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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Land-bound fighter planes…

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Seem to draw a crowd…

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For those of you who would like to take a look at the technology in these 700+ hp racing machines, Target Indy Race Team – Inside the technology of a race team (3 videos)

I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday weekend.

May 24, 2009 Posted by | computers | 5 Comments

A Heads Up for Twitter Users

If you use the very popular Twitter social networking site, or know someone who does, please be aware of a look-alike fake website “Tvvitter” and an attack that is currently trying to steal login credentials. (“Phishing”)

Graham Cluley of Security firm Sophos has produced this short video that shows this social engineering attack “live”. If you “tweet”, please take a moment to watch.

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As you have seen, the lure says, “check this guy out” and includes a link. Mr. Cluley has also published a sample of other “users” sending this “tweet”.

Animated GIF of other Twitter accounts trying to phish details from unwary users

Gives you an idea how these things work, and why – when you’re on the Internet – you want to use what I call “paranoid common sense” — don’t click the link!

Today’s free link(s): Long a member of my Blogroll, please take a look at Mr. Cluley’s other writings. His manner is very relaxed and friendly, and his topics are important. Graham’s blog.

Also, today Bill Mullins posted a great piece — You Won $1,230,310! Still Believe in Fairy Tales?

Today’s free download(s): TipCam 2.0.1 is a fine specimen of free screen-recording apps. Its best tricks let you record remote PCs using a VNC server, annotate while you record, and zoom in on the mouse position as it travels around the screen. You can also upload finished screencasts to YouTube or send a link privately through e-mail.

And Mr. Cluley mentions a FireFox add-on in the video, LongURL which helps to let you know where shortened links really go.

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May 23, 2009 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Internet scam, Phishing, phraud, privacy, security, social networking, tech | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TGIF – Memorial Day Edition

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 25 in 2009). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.

Some Americans view Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of Summer, and the holiday is also used as a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and sporting events. One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500.

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HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER
KNOWN BUT TO GOD

Please have a safe and joyous Holiday Weekend.

May 22, 2009 Posted by | tech | Leave a comment

Online – Dangers | Thievery | A New Chrome

If you surf the Internet (and how else would you be reading this?) the following links are worthy of your attention. Please take a moment and read the following.

An strong argument could be made, that the Internet has turned into a playground for cyber-criminals. While it may be a playground for criminals, without a doubt – it is a minefield for the rest of us.” — The Internet – A Living Breathing Minefield!

In the online world plagiarism, more commonly called content scraping, is rampant – essentially out of control.” — Online Plagiarism – So What’s the Big Deal?

Today’s free link: Google has released a new & improved, faster version of it’s Web browser which it has labeled Chrome 2 — Google Chrome Blog: A Speedier Google Chrome for all users

Today’s free download: Chrome 2.

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May 22, 2009 Posted by | Internet | Leave a comment

Mac Printer Problem

The other day I received a phone call (at Aplus Computer Aid) from a man whose printer had suddenly stopped working. All the lights were on. The cable was plugged in. He hadn’t moved the printer or computer, changed any settings, or installed/uninstalled any software.
So he was puzzled.

So I had him try the usual Printer Troubleshooting Steps
* Was the printer getting power (plugged in)? Yes.
* Turn the printer off, and then turn it again. Resolved? No.
* Is the USB cable plugged in securely? Yes.
* Delete old print jobs. Resolved? No.
* Is the printer showing in System Profiler? No.
* Restart the computer. Resolved? No.

Hmmm… Now I was puzzled.
The fact that the printer wasn’t showing up at all in the Profiler meant that it was almost certainly not a software (driver) issue.. And all the lights on meant it (probably) wasn’t a power issue. So I kept coming back to the USB cable, and he kept telling me it was plugged in just fine, and that he hadn’t touched it.
So I told him to “humor me” and plug it in to a different USB port.

This resolved his problem.
It turns out that he had made a change recently. He had replaced his keyboard with a new wireless mouse and keyboard set.
Keyboard? What’s that got to do with a printer???Keyboard-USB

His printer’s USB cable had been firmly and securely plugged in — to the old keyboard. The one that he had unplugged to make room for the new wireless one. Apple likes to put convenient USB ports on their keyboards, and..
Normally, I run into this “it IS plugged in” with powerstrips. Is the powerstrip plugged in?

Today’s free link: Apple’s Support page for troubleshooting printer issues provides the step-by-step methods for resolving most printing errors. Those with driver issues (software) should look here.

Today’s free download: In sticking with my Mac theme today.. http://www.opensourcemac.org/ is a website dedicated to listing the best in free (Open Source) programs for your Mac. All kinds of categories, so whether you’re looking for an anonymizer or image editor, you’ll find something here.

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May 21, 2009 Posted by | advice, Apple, computers, hardware, how to, printers, troubleshooting | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

I am a dying woman

urgent reply

Mrs. A .Fardiyah Zaini

My name is Mrs. Agustati Fardiyah Zaini; I am a dying woman who had decided to donate what I have to the Charities. I am 49 years old and was diagnosed for cancer about two years ago, immediately after the death of my husband,. I have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband for the good work of God, rather than allow his relatives to use my husband’s hard earned funds ungodly.

As i lay on my sick bed, i want you to help me in carrying out my last wish on earth which will be very profitable to you. i want to WILL a total sum of $5.6million USD to you which i want you to distribute part of it to any charity home for me, please for further information contact me ASAP.
agustatifardiyah@mailserve.co.uk

Regards,
Mrs.A. Fardiyah Zaini.

I often read these scam e-mails for laughs.. and as a peek at the inner workings of the minds of my fellow humans.. If I can trust my memory, I first saw this e-mail ten years ago. Somebody must’ve clicked…

But that’s Old-school. New School seems to include a Sender named “Me”.. and Subjects like “I need a ride”…

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Or come from legit-seeming services…

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May 20, 2009 Posted by | e-mail, Internet scam | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Video Tutorial — How To Dual Boot Win7

Want To Try Windows 7 RC? Don’t Delete Your Current OS — Dual Boot

Ever since I posted A Tech’s First Impression of Windows 7 RC, I have been asked questions about deleting the existing operating system to install Windows 7. So I want to be very, very clear — you do NOT want to delete your current, functioning Windows XP or Windows Vista installation, and then put Windows 7 on your machine.

Windows 7 is a beta. And it will “expire”. Those two facts preclude it from being your main operating system.

What you do want to do, is create a new partition and install Windows 7 there, and create a “dual boot” setup. This allows you to keep your old AND try the new. This brief tutorial from C/Net shows you just how to do this.. and how easy it is.

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If after watching this video, you want to do this, Click here to download Windows 7

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May 19, 2009 Posted by | computers, file system, how to, Microsoft, PC, performance, tech, Vista, Windows, Windows 7, XP | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments