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A Web Exploit That May Let People Know Where You Live | インターネットバグであなたの住所見つけられる | 漏洞網頁可找到你家的地址

Someone from the annual Black Hat Technical Security Conference has discovered an exploit that unveils the MAC address of someone’s home router and have thought of a potential way of using it to find out someone’s address via a carefully tailored webpage.

It’s an interesting idea minus the privacy concerns…

Every networking device e.g. your wireless router and phone has a unique Media Access Control (MAC) address that identifies it. Usually this can be found printed underneath the device and this MAC address is broadcast together with the signals that the device sends out. There’s not much you can do hide it although there are ways to “spoof” (i.e. change it to something fake).

As you may know, recently Google has been caught up in a fiasco about how they have been gathering unencrypted wireless data around the world including SSIDs and MACs while recording for their Street View service.

As wireless routers aren’t moved between locations very much, the MAC addresses can easily be recorded together with where they’re found which would most likely be your home.

In other words, it’s like having another line tacked to your home address and having public access to it via this exploit. You can imagine the risks this could have via social networking sites such as Facebook – A simple click on one of the ads or games could reveal who you are and your address.

All those jokes about “stalking” someone with these services could really come true ^^;

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Intel Announces Dual Core Atom Netbooks for Second Quarter

Intel has announced its financial earnings and also that it will be releasing Dual Core Atom processors in the second quarter (of this year?) which may be coupled together with DDR3 RAM. In other words – Faster light mobile computing.

Some of the more recent netbooks feature the “Pine Trail” Atom which has an integrated graphics chip on the CPU to help speed up graphics performance but it still lags on playing 1080p video and other processor intensive tasks.

Some people may ask, “Why would you want to play HD video on such a tiny 10″ screen?” Yes, that’s true since you can’t enjoy the finer details such as richer textures. However, my answer to that is most fansubs and videos these days are released in 720p format so having the processing power to handle such videos means you can enjoy them on the move without having to transcode the videos first and on much lighter mobile computers than laptops.

Also, if you couple netbooks with an HDMI connection, it would be great for sharing multimedia on modern HD TVs in sharp, crisp quality! Saves plugging in separate analogue audio/video cables too!

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Students and Teachers Excluded from Free MS Office 2010 Upgrade | 学生と先生達が無料なオフィス2010アップグレードを得ない | 優惠購買Microsoft Office 2007不會得到免費Office 2010

Remember that little leak from an Microsoft blog about how people who buy Office 2007 can get a free upgrade to the 2010 version?

Well, it’s officially revealed now but unfortunately, teachers and students who purchase the software at a discount price over the next few months won’t be eligible. Shame.

Otherwise, if you’re paying the full price which can be range between an RRP of £110 – £600, you are eligible for a free download if you activate the software between now and 30th September.


用學生或老師優惠購買Microsoft Office 2007不會得到免費Office 2010

Microsoft Office 2007 Buyers May Get 2010 Upgrade Free? | Microsoft Office 2007を買った方は無料に最新の2010アップグレード版?| 購入Microsoft Office 2007的人可免費獲得2010 版Upgrade?

According to PC Pro, a Microsoft blog had suggested that anyone who buys any version of Microsoft Office 2007 between March and September this year maybe eligible for a free upgrade to the latest version 2010.

I wonder if this applies to students who can buy (students in the US included) the Ultimate Edition for £40 instead of paying the RRP of £600?

Windows 7 Professional was also available for students at £30 instead of the RRP of £220 but the deal is now over unfortunately.

PC Proによって今年の3月~9月でMicrosoft Office 2007を買う方は無料に最新の2010アップグレード版を手に入れるとあるMicrosoftブログに書いてありました。


根據PC Pro在某個Microsoft網誌寫了如在今年三月至九月購入Microsoft Office 2007的人可能可免費獲得最新的2010版Upgrade。而學生價買了的也可以嗎?

Microsoft Office 2010 for free?

£30 Windows 7 Upgrade Offer for Students

Anyone who has access to an academic e-mail address and is currently running Windows XP or Vista, will have the opportunity to upgrade to the latest version of Windows, Windows 7 at a discount price of £30 starting from October 1st.

Beats wasting your time trying to find a working serial, patch or risk using maliciously modified software, right? Especially when you’ll be using it for the next 5 years at least.

Or if you’re on an IT related course, I suggest asking your lecturers or tutors if your university is a member of the MSDN Academic Alliance like mine is. You’ll have the opportunity to download legit copies of Microsoft software for free such as all version of Windows and developer suites like Visual Studio. Only Office isn’t available but you might want to take up the Ultimate Steal offer for that.

So why upgrade? It has all the good features of Windows Vista such as better video/photo thumbnail support, instant search, better start menu, a revamped taskbar, better resource monitoring and more. All taking up less resources than Vista.

Windows 7 Student Offer