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Paying for training is fine if you can afford it...if you can't
there are lots of resources on the web that can provide you with
hours of training for FREE. I found a site that researched and
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The CORRECT address of Sunbelt in The Netherlands
You can find at the home page of Sunbelt Software. It had a few
errors in there when we published it last. All OK now. Dus, als je
in Nederland of Belgie woont, hier is het juiste adres! (That
was a little Dutch if you had not caught on yet. :)
Compaq Drops Alpha Chip, Bets on Intel's Itanium
Well, that's the last one to go. NT support for Alpha was already
dropped by MS more than a year ago, but this kills all hope for a
come-back. The Wall Street Journal reported this Tuesday that
Compaq is calling it quits with independent chip development.
They are handing it over to Intel, and they will phase the Alpha
out in 2004. One more new chip and that's it. "We will consolidate
our entire 64-bit family of servers on the Itanium processors
family, and this will be completed in stages by 2004," said
Compaq CEO Michael Capellas in a news conference.
Compaq is moving away from hardware development (chips) to systems
and services in an attempt to cut costs. They will transfer a variety
of resources -- including microprocessor compilers, Alpha development
tools and even Alpha engineers and compiler experts - to Intel over
the next few years.
And of course no one will admit it, but indirectly Intel got control
of the installed base of Alpha machines with that kind of move. These
sites now will have to migrate to Itanium when the time comes.
That's their chance to get back to the NT platform, but on 64-bit
this time. Compaq also announced that it planned to move its NonStop
Himalaya systems (MIPS processor based) to Itanium by 2004. No real
surprise there, obviously they decided to consolidate their platforms.
HP also decided to focus on Itanium (which they co-developed with
Intel), and move away from their own PA-risc architecture. And that
leaves only one player out there that is becoming more and more
isolated: SUN. They initially pushed Itanium hard, but they had a
falling out with Intel and their commitment to Itanium has became
more unclear over the last years.
Rob Enderle from the Giga Information Group was quoted saying: "At
the end of the day, even though [Compaq CEO] Capellas really liked
the Alpha product, Compaq just really couldn't afford to be in the
chip business. So how long can Sun realistically maintain this
stance, especially when their competitors will be able to routinely
beat them on price?"
Hacker Exploits and Advanced Incident Handling Course
If you are the designated security person in your organization, it
makes sense to get trained. I would suggest you check our the following
course: The SANS Institute is very pleased to be offering a special
session on July 13-17 of our Hacker Exploits and Advanced Incident
Handling course in Boston. This program was rated higher than every
other popular hacker exploit training. One of its great strengths
is that it teaches you not only how the exploits work, but also how
to block them -- a feature missing in other popular hacker exploit
This program is a signature track of the Global Information Assurance
Certification. It seeks to prepare people for the critical role of
incident handler and seeks to identify the people who can take a
leadership role in incident handling in their organizations, their
communities, their nations and globally. This is a fascinating and
challenging program for security professionals who seek to understand
how live, "in the wild" hacker tools work, what vulnerabilities they
exploit, and how to block them. It also teaches the step-by-step process
proven in dozens of organizations by which they prepare for and respond
to attacks at their organizations. For more information please go to
And if you really want to go for broke, just before the SANS training,
visit the BlackHat Security Training, July 9th-10th - Location: Caesars
Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. The Black Hat Briefings is a conference for
researchers, IT professionals and experienced security administrators.
Every year, leaders in the security field are brought together to Black
Hat to discuss the latest threats, trends, products, and influences
in the Internet and security environment - it's not something to miss.
This year's topics include: Reverse Engineering, the Honey Net Project,
the CVE, 802.11b WEP security, ICMP scanning, SQL security configuration,
GSM and WAP security, and more:
Maxtor & Microsoft Shatter Capacity Limits On Drives
Maxtor, MS and some other industry players announced support for the
industry's next generation ATA interface standard that breaks the 137GB
barrier for ATA hard drives. This breakthrough allows the creation of
ATA hard drives that can access more than 100,000 times more data than
the current 137GB interface standard.
"Surpassing the 137GB limit is another notch in the evolution of storage
capacity. We are very pleased to be working with Maxtor to enable
increased capacity for our mutual customers," said Rob Short, VP of Windows
based operating system development at Microsoft Corporation. "Customers are
participating in an increasing number of storage intensive scenarios such
as data warehousing, application servicing, multimedia, video and music.
Increasing the drive limit allows them to easily meet their needs with
fewer drives and, in the case of enterprises, in far less physical space."
The "Big Drive" interface initiative succeeds in breaking through the
barrier with an upgraded ATA interface allowing for up to 48 bits of
address space on a single drive, and therefore the maximum capacity of
an ATA device up to 144PB. If you want to break the 137GB barrier you
can get further information at Maxtor's "Big Drive" Initiative Web site
about technology requirements and participating vendors.