Category Archives: Geek Stuff

Killer App

Apple’s map software is bad. Even Apple says so. Now the Australian police are warning people not to use it. After all, who wants to be stranded in the outback? Police in Victoria, Australia, issued a warning Monday discouraging iPhone … Continue reading

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Oh Goody! Reset Your Twitter Password!

An unknown number of Twitter accounts have been compromised. An unknown number of Twitter accounts have been “compromised,” the microblogging service revealed Thursday morning. And in its efforts to inform users, Twitter has turned a small problem into a doozy. … Continue reading

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Twitter Failing Tonight

Really breaking down under the load, apparently. Wow. They will really be in trouble come the election if they can’t handle the debate. Tweet

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Classic Sci-Fi

I got an email today from Amazon which I actually read (I usually don’t, frankly). It caught my eye because it announced a Kindle deal of the day for 14 novels by Phillip K. Dick for $1.99 each. PKD has … Continue reading

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Energy Companies Under Cyber Attack

Wonderful. The campaign is the second one targeted at oil companies to be discovered by SecureWorks this year. In February, researchers at the firm discovered attackers using remote access tools similar to Mirage to target several oil companies in Vietnam. … Continue reading

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Get This Security Fix For IE Right Now

Seriously, this is a big deal. You need this patch if you use Internet Explorer now. It will require a restart. Tweet

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Instapundit Down?

I get a database error when I can get through at all. Mostly the browser just stays where it is. Hope it’s a minor glitch. Tweet

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Worth a Look

Warning! Full metal geekage follows. This appears to be (and I say ‘appears’ because I’m writing this post instead of actually diving in to try it) a pretty good way to turn your tablet into a second desktop display for … Continue reading

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If You’re Worried About Gmail Account Hijacking…

…(And probably you should be) then you should seriously look at setting up Gmail 2-step verification. Is it a pain. Oh, yeah. More painful than being hacked? You decide for yourself. Don’t forget to set backup phone numbers, either. Your … Continue reading

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Mountain Lion Eats Batteries?

Apparently, yes: “I upgraded to mountain Lion and now my battery life is about half of what it was before upgrading. Shouldn’t the update improve battery life? Also, what can I do about this?” a MacBook Pro owner with the … Continue reading

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Old Phones Never Die…

…They get reincarnated as cat chasers. Do you have an old Android phone stored away that you keep only for emergencies–or just aren’t sure what to do with it? You could breathe new life into the semi-retired handset by strapping … Continue reading

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Hey Mac Users

Remember the old brag that Macs were invulnerable? Yeah, I know, even Apple has veered away from those claims. For good reason: Once on a Mac, Crisis monitors Adium and MSN Messenger, a pair of instant messaging clients; Skype; and … Continue reading

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Kill the Sidebar

A security warning from Microsoft that everyone needs to act on. There appear to be some ugly security holes in the sidebar and gadgets in Windows 7 that can be exploited by the bad guys. Microsoft has issued a Fix … Continue reading

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Twitter Malware Spam Warning

This isn’t good: The malicious tweets often read “It’s you on photo?” or “It’s about you?” The tweets and URLs often include a user’s Twitter handle. Many of the links Sophos discovered have a .RU domain name. “The attack itself … Continue reading

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And Flawless

Google got this right. I have no idea what they did to get past Android 4.1 not running Flash, but YouTube runs flawlessly as far as I can tell. So now, I’m waiting for the Android 4.1 update on my … Continue reading

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