Friday, June 22, 2007

Vista – XP Downgrade Rights – Hot Microsoft Subject

Sorry I have not been blogging this week. I've had one of "those" weeks. Nothing wrong but a lot more to do than usual.

I can't count the mentions of this I have seen this week. I chose this particular article because it lacks the hysterical tone so many of the others had. Personally; I could not force Vista on any company with which I deal. I downgrade them to XP, period! Evidently a LOT of others feel the same.


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Beware! from BBC NEWS || Hackers target 'legitimate' sites

Hot off my RSS feed. The BBC reports:
More than 10,000 websites have become unwitting hosts of malicious software, say security experts.

Those visiting the hijacked pages risk having keylogging software installed on their PC if it is not protected with the latest patches.

The webpages compromised are all legitimate sites devoted to subjects such as tax, jobs, tourism and cars.

The sites are thought to have been booby-trapped using a malware kit, called MPack, sold commercially online.
Security experts say the attack code is "browser aware" and will tune its attack depending on the web browsing software used by a visitor. Attack code is present for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera.

The article concludes with "Many anti-virus companies have already updated their security software to defend against the attacks used in this outbreak." Be careful surfing out there!

BBC NEWS | Technology | Hackers target 'legitimate' sites

Monday, June 18, 2007

On Computers Radio Show Podcast 06-17-07

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 06-17-07. You can listen live every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM Pacific thats 1PM to 4PM Eastern. If you prefer, you can download the same file here via ftp.

22 Confessions Of A Former Dell Sales Manager

This article on The Consumerist magazine's web site probably would have faded from view without getting all that much attention were it not for the fact that Dell went to some length to have it pulled (unsuccessfully).

There are some tips here for purchasing Dell hardware, especially computers, and for dealing with Dell's notorious offshore support structure.

I thought some of you might want to know.


Sunday, June 17, 2007

The Gregg Zone !!

1) First up, not sure how many of you are Leno fans, but if you have not been to “Leno’s Garage” it is well worth checking out. He has a very large collection, and has a video for most of them. Some are incredibly interesting. Did you know the electric car was in New York just after the turn of the century, complete with charging stations all over the city? Check out Lenos video on the 1909 Baker. Think hybrids are new not so, check out; Lenos 1916 Owens Magnetic. Just a couple of things found here.

2) Speaking of cars and concepts have you heard about the new “Automotive X Prize” not exactly a small reward for doing something cool, more like a super prize for solving a large problem? As in twenty-five million dollars, for a car that meets the standards they are looking for. The average Ford Model T got twenty five miles per gallon of gas; the average car today gets eighteen. So what went wrong, the X prize people are putting their money where their mouth is, trying to fix this problem. This first link is for a New York Times article, this next link here is for the X Prize site with rules and guide lines.

3) One of my interests is the effect of changes in our society generated by our ever changing internet; this next series of sites is along that line. It seems YouTube is going to get into politics, I suppose when you think about it they have been having an effect for a long time. This is an article about the project up coming; You Tube is going to formulate a platform using YouTube to present questions in an up coming democratic debate, personally I can’t wait.