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We get it, Windows means cheap hardware #mac #tech

May 18th, 2009 Comments off

One of the most rational piece’s on the “I’m a Mac” vs “Laptop Hunter” ad series that I’ve read.  Aron does a great job of analyzing the ads, their intention and their real message.  Nice to see this topic discussed in a way that avoids the finger pointing, name calling and hair pulling of others (yours truly probably included).

We get it, Windows means cheap hardware.

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Windows 7 not shipping before 2010 OFFICAL

April 30th, 2009 Comments off

Well pop pickers, now it seems that we can all relax and enjoy OS X Snow Leopard safe in the knowledge that Winblows 7 isn’t even likely to ship before 2010. I guessRedmondhas plenty of time to fire up its photocopiers. Read more…

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Apple & Microsoft OS updates to use GPUs for more than graphics

April 27th, 2009 Comments off

New technologies in Apple’s upcoming OSX Snow Leopard and Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating systems offer a way for the incredible and mainly untapped processing power of Graphic Processing Units (GPUs) to be utilized by the system for tasks that go way beyond rendering images. Read more…

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BBC botnet investigation turns hacks into hackers • The Register

March 12th, 2009 Comments off

Security is done in that grey area between right and wrong, where the need to protect your secrets is weighed  against the need to be open, honest and accessible.  Unfortunately many computer users have been lulled into a false sense of “security” by the very industry that sprung up out of the virus ridden late 80s to protect them.  This has lead to the belief that just having a security program installed or trusting Microsoft’s bundled safeguards is going to keep you safe.  Without proper diligence even the “cadillac” of security software isn’t going to be enough.

This vulnerability was made all too obvious this week when the BBC decided to step out of that grey area and jump headlong into the darkness.  By taking over an established botnet of 22,000 unsuspecting PCs to run an “experiment” they engaged in exactly the same behavior as the villains they were trying to warn their viewers about. Now their defense is that they did it with the best of intensions, which I’m sure is true.  However, should they expect the same “get out of jail” card to be played had they decided to go steal cars to prove how easy it was?  I don’t think so.

The laws are pretty clear about what constitutes a computer crime in the UK (and elsewhere).  Their final act of “kindness” really is the kicker.  Without the PC owner’s permission, they modified the PC configurations to replace the existing desktop wallpaper with one explaining what they had done and advising the PC’s owner to get better protection.  That’s a clear violation of the UK’s Computer Misuse Act. Was the car door open?  Were the keys in the ignition? Probably.  Doesn’t change the fact that the BBC got in and drove away.

BBC botnet investigation turns hacks into hackers • The Register.

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