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In The News (This last day of July)

Two items today. First up, a tech “must read”.
Microsoft ordered to hand over overseas email, throwing EU privacy rights in the fire

US law can apply anywhere in the world, so long as a technology company has control over foreign data, a court rules.Read more..

Related: Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here’s how

[ I certainly hope nobody thinks there is such a thing as Internet Privacy.. And and that we all act accordingly. ]

Click image to see the imdb James Garner page

And second: I just heard that one of my favorite “media personalities”, James Garner, passed away (I no longer turn on my TV, or read newspapers, so I’m late to that awareness).

You know, I liked him, and believed his performance, in every single thing I saw him in. It’s a real shame Netflix doesn’t have Maverick.. or I’d be starting a tribute ‘movie marathon’ now.. (I loved him in one of my fave war movies, The Great Escape, and also one of my fave Westerns, Support Your Local Sheriff! )

I’m watching Move Over, DARLING right now. One of his I’d somehow missed seeing before. (Yah, I remember now why I missed it. Wasn’t ever a Doris Day fan, and plus, it was a remake of a Cary Grant movie.)

There is a good tribute movie clip sequence, and article, here.

Today’s quote:If you go around being afraid, you’re never going to enjoy life. You have only one chance, so you’ve got to have fun.” ~ Lindsey Vonn

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(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

July 31, 2014 Posted by | advice, Internet, Microsoft, News, privacy | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

EU punishes Intel+corruption, greed, gov’t

“With this power, the EC is rapidly becoming the world’s gatekeeper for new technologies. In recent months, regulators forced Apple to accept price controls on its popular iTunes music store and launched three new attempts to dictate which features Microsoft can offer in its software products. In early April, commissioners released guidelines dictating how Internet companies like Google and Yahoo should collect, use, and profit from information online.
The EC’s willingness to manipulate the technology industry makes Europe the venue of choice for companies looking to cripple their competitors and gain an unfair advantage in the marketplace. By repeatedly coaxing regulators to investigate Intel, AMD hopes to level the playing field and compensate for its own mistakes.”

Folks, these lines are from an article I came across in one of my small local papers– a guest opinion piece written by Dr. Daniel Ballon.
It is a fascinating reporting on government meddling for the simple sake of greed and corruption, (disguised as a Noble Ideal) and how this (negatively) affects us all. I highly recommend it. It is an eye-opener.

Tip(s) of the day:
* Read Dr. Ballon’s excellent article titled, Intel punished for being too competitive. It is available here.
* (In case you missed it) Watch this short video from anti-malware vendor Sophos to see a demonstration of how clicking a link in an e-mail can exploit weaknesses in your computer, implant a trojan, and steal your (in this instance) banking info. See how the cyber-criminals do it..
* Visit my 10 item checklist and run down it to see if your machine is properly defended and configured for surfing the big bad Internet.

Today’s free link: Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities. Avidemux is available for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows — under the GNU GPL license.

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June 18, 2008 Posted by | advice, Apple, computers, tech, Windows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment