Boston College, Calif. State University computers hacked

Boston College, Calif. State University computers hacked – Computerworld
The break-in at BC is the second such incident to be reported this week by a university. On Monday, officials at California State University in Chico disclosed that hackers had broken into a housing and food service system containing personal information — including the names and Social Security numbers — of about 59,000 current, former and prospective students, faculty and staff.

Colleges and universities will certainly be spending more on security going forward.

VB6 Protests Continue

Developers Prolong Visual Basic Protest
Microsoft may have hoped that the backers of the Visual Basic “classic” code would just roll up their petition and go home.

But it doesn’t look like that’s about to happen. In fact, the Visual Basic 6 faithful seem to be gaining momentum.

Seems that MSFT intends to EOL VB6 on March 31, 2005. MSFT wants VB developers to switch to Visual Basic .NET.

Answering the ODEO Question

MAKE: Blog: ODEO Podcast service
Live from Etech: Blogger.com founder Evan Williams from ODEO gave a preview of the podcast recording, hosting and publishing service. Users will be able to play audio from any page (from the source location via Macromedia Flash) use tags, subscribe, add to queues, share queues, post comments, download for iTunes, WinMedia, etc. Keep reading for more information and photos…

Google Launches Developer Site

BetaNews | Google Curries Favor with Developers
"Google engineers have used their flex time to create a set of online tools for open source developers. The tools, found at the Google Code Web site, include Google APIs and libraries, a source code repository and other language-specific programming utilities.

Google has turned to third party developers to build on its own technologies including its AdSense contextual advertising program, desktop search, Gmail and Google Maps. The site is intended to build community around these different initiatives."

IMHO – Istant Blogger

SourceForge.net: Project Info – IMHO Instant Blogger
IMHO Instant Blogger IMHO is a Windows Forms application that permit to edit posts for your weblog offline in WYSIWYG and to publish them asyncronously. It has many powerful features.

I’m going to take a look at this.

Compile PHP to .NET

Phalanger: PHP .NET compiler revealed
Tomas Matousek and Ladislav Prosek talk about their PHP .NET compiler, Phalanger. These guys don’t work at Microsoft, Charles Torre ran into them at a recent CLR compiler lab held on Microsoft’s main campus. Very cool stuff. You can learn more on their Web site.

This seems pretty cool, but I’m not sure what the point is unless you’re a PHP scripter suddenly dropped into a ASP.NET environment. I wonder if you could take PHP code and compile it to run on the dsesktop? BTW, works only with PHP 5.

PHP Conference & Expo 2005

Zend / PHP Conference & Expo 2005
The Zend/PHP Conference is the only US-based PHP conference this year and the only place where PHP and business come together. Come hear from the experts and from the companies that have deployed real PHP applications to solve real business problems. There will be a range of tutorials and sessions for both technical and business attendees evaluating or using PHP. Come away with a better understanding of how and why PHP can be used to power your business.

Ebay Loses Patent Challenge

Internet Week > > Patent Ruling Presents Stiff Challenge To EBay > March 16, 2005
The controversy over Internet patents is about to heat up again. An appeals court on Wednesday decided in favor of MercExchange in its legal fight with eBay Inc., the online auction powerhouse.

The court affirmed one of MercExchange’s patents, threw out a second, and reinstituted the most controversial patent, which had been struck down by an earlier court, over the process of conducting online auctions.

The affirmed patent covers Ebay’s ‘Buy It Now’ feature and the reinstated patent covers online auctions. It is not clear what Ebay’s reaction will be, though MercExchange is seeking an immediate injunction to enforce the ‘Buy it now’ patent.

KDE 3.4 Released

K Desktop Environment – Announcing KDE 3.4
After more than a half year of development the KDE Project is happy to be able to announce a new major release of the award-winning K Desktop Environment. Among the many new features that have been incorporated, the improvements in accessibility are most remarkable.

EasyPodcast

EasyPodcast | Easy Podcast publication system
Easypodcast is a GUI tool for easy podcast publication

Easypodcast is multi-language (english and spanish) and cross-platform: tested on Windows and Linux (kde). This is possible thanks to wxPython.