Victor's Blog about the Web, Security and Life

The web for me is a hobby where standards and best practices are daily bread. Security is a concern that everybody must be aware of its details for IT in general, and the web in particular, to be a safer place. My life, on the other hand, is that of a regular Lebanese citizen where politics and social issues are discussed on a daily basis. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and make sure to drop me a comment about any topic you find interesting.

Security References

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victor | 03 March, 2005 10:43

This is a list of references for security... The list will be updated frequently with other links. (More)

Lebanese Security?!

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victor | 02 March, 2005 19:39

I really don't know where this entry should go. Should it be under Security (a topic that I prefer and that is still empty for the time being on my blog or under Politics where it really should be?)

The whole story is related to what happened during the past few days here in Beirut. This story is a complete mapping of what happens every day in Lebanon when politics is taken into consideration and when players fall and others rise.

Here we go...

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Said El-Khoury

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victor | 27 February, 2005 17:45

Today, Said El-Khoury, a dear friend and relative died from Cancer. Said was well-known for his optimism and ongoing struggle for a better life. I dedicate this small space on the web to Said and I pray that his soul rests in peace. (More)

Why Linux?

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victor | 25 February, 2005 10:15

Linux happens to be my favourite Server Operating System. Why as a server? Simply because Microsoft Windows is still, by far, the best Personal Operating System for a PC. There are major advantages and disadvantages for Linux and Windows and this category is dedicated to list them and explain each and every one of them.

As a teacher at a University, I am always faced with the same question: Why do you dislike Microsoft Windows? Well, I don't dislike Microsoft Windows. I like Microsoft Windows for the personal PC's, I dislike Microsoft Windows for servers. On the other hand, I like Linux for Servers and I tend to like Linux for PC's as well but I still use Microsoft Windows up to this moment on my PC.
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El-Hariri's Assasination

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victor | 25 February, 2005 09:19

11 days ago, the Ex-Prime Minister of Lebanon, Mr. Rafic Hariri died in a car explosion in the center of Beirut (the city that he rebuilt after 20 years of Lebanese war). This is just a salut to Mr. Hariri with respect for being another Martyr (although a major one) for Lebanon.

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Welcome to my Blog...

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victor | 02 February, 2005 16:17

Today, I decided to take 30 minutes out of my busy days to setup what I think will be a major contribution factor to my life.
This blog, as I see it, is not meant simply to be a place to talk and type. It will be my daily runaway from daily life boring issues to do something that I consider great: sharing knowledge with the world.

I plan to spend some time in here daily on the various topics and issues that I face. If you like what you read, you can always share your knowledge with me as well by sending an email to vsawma@yahoo.com

Victor

Unix vs Windows

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victor | 22 October, 1999 08:19

Microsoft's Windows NT Server continues to evolve as an enterprise-level operating system, but it is still below in position from Unix. NT isn't likely to fill all your network operating system needs until some time in the next century.

Enterprises are deploying NT at an ever-increasing rate, but only in its traditional supporting role as a file, print and applications server. Unix is still superior in scalability, reliability, and management talents.

At the enterprise level, we do not see NT at all right now. The stability and scalability of Unix really prevents the use of NT in that space. But Microsoft keeps working at the enterprise level relentlessly. De-spite some well-publicized implementation gaffes and security breaches, NT's advance into an enterprise platform proceeded steadily over the past year.

In a survey of users, file and print service was the primary reason companies were acquiring NT, followed by messaging and Internet access. In contrast, database hosting was the primary reason users acquired Unix systems, followed by file and print, custom applications and Internet access.

Although NT is enjoying enormous sales growth, the increase is coming from market expansion and displacement of other network operating systems - not at the expense of Unix. (More)
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