Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bug gives attackers complete control of some XP and Srvr 2003 Windows PCs

The exploit works in XP and Server 2003 versions of Windows and possibly others. The flaw resides in the Windows Help and Support Center, a feature that provides users with online technical support. Malicious hackers can exploit the weakness of Windows by embedding commands in web addresses that activate the feature's remote assistance tool

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Do I Have to Respond to the ACS or Census?

This is mostly a 165 entry Blog about folks that do not want to answer all the personal questions on the census. Most people are learning to just ignore census workers until they go away. Harassment by phone and at your door seems to take place. - As for me I didn't send in the form and now have about 6 notices left on my door. I have never filled out a census and ain't startin now. - Earl
Don't Trust the Census.
Why You Should Abstain from the Census

Monday, June 07, 2010

AT&T throws down usage-based pricing gauntlet

Might send Ipad users to the poor house......
No way to really know. But it’s a good bet that the 65% aren't using Apple iPhones and are more oriented toward e-mail (think BlackBerry) and social networking

Sunday, June 06, 2010

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 06-06-10

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 06-06-10. 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.

The App Corner

This week Aaron and I talked about JiWire's Wi-Fi Finder app for iPhone and Android:

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

Dell Small
Business offers the Dell Vostro 230
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.93GHz Slim Tower Desktop PC
bundled with the Dell E2010
20" Widescreen LCD Monitor
for $429
plus $8
for shipping. Features include an Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz dual-core
processor, 2GB RAM, 250GB 7200 rpm hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, Gigabit
Ethernet, and Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit.

offers the Sony 2500mAh Rechargeable AA Battery 4-Pack, model no. NHAAB4E, for $6.95 with free shipping.
Adorama offers the Sony 2500mAh
Rechargeable AA Battery 4-Pack
, model no. NHAAB4E, for $6.95 with free shipping.
offers the OEM Seagate
Barracuda LP 2TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
, model no.
ST32000542AS, for $119.97. Pay via Google Checkout
and the price drops to $114.97. Then, this $30 mail-in rebate
further cuts it to $84.97.
With around $5
for shipping, that's $0.05/GB 5900 rpm and features a 32MB cache. Rebate
ends June 11.

offers the Apex
40" 1080p Widescreen LCD HD Television
, model no. LD4088, for $499
with $32.18
for shipping. Add it to your cart and apply coupon code "MT9ZC7RW" to
cut it to $449.10.
It features a native resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p), 1800:1 contrast ratio,
three HDMI inputs, VGA, component, and other video inputs.

For its
"M" Club members only, offers the Hitachi 500GB
Serial ATA 3Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
, model no. 0F10381, for $39.99
with free shipping ($0.08/GB). ("M" Club membership is free; click here to
sign up 500GB SATA 3Gb/s hard drive. It runs at 7200 rpm and features a 16MB

Dell Home
offers the Dell Studio Hybrid Pentium Dual-Core 2.2GHz Mini Desktop PC
(no monitor) in Promise Pink for $299
plus $19
for shipping.. It features an Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4400 2.2GHz processor,
2GB RAM, 160GB 5400 rpm hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, media card reader,
Gigabit Ethernet, DVI and HDMI outputs, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Deal
ends June 26.

Office Depot has the
Toshiba Satellite L515-S4010 15.6" Notebook on sale for $430 with
free shipping. Click Here

· Intel
Pentium T4400 2.2GHz, 3GB DDR3, 320GB HDD, Windows 7 HP x64

Intel GMA 4500M, SuperMulti DL, 14" LCD (1366 x 768), 802.11b/g

SuperBiiz has the
Toshiba Satellite Pro L450-EZ1510 2.1Ghz 15.6" Notebook for $500 - $15 off
with coupon code GRAD15 [Exp 6/8] = $485 with free shipping.
Click Here
· Intel Core 2 Duo T6570 2.1GHz Processor, 2GB RAM,
Intel GMA 4500MHD, 1366x768 Display, DVD-R/RW, Win 7 HP x64, 6 Cell

Click Here

SuperBiiz has the Super Talent SM STU32GSMBK 32GB USB 2.0 Flash
Drive for $60 - 15% off with coupon code GRAD15 [Exp 6/8] = $51
with free shipping. Features an impossible to lose steel swivel lid and comes
with a lifetime warranty. [Compare]

Click Here

Radio Shack has the HP Officejet 4500 Wireless All-In-One Inkjet
Printer (CN547A#B1H) for $130 - $60 off in cart = $70 with free
shipping. Features printing, copying, faxing, and scanning functions, 802.11b/g
Wi-Fi, built-in ethernet, and up to 28ppm (black) and 22ppm (color) print

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) A new world distance record for an all electric car has been demonstrated, they are even asking to get into the Guinness Book of Records. Hard to believe how fast the electric car advancements are moving forward. They came in at 623 miles on a single charge, the average speed was only 25, MPH but none the less this is pretty good. I wonder what the average speed might have been for 250 miles that is about what I get for a tank of gas with my Ranger.
2) This is a topic near and dear to my heart, the end of the plastic grocery bag. Anything that aids the demise of these things I am for. There seems to be more, and more states, cities and countries pushing to get rid of these eyesores. They are taxing, and outlawing them at an increasing rate. Now California is doing it and that’s a very big one, I hope Nevada is next. When I was working as a grounds keeper on windy days there could be twenty of them in every tree top, a total pain to get to them. When we drove to Utah to visit a friend they dotted the desert as far as you could see, it seemed every bush had one or two. I say good, glad to see them go.
3) The finding life elsewhere in the solar system may have just taken a jump. They are looking at Titan a moon of Saturn, scientists are saying it looks like the may have found the signs of life. While they are referring to what sounds like microbial life, and I say I want a picture, or a stuffed critter in a museum somewhere on display. I guess we have to start someplace. Another link at NASA
4) This is one wills sent me early in the week. I liked the Back to the Future movies; well I like anything to do with time, twisting it, tweaking it, traveling in it, whatever. Anyhow, in the movie there was a hover board, like a cross between a skate board, and a flying carpet. Well it seems someone has built one, at least a demonstration prototype illustrating the technology.
5) With everything going on in the gulf the oil spill and all, everything I see in the news either depresses me, angers me, saddens me, it just makes me sick in general. I hope they put people in jail, reduce BP to a corner gas station, one without even an AM PM. Anyway, this story just pushed all of my buttons. It really illustrates how things are done in our new computerized world.