Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Word of the Day: globbing Word of the Day
July 28, 2005



-- Word of the Day: globbing
-- Today's Tech News
-- Brain Food
-- Additions and Updates

::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: SPONSOR :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

IT Conversations

New Ideas Through Your Headphones
Couldn't make it to that great tech conference? Want to hear from the
hottest, most inspirational and entertaining speakers while you
commute or workout? IT Conversations brings you audio from Pop!Tech,
Supernova, all the O'Reilly Media events and more. Stream at your
desk or download to your MP3 player or iPod. And it's all free.
Click here:;18703186;10410964;c?


TODAY'S WORD: globbing

Globbing is the process of expanding a non-specific file name
containing a wildcard character into a set of specific file names
that exist in storage on a computer, server, or network. A wildcard
is a symbol that can stand for one or more characters. The most
common wildcard symbols are the question mark (?) for a single
character and the asterisk (*) for a contiguous string of characters.
Wildcards are useful when searching for expressions in which one or
more of the characters can vary. An example is:


The result of this search is the set of all file names that exist in
a given storage medium with William to the left of the period (such
as William.txt, William.tif, William.doc, and so on). Wildcards are
also useful when the spelling of a term or name is unknown. For
example, if a user is unsure whether a person's first name is spelled
as Philip or Phillip within a file name with the .rtf extension, the
user can enter:


Globbing often requires a computer or server to search huge numbers
of files or directories, placing large demands on processing power
and memory resources. This has led to denial-of-service (DoS) attacks
by hackers who enter file names containing wildcards with the sole
intention of causing a server to repeatedly and continuously glob
(perform globbing functions). Vulnerability to this type of attack
can be reduced by limiting the amount of time a server can spend
globbing -- for example, limiting the wildcard input from specific
users per unit time, or refusing to glob if a wildcard is too

SEE OUR COMPLETE DEFINITION, WITH HYPERLINKS:,290660,sid8_gci1110704,00.html?track=NL-34&ad=522968

RELATED CONTENT: explains how globbing works and how it is used.

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the
University of Illinois (Champaign) offers some examples of globbing.

CERT explains how multiple ftpd implementations contain buffer


It's only been a month, but already Oracle is touting its OFF SAP
program as a growing pipeline of success.,289142,sid41_gci1110728,00.html?track=NL-34&ad=522968

A flaw in SAP Internet Graphics Server can allow a hacker to gain
user privileges and eventually access confidential SAP files,
according to UK security firm Corsaire Ltd.,289142,sid21_gci1110774,00.html?track=NL-34&ad=522968

A manager for Microsoft's internal IT organization explains how to
identify the process that locks a file from use by other processes in
Windows 2000 Server.,289142,sid68_gci1097124,00.html?track=NL-34&ad=522968

Catch up on all the latest IT news!


This device is attached to a microprocessor chip to keep it from
overheating by absorbing its heat and dissipating it into the air.
What is it?


PRINCE2 is a project management methodology that makes use of the
best proven practices from a variety of industries and backgrounds.
Which government developed it?
a. China
b. United States
c. United Kingdom


PSTN is the world's collection of interconnected voice-oriented
public telephone networks. What does PSTN stand for?
a. public systematic telephone network
b. public switched telephone network
c. provider service telephone network


TechTarget's Information Security magazine, and
Information Security Decisions have created the Security Seven Awards
to recognize the achievements of leading information security
practitioners in seven vertical industries. To nominate an individual
for the Security Seven Awards, please complete the form (Downloadable
Word doc) and return it to
Nomination forms must be received by Aug. 1, 2005.,295582,sid14_gci1103116,00.html?track=NL-34&ad=522968&ad=521685USCA


cold backup,,sid5_gci1110316,00.html?track=NL-34&ad=522968


Airborne Internet,,sid40_gci1107890,00.html?track=NL-34&ad=522968

genetic engineering,,sid9_gci1110323,00.html?track=NL-34&ad=522968

Quiz: Name my claim to fame!,,sid9_gci1109326,00.html?track=NL-34&ad=522968



For sales inquiries, please contact us at:

For feedback about any of our articles or to send us your article
ideas, please contact us at:



This e-newsletter is published by, a targeted Web
site from TechTarget, the most targeted IT media and events company.
TechTarget offers magazines, Web sites, e-newsletters, Webcasts and
conferences for enterprise IT professionals.
Copyright 2005 TechTarget. All rights reserved.


To unsubscribe from "Word of the Day":

Go to unsubscribe:

Please note, unsubscribe requests may take up to 24 hours to process;
you may receive additional mailings during that time. A confirmation
e-mail will be sent when your request has been successfully

Contact us:
Member Services
117 Kendrick Street, Suite 800
Needham, MA 02494

[Osdir-daily] Mozilla Gains Support from Plaxo

Plaxo announced Tuesday that it will extend support to Mozilla's Thunderbird
e-mail client by offering a beta version of its toolbar for synchronizing
address books.

URL: on the O'Reilly Network
Osdir-daily mailing list

Today's Tip: Build Your Own Windows Vista

-------- TIP OF THE DAY for July 27, 2005 --------
-------- from the editors of PC Magazine --------
-------- --------

For more useful tips and tricks, check the Tips page
(and scroll down to search Tips by category)

********** Sponsored by SimpleTech **********

SimpleTech Direct external storage sale - Capacities up to
400GB. Starting at $125 for 160GB for a limited time while
supplies last. Order now and get free shipping!


Category: Windows

Build Your Own Windows Vista

The next Windows is Longhorn no longer; the announcement of
the official name--Windows Vista--means that we're that much
closer to the release of the next Windows OS. If you're the
impatient type, however, we have a few tweaks you can make to
your current version of Windows to give it a Vista-like feel.

For the solution, click below:

If you're hungry for more Windows Vista information, we've got it all at

For more Solutions, click below:

E-mail questions and tips to


The Bookstore

PC Magazine Windows XP Speed Solutions
Does everything seem to be moving very, very slowly? Then it's
time to call in PC Magazine's favorite system doctor. This
indispensable book show you exactly how to turn that snail
into a cheetah by unloading the junk that Windows XP had
collected, turbocharing your system for faster response,
cleaning up the Registry, and using all the safeguards provided
in Service Pack 2.

PC Magazine's Windows XP Solutions
Ever wish they'd consulted you before they designed Windows XP?
Sure, it's a great system, but there's this one feature that
makes you crazy. Or that annoying problem that keeps occurring.
Well, you can rely on Neil Randall and your friends at PC
Magazine to correct that oversight. Here's the complete compendium
of solutions to the things that bug you, threaten your security,
slow you down, or other-wise prevent Windows XP from running like
it should.

More Books

Job Search

The Channel Insider


Free White Paper | Brought to you by Nokia
Expanding Mobile Email and Data Communications Across the Enterprise

From the board room to a sales meeting to their home office,
today's workforce requires wireless communications wherever
the job takes them. With this white paper, IT professionals
learn how a diverse array of wireless solutions makes it
possible for workers to access data and stay on the move
while keeping network security intact.

Download this white paper today to learn more!

Upcoming Events
DigitalLife 2005 - October 14-16, Javits Convention Center, NYC

Click here to sign up for special offers from DigitalLife, New
York City's only consumer technology, entertainment and gaming
event for gadget enthusiasts of all ages. DigitalLife - this
October 14-16 at the Javits Center - three days for you to
score the coolest prizes, meet your favorite celebrities and
join the gaming insanity. Don't miss out on this once-a-year
digital extravaganza!

Staying out of the Litigation Hot Seat - A Legal and Technical
Perspective on Outbound Content Compliance

7/28 - Join us July 28th for a web seminar on how to mitigate
risk and improve outbound content compliance across all your
enterprise communications including email, instant messaging,
file transfer and Web communications. We will review the legal
issues surrounding outbound content compliance, including selected
case studies, followed by a discussion of the latest advances
in content analysis technologies. Register now.

Elsewhere on Ziff-Davis

Ink Jets: High Tech in Low Places

The World According to Microsoft

Microsoft Readies Next Wave of Real-Time Collaboration Products

Security Hole in SAP App Could Expose Data

eNewsletter Information
You are subscribed to TIP OF THE DAY with the e-mail:

To unsubscribe to this newsletter, click below:

To change your e-mail address, change your text/HTML
preferences, or to subscribe to other FREE PC Magazine Online
e-mail newsletters, visit:

If you'd like to advertise in our eNewsletters, visit:

Questions or comments regarding this newsletter? E-mail

Having problems? Consult our Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ) page at:

PC Magazine Print Subscriptions
Start or Renew a subscription:

Give a gift subscription:

Help with your subscription:

Copyright (c) 2005 Ziff Davis Media Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Ziff Davis Media Inc., 28 East 28th Street, New York, NY 10016

MP3 players that play video, too

Add to your address book to insure you receive these emails.
Digital  Dispatch
July 27, 2005   
Dear  subscriber
Tom Merritt, Editor
  Tom Merritt
Lots of buzz continues around the video iPod. This isn't surprising; the idea of watching a movie on the train with the little white earbuds dangling from your head is irresistibly chic. But if you're not in the Apple clique, or if you're just impatient, you can watch small-screen video on the go right now. James Kim rounded up six gadgets that can do the trick. Take a look.
    Top 5
Hard drive MP3 players

Apple iPod Photo (60GB)

Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5 (Silver)

Cowon iAudio X5 (20GB)

Creative Zen Touch (20GB)

Rio Karma (20GB)

All top hard drive MP3 players

Today on CNET

Power of 10: Top 10 Web fads
Missing Mahir? Wondering who all your Base are Belong to? This list is for you.

Read more
2 fast, 2 fun
If you love to drive fast and feel the wind in your hair, these sporty little hot rods are for you.

Read more
Why wait for a video iPod?
By the time Apple gets around to it, you could have watched hundreds of movies on these six devices.

Read more
Six good cameras, $200 each
Canon, Fujifilm, Kodak, Pentax. Two hundred bucks never went so far.

Read more

More stories
  Video: Headsets and headphones
New 12-inch Apple iBook G4
100 most popular MP3 players
Why are HDTV prices falling fast?
Record three TV shows at once
Surf the Web anonymously
Hard-core ways to speed up broadband
inMotion portable speakers: big bass
Yepp MP3 player: small but rockin'
Big zoom in a small camera
Week in review
All product reviews

Top Forum Discussions
  Scumware utilities
Should I partition my hard drive?
Getting rid of adware
Password-protecting CDs and DVDs

CNET's Daily Buzz
Buzz 1 Motorola shows every phone but the one we want
Motorola's CEO opened his product-announcement Webcast with these words: "We're not going to launch the iTunes phone today." Dude, way to kill your presentation. After that, the Razr-styled, keyboard-equipped Moto Q, sunglasses with cell phone connections, the Ojo video phone (as seen on 24!), and the music-playing Rokr line seemed like consolation prizes. Supercool consolation prizes, yes, but consolation nevertheless.

Buzz 2 I can't believe that deliberate viral marketing attempt's not butter
"Gosh, how will we hook the public's imagination in order to sell them our weird faux-butter spray? Ooh, hey, how about a Flash-based, Web-only soap opera starring an ear of corn, a stick of butter, and an oddly attractive can of fake-butter spray?" Yes, I just gave some publicity to the blatant publicity seekers, but here's the worst part: I'm sort of hooked. Yes, I do think Buttricia put that poor little asparagus in a coma, but that Spraychel is kind of a hussy, wouldn't you say?

Buzz 3 No way out of Windows piracy check
Starting now, you'll have to prove that your copy of Windows is legit if you want to download add-ons and updates. The mandatory piracy check doesn't apply to security updates, but you won't be allowed to download...whatever thing it is you're downloading. We can't think of much, other than security updates. Nevertheless, the mandatory checks make sense, since a report this week says Microsoft is the top IT brand whose products get pirated.

The power of 10
CNET is 10 years old, and to celebrate, we're looking at the past, present, and future of digital living. Come check out our top 10 lists, trade in your old tech, and tell us about your dream gadget of the future.
Join the celebration

Home & Entertainment Weekly
A weekly wrap-up of all of CNET's
coverage of personal technology for
home and entertainment, from digital
cameras to cell phones to plasma TVs.
You won't miss a thing.
Delivered Tuesdays

Sign up here

Home Theater Weekly
Each issue includes the latest in-
depth coverage of digital TVs, DVD
players and recorders, A/V receivers,
DVRs, and much more. It's required
reading for audio- and videophiles.
Delivered Fridays

Sign up here

Explore CNET Desktops   Notebooks   Handhelds   Cameras   Camcorders
Music   Cell phones   Home video   Peripherals   Wi-Fi

- - - Partner Marketplace - - -
Sign up for more free newsletters from CNET!
To manage your account settings or to remove yourself from all CNET communications, please visit our Subscription Center.
CNET newsletters are now RSS friendly Check out our Newsletter RSS feeds
The e-mail address for your subscription is

Unsubscribe from this e-mail |  FAQ |  Advertise

Copyright 2005 CNET Networks, Inc. All rights reserved.
CNET Networks, Inc.
235 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94105