Friday, November 19, 1999
11/19/99 8:34:44 pm
Judge appoints a mediator if Microsoft, DoJ want to talk.
Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson
a fellow jurist to help Microsoft and the Justice Department reach a
settlement, if the two sides decide to get together and try. Richard
Posner, chief judge for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in
Chicago, will have full discretion in setting out the "manner and
duration" of any such talks. A Microsoft spokesman said the
appointment was "potentially a very positive step."
Thursday, November 18, 1999
11/18/99 1:32:34 pm
11/18/99 8:54:47 am
Wednesday, November 17, 1999
11/17/99 1:54:44 pm
Do not entrust a password to Windows CE.
Bill Gates pushed Windows CE at Comdex, but it's beginning to look
like Palm OS has won and WinCE is destined for the ash-heap of
history. In recent weeks both Philips Electronics and South Korea's
LG Electronics have
their Windows CE-based handhelds from the market -- they just
weren't selling. And at Comdex, Everex
that it too will abandon its non-starter line of WinCE-based
portables. The biggest blow so far, though, was Sony's
of the PalmOS over WinCE for its yet-to-be-developed line of
consumer portable gadgets.
In his CRYPTO-GRAM newsletter (see TBTF
Sources), Bruce Schneier broke news of yet more trouble for
WinCE. Seems its developers, out of laziness or time pressure, have
ripped a massive hole in the security of any Windows NT password
stored on a WinCE device. Let Schneier describe it:
Microsoft encrypts your Windows NT password when stored on a Windows
CE device. But if you look carefully at their encryption algorithm,
they simply XOR the password with "susageP", Pegasus spelled
backwards. Pegasus is the code name of Windows CE. This is so
pathetic it's staggering.
Here is Jeff Zamora of CEGadgets.com describing how he
this dizzying implementation blunder. WinCE? Whoever wrote that
code ought to cringe and shrivel.
(Though I read Schneier's newsletter when it arrived -- I don't dare do
otherwise -- Alan Wexelblat's prodding was what made this item happen.)
Tuesday, November 16, 1999
11/16/99 2:51:22 pm
Two new activist sites.
[ Lost this article in a system crash; may be recoverable from backup.
Sysadmin says "Don't hold your breath." ]
Sunday, November 14, 1999
11/14/99 3:42:43 pm