Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Fame, Fortune and IM in Hollywood

Wired has an article about how IM lets the part-time waiters of Hollywood advertise their under-employment status to the world in the hopes of landing that next lucrative best boy job. I wonder what Frank Stallone's away message says?

Monday, May 09, 2005

AIM Virus Hits Home

This past week my fiancée, a very bright and curious woman, fell victim to the latest AIM virus, Gabby-A. I am confident that we managed to remove it with a little help from AIM Fix written by Jay Loden. AOL also managed to block the virus on their end, eventually. The 2 things that really get me about this incident are:

  1. What hope is there for the naive and computer illiterate to keep from getting viruses like this when those who know better are still fooled?

  2. Why did my very updated Norton Antivirus not catch this? It was very similar to the Kelvir worm that affected Reuters IM and MS Messenger a week or so earlier.

Friday, April 29, 2005

Surprise, The French Like To Talk About Themselves

Ross Mayfield at Many-to-Many has a post about how the French just love to blog. He seems surprised. I'm not. In fact, I'm pretty sure France pioneered the concept of sharing minute details of your life with everyone.

Instant Messaging Standards?

I stumbled upon an article the other day that mentioned Sun Microsystems latest IM offering is going to support the eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). It looks like the hope for an IM standard is starting to become more reality (we have been waiting 3-4 years)! XMPP was approved in January 2004. If the major public IM vendors (AIM, MSN, Yahoo) implement this standard and embrace interoperability, users will be able to talk to anyone on any service, including your own private company wide IM server, using the same client. I fear that will be slow to happen if ever though. There are few benefits for the public vendors.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

New AIM, Yahoo, MSN Worm

There's a new IM worm out that affects Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, and AIM. Symantec identifies it as W32.Velkbot.A. McAfee calls it W32/Sdbot.worm.gen.j. It hasn't spread far yet but it's something to look out for.

This one uses the pretty standard "trick someone into clicking on a link" social engineering tactic to spread. You'll get an IM that contains a link to a "pictures.php" page on a website as well as a randomly specified email address. Clicking on these links will install a trojan horse, rendering you defenseless against the oncoming hordes. But there's hope. Use the Symantec link above to remove.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

More Growth in the IM Market

The Radicati Group issued a press release yesterday discussing their new study on various forms of messaging. Instant messaging figures prominently in the report as does email in its various incarnations. From the release:

In regards to instant messaging (IM), the study shows strong growth in both corporate and consumer IM use. The IM Management segment of the market, which develops products to manage, archive and secure IM systems is poised for particularly strong growth, growing from $39 million in 2005 to $118 million in 2009.
This market is growing a bit slower than people were predicting a few years ago but it's coming along pretty nicely. Also, here's some more news on the compliance side for very large companies.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Don't Forget, Texas Is Bigger Than France...

We don't make any secret of the fact that we're responsible for Effusia Business Messenger around here (see the link on the right and, oh yeah, the name of the blog). So we're happy to announce a new Effusia partner, S3 Technologies.

S3's been providing IT services with a focus on security to lots of small to medium businesses in San Antonio, Texas. So if you're in business down that way, check them out for all your networking needs and maybe toss in some secure IM while you're at it.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Come And Get It! Hot Steaming Content...

eWeek has an article about RSS in the enterprise. From the article:

"More and more companies are starting to use internal content distributed in the form of RSS," Reinacker [CTO of Newsgator] said. "Having this content delivered internally in a secure manner is really kind of the sweet spot for [enterprises] right now."
I've come late to the whole syndication game, but it's a great example of a simple technology that allows very cool things to happen. (Though I'm irritated at the competing formats. I don't know for the life of me what Atom provides over RSS' various flavors.) Those companies with bustling intranets would do well to leverage one (or two, or three) of these syndication methods to get their information out efficiently.

Also, the article mentions Rojo (beware when visiting that link as Rojo apparently is Spanish for "blindingly red background") which provides an RSS aggregator with some network effects built in. It seems they're going to be offering the ability to annotate and share feeds and items which is a feature sadly lacking in my dear bloglines. I'll be taking a look if I can find an invitation somewhere. Anyone got one handy?