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WinZIP Sold and Needs Technical Improvements.

Henk on sharewareblogs.com is reporting that WinZIP has been sold to Vector Capital, which is the company that owns Corel, JASC, and Real Networks. I hope Nico Mak and company received the appropriate compensation for their years of work.

Only time will tell if the new owners do more than just change some icons and increase the price for the WinZIP software. I hope they improve the performance on B2ZIP and GZIP compressed TAR files so that decompression can go on-the-fly. Currently WinZIP writes the new ZIP file to a temp file and then copies it to the final destination. However, this is very inefficient when archiving a very large home directory to a USB storage device. There should be an option to have WinZIP write directly to the destination file without creating a intermediate temporary file.

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Frank Rietta is a web application security architect, author, and speaker. He is a computer scientist with a Masters in Information Security from the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He speaks about security topics and was a contributor to the security chapter of the 7th edition of the "Fundamentals of Database Systems" textbook published by Addison-Wesley.

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