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.
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.
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.
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.
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.