Archive for August 18, 2007

IBM Ships Lotus Notes & Domino 8

Posted: August 18, 2007 in Tech

IBM announced that after two years in development and testing by more than 25,000 businesses around the world, Lotus Notes 8 and Lotus Domino 8 ( is now available. IBM Lotus Notes 8 and IBM Lotus Domino 8 represents the industry’s first enterprise collaboration solution largely designed with input from its customers.

Formoso Departs Microsoft Philippines

Posted: August 18, 2007 in Tech

After the appointment of Rafael “Pepeng” Rollan as the new managing director of Microsoft Philippines, the company also announced the departure of Dittas A. Formoso. Reasons for her departure were undisclosed.

Mae Rivera-Moreno, PR manager of Microsoft Philippines, confirmed the news of Formoso’s departure. She added that she knows very little about the decision to let go of Formoso, and that she cannot comment on the incident. Asked if Microsoft Philippines has anything to say about the departure, Rivera-Moreno said that there are no official statement from Microsoft Philippines just yet.

In a telephone conversation, Formoso said she cannot divulge any information yet and and will wait for the proper time to make any pronouncement. “But I am preparing for it” she added. In a text message, she reiterated that she will make her statement when she is ready.

Formoso is an I.T. veteran and is considered one of the pillars of the Philippine I.T. industry for her contribution and efforts in the development of the I.T. industry in the country. Formoso was once the President of Information Technology Association of the Philippines (ITAP) and Goverment Organization for Information Technology (GO-IT).  She also once served as the Country Manager of Lotus Development Asia Pte Ltd.

Vulnerability Found In Yahoo Messenger

Posted: August 18, 2007 in Tech

A zero-day vulnerability in Yahoo Messenger was found. Researchers at McAfee Avert Labs have found that the flaw may allow for user-assisted remote-code execution attacks.  It heap overflow which can be triggered when the victim accepts a webcam invite.

Users are adviced not to accept webcam invites from untrusted sources and to block outgoing traffic on TCP port 5100 until the vendor patches this vulnerability.

No code exploiting this flaw has been published yet.

Compact Disc Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Posted: August 18, 2007 in Tech

Exactly 25 years ago on August 17, 1982, Royal Philips Electronics manufactured the world’s first compact disc at a Philips factory in Langenhagen, just outside of Hanover, Germany. The invention of the CD ushered in a technological revolution in the music industry as CDs — with their superior sound quality and scratch free durability — marked the beginning of the shift from analog to digital music technology.

The CD became a catalyst for further innovation in digital entertainment, helping pave the way for the launch of DVD and the current introduction of Blu-ray and HD-DVD optical media.