Friday, July 17, 2009
Security Idiot: Impress Your Peers With Your Grasp of IT Security Terminology
Friday, July 10, 2009
Nikola Tesla is the true unsung prophet of the electronic age; without whom our radio, auto ignition, telephone, alternating current power generation and transmission, radio and television would all have been impossible.
Ben Johnston, My Inventions : The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla (1983)
In my adult life, when I learn of some fact of history that has been twisted or omitted – it always takes me by surprise. The rock band Tesla was the first time that I heard about Nikola Tesla. That was in 1990, when their live acoustic album, Five Man Acoustical Jam was released, which contained the "Love Song." Around that same time, I was visiting Carlsbad, Czech Republic. The hotel room had a radio that actually had the name Tesla on it.
This really caught my interest and I have studied Nikola Tesla throughout the years. One fact that astonished me was that he sold his patents for the polyphase alternating current system of generators, motors and transformers to George Westinghouse. It would have made him a wealthy man, but he later released Westinghouse from the contract. Where would we be today without his inventions and lifelong work? While this has nothing to do with Information Assurance, sometimes it is good to remember the basics and somewhere in all of this is a lesson on patents or even copyrights. Happy Nikola Tesla Day!
WHAT ARE TESLA'S GREATEST INVENTIONS?
1. AC polyphase transmission and AC motor in 1887-1888 -- (the world's primary power--electrical and mechanical). (No, not Edison--Tesla has all the US patents for polyphase AC.)
2. Fundamental circuitry for radio in 1891 -- (providing worldwide communication). (No, not Marconi--Tesla has the defining US patents for radio, upheld by the US Supreme Court.)
Thursday, July 2, 2009
This is great news! I have been a longtime advocate for all the work that they do at Sunbelt Software.
StopBadware.org, Sunbelt Software partner to fight badware
New Data Will Allow Broader Reach, Richer Analysis
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 30, 2009 — StopBadware.org, the collaborative initiative to combat viruses, spyware, and other bad software, announced today that Sunbelt Software, developer of the VIPRE anti-malware product line, will participate in the effort as a data partner. Sunbelt Software joins Google in contributing data to the project, which is based at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. The initiative is funded by Google, PayPal, Mozilla, AOL, and Trend Micro.
Hundreds of thousands of websites—some might count them in the millions—are associated with the distribution of badware. Some are deliberately malicious, trying to trick users into installing a virus on their computers, while others are legitimate websites that have been tampered with, putting the site’s visitors at risk. In the most egregious cases, such sites can infect computers with vulnerable software simply by a user browsing to the page, a practice known as drive-by downloads.
StopBadware.org collects the URLs of these badware websites, whether malicious or compromised, from its data partners. It uses the information to support and encourage site owners and web hosting companies in cleaning up and protecting their sites. The initiative also conducts analysis of infection trends, offers independent reviews of its partners’ findings, and operates a community website, BadwareBusters.org, that provides help to people who have been victims—or wish to avoid becoming victims—of badware.
“We are thrilled that a well-respected anti-malware company like Sunbelt Software has come on board as a data partner,” said Maxim Weinstein, manager of StopBadware.org. “The new data offers us a different view of the badware website landscape and will help us to extend our reach and to provide richer analysis.”