Quick Security Alerts for the Week Ending 10/24/2010

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TCLP 2010-03-14 News

This is news cast 209, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

In the intro, a call for help with my new experiment, this time with a way to reward and encourage donors. Also, happy Pi Day.

This week’s security alerts are researchers build an 8K smart phone botnet and share their motivations for doing so and some findings and a serious Apache exploit is discovered.

In this week’s news theoretical breakthrough for quantum crypto, Apple iPhone developer agreement comes to light leading to my own moment of principle where I’ve decided once my iPod Touch is worn out I will be buying an Android based PMP, the value of BASIC as a first language, and improving the bandwidth of quantum memory.

Following up this week web cames disabled in PA school laptops and Open Source for America rebuts IIPA’s petition to the USTR including a post, a paper and a personal meeting.

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Happy Birthday, Apache

What began as a patchy fork of the NCSA web server fifteen years ago has grown into not only the technology that underpins a major fraction of the web but an incredibly successful open source project.

Happy birthday, indeed, Apache.

If you are curious about the project’s history to date, the post at the ASF blog has some excellent details include a brief round down of milestones and accomplishments and the principles the project developed to achieve its incredible success.

There certainly have been a lot of competitive, open source developments recently in the web server space. Most of them are pretty application stack specific, built to better serve the needs of developers in a specific language like Ruby or Python. I still turn to Apache first since it is such a time tested and proven tool, a sort of swiss army knife for standing up all kinds of web applications. I think that is the highest testament to the project’s success.