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November 18, 2010

Apple patches critical ‘drive-by’ Safari bugs

Fixes 27 flaws in WebKit browser engine

Apple today patched 27 vulnerabilities in Safari for Mac OS X and Windows, 85% of them critical bugs that could be exploited to hijack Macs or PCs. (more…)

November 17, 2010

The Linux desktop may soon be a lot faster

Linux is fast. That’s why 90%+ of the Top 500 fastest supercomputers run it. What some people don’t realize is that Linux is much better at delivering speed for servers and supercomputers than it is on the desktop. That was by design. But over the last few years, there’s been more interest in delivering fast desktop performance. Now there’s a Linux kernel patch that may give you a faster, much faster, desktop experience. (more…)


D2L Learning Suite Gets Live@edu Integration

Desire2Learn is integrating Microsoft’s Live@edu service into its Learning Suite, an educational software package that includes a learning management system, electronic portfolio, learning repository, and analytics tool. (more…)

Seychelles to plug into world’s optical fiber Internet backbone with 1,900km submarine cable network to Tanzania

Alcatel-Lucent yesterday announced that it has signed a contract worth more than US$30 million with Seychelles Cable System (SCS) to build the Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) linking Victoria in Seychelles, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The new system will provide the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, with high-speed direct access to the world’s optical fiber backbone, for the first time. (more…)

November 16, 2010

CASIT: Holiday availability

CASIT will have reduced service hours 11/25-26 and 12/20-27

November 15, 2010

Library/IT Relations: Down the Hatch

As centralized information technology departments swallow up library IT, the question for many universities becomes: How do you get the best value out of realigned organizations?

Due to considerable budget cuts, a sizable state university recently was forced to consolidate all IT operations under one roof. That included reassigning two technology experts that the library preferred not to lose. (more…)

Firefox 4 regains speed mojo

Beta 7’s new JagerMonkey compiler puts Mozilla browser in No. 2 speed spot

Firefox 4 Beta 7 is about three times faster than the older 3.6.12, and lags behind only an alpha of Opera 11 in JavaScript speeds. Smaller results are better.

With the release of Firefox 4 Beta 7, Mozilla returned to near the top spot in browser performance rankings.
According to tests run by Computerworld, the new browser is about three times faster than the current production version of Firefox in rendering JavaScript, and lags behind only Opera among the top five browser makers. (more…)


The REAL connection speeds for Internet users across the world

How fast are Internet connections across the world? How fast are they in your country?

This article examines the real-world connection speeds for people in the top 50 countries on the Internet, i.e. the countries with the most Internet users. (more…)

Stuxnet Virus: A Breakthrough

Stuxnet Virus targets Industrial Control Systems

Thanks to some tips from a Dutch Profibus expert who responded to our call for help, we’ve connected a critical piece of the puzzle.

Since our discovery that Stuxnet actually modifies code on PLCs in a potential act of sabotage, we have been unable to determine what the exact purpose of Stuxnet is and what its target was. (more…)

November 12, 2010

Blackboard Moves Mobile Central Suite onto Android

has brought its Mobile Central app to the Android platform. The app, intended for smart phones, is custom-built for each institution then made available to the campus community for free. (more…)

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