NTKnow Bits, 1999-12-03
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 99 12:32:20 -0800
Subject: NTKnow Bits, 1999-12-03
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Excerpted-from: NTK now, 1999-12-03
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"Protecting e-risk is best seen in terms of the medieval
period because you require a range of defences, moats,
ramparts, portcullises, watch towers and alarms, guard dogs
and blood hounds. Similarly you need a bespoke security
architecture that can continually adapt to the rising
threat of hackers."
- our old friend, D.K.MATAI, "Mi2j" (sic)
...illiterate priests to scare the serfs also available
>> HARD NEWS <<
NSI - AN APOLOGY. In last week's NTK, we apologised for an article
which have suggested that NSI's modification to the whois registry
(to show registrars, not actual, useful, contact addresses) might
break existing whois utilities. NSI protested that it wasn't their
fault, and they were maintaining an old-style system at
whois.networksolutions.com, which any sensible sysadmin could
easily switch to. On the day of the switchover, NSI's own Web
registration system broke. They were pointing to the wrong server.
NTK would like to apologise for the apology. Sorry.
>> TRACKING <<
making good use of the things that we find
We *quite* like Backflip, in that "Website that does something that
we'd prefer to have a desktop app to do" way. It lets you upload
your bookmarks to a server, which'll index them regularly, so you
can search your own selection of Webpages. We *quite* like Dialpad,
a Windows-only voice-over-IP system that lets you call any number
in the US for free (it's okay if you don't try using it during peak
hours). And we *quite* like e-tunnels, a MP3/ICQ/FTPish system for
people too lame to run their own servers. But we'd wait until the
first fifty-or-so "massive security hole/privacy violations
ahoy/new open source program does it better" news stories before
we'll use any of them, ta.
- URLs here so you can go "cool!"
- then in six weeks look witheringly at the twentieth person
- to show them to you. Unless that's us.
>> SMALL PRINT <<
Need to Know is a useful and interesting UK digest of things that
happened last week or might happen next week. You can read it
on Friday afternoon or print it out then take it home if you have
nothing better to do. It is compiled by NTK from stuff they get sent.
Registered at the Post Office as "dashing young North London blades"
NEED TO KNOW
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