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Google’s Enhancement of Windows Security

Google is one of the biggest players in the IT industry. In the past its thousands employees had free choice of what OS to use on their laptops and desktop machines. And though for the mainframe machines specially designed Linux distributions were a necessity, for normal day to day office work many preferred Windows OS versions and Microsoft Office suite.

That was until recently Chinese hackers, using Windows security design flaw, gathered mass of “bots” – seriously infected computers they could remote control, and used this “botnet” to launch a full scale cyber attack on Google – both in China, and all over the world. This seems to have led to hard, but bold decision – new employees of Google around the globe are only allowed to install Windows on some laptops not connected to the network, and CIO permission must be granted for this, if it is needed for their job. Others are required to choose either Mac OS X, or some Linux distribution, and use Google’s own software (for normal office tasks) whenever possible.

The question is – will this move of one of the biggest players make others follow? Well, not necessary, as we will see. First – the Linux, as main competitor, is open source system. This means, you can write and rewrite parts of its core, the so called “kernel”, to suit your security needs, and patch security flaws. The problem – system programming is for “ace” programmers. These cost much, even with the crisis and IT sector problems. If the company is big enough, and has access to good programmers, such corrections in the OS kernel can be done relatively easy, fast and cheap. The end result may be fully customized operation system, achieving any goal needed by the company.

But what if we are talking about smaller company? It has to outsource the job, make specifications of changes needed, check the work done and hope no security backdoors pass through the testing process. In such occasion, the better bet may be to regularly update existing Windows OS, and hope every security flaw will be fixed overtime. This may even reduce the TCO (total cost of ownership), because the standard Windows machine is easier to administrate by not so well prepared administrator, than a highly customized Linux version.

There is also another point – the end user. The clerk, who had used Windows based software for last 10 years, will have to be either reeducated, or replaced by new employee, as the habits remaining from the old days will be hard to replace. The software used in the day to day work will have to be replaced with one written for the new OS too. Though this will not cost much, as Microsoft Office’s main rivals are open source, but problems may arise later, that will require specialized help – which as a matter of fact may be available for free, but there is no guarantee for that.

To sum all up – if security flaws are the only problem that you think makes replacement of the OS necessary, and you do not have good system programmers and system administrators working for you, double think the decision – it may actually not be worth it.

HTML5- A New Venture into Apps Design

Hypertext Markup language standard which has been used for constructing web pages has shaped its latest version known as HTML 5. Since its previous versions are not successful for a decade, some of the conscious developers have created new features like 2D Graphics, built-in video etc. in HTML 5. HTML 5 is somewhat imprecise, however it is much convenient than HTML.

HTML 5 which is a little bit complex can be easily managed only by a few talented programmers. This has created a success for the marketing departments. They have started to develop tasteful packages that can make “HTML 5” comprehensible.

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Apple’s launch of Safari 5 has given a crystal clear action that HTML 5 has been snatched from the developers by the marketing folks. Apple has created a HTML 5 demo site which was created with most up-to-date web standards supported by Safari. Hence it has obstructed other browsers from it. You’ll be welcomed to download Safari which is free for PC and Mac. It will take just a few minutes. Apple doesn’t say that HTML 5 can’t be viewed by other browsers. But it is marketing Safari.

Christopher Blizzard, Mozilla’s evangelist has criticized that Apple’s messaging is not conveying their love since they are blocking the other browsers from their demo site and it is a intellectually dishonest matter. Bruce Lawson touting HTML 5 at Opera have also criticized the dishonesty of Apple.

On seeing the message “You’ll need to download Safari to view the demo” you may think that other browsers are not supporting it. But it is not true. It’s the trick played by Apple simply to market Safari. If you want to view the demos without the aid of Safari, a developer version of Apple’s HTML5 demo site will be useful for you.  Apple’s demo is creating a image that the marketers have snatched the label of HTML5. But not all of its demonstrations are really of HTML 5.

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Some of the following Web changes are not a part of HTML 5. Geolocation uses only HTML and not HTML 5 which helps the user to enter his physical location to a website. Only Microsoft IE9 has made Scalable Vector Graphics standard more relevant and only Apple has made the Cascading Style Sheets Standard more relevant.

Not all Web technologies have the fortune of universal buy-in.  Though IndexedDB allows the Web applications to accumulate data locally on a computer, Apple is using a different technology for it. Even though for 3D graphics on the Web, some prefer WebGL, Microsoft has not consent with it. While Web M from Google is preferred by Opera, Google and Mozilla, Microsoft and Apple prefer H.264. Adobe Systems Flash has been functioning as a mock-up for a lot of happenings with Web standards.

HTML 5 fans are now enthusiastic to make it popular.  Apple is now trying to make an impact on the world by means of HTML 5.

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