Friday's Fish Wrap

All the news that's fit to rant aboutIt's Friday! Apollo 12 left on the second manned mission to the moon on this day in 1969. The Dow Jones broke 1000 for the first time in 1972. Fall Comdex 2003 opens in Vegas on Sunday. Yawn.

At least I know how Lego is made. And now the news...

  1. The FCC has approved 255 MHz of additional unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band for use in wireless networking. The move is designed to encourage manufacturers to create new wireless products.
  2. Microsoft is fixing the fix. An Internet Explorer fix issued in September 2002 apparently didn't take. Windows 2000 users should run Windows Update or download the patch from Microsoft.
  3. A new worm is targeting PayPal accounts. MiMail I arrives in your inbox, advises you not to give out credit card numbers by mail, then directs you to a bogus PayPal "site" ( that's really a program running on your computer. The program forwards your credit card and other information to the hacker.
  4. I was just looking officer, honest. Shortly after Apple added music sharing to iTunes for the Mac, folks figured out how to capture the shared files and keep them for themselves. Apple patched that hole. Now the same thing has happened with iTunes for Windows. MyTunes cracks the copy protection in iTunes for Windows. The site disingenuously avows, "If you plan on stealing music, do not download this software."
  5. I'm not dead yet. A new service lets you send a farewell email after you die. For $10 for three years, LifeTouch will keep track of your vital signs, and send off your last missive shortly after your last breath. Two other services were created to do the same during the dot-com boom, but they're both... dead.