Microsoft wants it inventor jailed for selling illegal recovery discs

IT expert Eric Lundgren could be facing jail and a hefty fine – due to his passion for recycling electronics.
The 33-year-old is accused of creating illegal copies of Windows discs to help sell refurbished PCs.


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Useful Linux Applications


Here’s a short list of applications I use on my Linux workstations and servers.


Gnu Image Manipulation Program is a great editor for a variety of raster image formats.

VLC Media Player

VLC is a great player for a huge number of audio and video formats as well as UPnP/DLNA network streaming. The Windows version has some bugs with network stuff but it works great on Linux. I personally don’t like it as a music player but it is my default video player.

MySQL Workbench

I have been running MariaDB (a fork of MySQL) for quite some time now but I still use this to muck around with the databases. It gives a warning when connecting but I haven’t noticed any major compatibility issues.


Screen is simple program that you should invoke immediately every time you connect to a remote machine over SSH. If your connection dies, your running task will not be terminated and you can reconnect to it afterward. It also does a whole bunch of other cool things but that’s the main one.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explains why governments shouldn’t weaponize software bugs

This past spring, ransomware known as WannaCry infected millions of Windows computers. The creators utilized a Windows exploit called EternalBlue that was believed to have been created and used by the US National Security Agency to spy on possible threats.

The chaos the event caused brought into focus governments finding and exploiting vulnerabilities in software, rather than telling the creators of the software and having them fix it for their customers. We sat down with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and asked what he thought about it — and what governments should be doing instead, if anything.

Nadella is the author of the new book “Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone.” The following is a transcript of the video.

Satya Nadella: I think they should disclose them to the companies. So that we can fix these bugs. I think it’s a terrible thing to do to stockpile anything because these just can be used in unintended ways by people who can get access to them.

So I think the issue with some of these things is we need to make sure that everybody is updated and patched because one weak link in one area can propagate. Especially in a connected world like ours. So that’s why I think of this as even a shared responsibility of governments, first responders like us as tech companies, and even our customers and partners.

Especially in times like this where digital technology is so pervasive in all walks of life and infrastructure and parts of our economy. That we all come together to make sure that security and operational security at all times is being improved and stockpiling of any zero-day issues is not going to be helpful.


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