Security experts are bracing for the impact of Heartbleed. It’s going to be painful for both companies and users alike. No one knows for sure how much data was compromised. The list of potential sites affected is long and distinguished. Any site using OpenSSL is vulnerable. Some security experts are saying to wait before changing passwords until security admins have patched their servers. You don’t want to change passwords twice. Like it or not, we may be forced to change passwords sooner than we think.
Just saw the headline that says, ‘Comcast needs to be bigger to compete.’ Now that’s an interesting thought. Come again. Comcast needs to be bigger to compete. To compete with what? By itself? In some part of the US, Comcast has the sole possession of the cable internet market. Cox and others that may give Comcast a run for their money, but seriously it’s not really a race. And then there’s always a threat of Google becoming a major competitor, but that’s years down the line if it comes to fruition. So the argument saying Comcast needs to be bigger to compete. It’s not much of a competition at this point in time.
Ubuntu One is officially shutdown. It’s one of a few failed ventures of Ubuntu parent company Canonical over the years. Canonical said it will focus on other areas of the business. Ubuntu One was supposed to be a competitor for Dropbox. It didn’t really take off as Canonical thought it would be. If you are a Ubuntu One user, you have until the end of July 2014 to move your data somewhere else.
You can now Livestream an event using Google Glass. How cool is that! Except that Google Glass sucks. At the moment, yes. Maybe, Google can make it better and affordable. By the way, Livestream now has apps for iOS, Android and now Glass.
Today is the day Windows XP is going to be orphaned. It won’t get anymore security updates from Microsoft. Zilch. Nada. Of course, Windows XP users can still use their machines, with maybe some annoying popup message saying it’s no longer supported and please upgrade. I’m sure users will find ways to disable the popup reminder. Windows XP is probably the best operating system Microsoft has ever had followed by Windows 7. And there were many flops before and after. The famous one of all is, of course Vista. Windows 8 seems to be following in the footsteps of Vista. It’s getting lots of user resistance. Some users still look for the previous version of Windows 7. Windows XP is officially retired, except that it’s still runs for a little while longer.
The love affair with Windows 8 didn’t last long. I’m back with Windows 7. I don’t think it’s the difficulty of getting around Windows 8 that was the trouble. It’s just that Windows 7 just works for most people and it certainly did for me. I don’t know why Microsoft decided to change the entire look and feel of a product when people were just getting comfortable to it. Why change a successful product? Beats me. Another misstep from Redmond.