Last week Adobe released a new version of Adobe Acrobat, version X. This is a new version of the program that many of us use every day. In the past people shied away from new versions of Acrobat reader because over the years the program had become bloated and slow. However this new version offers important security benefits and speed improvements that make the upgrade worth it.
As many people know Adobe Reader has become one of the favorite attack vectors for hackers and malware over the past few years for a number of reasons including.
- The install base is huge! Most new PC’s come with it preinstalled, if not almost everyone needs a PDF viewer and Adobe’s is the most popular.
- Quarterly updates that Adobe releases are too slow and infrequent, Only if an exploit is really bad does Adobe decided to do an out of cycle update. Even with these updates few people know that the program needs updated. The automatic updates in version 9 have been better but still seem to fail most of the time. Manual updating seems to be required.
The biggest feature of version X is the introduction of a Sandbox. A sandbox provides isolation of the program from the operating system, to lessen the chance of security exploits. Adobe does a great job in explaining all about the sandbox features in these two blog posts, Sandbox Post 1, Sandbox Post 2, Sandbox Post 3, Sandbox Post 4. This is such a big thing from a security angle that the SANS institute has recommended that everyone install Adobe Reader X to get this feature. https://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=9976
Surprisingly this new version is faster than the old version 9. It appears to be less bloated and quicker responding.
I noticed the voice that will read text to you if you want seems to be more like a human. The flow is greatly improved. The interface has been tweaked slightly to have more of a beveled edge, silver stainless steel look. I like it. Its nothing revolutionary but a nice, clean change. The updater also now allows for you to set it to automatically download and install updates. Hopefully this works well and allows the program to stay up to date without much user intervention. I do hope Adobe changes their company policy and moves to a monthly update policy on the second Tuesday of the month, like Microsoft. This will make the task of corporate administration much easier on the administrator.
The second option that needs changed is under this same menu. Choose Trust Manager on the left hand side of the page, then at the top of the page uncheck the box that says “Allow Opening of non-PDF file attachments with external applications”
The other bad thing is that despite these new security features the very people you are trying to keep out are trying to take advantage of this new release to push their spamware most of it dubbed “Adobe Acrobat 2010” THIS IS FAKE and Malware, DO NOT INSTALL. The SANS institute has a nice post about this as well, even with photos! https://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=9982
In conclusion when combined with the new security features and increased performance this seems like a great thing to have if you like the official client. Here is a direct download for Windows ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/10.x/10.0.0/en_US/AdbeRdr1000_en_US.exe
Minecraft just had it’s 1.2.2 update this morning so it seems and I just wanted to share a few of the updates.
For a complete list of the updates look at Notch’s (The creator) blog at: http://notch.tumblr.com/
- Players and mobs in lava or fire no longer spam sound effects
- Zombie pigs and ghasts no longer get hurt by fire or lava
- Zombie pigs eventually forgive you for hurting them
- It appears the Nethers works now
- You can use minecarts now supposedly
- Sheep and cows now look like sheep and cows!
- Buckets work
- No animals setting
Now you can also add your own texture pack to completely change the look of the game by using an in game menu button. You can place the zip file in the user/library/application support/minecraft/texturepacks folder like you used to have to do but now you can quickly select between them with the new Choose Texture Mods button on the main menu. I have placed a link of my favorite texture packs as of now. The two are lacking in a few places but I plan on combining them to get what i’m looking for.
My personal favorite texture packs:
Monday Night Combat (MNC) introduces a new feel for a shooter. It combines the killing carnage with laughable dialogue and actions.
(Picture Above: Example of how MNC adds a comical look at shooting the enemy dead)
There are two game modes: Blitz and Crossfire.
Blitz is a local or cooperative game mode where the entire purpose is to protect your “Moneyball” from wave after wave of robots. The Moneyball is a large floating ball that sits in the center of your base or spawn point. You have three ways you can defend the Moneyball. You can buy and upgrade turrets with the money you get from various tasks. Secondly you can use the two unique weapons each character gets. Then lastly each character has three special powers designed to give specific advantages to each of the characters. Some advantages are offensive, defensive, tactical, and supportive which you can all upgrade with the money you accumulate from killing and helping out.
I just recently bought a 32GB 4th generation iPod touch, and question I’ve pondered for a while came to the front of my mind once again…am I okay with buying this because it’s affordable, or because the money is available?
How do kids with zero income find ways to buy $300 iPods? (Note: I do have an income, lol)
When you really believe you need something, or you just really want it, you WILL find a way to get it. No matter how much money you actually have or can afford to spend.
This is the mindset that marketers want, and once they achieve it they can price their products (usually electronics) at ridiculous prices…and people will pay it.
When I went to buy my iPod, I didn’t ask myself “Is this an affordable price for a _____?”…I just asked myself “Do I have the money for it?”.
Was your last gadget purchase affordable? Or was the money just available?
For those of you who are unaware, Xbox just had it’s mandatory firmware update as of the first of the month. It’s noticeably very different after starting the update. Once the first download finishes it restarts the machine and finishes downloading the update. While it does this you’re left to think about what you just saw and are left to see. Read More