Tech – for Everyone

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Consumer Electronics Show 2015 (CES) Recap

Folks, here is the best article on the recent CES I’ve seen to date.

* CES 2015, from tablets to curved screens and wireless charging: A pragmatist’s verdict

CES can show you whatever you are looking for, so whatever you think of the industry, this one event won’t change your mind.” Read more..

Rel: CES 2015: Meet the worst tech of the show

The biggest tech expo of the year drew to an end with some remarkably strange, weird, and in some cases entirely pointless gadgets, gizmos, and technologies.” VIEW THE GALLERY

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Coulda’ Been Worse Dept:

That guy should go buy a lottery ticket…

Today’s quote:Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~ Carl Jung

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

January 15, 2015 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, hardware, News, Portable Computing, tech | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Banned From The Internet For File Sharing?

Internet service providers are cooperating more and more with copyright holders to crack down on illegal downloading and peer-to-peer file-sharing.

Becky Waring published a very interesting ’round-up’ look at the current state of the ‘battle’ between copyright holders (primarily RIAA) and the very popular (yet largely illegal) “Torrent” P2P file-sharing phenomenon on Windows Secrets.

There are some tough new laws recently enacted, or under consideration, in many countries following the recent convictions of the operators of the popular Pirates Bay Torrent search engine in Sweden ... laws that could get people “blacklisted” from the Internet.

Internet Service Providers are coming under increasing pressure to use technology to identify people using Torrent applications and punish them, and Torrent users are using technology to escape detection. This ‘battle’ poses some very serious questions about the issues of privacy and technology.

Ms. Waring has done an excellent job with this article, and I invite my readers to read it. Please click the link below.

ISPs assist in cutting off file-sharing users

Today’s free link: KidZui – Free, Safe Internet Browsing for Kids

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May 9, 2009 Posted by | computers, Internet, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Worldwide Telescope Now In Your Browser

A while ago now, I shared with my readers my visit to Microsoft Research headquarters here in the Silicon Valley, where I witnessed the “unveiling” of a new application called “the worldwide telescope”.
(please see, The WorldWide Telescope: An amazing app)

IMHO, this is simply the best exploration and education tool for astronomy (though you can explore our Earth quite impressively too) available.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Worldwide Telescope Now In Your Browser“, posted with vodpod

So, I was rather pleased to read on C/Net’s News that this terrific program has been ‘ported’ for use via a Silverlight-enabled web browser (Internet Explorer). Download the “client” (a plug-in) and you can now browse the heavens anywhere, anytime.

Instead of Copy > Paste-ing, I’ll just refer you to the C/Net article, for details.

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March 21, 2009 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, kids and the Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Potential ‘big bad### botnet’ spreading fast*

The ‘Downadup’ worm is spreading quickly and now infects more than 3.5 million PCs, according to the security company F-Secure.

In a blog post on Wednesday, F-Secure put the total number of infected machines at an estimated 3,521,230 — a rise of more than a million machines over the previous day’s tally…

Wow. A million new infections in one day..

Folks, to read the rest of this article (clipped from ZDNet) by David Meyer and Tom Espiner, click here.

[update 1/19/09: over 8 million now. Here’s the latest (and how that number is arrived at), Calculating the Size of the Downadup Outbreak]

January 16, 2009 Posted by | computers, cyber crime, News | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Angry IT workers: A ticking time bomb? InfoWorld/Dan Tynan

Dan Tynan has written a a thoughtful, and thought-provoking, article– published on InfoWorld.
I highly recommend the read: Angry IT workers: A ticking time bomb? IT workers are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore.

September 22, 2008 Posted by | computers | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment