Day: June 4, 2020

Aged Security Flaw Renews Open/Closed-Source Debate

The recent announcement of a 13-year old security flaw found in an Open Source security library has renewed the debate between open source and closed source software. The library, crypt_blowfish, allows for fast two-way password encryption. The flaw introduces the potential for passwords to be easily compromised and affects PHP and a number of Linux distributions that include the crypt_blowfish library.
As with most security bug announcements both the Linux/Open Source and Microsoft/Closed Source supporters began pointing fingers at each other on several news sites and blogs, with the occasional troll tossing in a flaming comment just to keep emotions high. Unfortunately this type of debate rarely does anything to move the industry or community closer to more secure software deployments.
In handling aged security flaws such as this it is important to put aside emotion and focus on the issue. Security issues involving a broadly deployed code base require …

Google Pixel With WebOS 64 MP Camera

At one time, Palm was “the” name in the handheld market and while it was not strictly a phone, it could be synchronized with your desktop computer so that one could receive and place emails, although phone calls were out of the question but that has changed now as Palm has joined the ranks for those offering AT&T’s GSM WiFi phone service.


In the mid- to late-1990s, the name Palm and its operating system were the powerhouses in the handheld market. With the right dock hooked to your desktop and the right software, one could send and receive emails, as well as text. One could also create documents and, if your PC had a mailing system and could use the Microsoft Mail Exchange server, one could mail those documents to another user who could then sync his or her Palm device and take the document along in their Palm handheld.…