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March 23, 2010 by

Julie Larson-Green: Microsoft Women Worth Watching

As today is Ada Lovelace Day -- a day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in science and technology -- I've decided to kick off a new series profiling some of these Microsoft women worth watching. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be running profiles of ten of them on my blog. Today's Woman Worth Watching is Windows Corporate VP Julie Larson-Green.

February 25, 2010 by

Windows 7 memory usage: What's the best way to measure?

Windows memory management is rocket science. And don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise. Since Windows 7 was released last October I've read lots of articles about the best way to measure and manage the physical memory on your system. Much of it is well-meaning but just wrong. To help cut through the confusion, I've put together a tutorial and accompanying gallery that explains how to make the most of your memory.

September 23, 2009 by

Can a Windows geek learn to love Snow Leopard?

In the interests of science, I've been dividing my time lately between a Mac running Snow Leopard and a PC running Windows 7. My goal is to gain hands-on experience with Apple's hardware and software to go with the years of experience I already have with Windows. My first challenge: assembling a suite of Mac software to replace my familiar Windows tools. With one exception, I was able to find everything I needed. Here's what I chose, and why.

January 29, 2009 by

WSJ: Dell eyeing smartphone biz

Dell is preparing to enter the increasingly crowded smartphone business, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cites anonymous sources. The report says that a team of engineers in Chicago have developed prototypes that work on Windows Mobile and Google's Android operating system.

August 18, 2008 by

From Metasploit to Microsoft: Skape goes to Redmond

Metasploit developer Matt Miller, who for years frustrated Microsoft officials with the public release of Windows exploits, is heading to Redmond to join Microsoft's Security Science team.Miller, who uses the hacker moniker Skape,will work on improved ways to find security vulnerabilities and better software defenses through mitigations, according to an announcement by SDL guru Michael Howard.

August 12, 2008 by

Innovation agency goes Vista

The federal Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has flagged plans to replace a desktop computer supply contract held until recently by Dell, as part of a broader move to Windows Vista and Office 2007.

June 29, 2008 by

Cell phones tracking nightlife activity

A Columbia University computer science professor has co-founded a New York-based company named Sense Networks to sell tracking software to other companies. It is also distributing a free version of this software named Citysense, which shows on your cell phone where the wild things are happening in your own town. Citysense 'uses advanced machine learning techniques to number crunch vast amounts of data emanating from thousands of cell-phones, GPS-equipped cabs and other data devices to paint live pictures of where people are gathering.' Citysense is available today in San Francisco before being soon deployed in Chicago and five other U.S. cities. But read more...

May 31, 2008 by

Microsoft's CAPTCHA successfully broken

UPDATE: Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail's CAPTCHA broken by spammers. Jeff Yan and Ahmad Salah El Ahmad, at the School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, England recently published a research paper entitled "A Low-cost Attack on a Microsoft CAPTCHA", demonstrating how they've managed to attack the Microsoft's CAPTCHA used on several of their online services such as Hotmail and Windows Live, with over 92% recognition rate.

January 23, 2005 by

The Holy Grid cometh

Ian Foster is one of rock stars (if there is such a thing) of grid computing. For the last decade, Foster-- Associate Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory and the Arthur Holly Compton Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago--and his cohorts have been working on a set of software services and libraries to develop open-standard grid infrastructure and applications.

March 19, 2002 by

Expert questions crypto discovery

Encryption expert Bruce Schneier downplayed this week the importance of a University of Illinois professor's newest method of breaking the digital codes that secure information. In a paper published on his Web site, Daniel Bernstein, an associate professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, outlined a new technique for factoring numbers that promises to make breaking encryption much easier for any encryption methods that rely on factoring. However, Schneier, the chief technology officer at network-protection company Counterpane Internet Security, argued in his latest monthly Cryptogram communique that Bernstein's breakthrough relies on a redefinition of efficiency that doesn't jibe with reality and only makes a difference for extremely large code keys. The length of the keys currently used to encrypt data top out at 4,000 bits, far too short to gain any benefit from Bernstein's technique, said Schneier. --Robert Lemos, Special to ZDNet News

March 12, 2002 by

FullAudio taps Scale Eight for song storage

Start-up FullAudio has tapped Scale Eight to store digital music. The company said it will use Scale Eight's storage and file system technologies to store more than 100,000 songs from major labels. FullAudio has licensed content from Universal Music Group, EMI Recorded Music, EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group and BMG Music Publishing. The company also provides subscription music services to distribution partners including Clear Channel Worldwide. Last month, Chicago-based FullAudio said it plans to use Microsoft's Windows Media technology for its upcoming digital-music subscription service. --Gwendolyn Mariano, Special to ZDNet News

February 28, 2002 by

Microsoft seeks loyalty from undergrads

The company releases software development tools aimed at college-level computer science students, in an effort to produce a fresh crop of software programmers loyal to its Windows and .Net technology.


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