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Back to School Student Contest

Macromedia kicks of the Back to School season with new student contest.

The contest is designed to inspire students to create digital experiences that challenge, provoke, educate, and entertain, while rewarding and providing exposure for student authors of outstanding content.

The Macromedia 2003 Back to School Student Contest features a People’s Choice Award and a Macromedia Expert Award for each of three categories – “Build Stuff,” “Create,” or “Not Normal”. Students compete against their peers and vote for their favorites in December. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2003. Complete program information and submission instructions are at  

August 4, 2003 Author: George Petrov

The Big Hack Starting?

As we mentioned in our newsletter, there's a lot of news about a potential big hack beginning tomorrow. is it starting now?

The U.S. Homeland Security Department cautioned Wednesday that it had detected an "Internet-wide increase in scanning" for victim computers. I've personally seen a 300% increase in alerts from my firewall - and there's rumours on newsgroups about several big hosting companies suffering 24 hour outages.

The hack alert comes after the recent alerts of critical security flaws in Microsoft's DirectX software. A chinese group, Xfocus ("From the Internet. For the Internet. Have fun!") posted code exploiting the flaw.

Could be a very long weekend. Let us know if you hear of anyone going down.

August 2, 2003 Author: Ian Blackham

24 July - New Windows Critical Security Patch

Only one week after the last critical Windows Security Flaw, the BBC reports another one.

The flaw involves DirectX, an extensive collection of programming add-ons for Windows used by computer games. If exploited, the flaw could allow a malicious hacker to run their own specially crafted computer code to plant a virus or even take over a machine.

Here's the patch. Here's Lindows, a Linux based Operating system, with the ease of Windows, but without the security flaws.

(Part 455788 in a series of 940923)


July 24, 2003 Author: Ian Blackham