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April 2014

Security Matters: IE Exploit Alert

Jeff Platt

Exploits to popular applications are just a byproduct of human created software. The current advisory from Microsoft calls into question whether or not one should use Internet Explorer at all, especially if you are still running the unsupported Windows XP.

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Sell the DOS, Keep the Marketing Rights

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Q: What product did Bill Gates sell to IBM (and retain the rights to market and license separately) for its release of the original Personal Computer in 1981. A: The product was MS-DOS, but what made the deal so remarkable was that Bill Gates convinced IBM to let Microsoft retain the rights to MS-DOS and market…

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Big Sale, Mr. Gates

Jeff Platt

In celebration of the end of Windows XP support, our next trivia question looks to the early roots of Microsoft. Prize for this question is a $25 Amazon gift card. Trivia Question for April 22, 2014 Q: What product did Bill Gates sell to IBM (and retain the rights to market and license separately) for…

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Obviously, Bernoulli Numbers

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Q: Many people know that Ada Lovelace is credited with being the first computer programmer for her work on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. What did her algorithm compute? A: Bernoulli numbers. Learn more about Ada Lovelace and if you are up for the math, Bernoulli numbers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernoulli_number http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Lovelace The winner of the $25 Amazon gift…

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Security Matters: Cryptolocker is Very Dangerous

Jeff Platt

What is Cryptolocker? This new variant of malware will encrypt files found on connected drives, including network shares, and hold the machine “hostage” requiring the user to pay a ransom to get the decryption key to unlock the files.

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Algorithm for First Computer Program

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Thanks to a great Ebay find for flux capacitors, our next trivia question looks back in time to the woman that is credited as being the first computer programmer. Prize for this question is a $25 Amazon gift card. Trivia Question for April 8, 2014 Q: Many people know that Ada Lovelace is credited with…

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