefox even more in the future.

10 Tips for After You Install or Upgrade Ubuntu - If you are new to Linux you are probably using Ubuntu. If you are new to Ubuntu you should probably check this article out. :)

Use the YouTube API with PHP - A neat in depth article about using Youtube’s API with PHP. I havn’t thought of a way to use this yet, but very cool.

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