The Future of Electronic Publishing

Written by Sam Vaknin

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Moreover,repparttar advertising-subsidized free content Web site has died together with Web advertising. Geocities - a community of free hosted, ad-supported, Web sites purchased by Yahoo! - is now selectively shutting down Web sites (when they exceed a certain level of traffic) to convince their owners to revert to a monthly hosting fee model. With Lycos in trouble in Europe, Tripod may well follow suit shortly. Earlier this year, Microsoft has shut down ListBot (a host of discussion lists). Suite101 has stopped paying its editors (content authors) effective January 15th. fired hundreds of category editors. Withrepparttar 133572 ugly demise of Themestream, WebSeed isrepparttar 133573 only content aggregator which tries to buckrepparttar 133574 trend by relying (partly) on advertising revenue.

Paradoxically, e-publishing's main hope may lie with its ostensible adversary:repparttar 133575 library. Unbelievably, e-publishers actually tried to limitrepparttar 133576 access of library patrons to e-books (i.e.,repparttar 133577 lending of e-books to multiple patrons). But, libraries are not only repositories of knowledge and community centres. They are also dominant promoters of new knowledge technologies. They are alreadyrepparttar 133578 largest buyers of e-books. Together with schools and other educational institutions, libraries can serve as decisive socialization agents and introduce generations of pupils, students, and readers torepparttar 133579 possibilities and riches of e-publishing. Government use of e-books (e.g., byrepparttar 133580 military) may haverepparttar 133581 same beneficial effect.

As standards converge (Adobe's Portable Document Format and Microsoft's MS Reader LIT format are likely to berepparttar 133582 winners), as hardware improves and becomes ubiquitous (within multi-purpose devices or as standalone higher quality units), as content becomes more attractive (already many new titles are published in both print and electronic formats), as more versatile information taxonomies (likerepparttar 133583 Digital Object Identifier) are introduced, asrepparttar 133584 Internet becomes more gender-neutral, polyglot, and cosmopolitan - e-publishing is likely to recover and flourish.

This renaissance will probably be aided byrepparttar 133585 gradual decline of print magazines and by a strengthening movement for free open source scholarly publishing. The publishing of periodical content and academic research (including, gradually, peer reviewed research) may be already shifting torepparttar 133586 Web. Non-fiction and textbooks will follow. Alternative models of pricing are already in evidence (author pays to publish, author pays to obtain peer review, publisher pays to publish, buy a physical product and gain access to enhanced online content, and so on). Web site rating agencies will help to discriminate betweenrepparttar 133587 credible andrepparttar 133588 in-credible. Publishing is moving - albeit kicking and screaming - online.

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Windows XP Safe and Secure?

Written by Richard Lowe

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Onrepparttar other hand, UPnP is a special kind of plug-and-play. This looks for printers and other devices added onrepparttar 133571 network (wired and wireless). It's actually a pretty cool idea. Now, when someone adds a printer torepparttar 133572 network you must configure it on each and every workstation. With UPnPrepparttar 133573 configuration is totally automatic.

However, UPnP is very, very new and there is almost no real support for it with any devices. So UPnP is more or less not used, and it is certainly not needed by home computer users. By shipping Windows XP withrepparttar 133574 product Microsoft was solvingrepparttar 133575 classic "which came first,repparttar 133576 chicken orrepparttar 133577 egg" problem. They had to send out support for these devices in order to convince vendors to start providing them.

But Microsoft made one big mistake - when you install Windows XP, this unused service is turned on! What that means is everyone who has ever installed Windows XP is running this service.

Andrepparttar 133578 service has a bug - a huge bug,repparttar 133579 kind of bug that if it hit your windshield would smashrepparttar 133580 car and cause it to explode in flames, killing all ofrepparttar 133581 passengers andrepparttar 133582 driver.

The problem is very bad, and Microsoft has released a patch to fix it. Butrepparttar 133583 story gets even more interesting.

The National Infrastructure Protection Center released an advisory stating that everyone who is not using this service should disable it. This is an incredible statement from this agency. What they are implying isrepparttar 133584 UPnP service problem directly putsrepparttar 133585 United States computer infrastructure at risk (that's what this agency protects)! That's a big thing for them to be saying.

What are they afraid of? That hackers and perhaps hostile governments can userepparttar 133586 bug to their advantage. You see, special programs called Zombies can be installed on Windows XP machines with this problem, and Zombies can be used to launch distributed denial of service attacks on computers throughoutrepparttar 133587 world.

In fact, I'll bet you heard aboutrepparttar 133588 denial of service attack performed byrepparttar 133589 Code Red worm recently againstrepparttar 133590 Whitehouse (the attack failed, if you remember). That's exactly what this agency is afraid of and what they are trying to prevent.

Sorepparttar 133591 next time you are thinking about giving all of your credit card data to a site which uses Microsoft Passport, think about this article. Do you want to trust all of your confidential data to a company which cannot keep it secure? Just think about it, read some more, and makerepparttar 133592 rational decision.

For more information, check outrepparttar 133593 following articles.

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS01-059 echnet reeview/default.asp?url= echnet/security/bulletin/MS01-059.asp

eEye Digital Security

NIPC ADVISORY 01-030.2 Universal Plug and Play Vulnerabilities

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