IT Trends :: Thursday, April 27, 2006

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Man Charged With Hacking USC Database

A computer network administrator in San Diego says he was testing network security when he hacked into a University of Southern California database containing personal information of roughly 275,000 school applicants, including their social security numbers. He reported his ability to access this information to a non-USC Web site, which in turn notified the university. Now facing up to a decade in prison, Eric McCarty is schedule to appear in court this week…(ABC News)

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Reforming a Digital Pirate

This Kansas University senior recommends open source programs to her fellow students. She acknowledges the prevalence of software pirating among college students and wants to figure out a better way for them to avoid buying expensive boxed programs. She also points out how the school itself uses open source technology in its Networking and Telecommunications Services…(Kansan.com)

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College Bans MySpace.com to Free Up Bandwidth

Will news of MySpace never end? Del Mar College, a community college in Corpus Christi, Texas, has officially made the social networking site inaccessible from campus computers. With all the research college students should be conducting online, it's hard to believe that 40% of Del Mar's overall network activity is attributed daily to MySpace.com. Some students say that since they pay technology fees, it's wrong of the school to ban sites popular among students...(chron.com)

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My, What You Can Do Without a Mouse!

You probably already use some of these keyboard-only shortcuts, but you'll find at least a couple that are new. The one thing Microsoft did that slammed Apple way back when was making everything in Windows accessible by a simple keyboard shortcut. True, it d'esn’t help most mouse junkies, but for techies who grew up on the command line, the handy keyboard shortcut has saved many an ugly situation especially when the mouse failed…(RealTechNews)

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