1,500 Windows 3.1 shareware apps are now free, immortalized on your browser

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Fun Stuff, Internet, Technology, Tips & Tricks

In addition to a fully functioning Windows 3.1.1 stock install—complete with save functionality preserved in apps like Notepad—the Showcase page also includes a hilarious Windows 95 preview that Microsoft distributed via floppy disks ahead of the OS’ launch. In this preview version, clip art of coffee mugs and globes float around for no reason before users get to tinker around with the “brand-new” Start menu and other features. It’s the most Inception-like Microsoft experience we’ve ever had—running a neutered version of Windows 95… within a version of Windows 3.1… within a Web browser.

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A $10 Tool Can Guess (And Steal) Your Next Credit Card Number

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Security News, Technology

Kamkar immediately saw the potential for a nasty fraud technique: Any hacker who’d compromised a card number could predict the card’s replacement as soon as it was reported stolen—and then, using the date of the previous card’s cancellation, figure out the replacement’s expiration date too. “The day that card is cancelled, as soon it gets rejected, two seconds later I know what your new number and expiration date will be,” Kamkar says. “If I were doing fraud, that would be pretty useful.” The trick could be applied again and again, stealing new card numbers as fast as American Express could generate them.

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