I published a post back in 2007 about repetitive stress injuries. In addition to stress injuries, there is also a danger of burns. Some laptops run extremely hot. According to a article published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health titled Burn Injury Caused by Laptop Computers. Continue reading
There is a new study that says you should keep your distance from your cell phone.
“The research suggests could increase our risk for brain cancer and tumors, low sperm count, headaches, as well as impaired memory, hearing, and sleep.”
This does make sense. Radiation can affect the body. Cell Phones are a source of radiation. Continue reading
I was in the process of closing a hosting account where I had several sites hosted. At one time, I had my main account hosted on that site.
The host provided decent service at decent rates. I was just consolidating things a bit. They were a small company that didn’t speak English well. All support was chat, ticket or email. Continue reading
End user licenses can be tricky little buggers. I just came across a site where they are discussing the EULA for Google Chrome. Apparently the folks at the ‘plex are claiming the ability to use anything you blog or email using chrome. Continue reading
I just read an interesting thread at Webmasterworld about an ISP inserting their ads into web pages.
First of all, consider that the ability of web publishers to run their ads on their pages to generate revenue is what allows for so much free content on the Internet.
A major Internet Service Provider, Charter Communications, based out of St. Louis Mo. is implementing a plan where Continue reading
I just had a client fall victim to a phishing attack. He has an adwords account an also happened to have an expiring credit card. He got what appeared to be a legitimate ‘please renew’ email from Google and renewed. A couple of days later, he got another renewal notice and renewed again.
When he got a third renewal notice, he got suspicious and emailed it to me. A ‘view source’ of the email showed a url for the link that was something like www.google.com.randomnumbers.cn . A whois quickly confirmed the obvious that the domain was in no way related to Google. Continue reading
Declan McCullough has been writing on tech stuff for quite a while. He recently posted an article about FBI Entrapment about a situation where the FBI posted some links on a message board that appeared to be links to obviously illegal pictures and video that were to an FBI run site. Some guy clicked on the links and a couple of days later got a visit from the feds, was thrown on the ground, handcuffed, tried by a jury of morons… er his peers and convicted. His attorney is trying to get things reversed. (by the way, “Hundreds” of people were nailed with this particular sting)
OK, Great, they busted some scumball. Child porn is illegal and repugnant. It’s much much worse than a sitting prez nailing an intern a year older than his daughter. So, no problem if you are a good upstanding citizen, right???
WRONGO BONZO- Go straight to jail, do not pass “GO”. Do no collect $200.
The fundamental flaw in this that was outlined in the article was that it appeared that the Feds were simply looking at the IP of the person who clicked, not the referrer. IOW, They saw that someone clicked on the link and followed it. They don’t know what link they really clicked.
For example, they might have clicked the links on the FBI post that read something like http://www.reallydisgustingillegalimmorralandandfatteningstufff.com/ OK, so that person should know they are venturing into possibly illegal territory. Note the stress on possibly.
Now, here is the problem where the FBI is using the “Kill them all, let God sort them out approach”. It has to do with the way anchor text works.
There are two parts to an HTML link, (1) the actual address that the link points to and (2) the text that is displayed for the user. Therein lies the problem and a huge potential that would allow people to ruin the lives of others. This has been widely known for some time. The whole Google bombing that led to Google showing a page on President Bush for the search term “miserable failure” is a result of just this type of manipulation.
Let me preface this by saying that the best protection we’ve found for XP based systems is that users do all recreational surfing and email reading from a limited user account, not an account with administrator rights. We try to set up our home based clients especially so that the kids are running as limited users. That has been over 99% effective in stopping virus and trojan attacks.
The other day we were working with a client who had purchased a new Kodak camera for her son. The computer running XP would not see the camera. We were getting a ‘device not recognized” error. I tried doing a repair install of Easyshare and then a complete reinstall. It still wouldnt’ recognize the camera. Continue reading
When you donate a computer, you have to be extremely careful that you remove all of your personal information. Reformatting the hard drives and reinstalling the operating system is probably a good idea.
If you aren’t going to do that, consider the following Continue reading