way to hide those prying eyes?
By Harendra Alwis
Most of us who use computers on a daily basis use passwords
to access our personnel email accounts and other such restricted
or privileged information. When it comes to online security your
password is your first line of defence. Now simple programs are
being used to retrieve other people's passwords especially over
networks of computers.
It is shocking
to notice how few of us keep our private passwords to ourselves.
It is a common habit among most of my friends to give their email
passwords to their 'significant others'. Not only do people forget
to look after their passwords but sometimes they forget their passwords
One of the
most common mistakes committed by many of us is to use one password
for everything. Then if your password is cracked, you run the risk
of losing practically everything.
So how do you
choose one that's memorable but not obvious?, easy enough to remember
but hard to crack?
Making it a
mixture of numbers and letters and potentially some random characters
such as "@#)+_(&%" would certainly help. Another solution
would be to change the language we use. Perhaps yet another solution
is to replace words altogether. Recently I heard of a software package
which uses pictures as passwords. Maybe we could come up with devices
that can detect unique and distinct features in individuals such
as retina scans that are already available and use them as passwords.
As our deepest
secrets go digital, choosing a good password becomes more important
than ever, but many people don't take their password security seriously
enough. New technologies like biometrics will help, but the fact
remains that if you want to keep your private information from prying
eyes you must choose a password that's hard to crack and then not
say a word about it to anyone.
- mean anything to you?
By Kushan Amarasiri
Visual Basic Scripting is a scripting language used with
HTML to create dynamic and interactive web pages. The pioneer software
giant Microsoft developed VB Script based on Microsoft Visual Basic.
language instructs your computer to perform a specific task. To
create Active Server Pages any web developer should be familiar
with VB Scripting. Other scripting languages include Java Script
and Pearl Script. Each of these scripting languages has distinct
VB Script to create documents for the Internet. VB Script provides
ease of use, versatility and active server pages support. Java Script
offers more advanced scripting features than other scripting languages.
Pearl Script is most useful when creating code that processes or
other scripting languages VB Script is easy to use. Many scripting
languages require the web developer to adhere to strict syntax rules
including the requirement of semi colons at the end of each line
and the use of case-sensitive names.
Any typing error can return errors in the code. VB Script does not
require you to abide by these strict syntax rules. This makes VB
Script easier to use when compared to other script languages but
it also makes it more difficult to troubleshoot an error in the
VB Script can
be used on a computer running on UNIX, Windows or Macintosh operating
systems. This makes VB Script more versatile.
languages require the use of complicated software tools such as
compilers and development environments in order to use the languages
When using VB Script we are however allowed to write the script
code by the use of programs which are already installed in the computer
such as Microsoft Note Pad.
We can run
scripts that we coded using the latest versions of Microsoft Internet
Explorer. This allows any web developer to run and test the scripts
without much of a hassle. For Netscape we may have to install plug-ins
that provides VB Script support.
The web browser
will process HTML code as well as VB Script code. This process is
known as client-side processing.
The web browser
is considered a client of the web server storing the web page. The
advantage of client-side processing is that a web server does not
have to use its resources to process the code used to create the
Pages technology was developed by Microsoft and is used to create
powerful dynamic web pages. Therefore we have to use a scripting
language such as VB Script to access and use information from ASP
An Active X
Control is a small program that we could add to a web page to add
functionality to the page. For example we can add a text box to
a web page and allow users to enter their user name. VB Script enables
your web page to communicate with these active X objects.
Fritz" Vs. chess champion
A German developed computer especially designed for chess called
'Deep Fritz', has outsmarted world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik
in 35 moves last Sunday. This has been the first game that was won
by the supercomputer, programmed to evaluate 3.5 million instructions
in a second. It narrowed the 27-year-old Russian chess wizard's
lead to 3-2 to keep the $1 million eight-match "Brains in Bahrain"
challenge series alive. Kramnik had earlier won the second and third
games of the series, while the first and fourth ended in draws.
black pieces he made the worst blunder of his career to lose a piece
with 15 minutes on his clock to make six more moves and then resigned
admitting defeat soon afterwards.
the not so cute bear
Bugbear is considered to be one of the worst viruses to ever
hit the computer world. It inactivates anti-virus software and steals
passwords, leaving your computer wide open to hacker attacks. When
this worm infects, it sends emails to as many as 170 addresses in
the computer's address book, spreading itself through attachment
There are things
you can do to protect your computer. The best way is to install
current anti-virus program. Once you install the programs. you must
continually update it to keep it effective. Another way you can
avoid computer viruses like Bugbear is to always quarantine or delete
any e-mail that appears suspicious.
Unified Modeling Language is a general-purpose notational language
for specifying and visualizing complex software, especially large,
object-oriented projects. UML builds on previous notational methods
such as Booch, OMT, and OOSE. It is being developed under the auspices
of the Object Management Group (OMG).
so sweet end for Sugar Hill
of hip hop/rap was destroyed in a fire on Friday, October 11.
The Sugar Hill
Studio, where the Sugar Hill Gang recorded the first hip hop album
in 1979 was located at West Street, New Jersey.
reports the historic spot was completely destroyed. Nearly 80 firemen
tried to battle the fire to save the birthplace of rap music. The
fire which is believed to have started around 2 a.m. was raging
even at 8 a.m.
who perform or follow hip hop/rap do not seem to know that the Sugar
Hill Gang was the first commercially successful rap act. The group
consisted of Michael Wright, Guy O'Brien and Henry Jackson. The
group's global anthem "Rapper's Delight" sampled the Chic
hit "Good Times".
There is a
legal battle looming between the band Muse and Celine Dion. The
band has threatend to sue Celine Dion after she took the group's
name for her Las Vegas show. Muse says it owns the rights to the
name and it cannot be used in the context of entertainment. Muse
claims that Celine Dion has broken the law. With pending legal action,
the Celine Dion camp is also not taking it lightly. They intent
to fight Muse perhaps to the end. Muse claims the Canadian diva
is planning to crush them.
Muse is hoping to crack the US market which is generally very fragmented.
Limp Bizkit guitarist is holding auditions for his new band Eat
is looking for someone who can sing. So far he has not been able
to find a vocalist capable of singing to a high standard. Borland
says he wants an unknown to carry out the vocal duties since the
group is not a Nu Metal act. Borland is also not interested in rappers.
Song (Asereje) by Las Ketchup took control of the No. 1 spot on
the UK singles chart this week.
The jive inspired
dance track with a catchy chorus turns the song into an instant
hit. It should become a huge party favourite before long. "The
Ketchup Song (Asereje)" is also accompanied by a very colourful
video, shot partly on a beach with lots of bikini clad females including
the three sisters Lola, Lucia and Pilar who make up the group Las,
hence they have an appropriate name.
Europe has reached No. 1 in 10 countries. It was first available
on import in Spanish - the original version and climbed to No. 49
last week. The official English translation was released last week.
The lyrics of the chorus in Spanish remain intact. It is a Spanish
version of "Rapper's Delight". Reports suggest there is
no meaning in the chorus. But "Asereje Hey Ha" in English
translates to "I said Hip Hop."
highest new entry of the week came in at No. 2 as S Club Juniors
struck with "New Direction".
It's the third
single release for the act and the third entry to peak at the No.
2 spot which is infact the runner-up position. When S Club Juniors'
debut single was released in May,. "One Step Closer" came
in at No. 2 behind "Kiss Kiss" by Holly Vallance the crowning
hit. In August when the second single "Automatic High"
entered the chart it came in again at No. 2 ,behind the Gareth Gates
No. 1 track "Anyone Of Us (Stupid Mistake)."
This week this
song with a dance feel once again falls short of the crown by checking
in behind "The Ketchup Song (Asereje)" by Las Ketchup.
Nevertheless it's a good show by the under 12-year-olds who make
up S Club Juniors.
the former leader of the Verve entered the chart at No. 11 with
"Check The Meaning". It's a track taken from the rock
artist's second solo album.
Most of us
are familiar with the "Bitter Sweet Symphony" which sadly
brought about the end of the Verve. Ashcroft then went solo and
released "Alone With Everybody". From that album the most
successful release was "A Song For The Lovers" peaking
at No. 3 in 2000.
X entered the UK chart at No. 19. The song which has been around
for some months is mistaken for a club track.
It is a flamed
track full on Synthesisers, sliding rhythm and vocals. The team
behind Trinity X are Thorn, Julian Irani and Emma Dean from London.