August 18, 2010

Windows 8 Rumor Roundup

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Here it is, the middle of August. It’s hot (at least here). I’m in the middle of a few projects. No juicy computer news. So I thought that I’d prattle on about Windows 8.

August 17, 2010

Lost Apple II Plus at Auction

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:33 am

Just got this press release this morning:

Included in this auction will be the Swan Station Computer, which is an Apple-II Plus system running an Apple-III monitor, with a Disk II floppy drive, each featuring DHARMA logo.

This prop computer was used at the Swan station and by Desmond, Locke and other cast members to enter “The Numbers” every 108 minutes. It is the destruction of the Swan station computer that prevented “The Numbers” from being entered, leading Desmond to trigger the fail safe mechanism, causing the Swan station to implode. (Of trivial interest is a 1980s film, entitled “The Self,” employed in some psychology classes today, which features an Apple-III computer monitor that is used to test the effect of positive personalities. Incidentally, the numbers 4, 8, 16, and 23 appear frequently in these tests.) The monitor currently exhibits the DHARMA Tempest station logo, indicating its subsequent use in the Season Four episode, “The Other Woman.”

Auction Link

Photo Credit 'Profiles in History'

August 16, 2010

The Facebook Dislike Button Scam

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:33 am

I got a Facebook message for this scam last weekend. Being a hands-off Facebook user, I didn’t click on it. The article provides a great anatomy for the typical Facebook scam. Suckers.

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How Long Have You Owned Your PC?

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

It’s a good question: How can you tell when you took your current PC home and first set it up? Knowing the date is important because computers last only 4 to 6 years at their best, longer if you take care of the thing.

August 13, 2010

Catching the Bad Guys by the Phone

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

As mankind moves to the cell phone as our ultimate digital tool, so follows the crooks. Right on their tail are the Good Guys using digital forensics on smartphones to catch them.

August 12, 2010

The Coming Pad Onslaught

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:19 pm

Are people prepared for a plethora of pads? They’re coming. According to Technologizer, as many as 32 different pads are coming to market soon, all designed to take on the king: Apple’s iPad.

God save us.

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August 11, 2010

Malware robs online banking customers

Filed under: News — admin @ 6:48 am

A very clever trojan has stripped more than £675,000 (about $1,000,000) from online banking customers in the UK. The malware is so clever, it sends false bank statements to the customers, so they never knew anything is up. Could this be the next generation of virus?

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I Got Me A New Macintosh

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

My latest Mac is an iMac. It replaces my 6-year-old PowerMac, as well as the 10-year-old, original Apple Cinema Display. Yes, I’m very pleased.

August 10, 2010

The Windows Slate v. the iPad

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:47 am

I admire the Slate’s speed, but it still seems to sport a clunky Windows interface. For some reason, that doesn’t seem to go with the touchscreen paradigm. Whatever.

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August 9, 2010

Removing Annoying Toolbars

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Take a look at your web browser, especially if it’s Internet Explorer. Do you see something extra on the screen? Is the browser window getting inexplicably small? Then you probably have toolbar bloat.

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