Google unveiled an eccentric collection of programs at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show under the umbrella name Google Pack. It’s described as a free collection of safe and useful software to improve your Windows and online experiences. It doesn’t fulfill that promise.Read more
Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime.
Last week President Bush signed a law authorizing stiff fines and two years in prison for posting “annoying” Web messages or sending “annoying” anonymous e-mail messages. Here’s an article about the new law.
Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republian, slipped the provision into an unrelated bill to fund the Department of Justice. […] continuedRead more
Apple introduced a 30-inch flatscreen monitor a while ago, and now Dell has brought one to the PC world. Here’s the details on the Dell 3007WFP, in case you feel like giving yourself a late Xmas present. The monitor is $2,199, but it requires an expensive new video card, and that requires that your computer be pretty beefy to begin with. […] continuedRead more
Everyone should go to Windows Update and install all “high priority” updates. If you do a custom installation and see a reference to security update KB912919, that’s the patch from this evening. […] continuedRead more
The major antivirus programs – Windows OneCare, Symantec, McAfee, and more – now catch malicious files exploiting the Windows WMF vulnerability. Here’s an article about the tests done by an independent lab.
If you’re running a standalone version of a Symantec or McAfee product, update your virus definitions! (If you’re running Windows OneCare with a green light, you’re already up to date. […] continuedRead more
If you want to stay up to date, Brian Krebs maintains a blog on computer security at the Washington Post where he’s reporting daily developments in the race to get a patch against the WMF exploit.[…] continued Read more
Windows computers are under attack from a previously unknown security vulnerability in WMF code. “WMF” is a file format that’s been used for more than ten years; although it appears to be a format for images, similar to “JPG” or “GIF,” it’s actually more complicated than that – and it can execute programs. […] continuedRead more
You might notice a few changes on the staggeringly useful bruceb favorites page. Just trying to keep your Internet world organized.Read more