Saturday, December 29, 2007

Microsoft's New Security Vulnerability Research and Defense blog

This is good news from Microsoft ! M$ has a new blog for disclosing otherwise confidential technical information about their vulnerabilities.

From their website at
"We are excited to have this outlet to share more in-depth technical information about vulnerabilities serviced by MSRC security updates and ways you can protect your organization from security vulnerabilities. ... We expect to post every “patch Tuesday” with technical information about the vulnerabilities being fixed. During our vulnerability research, we discover a lot of interesting technical information. We’re going to share as much of that information as possible here because we believe that helping you understand vulnerabilities, workarounds, and mitigations will help you more effectively secure your organization."

Will have wait and watch what this yields !

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Ten Tips to increase the fuel efficiency of your car

Here are ten tips summarized from for increasing the fuel efficiency of your car. Some of them may be applicable only to U.S. conditions but i think it can be largely practiced by everyone.
  • Maintain your car regularly as per the schedule given by the automaker.
  • Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated.
  • Dont overload the vehicle.
  • Drive less aggressively. Avoid braking hard and accelerating in a rush. From the article "On the highway, the DOE says that every 5 mph you drive over 65 mph represents a 7-percent decrease in fuel economy."
  • Use the highest gear possible.
  • Use cruise control whenever possible.
  • Keep your car clean and waxed. It helps improve the aerodynamics of the car.
  • Dont idle.
  • On the freeways, keep the car windows up as it increases drag on the vehicle and increasing fuel consumption.
  • Avoid starting the engine from cold many times in a day. This means that try to combine your short trips into a long one. A cold engine requires more fuel to get going.