Chad Perrin: SOB

9 January 2008

! MSN Messenger

Filed under: Geek — apotheon @ 12:40

No more MSN Messenger for me!

Something got hosed up in my ability to authenticate with MSN Messenger.

To get my password reset, MSN requires me to either:

  1. have a maintained Hotmail account I can access, or
  2. remember my mailing address from when I first signed up for Hotmail about nine years ago.

Obviously, neither of these things is happening.

I first started using MSN Messenger because I was dating someone who could only use MSN Messenger at work. These days, I don’t have that problem. As such, I will not go through the trouble of creating a new MSN Messenger account at this time. If you talked to me via MSN Messenger, you may want to consider altering your IMing habits so that you can talk to me on a less odious IM network.

Have a nice day.

In case you were waiting for the security blunders article:

Filed under: Geek,Profession,Security,Writing — apotheon @ 01:39

My article, Retrospective: 10 security blunders, about blunders in IT security has been published at TechRepublic in the IT Security weblog. In my SOB entry titled Closed-source glitz — missing the point, I posted a comment in the ensuing discussion in which I said:

[The Eee PC is] only about four times the size of an iPhone — and doesn’t suffer from the impressive flaws of the iPhone (see an upcoming article of mine about blunders in TR’s IT Security weblog).

That’s where the security blunders article comes in. In it, I had this to say about the iPhone:

The iPhone runs everything as root: As Wired put it, IPhone’s Security Rivals Windows 95. This is very bad — and, of course, the root password for the iPhone was cracked in just three days. It had to happen eventually. To be fair, Windows Mobile devices all run everything as the administrative user as well, but this is not exactly unexpected (so it’s less notable). Credit to the fine folks at Metasploit for figuring it out, and figuring out how to make use of that fact.

See the article (linked at the beginning of this SOB entry) for relevant links and more fun IT security blunders of the 21st century.

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