You can step into the new year feeling more secure, thanks to an important security update from Microsoft. The Redmond company on Thursday issued an out-of-band security update that addresses a “critical” denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability (CVE-2011-3414) that affects Microsoft’s ASP.NET, among other web application platforms. Hit the jump for more.
Today's browsers are all moving towards hardware accelerated graphics, bringing with them rich online content and a new era of web surfing. That's the upshot, anyway, The tradeoff, according to a British security consultancy, is that your graphics card driver could make you susceptible to denial of service (DoS) attacks and cross-domain image theft. At the heart of the perceived problem is WebGL, which allows browsers to use the OpenGL graphics API.
Do you remember mucking around with Autoexec.bat, Win.ini, and floppy drives, or typing Win from the Windows directory to load Microsoft Windows? Our apologies if you've tucked these memories away in a place you thought they'd never be resurrected, but if you want feel all nostalgic reminiscing on your long journey from DOS to Windows 7, you have to check out this nearly 10 minute YouTube video.
College years represent the last hurrah before entering the 'real world,' and the trick is to sow your wild oats without doing anything so far over the top that you end up in jail. Former University of Akron student Mitchell L. Frost, now age 23, wasn't so lucky.
Frost admitted that between August 2006 and March 2007, he went on a rampage issuing Distributed Denial of Service attacks on servers hosting websites of several prominent conservative figures, such as Bill O'Reilly, Rudy Giulani, Ann Coulter, and a few others, SecurityWeek.com reports.
In addition, he also admitted issuing DoS attacks against servers at his former school, ultimately knocking the school's entire computer network offline for over 8 hours. Restoring service ended up costing the university over ten large. If that weren't enough, Frost said he used compromised machines to spread malware and harvest personal data, like user names, passwords, and even credit card numbers.
Frost was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release, and has been ordered pay fines of $40,000 to Bill O'Reilly.com, $10,000 to the University of Akron, and $200 to the Crime Victims' Fund.
Most PC gamers have, at one point or another, known what it feels like to have a computer that’s too slow to play the latest games on the market. It sucks, but it comes with the territory—you just save up some cash and upgrade. Unfortunately, there’s another, more insidious problem that can keep you from playing the games you want to: a PC that’s too fast.
If you’ve ever tried to run an old DOS game on a modern computer, you probably know what we’re talking about. If the game loads at all, it’s glitchy, or too fast, or the sound doesn’t work. It’s a symptom of software written at a time when gigahertz-scale processors and gigabytes of RAM were simply unthinkable. If you wanted to, you could try to fix the problem by building a PC out of vintage hardware and running DOS natively, but there’s a much easier solution, called DOSBox.
DOSBox is an emulator, similar to those that allow you to play classic console games on your PC, which simulates a DOS environment running on old hardware. In this article, we’ll show you how to get set up with DOSBox, so you can play all of the classics on even the most breakneck-fast modern rigs.
Imagine a world in which all cars are like the Toyota Prius: four-door midsize hybrids. Sure, they aren’t bad cars, you can paint them any way you want and even modify some parts, but in the end you still just have a generic Toyota with a funky paint job.
That’s the world of personal computing today. It doesn’t matter if you’re running Windows, Mac OS, or Linux. Your machine is almost certainly using Intel chips at its core and almost everything else is fairly generic—even the world’s greatest case mod with water-cooled dual-Xeons and quad-SLI graphics is just a really fast PC.
This was definitely not the case 35 years ago. A quick tour of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, reveals machines that were as varied and unique as the companies that made them.
The microprocessors, if there even was one, were supplied by Intel, MOS, Zilog, RCA, or any number of other companies. Memory was static, dynamic, and shift-register. And without the Internet, programs were loaded from paper tape, punched cards, cassette tape, floppy disks, cartridge, or even manually switched in by hand.
In the following pages, we take a close look at some of the most influential personal computers of the past 40 years. From pre-microprocessor machines to the venerated IBM PC, each of these systems contributed in some way to the modern personal computing era.