Monthly Archives: April 2009

It is good that NumLock is switched off in the logon screen!

I felt I need to announce my opinion regarding this to the entire world! Like many others, perhaps you have noticed that during logon to Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, NumLock key on your keyboard is inactive by default. 

I for one, consider it a good security measure. NumLock being off reminds me that I should not use numeric keypad to enter the numbers in my password. Using the default number row instead of keypad would deny remarkable others (not be mistaken with "significant others") the opportunity to easily find out whether you use numbers is your password, where exactly you use password and how many times numbers occur in the entire password.

So, if you plan to ask me how to have NumLock active in the logon screen, then, with all due respect, I’m afraid I don’t know. (You know the meaning and usage scenarios of "with all due respect", don’t you?)

Acquisitions in the Computers and IT World

I’ve just received Nokia Security News newsletter: Nokia has acquired Check Point. That came as a big surprise. I didn’t expect it so suddenly.

Perhaps you don’t know Nokia, but you may know Check Point. Nokia is Finnish communication corporation and a well-known cell phone manufacturer. The first cell phone I saw in my life was a Nokia 6110. My first cell phone was a Nokia 8210. I still have it but it doesn’t work anymore, especially inside US. Check Point, on the other hand, makes everything related to network and security. It owns Zone Labs that makes ZoneAlarm, a prominent Firewall.

I guess I should really make a list of acquisitions that attracted my attention. Let’s see. We have:

  1. AOL: CompuServ
  2. Adobe: Micromedia
  3. HP: Compaq
  4. Checkpoint: Zone Labs
  5. AMD: ATI
  6. Autodesk: Alias Systems
  7. Microsoft: Winternals
  8. Vivendi: Activision (= Activsion Blizzard)
  9. Nokia: Checkpoint

Perhaps the most suprising ones were Adobe: MicromediaHP: Compaq and Microsoft: Wininternals. Although, Microsoft: Winternals shouldn’t have really surprised me, since Microsoft keeps devouring other companies. (So is Symantec.) Yet it did. Autodesk: Alias Systems is also noteworthy. 3ds Max (formerly 3D Studio MAX) and Maya are now two competing products from the same producer!

Of course, acquisition are very common in the computer world. They don’t always come as surprise. Sometimes, they just come as a simple "Oh, really?" like Seagate: Maxtor. It wouldn’t surprise me if Microsoft acquire Borland or CodeGear (yes, I know Borland no longer own CodeGear), or Ubisoft acquire EA Games.

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