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The Tap App

(AKA “Friday Fun”) (And Cisco is in the News again..)

Loyal readers know I am not an iPerson, and that I do not own a single iGadget — so I don’t write about those wonderful apps you can download from the iStore via iTunes, and keep synced with your iCloud.

But if I cared about ratings, I would probably – sooner or later – have to produce a Top 10 Apps list, and keep you updated on the hot new apps. Just to compete with everyone else who’s doing it. Instead..

Here is a video demonstration of one app for the iPad that actually made me consider rethinking the usefulness of that iDevice. Check it out and see if you don’t agree.

And all joking aside, I should be clear: I do fix and support Apple computers and laptops in my shop.

And I looked at the latest crop of Windows Phones yesterday. They don’t suck. (But I’d hold off til the next crop.)

It’s Friday. The weekend’s almost here. It’s summer. Not a bad combo…

Another Oopsie?! Department: Cisco is in the news. Again. Hackers can break into your Cisco TelePresence sessions

Major security holes in the Cisco TelePresence product line could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code, cause a denial-of-service condition, or inject commands.

If you rely on Cisco TelePresence products for sensive business communications, you might want to stop what you are doing and pay attention..Read more..

Also: Android users give malware apps permission to rob them, express shock at the results

Android malware posing as Super Mario or Grand Theft Auto wallpaper can get on your phone and, gasp, send SMS messages to a premium-rate number. Oh no, what will we ever do?Read more..

(Too funny. But, well, since this is targeting pubescent teens.. I suspect it’ll work. [Every single solitary thing on the ‘net is aimed at pubescent teens, I am beginning to think.] Super Mario wallpaper? Yeah, I want that.)

And, also: Is Facebook damaging your reputation with sneaky political posts?

Most of us have a Facebook profile, and most of us take a haphazard approach to segregating our business and personal lives. That can cause serious headaches, thanks to a troublesome new Facebook feature.Read more..

(I have never regretted not Facebook-ing, but many times have been glad I don’t!)

Today’s quote:An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in his understanding of things.” ~ Bryant H. McGill

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July 13, 2012 Posted by | Apple, consumer electronics, hackers, hardware, Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A $10 Video Camera?

(Also: Do You Own A Linksys? You Better Read This..)

First up:

Glancing through my prep material, I noticed a sale where you can get a basic (standard def) “camcorder” (tiny little thing) for $10. From Sylvania, even.

Yes.. ten dollars. Don’t believe me? Click here.

We truly do live in a dixie cup world now (aka “everything’s disposable”).

Next: Is your home router a Linksys? You definitely should read this. (I am beginning to think anyone using tech should read stories like these..)

Cisco shows true face in ugly bait and switch Can a network security vendor that betrays its customers ever be trusted again?

You may have heard about Cisco’s shenanigans last week, in which an automatic firmware update for several models of the company’s Linksys home wireless routers forced users to create and log into a Cisco cloud service account to manage their router. In addition, some previously available functionality disappeared in the update. I cannot fathom how a company whose reputation is built on its tech savvy could concoct such a disaster of a scheme. And it gets worse.Read more..

(The answer to the question is “no”, btw. Scandalous! Fortunately, none of my Wireless N 300 Gear is a Cisco product, or I’d be heading to the store [or disabling “check for updates”… if poss.].)

Folks, read that article.

“The devil you don’t know
Prior to the past decade or so, the idea of a manufacturer purposefully breaking a product after purchase in order to spy on you and profit from that information was so outlandish, there was no need for concern. We’re now living in a world where it could easily be done clandestinely.”

Love to see a lawsuit over this one. Unbelievable. Truly outrageous. I’m glad I don’t work for Cisco, cuz I’d have to quit.

I gotta run. Y’all have a great day now, ya’ hear?

* Again, Linksys owners: If you don’t wanna buy new gear (though it could be considered a great excuse to upgrade to Wireless N) read the article and look for links to the DD-WRT how to’s.

Another great read: 10 worst tech screwups of 2012 (so far)

Amid a sea of flops, flubs, and faceplants, Cringely picks the 10 biggest tech blunders we’ve seen in the first half of the year.” Read more..

(As I said, highly reco reading all of that.)(Cisco’s act was too recent to make the list, I think..)

Copyright 2007-2012 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.

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July 10, 2012 Posted by | consumer electronics, hardware, News, shopping for, tech | , , , , | 4 Comments

Sudden Internet trouble? News alert

A large, Internet-wide, multi-vendor patch was released and implemented yesterday to resolve a critical vulnerabilty in the Internet system.
This patching process caused “weird” connectivity issues, hyperlinks seemingly don’t work, and slow connections. If you are suddenly having these issues and/or are unable to connect to the Internet, please don’t uninstall the Microsoft Update.. try these steps first.
1) reboot your PC–twice.
2) reboot your router/WAP
3) If you are running ZoneAlarm free firewall, you must set it to “medium”, or lower.
4) be a little patient.. this process is mostly accomplished, and the quirks should soon pass.

To read more about this disturbing vulnerability in the Web (or see which MS patch is the one affecting you), read: Patched Flaw Could Have Broken Internet Backbone.
(The geekier amongst you might prefer C/Net’s Zero Day Blog version.)

July 9, 2008 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, PC, security, tech, troubleshooting | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment