Archive | November, 2001

Dot-com firm offers free Prozac

Posted on 17 November 2001 by Demian Turner

In what may be a sign of the times, one depressed dot-com firm is offering free Prozac to depressed consumers as part of a promotion by the drug company. Click here for the full story.

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Brush Up your SQL

Posted on 17 November 2001 by Demian Turner

Do you feel the need to test your SQL abilities? If you’re anything like me, you’ll find the majority of coding you do involving SQL really doesn’t push the language to its limits. Many business problems can be solved by what you might call the ‘first level’ of of Structured Query Language.

Well now that Brainbench is charging US$20 per exam, if you felt like testing yourself you’d be out of luck. That is of course unless you’ve heard of http://sqlcourse2.com. Yes, you can also try the more obvious http://sqlcourse.com but that one is really targetted for absolute beginners. Check it out, challenge yoursef, and see how quickly you can get through all the test problems. The FREE course covers the following:

  1. SELECT Statement
  2. Aggregate Functions
  3. GROUP BY clause
  4. HAVING clause
  5. ORDER BY clause
  6. Combining Conditions & Boolean Operators
  7. IN and BETWEEN
  8. Mathematical Functions
  9. Table Join

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ZoneAlarm Security Warning

Posted on 16 November 2001 by Demian Turner

All users of ZoneAlarm Pro 2.6.357 and prior versions: this applies to you!

ZoneAlarm allows users with the same two octets of your IP address to access your computer. Remote users can access the computer running
ZoneAlarm. For example, if your IP address was 203.1.2.3, anyone from 203.1.* could access your computer under the context of your local level security settings. Shocking, no ?

For the full story go to SecuritySearch.

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Amazon Saves 25% by Switching to Linux

Posted on 05 November 2001 by Demian Turner

So your colleagues keep telling you, “Yeah, Linux and Open Source are great, but they’re only for hackers and small businesses – they’ll never make it to the mainstream.”

Well send them off to read this article in ZDNet that describes online retailer Amazon’s switch to a Linux-based technology platform and the $17 million it saved in the process.

Alternatively, read this article in LinuxWorld for a detailed 15 page breakdown and cost analysis between installing Linux vs. Windows in a 500 user student scenario and a 5000 user corporate scenario.

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A Viable Replacement for Internet Explorer

Posted on 04 November 2001 by Demian Turner

If haven’t haven’t discovered it yet, head on over to http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net and try out K-Meleon
– a windows-based fully standards compliant browser. At less than 4MB for the download, if you’re anything like me you’re likely to be quite suspicious as the countless ‘browser killer’ replacements I have downloaded in the last couple of years have predominantly turned out to be rubbish.

But K-Meleon will not disappoint – amazingly the app loads faster than IE 5.5, about twice as fast from what I can judge based on my PIII 750. Page rendering is very fast, and K-Meleon’s stylesheet ‘fidelity’ would seem corroborate the browser’s claim to be fully standards compliant.

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Stealing MS Passport’s Wallet

Posted on 04 November 2001 by Demian Turner

By combining some browser bugs with Passport authetication bugs Marc Slemko, a software developer, has found a way to steal a person’s Microsoft Passport, credit card numbers and all, simply by getting the victim to open a Hotmail message.

Glad I never trusted MS enough to give them any information. Read the full story here.

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