RSA released into the public domain

Great news! I am sure you know about the security mechanisms built into your browser, right? The little padlock. This mechanism, and many others, are using an algorithm that is patented by RSA Security. The patent would expire in two weeks, but RSA decided to release the algorithm into the public domain, two weeks before the expiration. From their web site:

“RSA SecurityÂ’s commercialization of the RSA patent helped create an entire industry of highly secure, interoperable products that are the foundation of the worldwide online economy. Releasing the RSA algorithm into the public domain now is a symbolic next step in the evolution of this market, as we believe it will cement the position of RSA encryption as the standard in all categories of wired and wireless applications and devices.”

Yahoo! will use Google!

Google is a pretty cool search engine, they use open sofware, and have great technology. And now it seems that Yahoo will replace Inktomi as their search engine. That’s great news. I never liked Hotbot – I don’t know why everybody was so crazy about them in the first place.

Envisioning a Site That Won’t Be Featured In

If you monitored my site over past five years, you would have noticed a subtle change from a static page to a slightly more dynamic one. I offered a new Pick of the week every week, I added solid conent in the form of paintings and photos, and on this page I provide new content once in a while, I try at least weekly. Why? because content matters. I am learning tons of stuff these days about how the web really works, and here is a little publication that I’d like to share with you.

Interview with Dan Connolly

Dan Connolly heads the Architecture Domain of the World Wide Web Consortium, best known for overseeing HTML and related technologies. I am very curious about XML, and if you are too, this interview will give you insight about some of the high level issues.

More than you ever wanted to know about MIME

MIME is what makes your email client or browser recognize the content type, and what application to launch to view it. It’s a great, powerful concept. Actually, I just post it here so I won’t loose the link to this useful reference site that lists all MIME types. If you are a geek (like me), this will really excite you 😉

OpenCore offers blueprint to RISC chip

Here is a story about the OpenCore project, that will offer everything you need to know to build a 32 bit RISP processor. This is pretty exciting, as it is the equivalent to the Open Source and Linux movement for hardware (chips).

The first stand-alone internet radio

Finally they arrive: PCs that don’t look like PCs. Kerbango is an Internet radio that looks like a radio, and not like a computer. Inside it’s a full PC, and it can decode G2 and MP3. Reminds me a little bit of WebTV, but even more specialized. Definitely not a device for the average geek, but great for non-computer literate people, who want to tap into the huge pool of sound streams available on the Internet.

Yahoo got knocked out!

If you follow the Internet space, you probably already know that Yahoo was offline for 3 hour yesterday (Monday). Some crackers successfully executed a distributed denial of service attack. Read all the nifty details by clicking above…

Bad data handling leads to false arrests

This is a scary article – it tells the story of people being arrested because there was bad data in a police database. I work with data every day, and it is so easy to make mistakes. Things that sound trivial are not! I am sure we will hear more like this in the future. In this case, at least paper records could be consulted to resolve issues – but that won’t be possible 10 years from now, when issues like this happen, because the database is migrated to a newer system. Scary thoughts…

Vision for blind people!

It doesn’t surprise me that this can be done. What really amazed me is the fact that this guy got the implant in 1978! I have no clue why there wasn’t any coverage for such a long time.