Blog posts written during November 2010

Heathcare Southern Cross buyout

Monday Monday, November 29, 2010 by Ian Pettman

With the pound low and the dollar relatively strong, acquisitions of UK companies continue. Blackstone investment is in the news again, this time they are once again linked to Southern Cross inthis Telegraph article.

Why you should use longer passwords

Tuesday Tuesday, November 16, 2010 by Ian Pettman

Not very long ago, Amazon launched hosted computers in the cloud. There are some things that the cloud is good for and there are some things that it's not. It would appear that cracking short (six letters) passwords can now be done with a little know how at a cost of around a couple of Pounds / Euros/ Dollars per password.
This relies on just three things:

  • The password is short, six letters.
  • The computing power that is now available to everyone (including the bad guys) at a couple of bucks an hour.
  • Freely available code to perform the (cracking) task.

The time (and cost) taken for this approach increases exponentially as the length of the password increases. In laymans terms if cracking a five letter password takes 10 minutes, a six letter password may take 100 minutes, in round terms a couple of hours, and an seven letter password might take 1000 minutes or best part of a day and an eight letter password would take a week or more.

Here is how...so please use longer passwords, with numbers and punctuation.

(This webpage only exists as a standard insecure webpage however you may navigate to it by pasting the following url in your address bar: http://stacksmashing.net/2010/11/15/cracking-in-the-cloud-amazons-new-ec2-gpu-instances/)

Blackstone acquires Pulse where to Pulse software now

Monday Monday, November 15, 2010 by Ian Pettman

US Company Blackstone has acquired Pulse. This further consolidates the industry. With Baum-Heart and Key IT being bought out last year: Ava is one of the few remaining sole based UK providers of temporary staffing solutions. More

Free SEO tools and getting started with SEO

Monday Monday, November 1, 2010 by Ian Pettman

There is another article on SEO tools. Good free SEO tools, what you get, what you see and how to get them. It dispells a few myths about the information that is and is not available.

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