Larry Dignan

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Latest Posts

Fishy e-mail reeks of phishing, or something worse

Bob Frankston has encapsulated a very suspicious e-mail  that he received (or thinks he received) from Bank of America in a longer expression to Dave Farber's List of his worries and concerns that his private communications with the financial institution were seriously breached.  Being the technical guy that he is, Frankston tried to diagnose the problem via dissection of e-mail and IP diagnostic data, but only got far enough to know something is very wrong.

June 22, 2005 by David Berlind


The key to lowering transaction costs

During a panel discussion about distributed business at SuperNova 2005, Philip Evans of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and author of "Blown to Bits: How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy," offered up some basic principles for business success, which he defined primarily as lowering transaction costs.

June 22, 2005 by Dan Farber


HP ships oddly positioned AMD64 notebook in the name of "choice"

If there ever was a case study for the uphill battle that AMD must face to get its chips into the marketplace (64-bit or not), today's announcement of the $999 Turion 64-based nx6125 notebook computer by HP is probably it.  The Turion is AMD's most power-aware and conservative mobile chip to date that includes the AMD64 technology -- a 32-bit/64-bit hybrid architecture that supports traditional 32-bit applications as well as ones written to take advantage of AMD's 64-bit extensions.

June 22, 2005 by David Berlind


Arthur on why IT matters

Steve Fulling, CIO of Sento Corp wrote me to say he'd heard W. Brian Arthur, a Santa Fe Institute economist, speak last night on why IT matters.

June 21, 2005 by Phil Windley


Open source Java: Missed it by *that* much

Leading up to next week's JavaOne Java lovefest and amidst some buzz that there will be a lot of open source-related news at the event,'s Stephen Shankland has a story about Sun's quiet launch of GlassFish.

June 21, 2005 by David Berlind


Memory firewall to the rescue

Last month I met with Nand Mulchandani and Charles Renert of Determina, which has developed unique security software that the company claims stops all memory-based attacks--such as stack and heap overflows, format string vulnerabilities and shatter attacks. Given that every critical server vulnerability in the last few years has been memory-based and about 60 percent of Windows vulnerabilities as well, Determina has tapped into the major root of the cybersecurity problem.

June 21, 2005 by Dan Farber


Schwartz: Blogs are essential for leadership

During an interview with Supernova 2005 conference host Kevin Werbach, Sun President, COO and chief blogger Jonathan Schwartz called blogging essential for leadership. "If you want to be a leader, I can't see surviving without a blog.

June 21, 2005 by Dan Farber