Wednesday, January 12

H.264 is being dropped from Chrome

Chromium Blog: HTML Video Codec Support in Chrome.

Key sentence from above article:

"Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies."

Key comment from Slashdot on above article:

"This serves two strategic purposes for Google. First, it advances a codec that’s de facto controlled by Google at the expense of a codec that is a legitimate open standard controlled by a multi-vendor governance process managed by reputable international standards bodies. (“Open source” != “open standard”.) And second, it will slow the transition to HTML5 and away from Flash by creating more confusion about which codec to use for HTML5 video, which benefits Google by hurting Apple (since Apple doesn’t want to support Flash), but also sucks for users."

Google, just when I started to like you again.  I turned away from you for about a year and a half because you pissed me off with the Buzz thing.  Now you go and do this.

One step forward, two steps back.

Tuesday, January 11

iPhone 4 goes to Verizon too.

Finally, after long last, the iPhone is coming to Verizon.

I probably could go on Ad nausem about the new iPhone, but I'll just cover the bullet points

  • The antenna is redesigned, and as a result the buttons are moved slightly down on the left, so some cases may not fit.

  • CDMA, not LTE.  Which means you can't talk and surf at the same time. (Feature that I use a lot)

  • You can use the iPhone as a wifi hotspot (so like a mifi) for up to 5 devices.  Nice.

  • Coming February 10th for GA.  Advanced ordering for Verizon Customers on Feb 3.

  • Otherwise, it's the iPhone 4.

This will be nice.

Seven Cool Open Source Projects for Defenders

TaoSecurity: Seven Cool Open Source Projects for Defenders.

Richard Bejtlich wrote this good post over on his blog, a few good OpenSource tools to defend your networks with.  He talks about the newest updates with:

  • Rumainte IDS

  • Security Onion

  • Bro IDS

  • Suricata IDS

  • Snorby

  • OpenFPC

  • Polman

  • Snort

  • ClamAV

  • Razorback

Richard does pay me a kind compliment, so thank you Richard.  Take a look at his post and try some of the tools out.

Tuesday, January 4

A Year in Reflection

I am reading all these posts on reflection on 2010 and accomplishments for this year.

Yes, I accomplished a lot for this year.  Lots and Lots of work stuff.  But I accomplished one thing that eclipses all else.

I have a beautiful family with an awesome wife and two beautiful kids.

Happy New Year everyone.  Well wishes for 2011.

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