Archive for December, 2009

Here we are, another year ends by and the dawn of a new year!!. We all look back each year to see what went wrong more than what went right, to make sure it is done right the year after, so I thought let me end my blog this year with “times when IT cos said sorry in 2009”, some funny, some foolish, some unwanted, whatever read on for some interesting and funny mistakes ;),,, this year we saw several big IT giants issue regret letters after public outcry. Internet search giant Google had to apologise more than once in 2009, Microsoft too had to say sorry on charges of racial discrimination. The list included many other big names too. Here’s where and why technology companies issued public apology in 2009.

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    1) Gmail goes offline, Google goes red-faced

Even this year we saw Google’s Gmail continue its march on the growth track. However, as Gmail grew, so seemed to be the woes for its users. The year saw Gmail services getting disrupted several times, sometimes these outages were regional while on other occasions global. Consequently, the search giant Google had to often extend apology to its sea of users for the inconvenience suffered.

The latest outage occurred in September. According to the company, the outage saw Gmail going offline for a “majority” of its email users, including its paid consumers. Earlier in May, millions of people were cut off from Google’s search engine, e-mail and other online services after too much traffic was routed through computers in Asia. About 14 per cent of Google’s users encountered problems with the Internet’s No. 1 search engine.
The frequent outages made analysts wonder if Gmail is getting too unwieldy for the search giant to manage.

    2) Microsoft repents ‘photo editing’

Software giant Microsoft found itself at the end of a racism row forcing it to tender an apology. The software leader apparently altered a photo in a company advertisement on its website to change the race of one of the people shown in the picture. A photo on the company’s US website showed two men, one Asian and one black, and a white woman seated at a conference room table. However, on the website of Microsoft’s Polish business unit, the black man’s head was replaced with that of a white man. The colour of his hand remained unchanged, this was really funny, not at least for the tech part but the culture they adopt. 🙂

    3) Google sorry again, this time for first lady

Don’t worry where’s Microsoft there’s Google, Internet search giant’s image results recently created a stir when it was pointed out that the image results for US first lady Michelle Obama showed a racist image in the top results. The image search result which showed Michelle Obama as a monkey women was later removed by Google.

Google also apologised for the image. In a statement, the company said, “Sometimes Google search results from the Internet can include disturbing content, even from innocuous queries.” “We assure you that the views expressed by such sites are not in any way endorsed by Google,” the statement added. Google also ran several advertisements to explain the appearance of racist and anti-Semitic material in its search results.

    4) Vista a mistake: Microsoft CEO

I did try there beta versions earlier and my first thought, what a flop Microsoft, Over the years, Vista has witnessed criticism from several quarters. However, for the first time the operating system was laughed off by none other than the company’s CEO itself, just like me heheheh 😉

Ahead of the launch of its new operating system Windows 7 in October, Microsoft laughed at Windows Vista which according to its CEO tarnished the company’s reputation. At an event, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said that the company never recovered from the poor performance of Vista. Ballmer was qouted as saying, “We got some uneven reception when [Vista] first launched in large part because we made some design decisions to improve security at the expense of compatibility. I don’t think from a word-of-mouth perspective we ever recovered from that.” Good words there from our tech mammoths, what about those who are still using Vista 😦

    5) Apple sorry for Baby Shaker app

I told you there is every reason which will make you sorry for, Apple stirred almost anything on there i-Phones isn’t, this time they stirred the wrong one.. Just three days after launch, Apple pulled the plug on its Baby Shaker app. The application was pulled following a strong protest from child advocacy groups who termed the app highly offensive.

The 99-cent application created by Sikalosoft allowed users to silence a virtual screaming baby by violently shaking the iPhone. The app description showed, “Never, never shake a baby.” It also advised, “See how long you can endure his or her adorable cries before you just have to find a way to quiet the baby down.” In a statement Apple apologised for allowing Baby Shaker into the iTunes store, and said, “This application was deeply offensive and should not have been approved for distribution on the App Store.” There you go, Apple..

    6) Amazon apologises for Kindle book deletions

In July this year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos issued an apology over a surprise deletion of books that Kindle owners had purchased and downloaded to their devices.

Bezos apologised in a posting on the Kindle Community forum for the deletion of two books, George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, explaining that the company will be changing its policy in the future.

“This is an apology for the way we previously handled illegally sold copies of Nineteen Eighty-Four and other novels on Kindle,” “Our ‘solution’ to the problem was stupid, thoughtless and painfully out of line with our principles. It is wholly self-inflicted, and we deserve the criticism we’ve received. We will use the scar tissue from this painful mistake to help make better decisions going forward, ones that match our mission.”

    7) VMware says sorry to Microsoft

Here is another Sorry man, VMware’s Scott Drummonds apologied to Microsoft after posting a YouTube video that misled viewers on the reliability of Microsoft’s Hyper-V.

The video showed Microsoft Hyper-V crashing while running VMware’s VMmark platform. The video also implied that Hyper-V crashes caused April’s massive TechNet and MSDN outages. Scott Drummonds’ apology reads, “The video was a bit hyperbolic in its dramatization of Hyper-V’s reliability. Unfortunately, my intention to stir the pot with eye-poking banter has put my credibility and by association VMware’s credibility in question among some of you. … We will absolutely work our best to live up to the high standard you’ve come to expect from us. And when we mess up, we’ll be the first to address the mistake head on.”

    8) Yahoo apologises for lap dance

The Climax ends with lap dance story from Yahoo, In October 2009, Yahoo apologised to its Taiwanese clients over a lap dance show organised during its brainstorming meeting for Internet engineers in Taipei.

The rare move came after girls wearing bras and miniskirts performed in front of male participants seated on stage during an event that was part of a Yahoo Hack Day, where developers work on creating new web applications. Chris Yeh, head of the Yahoo Developer Network said in a statement, “This incident is regrettable and we apologise to anyone that we have offended.” Heck we all missed that Yahoo Hack Day..

That all folk for this year, Mistakes are everywhere who cares them now a days unless u own one seriously 🙂 Hope you have a great and SORRY-less 2010 year, Catch you in 2009, Ooops SORRY, that’s my last SORRY this year, Catch you in 2010 🙂 …

As we see with economy now crawling back to normalcy, companies have once again hit the hiring button. Overall, companies are so dependent on IT that they can’t lay off the people who keep their data center operations humming, and they’re loath to let go of the developers who are working on next-generation Internet applications. So, which are the technologies that will be in hot demand in the job market in 2010, any idea? The technologies that will help you give your career a boost. Read on to know the hot technology jobs of demand in 2010. So let’s hit the demand queue..

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    1) Rich internet Applications:

Have you seen anyone without a twitter or a Facebook accounts these days, better they forget there wallet these days but I bet not these, with Web 2.0 becoming `the’ word in Internet space, there’s an increased emphasis on adding interactivity and improving user experience. This has resulted in the evolution of Rich Internet Applications or RIAs. The Web standards are also said to be incorporating RIAs.

Companies today look at adding more disparate functionalities to their applications, also user experience is rated as one of the top parameter on any software development project. With so much happening on the technology front, having an RIA experience can be the key resume differentiator for the coming year.

    2) Java and .Net

It’s like humans can’t be living with hot cup of java or tea 😉 Topping again the lists is what the news article calls evergreen fields Java and .Net. There are primarily two career paths that these pros can take: one towards Web development and the other to enterprise-class applications. With application development on both fronts, Web and enterprise level, buzzing with opportunities, the IT pros with core expertise in these areas can expect to remain in demand.

With a natural progression towards Web-based applications, it is essential for a developer to add skillsets for Web technologies to his core expertise. With Web 2.0 front brewing with activity, a developer can also build skills on technologies like Sliverlight, AJAX, WPF etc.

    3) Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is one of the hottest buzzwords for 2010. With technology companies betting big on cloud computing, a career based around it is surely a good bet. Google AppEngine, Microsoft Azure, Amazon are some of the cloud platforms for which developers can build and deploy applications these days.

Several popular enterprise applications like CRM, ERP too are being hosted on Cloud platform. Also, companies setting up their private clouds would need to shift their existing applications to the new platform. The transition process would need both developers and testers. I predict a solid future for IT professionals with experience in IT optimization, including virtualization and cloud computing. However, these jobs may end up in service providers, rather than IT departments. 🙂

    4) Project management

Project Management certifications are increasingly being seen as a must for employment or advancement as a Project Manager in most companies. There are several industry recognised certifications like PMP and PRINCE2. These certifications help you in making a career for yourself not only in IT industry but in other business verticals too. Project management skills are going to be more important over the next few years.
Even more important is experience managing complex IT projects and delivering results on time and on or under budget.

    5) Embedded Technologies

With mobile and smart devices going mainstream, the demand for embedded software developers has gone up. Today, embedded technologies are used in almost all gadgets camera, TV, mobile phone, etc. The seeping in of embedded technologies into digital devices of daily use has created demand for both software and hardware professionals.

According to the news story, with devices mostly being based on ARM chips or x86, it is important for embedded software developers to have complete knowledge of the architecture and C/C+ languages for programming purposes. A developer needs to know the varied architectures of the chipset and how to deploy an application across.

    6) Mobile development

Today mobile phones are not just hardware! There’s a lot of software that goes inside them. The software that also goes a long way in making them a huge success or a big dud. The software that packs the Apples, Nokias Blackberries have also created a new career avenue. With enterprises too going mobile, the career has got a further boost. As smartphones gain in popularity and replace laptops, companies want applications like CRM, BI to be made available to their employees on these handheld devices.

Mobile platforms are based on disparate frameworks like Java, Windows or Symbian. To carve a career in the mobile development domain, a developer is required to gain core expertise in one of the frameworks.

    7) IT security

A slew of security certifications – including the CompTIA Security+, GIAC Security Essentials, Certified Ethical Hacker, GIAC Certified Incident Handler and Check Point Certified Security Administrator, etc.. will have increased value in 2010. The value of security skills is going up, and more importantly these jobs are pretty stable, as there some crooks always want to shows of there screwing skills 🙂

There maybe many others fields which will continuously as we have seen this year, but this seems to be the big areas again in 2010 which is gonna shine, so a keep watch for it..

We are at the end of 2009 and being tech encored, why shouldn’t I love hacking and why not interested to know which is the software applications I use day to day gets hacked everyday like any other. I found my answer with the Forbes`Most-Hacked Software’ list. Which are the software that are top on hackers’ hitlist? Applications and software that are most vulnerable and are the potential targets of scammers and hackers to install malicious codes into your PC? So let’s begin the Story:

1) At Number 1 Spot “Adobe Reader”: Were you guys thinking it should start with some Microsoft application ;). So here we go Adobe Inc’s popular software Adobe Reader is the most hacked software of this year. Security firm’s reportedly tracked as many as 45 bugs in the Adobe Reader programme this year. The number is up from 14 in 2008 and seven in 2007.

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Security experts feel that Reader being a universally used programme makes it highly vulnerable. Also, its complex code base offers a high risk of flaws.

2) Internet Explorer: Ok, we have Microsoft in gates now, At No. 2 on the Most Hacked Software list is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Little surprising that the browser with majority marketshare (almost 65%) is hot on hackers and scammers target list. According to the news report, IE’s complex code base with no shortage of bugs helps hackers.

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Security researchers found 30 bugs in IE this year, almost the same number as last year and way down from 49 found in 2007.

3) Mozilla Firefox: Now I come to know why Google wants to mess up in this browser war’s, The open source browser Mozilla Firefox is the year 2009’s third Most Hacked Software. Closest rival to Internet Explorer with approximately 25% marketshare, recorded an increase in vulnerabilities this year.

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Researchers and cybercriminals found as many as 102 bugs in Firefox this year, an increase of 12 bugs vi-a-vis last year’s 90 bugs. Wondering what makes its more vulnerable than IE which showed 30 bugs? Remember, the two cannot be compared directly as Firefox is an open-source programme and Mozilla publicly reveals all its bug finds.

4) Adobe Flash: What is happening to Adobe to much money or lot of dumb asses, At No. 4 on the Most Hacked Software list is Adobe’s popular design software Flash, commonly used for viewing animations and movies. The report found 11 vulnerabilities in the programme this year, down 8 from 19 last year.

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According to the report, the vulnerabilities pose a potential danger as the software used for viewing videos and animation requires no interaction with the user to infect the machine with malicious software.

5) Apple Quicktime: Now let’s turn our back for Apple, because next on the hit-list of hackers is Apple Quicktime, a multimedia framework used for handling various formats of digital video, media clips, sound, text, animation and music. Though Apple talks about immunity from bugs in its machines, however, security experts feel that relative security comes from its low marketshare and not careful coding.

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According to the report, 26 bugs were found in Quicktime in 2009, down 10 from 36 found in 2008. The number looks high compared to mere 3 found in Windows Media Player.

6) Microsoft Office: Here is no surprise :), At No. 6 is another Microsoft software, Microsoft Office. Researchers tracked 41 bugs in Microsoft’s popular suite of apps in 2009, down from 44 in 2008. According to the report, hackers many a times use Microsoft Office applications like PowerPoint, Excel or Word document to plant malicious code

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7) Windows: I think I myself going to boredom, so let me end this list by what we wipe our eyes everyday with, offcourse Windows Sir, at no. 7. Microsoft Windows-based operating system continue to be top on hackers radar. Experts believe that the fact that Windows vulnerabilities can be exploited without a user actually doing anything makes the software hacker-prone.

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For example the Conficker worm spread to over 7 million PCs last year without requiring a user to visit a website, or open an attachment or actually do anything else, other than just leave their computers running.

Let me conclude this way this companies are the IT big wigs and money is no matter for them, my advise instead of marketing your apps with some dumb asses and with the world turning for software applications day in and out, think of investing the same in atleast securing your asses for it. For we users we need to continue with this mess much longer. stability and security is a long way to go in software yet..

Ever wondered which are the most riskiest Web domains you may not want to visit? Domains which host (or are rather used to host) maximum malware or codes that can launch a virus, phising or a botnet attack on your PC ? As per the recent research from a leading Security agency here’s the top riskiest Web domains you may want to know and be aware of who knows you may be a victim of the same ;( (

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    1) Cameroon (.cm)

Topping the list is Africa’s Cameroon (.cm) which has overthrown Hong Kong (.hk) as the Web’s riskiest domain. Entering for the first time in the list, Cameroon, a small African country that borders Nigeria, jumped to the number one spot this year with 36.7% of the .cm domain posing a security risk.

According to the report, because the domain .cm is a common typo for .com, many cyber criminals set up fake typo-squatting sites that lead to malicious downloads, spyware, adware and other potentially unwanted programmes. Last year’s riskiest domain, Hong Kong (.hk) dropped to 34th place with a risk rating of only 1.1%.

    2) Samoa (.ws)

Samoa (.ws) Domains with an overall risk percentage of 17.8%. Last year the domain posed a security risk of 3.8%. The report rates Samoan-registered domains risky primarily for their phishing and malicious download activity. Among country domains, the People’s Republic of China (.cn) and Samoa (.ws) have remained in the top 5 riskiest domains since last year.

    3) Information (.info)

The information (.info) domain is the most “spammy,” domain with 17.2% of its sites generating junk mail.

The domain has an overall risk of 15.8%, as compared to 11.7% in 2008. The risk associated with .info registered domains is largely spam related.

    4) Philippines (.ph)

This domain has an overall risk level of 13.1%, compared to 7.7% last year. Philippines (.ph) registered sites are more similar to China than Samoa, with risk weighted towards spam and phishing than related to downloads.

    5) Former Soviet Union (.su)

This domain poses a security risk of 5.2%. The report says risky registrations using the former Soviet Union (.SU) domain are evenly distributed between phishing and risky download activity.

    5) Russia (.ru)

Russia (.ru) domains asan overall risk percentage of 4.6%. Last year, the domain posed a security risk of 6%.
Russian (.RU) registered site risk is distributed in a roughly 3:2:1 ratio for malicious downloads, phishing and spam.

    6) Singapore (.sg)

The .sg domain has an overall risk of 4.6%, compared to 0.3% last year. According to the report, Singapore (.sg) registered sites were evenly distributed between spam and download activity.

The ratio’s calculated here are based on the global share of malware or codes, virus, phising or a botnet attack generated this year, no offence to any country or existing domain Holders, my sincere Disclaimer 🙂