Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Half over

Hard to believe the year’s half over already.. Here are a few items for your consideration.

Taxis sow traffic chaos in Europe protesting against Uber car app

Taxi drivers sowed traffic chaos in Europe’s top cities on Wednesday by mounting one of the biggest protests ever against Uber, a U.S. car service whose smartphone app summons rides at the touch of a button.Read more..

[ Which is it? Adapt or die, or Adapt and die? ]

google robot car* Baby you can’t drive my car

Self driving cars:While the notion has been around in science fiction for at least 60 years, Google wants to bring it into reality.Read more..

Layer 8: “Human error” contributes to nearly all cyber incidents, study finds

Even though organizations may have all of the bells and whistles needed in their data security arsenal, it’s the human element that continues to fuel cyber incidents occurring, according to one recent study.Read more..

A wake up call? Class-action filed against payroll company Paytime over massive data breach

A class-action complaint has been filed against Paytime, a Pennsylvania-based payroll company that experienced a massive data breach in April. “Paytime failed to safeguard and prevent vulnerabilities from being taken advantage of in its computer system,” according to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Friday.Read more..

Here’s a change: Technology sites “riskier” than illegal sites in 2013, according to Symantec data

The “riskiest” pages to visit in 2013 were technology websites, according to data from users of Norton Web Safe, which monitors billions of traffic requests and millions of software downloads per day.Read more..

Today’s quote:The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity.” ~ Harlan Ellison

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June 17, 2014 Posted by | News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

An Open Letter To Sun Microsystems

To: The Head Honchos at Sun
From: Every computer user (as voiced by Tech Paul)

Re: Open Office downloader/Yahoo toolbar.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Your practice of shoe-horning additional software into the update packages for the JRE (Java Runtime Environment) is morally and ethically wrong. Java_plus_Yahoo

The most odorous aspect of this is the fact that you place a check in the checkbox by default, and thousands upon thousands upon thousands of unwanted installs occur because of it. This whole deal is shady at the time original install, but particularly vile in an update.

If we — for some unfathomable reason — actually want another toolbar, or the Open Office “downloader”, we will go get them.

This practice stinks. We all hate it. Shame on you.

Come on, guys — you’re better than this!

[note: we are aware that this unethical behavior is not by any means limited to Sun Microsystems, or Yahoo. This *crud* has become an industry practice, and people should pay close attention during any software install. Un-check those checkboxes! The ultimate responsibility is ours.]

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March 27, 2009 Posted by | computers, tech | , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments