Thursday, April 01, 2010

Google changes its name to Topeka

In response to the city of Topeka Kansas changing its name to Google Kansas, Google Inc has announced that as of 1am Central Time on April 1, 2010, the new name of the company will be Topeka Inc, as a way to honor the people of the former Topeka Kansas for changing their name to Google.

Topeka Inc has said that this honor has no bearing on the decision as to which municipalities will participate in the new high speed broadband project, of which Google Kansas has applied.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Microsoft extends 90-day free Windows 7 enterprise trial until end of 2010 | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com

On March 30, the company extended that free 90-day enterprise promotion through the end of 2010.
Here is you chance to try Windows 7 for the price of a download. I love Windows 7 better than any other Microsoft OS. It is the most secure OS to date.

AlaskaJoe

Microsoft patches a gaping security hole - The Inquirer

Microsoft has released an out-of-cycle patch for users lazy or ignorant enough to still be using an old version of Internet Explorer.
If your running an older version of Internet Explorer, you really need to upgrade it.
What more can I say Do your Windows Updates.

AlaskaJoe

Monday, March 29, 2010

Shop Lost $200,000 from Online Banking Scam - SPAMfighter

In February 2010, cybercriminals stole $200,000 from an auto body shop in Ohio (USA), Clarke Collision Center, in a brazen robbery done online. Hackers used malware for unauthentic access of bank account.

Security experts said that small business assumes great responsibility when banking online as banks are not lawfully obliged to compensate losses suffered because of the fake activity. Therefore, business should become more careful in the matters related to IT and should regularly update the antivirus solutions and operating systems.

This is getting worst all over the place, the bad guys are not just getting into people's home computers and banks, but Small business are loosing thousands of dollars, and they don't even know. Unless someone notices something wrong and does something about it. The small business in this article got back some of their money.
If you own a business remember your bookkeeping computer is the one you want the most secure. (Don't use it to surf the internet at all!)

I can't tell customers enough times do your Weekly Maintenance and keep your computer clean and MalWare free.

I have said it many time, I make a living fixing Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 are much more secure and are harder for users to get infected.

AlaskaJoe

Sunday, March 28, 2010

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 03-28-10

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 03-28-10. You can listen live every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM Pacific that's 1PM to 4PM Eastern. Join us for the live show and chat. If you prefer, you can download the same MP3 file here via ftp.

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

Newegg has the refurbished FujiFilm FinePix S1500FD 10MP Digital Camera for $140 - $15 off with coupon code EMCYPNT57 [Exp 3/28] = $125 with free shipping.
10 Megapixels, 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, 12x optical zoom
Red-eye reduction, 2.7" LCD display, 23MB internal memory

Price $319.00
This Dell Inspiron 546 desktop goes for $319 with the dual core 2.8ghz Athlon CPU. Make sure that is selected as you go through the menu... VISTA Home Basic SP1, 32-Bit
AMD Athlon™ II X2 240 (2.8GHz, 2MB) 1 Year Basic Service Plan 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 2 DIMMs 320GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200 Graphics 16X DVD+/-RW Drive 5.1 Channel Audio
Pure White or Black - see menu

HP has the HP Photosmart C4780 Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer for $90 - $20 off with coupon code SVBT557331 [Exp 4/30] = $70 with free shipping. Prints up to 29ppm (black) / 23 ppm (color) and features 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, SDHC / Memory Stick card support, 1.45" LCD with TouchSmart frame.


Dell Small Business offers the Dell Vostro 230 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.93GHz Mini Tower Desktop PC bundled with the Dell E2210H 21.5" Widescreen LCD Monitor for $449. With $8 for shipping, it's $90 under our mention earlier this month and the lowest total price we've seen for the Vostro 230. Features include an Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 250GB 7200 rpm hard drive, DVD burner, integrated graphics, keyboard, optical mouse, Gigabit Ethernet, and Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

Dell Home offers the 6.1-lb. Dell Inspiron 17 Pentium Dual-Core 2.2GHz 17.3" Widescreen Notebook in Jet Black for $499 plus $12.95 for shipping. That's $304 off and tied with last week's mention as the lowest total price we've seen for this configuration. Sales tax is added where applicable. It features an Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4400 2.2GHz processor, 17.3" 1600x900 LED-backlit widescreen LCD, 3GB RAM, 320GB 5400 rpm hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, 802.11g wireless, 2GB of Dell Online Backup for one year, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

Newegg has the gabyte GV-R455D3-512I Radeon HD 4550 512MB 64-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card for $40 - $20 rebateGi [Exp 3/30] = $20 with free shipping


HP Pavilion p6213w 2.6GHz 6GB Desktop PC $358 at eCost
eCost has the refurbished HP Pavilion p6213w 6GB Desktop PC for $330 + $28 shipping = $358 shipped. Intel Pentium E5300 2.6GHz, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, SuperMulti DVD+RW
15-in-1 media reader, 10/100/1000 LAN, Windows 7 Home Premium x64


SuperBiiz has the Lenovo G550-2958ACU 2.10GHz, 15.6" NoteBook for $469 - $20 off with coupon code SHINE2520 [Exp 3/28] = $449 with free shipping.
Intel Pentium dual-core T4300 2.10GHz, 3GB, 250GB HDD 5400rpm
DVD+/-R/RW drive, Intel GMA 4500M, 802.11b/g, Windows 7 Home, 6-cell

Buy.com has the Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD1200BEVT 120GB Notebook Hard Drive for $37 with free shipping. Sports a 5400rpm rotational speed, 8MB cache, and makes for a cheap replacement drive for your PS3 or Xbox 360

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) With the Chevy Volt about to make its d├ębut toward the end of the year I thought a good review page might be in order. Why has it taken so long for us to get here, I suppose that is a question better answered another time? But, I am sure glad to see progress along these lines, it will be very interesting to see how it is accepted. With a MPG sticker on the window saying 235 MPG in the city I cannot imagine it will not make some interesting waves. I have a cousin who lives in Central America he tells me that cars offering up to 85 miles per gallon are common there, but unavailable in the U.S., I thought we were supposed to be leading. Anyway, a good read here. http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com
2) Really not sure what this means, or how much validity to put into the concept. I think I may need to research it a little further; I just found it today and thought it belonged here. As happens so often I was caught by the headline, “Most Meteorites Contain Fossilized Bone”, the initial article was very short and uninformative so of course I googled. I was thinking it was just a terminology thing referring to fossils of planets, I was surprised to find they were talking about mammal bones in meteorites from Mars. This link is much more substantial in scope, and worth checking out. http://wretchfossil.blogspot.com/
3) You know how much I like Google, and to a lesser degree Bing, I usually use the page that searches both at the same time. When I saw this I was quite surprised, this article is about searching the invisible web. That invisible web thing also got me, seems when we use Google or Bing we are searching the “Open Web”. The numbers are truly staggering, the open web contains about 167 terabytes of information, the “Invisible Web” also known as “Deep Web” or “Deep Net” contains 91,000 terabytes. This site offers info on ten search engines that search that whole data base, along with some interesting information on the subject. http://www.makeuseof.com
4) This is an article about a NASA project to put avatars on the moon; it looks like an interesting idea. The whole idea of using an avatar robot for space exploration seems plausible to me, after all it is about the same thing they did on Mars, just a little fancier, and much cooler. The time lag between here and the moon might make it a much easier project, and still offer a path to necessary advancements for more ambitious adventures in the future. http://gizmodo.com
5) Last up for geek is one I saw about Fire Fox, it is most likely not news to this group as it is four days old already, but just in case you missed it, you might want to check it out, especially if you use Fire Fox. http://news.bbc.co.uk