AntiVirus software lacking effectiveness

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At the recent [AusCERT 2006 Conference](http://conference.auscert.org.au/conf2006/), a survey was published by Graham Ingram general manager of the [Australian Computer Emergency Response Team](http://auscert.org.au/) (AusCERT) which discussed the effectiveness of several leading anti-virus products.  The survey states that an average of 8 in 10 threats are getting through the protection that these products provide. Some research done by ZDNet Australia's Munir Kotadia in a [series of articles](http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Eighty_percent_of_new_malware_defeats_antivirus/0,2000061744,39263949,00.htm) notes that the three top products (by market share) in 2005 were Symantec's Norton Antivirus, Mcafee Virusscan and Trend Micro VirusDefense.  If the survey results are accurate, or even partially accurate, that could mean that running even two of these security defense products at once may only provide a 20%-40% protection.  Not exactly a comforting thought. So where does this leave us?  Do we need to install…
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Charity begins at Start

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This past week, [Fortune magazine](http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune) ran a story on [Warren Buffet's recent decision](http://money.cnn.com/2006/06/25/magazines/fortune/charity1.fortune/index.htm) to give away 85% of his net worth.  The vast majority (83%) of this donation will be given to the [Bill and Melinda Gates foundation](http://www.gatesfoundation.org) to assist with their continuing work fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis worldwide. The donation itself is tied to shares in [Berkshire Hathaway](http://www.berkshirehathaway.com/), Buffet's main umbrella corporation for everything from Dairy Queen to Fruit of the Loom.  Every year the charitable organization will receive a portion of shares in BH.  The contribution for 2006 amounts to more than $1.5 Billion USD. This story is proof in and of itself that absolute power need not corrupt absolutely.  Between Gates and Buffett, the Gates' foundation has been pledged more than $60 Billion USD over the…
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And for dessert – Wiki on a stick!

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For those of you who have a burning desire to have a wiki that you can take with you anywhere, anytime [Wiki on a stick](http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_on_a_stick) is for you! The wonderful folks at WikiMedia have put together this article which describes how to load up a memory stick or USB Flash drive (known to some as a memory pencil) with everything you need to run a wiki. The setup looks pretty clean, a full installation of: * [Apache 2.x](http://www.apache.org/) * [PHP 5.x](http://www.php.net/) * [MySQL 4.x](http://dev.mysql.com/) * [phpMyAdmin 2.6.x](http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/index.php) * [ActivePerl 5.x](http://www.activestate.com/Products/ActivePerl/) * [MediaWiki 1.5.x](http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki) When I started writing this I hadn't intended to try it out... but my curiosity got the best of me and I gave it a shot **on my iPod(!)** this evening, and within 10 minutes I had…
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EPIC 2014 – The reign of Googlezon

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This presentation was put together by a couple of university students at Georgia Tech. It tells an orwellian tale about the demise of what we would call “modern media”. The clip is narrated and runs 8 minutes. It packs a lot of thinking into those 8 short minutes. This project has caused me to do a lot of thinking since I saw it. It is based partly in reality, and partly in conjecture. The presentation shows us a world that _could_ be, some say it is the world that _will_ be. The first link below contains a written version with some added details that aren't in the flash movie. The second link is the flash movie itself. This was originally published several months ago, so it may be old news…
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Yet another developer’s Blog

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Well here it is, yet another blog by yet another .NET developer.  I'm not quite sure what to do with this opening post.  I'm working on a blog project of my own.  It's being hosted on SourceForge, and I hope to post more details of that project soon. Enjoy the Blog!
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