Mar232012

Words of 2011

Published by hirantha at 10:05 AM under General

Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing of one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are the 2011 winners:

Word Definition Submitted By
asculate (v.) The act of conducting niceties in order to gain the favor of a person in a perceived position of authority (i.e., butt-kissing) Roxanne Pearson
eblaborate The act of babbling on incessantly in an attempt to provide excessive amounts of information, often useless minutiae, about a particular topic. Phyllis Sakole
footbull What sports announcers say to fill air time See also: basebull, basketbull Wayne Hoit
Twired Really fatigued yet jacked up. Mary C. Ford
carcolepsy the chronic inability to stay awake while riding in a car Lynn DuPree
Elephont Really BIG type Gayle Knutson
Epiphony the dramatic realization that the person you are with is not who they seem to be Kim Robinson
omnimpotent all powerless Derek Rogers
afflicionado a hypochondriac Dave Ufford
vignorant Being vigorously stupid. Bill Neurohr

Full list can be found here.



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Jan252012

Visual Studio Achievements Program Brings Gamification to Development

Published by hirantha at 12:59 PM under Microsoft | Software Development

Developers who use Microsoft Visual Studio have a new way to highlight their skills, get recognition for the amazing work they do every day, and add some competitive fun to the development day.

Visual Studio Achievements, a Visual Studio plug-in, enables developers to unlock badges and compete against one another for a place on a leader board based on the code they write, its level of sophistication, and the Visual Studio capabilities they use to do so. Developers finally have the ability to actually show their friends, colleagues, project managers, spouses and customers how good they are at what they do all day and sometimes into the night.

Each time you earn a badge, a unique page is created with your profile picture, the badge and a description. You can tweet about achievements, share them on Facebook, and show a list of achievements on your blog using the Visual Studio Achievements Widget.

Download : Visual Studio Achievement Add-in



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Jan042012

nmap 5.61TEST4 released

Published by hirantha at 4:41 PM under Networking

 nmap 5.61TEST4 released with a number of interesting features.

  • a spidering library and associated scripts for  crawling websites.
  • 51 new NSE scripts, bringing the total to 297.
  • a substantial decrease in the size of the Mac OS X installer due to the removal of PPC support.
  • a new vulnerability management library which stores and reports found vulnerabilities.

More information can be found in the release notes.



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Dec292011

Hash collisions vulnerability in web servers

Published by hirantha at 8:17 AM under Security

A new vulnerability advisory by security firm n-runs describes how hash tables in PHP5,Java,ASP.NET and others can be attacked with deliberate collisions in the hash function, leading to a denial of service (DoS) on the web server in question. Microsoft have already responded with an advisory of their own, other vendors are likely to follow.



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Nov212011

Galle Fort

Published by hirantha at 12:26 PM under

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Galle Fort a photo by hirantha on Flickr.



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