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Certainly the panorama is changed quiet a lot since the fireworks between Microsoft and Netscape, some of you may remember. As collateral damage out of that dramatic affair, we saw flourishing Internet Explorer as the dominant web browser for several years to come. It was the only one though. In 2002 IE share of the market peaked at a stratospheric 96%, surpassing even the golden times of Navigator when it was the lone rider. Back then even your grandma knew how to put into use the favorites bar. Later on, no fair competition was bringing to us an Explorer filled of issues which code remained stagnant for quite a while. There was spelt the end of rapid innovation in web browsers as bug fixing and standards submission were they only pragmatic directions taken. Developers had to use...
Pen and paper cutting-edge security - PART II

Fortune 100 corporations, small firms and even ISPs with paranoid security policies have an Achilles heel: users who pick easily guessable passwords. Passwords are the simplest security measure addressed by all computer users without a cause and yet underestimated. “The idea is to make something that is easy to remember but that will make up a good password”, a lot of experts are telling you. False. From my experience something easy to remember can’t be of any good. “Easy to remember” plays in the same ballpark as “easy to find”.

A strong password could take weeks to be cracked, while a weak one could be figured out within minutes. Any password could eventually be cracked by brute force – trying every character combination...
As a non-English speaking n00b, I firstly came to hear the name of TPS during a chat with a friend of mine. He is a member here but not that active than supposed to. I clicked the url to TPS he sent me. The browser just showed the login page, with the impressive skull logo. The signup was closed then. What’s worse, I was such a n00b who hadn’t learned to use the IRC by that moment that I even didn’t care if there was a IRC interview link there. What a shame of myself! I didn’t join TPS. Instead, I just left it behind and continued concentrating on my own work.

Several weeks later, I happened to catch a conversation going on that mentioned TPS. That’s the second time that I came across with TPS, which finally drove me here. After seeing the statements that how great TPS was, my...