• WPA + TKIP has been cracked

    Wireless Network is the most popular target for any attacker these days. No doubt, it will get even worse. After WEP has been cracked *easily* for a while, now it’s WPA + TKIP’s turn. Japanese scientist has developed WPA encryption crack system that can break WPA that uses the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) algorithm in matter of minutes. Well, some might say this is not new stuff since WPA *can be* cracked for a while now. However, cracking WPA this fast shows that it’s getting worse and worse and using WPA w/TKIP is as much vulnerable as using WEP nowadays.

    Last November, security researchers first showed how WPA could be broken, but the Japanese researchers have taken the attack to a new level, according to Dragos Ruiu, organizer of the PacSec security conference where the first WPA hack was demonstrated. "They took this stuff which was fairly theoretical and they've made it much more practical," he said.

    The earlier attack, developed by researchers Martin Beck and Erik Tews, worked on a smaller range of WPA devices and took between 12 and 15 minutes to work. Both attacks work only on WPA systems that use the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) algorithm. They do not work on newer WPA 2 devices or on WPA systems that use the stronger Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm.

    According to the report, the best practice so far is like what we already know, moving to WPA2 with AES encryption: you will have a strong defense and gain the performance as well, as you may know, with WPA2 with AES, you will lose only less than 10% of bandwidth to all encryption stuff while the rest will waste more than 25% to all the key & stuffs. That’s like a bonus. Nonetheless, if you still carry stuffs from 2006 or older, using WPA/WPA2 might be the best practice. Well, putting your guard down can’t be that bad if you know what you are doing!

    via Yahoo! Tech

  • Always Innovating starts shipping the Touch Book out

    Some people who were on pre-order this little slate tablet PC are receiving =) That’s darn good news considering my Pandora’s future is still unknown. What really interesting about this machine is it’s powered by ARM architecture CPU which you will see more and more often these days. I don’t know if it can perform up to par on bigger type of machine or not. I bet you will see that sooner or later.

    Hardware specifications have been changed just tiny bit from what we have known back in March.

    • Texas Instruments OMAP3530 with Micron 256MB (RAM) + 256MB (NAND) Memory
    • 8.9 inches 1024x600 A+ screen
    • Main storage: 8GB SD card — we decided to change from Micro SD to standard SD, so that you can easily upgrade it
    • Internal USB wifi 802.11 b/g/n powered by a Ralink 3070 chipset
    • Internal USB bluetooth class 2.1
    • FCC, CE, UL-certified, 5V, 3.5A power adapter
    • 8.9 inches pressure sensitive touch screen
    • US Qwerty 24cm-large keyboard — around 95% of the size of a standard keyboard
    • Cirque Touchpad
    • Two Owolff high-quality internal stereo speakers
    • 3D accelerometer
    • Two internal batteries 6000 and 12000 mAh — it can be replaced with a screw driver
    • 7 USB ports: three external, four internal, three of them may be reserved for wifi, bluetooth and keyboard
    • Bi-color silver/black case — see photos — with a beautiful dark-red back cover (we decided to go only for red for the first batch as it really jumps out, you won't regret it).
    • Secured attachment system of tablet into keyboard
    • Independent magnet system for the tablet — we don't want your Touch Book to un-magnetize all your credit cards while carrying it in your bag!

    For the time being, twitter might be the best resource catching up all info about this machine.

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    These above pictures have been posted by sfeger. Follow him if you are interested in Touch Book.

    For me? it seems to be too thick for my taste, but you’ll never know, if you haven’t touched/seen in person. I still look forward to getting a good news from Pandora, or Zune HD if I can’t resist when it comes out next month.

    Pre-order @ alwaysinnovating.com if you feel this is right for you!

  • Where is Google Apps free edition?

    No more free version The thing is I want to move all e-mails from one of my domains to Google Apps. Unfortunately, Google doesn’t offer free edition (or standard edition), which is allowing up to 50 users only, anymore. After finding for the link for Google Apps standard edition for a while, I just found out that Google started moving Apps, GMail, docs, etc. to be paid service only.

    Not like Google at all huh? I started wonder whether Google will force everyone paying for used-to-be-free service or not although Google said that it was free before.

    However, in this transient state, you still are able to signup for Google Apps: standard edition by this link. It works now. I don’t know how long this link is going to last though and more importantly, how long this free Google Apps lasts. If you are using it, just backing up all your mail data more often. That should do it! =) I just hope that Google would honor free edition as they claimed when we signed up. No new features? that’s not a problem. For me, GMail engine solely is the factor here. I bet most users are the same.

  • TVSU revival by request!

    I don’t know if you guys know about this or not, but what I first thought is ThinkVantage System Update was temporarily dropped service due to update or whatever. It' was turned out to be Lenovo decided to cut TVSU out of ThinkVantage Suite due to the maintenance cost.

    However, System Update made its way back by tons of requests. I’m really happy to see it back and it works just fine with Win7 (which I don’t have complete set of ThinkVantage software such as Fingerprint and Active Protection System) but CSS still doesn’t get along with clean install Win7. Oddly upgrading Win7 from Vista, CSS works flawlessly!

    TVSU on Windows 7 

    This can be either the way to waste Lenovo’s bandwidth or it’s the way to keep the crowd with Thinkpad. But the bottom line is happy customers. You are on the right track, Lenovo!

    Download TVSU 3.14.0024

  • Palm PRE – Will I get it?

    I still work on this question after get my dirty hand on tireless Palm Pre at local Sprint Store. Yeah! Although most of Palm powered devices don’t have any much more attention than any other device on the shelf, Palm Pre is an exception. It, honestly, doesn’t seem like a product from the company with 4 characters like PALM that used to know. Almost all people would like to have hand on such a new flashy device like Palm Pre.

    I won’t deny that it feels great in my hand. The rubberized texture on the back does help a lot, but I hate to say the qwerty keyboard is too small & too thin—like Centro which I couldn’t even type comfortably and correctly. When sliding the screen up, I almost lost how to control the device between keyboard and the screen. It’s like keyboard couldn’t do anything to control stuffs and screen is way too far. I wish Pre was taller, had larger screen and used only on-screen keyboard or make the keyboard like what we have on Treo! That would be much better, but with only $199, that’s tough decision! haha

    On software side, webOS does give such a nice feeling. Although I hadn’t tried to get to know it much, I feel it has potential to be real successor for Palm OS day, but what I couldn't figure out is where the zen of Palm. Ease of use? Well, let me tell you one thing, Calendar, and all PIM are only the reason why I still wait for Palm. However, when I made new event for calendar, I had no clue how to get out of that page to the day/week/month view. I have to get to main page, throw the card away and call calendar again. At least, one thing I can say is it’s not that intuitive like what I’m waiting for. Learning curve is definitely helping here, but it’s sad somehow losing all that feeling from this company. Other than not quite intuitive UI like what we have on iPhone, I don’t feel Palm Pre has the edge over iPhone much. Honestly, I don’t like iPhone much, but it still rule mobile’s world.

    Time… is the factor here. This is only first time—10 mins perhaps. I might not know the OS and the phone enough to say that it’s worse than iPhone, but the smaller screen, below-par keyboard, not any notification besides screen doesn’t help Palm Pre cuts the edge over iPhone. We’ll see how 3rd generation of iPhone looks like. Then I definitely make a decision whether I will be Palm fanboy like old days or turn myself to be cool carrying iPhone.

    I still wish webOS found the way to have PDA-style device on its own. I would buy it in matter of second for sure =)