Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Which business to open in slow economy?

I recently got a letter from LegalZoom, where they talk about top businesses to start in a sluggish economy.

I had to disagree with it. For example, my acquaintance running a personnel agency told me that during a slowdown this business simply dries up, because hiring is frozen.

Computer repair makes little sense when computers are so cheap that they are replaceable. Maybe he meant IT services - but then he should have said it.

Agree on security firm being #5 though.

Altogether, sounded immature and produced bad impression, on me and on my friends. The LegalZoom's pitch seemed to be directed to create a corporation using their services, which was an obvious self-interest. That is an example of how not to write.

I am thinking about a good advice - for those who want to listen and have the energy.

The new JavaScript editor in NetBeans 6.1 is awesome

http://www.netbeans.org/download/flash/js/javascript_demo.html

Friday, April 18, 2008

HDIV - Java Web Application Security Framework

HDIV (HTTP Data Integrity Validator) is a Java Web Application Security Framework. HDIV extends web applications’ behaviour by adding Security functionalities, maintaining the API and the framework specification. This implies that we can use HDIV in applications developed in Struts 1.x, Struts 2.x, Spring MVC and JSTL in a transparent way to the programmer and without adding any complexity to the application development. It is possible to use HDIV in applications that don’t use Struts 1.x, Struts 2.x, Spring MVC or JSTL, but in this case it is necessary to modify the application (JSP pages).

Here it is on SourceForge

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Peter Guttman - a security researcher out of Australia

Incredible person and an article about Commercial Malware Industry that seems to say that there is no hope against hackers and their malware.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Listening to Linux Action Podcast

Which is a fine podcast in its own right, I heard about a few interesting applications.

One is JungleDisk, a tool for online backup to S3. It was unexpectedly to hear how the podcasters say, "S3 is definitely not for a consumer". I use it all the time, and the easy-to-use tool is Firefox plugin for S3, but I guess a more polished interface and consumer-oriented focus is better, even if one has to pay 1.5 times. It is not much anyway, either 10 or 15 cents per gigabyte.

Another highly praised one was F-Spot editor for pictures, which is even better than Picasa! Of course, if you are into all things Google, then you will continue using Picasa anyway.