Android–and loving it

Last month I switched cellular carriers, dropping T-Mobile and switching to Sprint.  I had a very weird echo problem with my Blackberry Bold, and my business partner had the same issue with her cell phone.  Coverage in my service area, the St Croix valley area, had deteriorated as well.   I will not do business with ATT and Verizon is just too danged expensive for my blood.  I am told the coverage is generally better in our area on Verizon, but ...

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Epsilon Email Leak Means You Will See More Spam

Epsilon, an email marketing company used by many major companies, reported that their server security was breached early in April, and that thousand of email addresses had been harvested by hackers.  The affected email addresses were from marketing lists for companies such as Best Buy, Walgreens, US Bank, Capitol One, Fry’s, Wal-Mart, TiVo, JP Morgan Chase, Disney Destinations, Marriot rewards, McKinsey, Beachbody, 1-800Flowers, marks & Spencer, Hilton, Lacoste, and presumably others.  If you did business with these companies on-line, you ...

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It’s Time to Move to Windows 7

Windows 7 was released on October 22, 2009, and we are approaching the 2 year anniversary of this outstanding Windows operating system.  I can say without reservation that this is my favorite Windows operating system yet, and my user experience goes back to Windows 3.1.  Make 2011 the year you upgrade to Windows 7.

Windows XP users:  Windows XP was released on August 24, 2001, and is close to being a ten year old operating system.  Computer operating systems age on ...

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Stuxnet–An Interesting Piece of Software Writing…

“This is the way the world ends…not with a bang but a whimper.” – TS Eliot

A significant computer security exploit, known as Stuxnet, was released last year against the Iranian nuclear power and weapons programs.  The way it was written was very clever, and extremely well targeted. 

Today, there was a post on Good Morning Silicon Valley that I have copied below:

“The idea behind Stuxnet computer worm is really quite simple. We don’t want Iran to get the ...

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Mac Users Beware: Black Hole RAT Backdoor Trojan Now Available

People I know who are Apple users are quick to tell me how much better the Mac platform is, from a security standpoint.  I try to point out that this is more a case of security by obscurity than any real inherent security.  What I mean is this – the Windows environment is a much larger target; there are twenty Windows machines for every Mac.  If you are going to writer code to attack and control computers, why wouldn’t you ...

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Where’s My DVD Player?

Have you ever had your CD or DVD player disappear from your list of drives in Windows Explorer?  Or tried playing a CD or DVD and gotten an error message instead of music or videos?  Here’s a quick Registry hack, courtesy of eSupport.com, that might solve your problem.

Remember, backup the Registry before you begin.  Registry hacks are not a trivial undertaking; if you are not completely comfortable with this process, seek professional help.

  • Log on to Windows by using ...
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Technological Anniversaries

As we look back to the end of 2010, we want to recognize some important, and some not so important, milestones.

25 years ago…1985

  • The movie Back To The Future was released in the summer of 1985.
  • AOL began mailing a never-ending array of CD’s .
  • The Amiga 1000 computer – cost $1295, and came with an 8MHz Motorola processor, 256KB (that’s KILOBYTES, not megabytes or gigabytes)of RAM, and an 880KB floppy drive.
  • The Intel 386 Processor – My first personal computer came with ...
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Senator Ron Paul Speaks About WikiLeaks

Senator Ron Paul is one of a few Washington pundits who is not particularly inflamed by the recent release of secret documents by Wikileaks.  I could comment, but I think I will let Senator Paul speak for himself.

WikiLeaks release of classified information has generated a lot of attention in the past few weeks. The hysterical reaction makes one wonder if this is not an example of killing the messenger for the bad news. Despite what is claimed, the information that ...

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New Social Networking Site YoHolla Pays You

I got an invitation from someone I met who is a networking marketing person.  Evidently there is an upstart Facebook replacement social network site called “YoHolla” that promises to create a residual income stream just for getting your friends to sign up.  I am thinking they still have an uphill battle to replace Facebook, but I suppose there is no harm in signing up with another social network site.  As far as I am concerned, there are two ...

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Send a Card of Thanks to Someone in the Armed Forces

XEROX IS DOING SOMETHING COOL

If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com   you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can’t pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.  It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these?    ...

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