How savy are you to all the Spam,Malware,Viruses out there?

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Over the last few weeks I have been watching quite a few friends and family get caught clicking things they shouldn’t be clicking. My mom hasn’t been on Facebook for a couple of months because they blocked her account after she ‘verified’ her Facebook account by clicking a link in an email. I fixed that for her today. Welcome back mom…

I have seen loads of intelligent friends posting on my profile with great offers of free trips, how to see who is stalking your profile, to sharing a heart wrenching tale of a girl that committed suicide after her dad posted something on her Facebook profile…

Everyone of them got duped. Why? Are people just naive about computer attacks and don’t understand the hell they are about to unleash by clicking ‘that link’? Are people just too trusting with information they get in their email inbox?

I have been online for about 20 years now and the only real threat I’ve seen personally is running Windows. I got hammered too many times when I had gliches with Trend Micro, and MacAfee and opened myself to viruses. Once I switched over to the Mac though, I never had issues. Same goes now that I’m running Linux…Am I just sceptical? Too sceptical?

But even switching operating systems doesn’t stop those times when someone convinces you to click a link, or to see new pictures of Brittany Spears boobs…haha.

If you are unsure of current threats, update your virus software if you are on Windows, and educate yourself.

Here are a few sites with up to date information of current exploits. http://www.securelist.com/en/
http://usa.kaspersky.com/
http://malware.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
http://datalossdb.org/

What sites or resources do you use to keep up to date on all the exploits? Did you switch to the Mac or Linux because of viruses?

Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you…

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Happy Monday! Enjoy the following Pics!

Now that George W Bush is out of power, it seems to me like the news is boring. I am working on a posting about some recent financial shenanagins. You can expect that in a couple of days. In the meantime, here ya go!
Good to see cectic.com out with a new comic!

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Microsoft’s Evil Plan.

I can’t stand Microsoft. I hated them for years when I was a Windows user, and seeing this story, validates my angst!

If you want a future without the bad kid on the block, go grab a FREE copy of Ubuntu. evileditionIt will do almost everything Windows can do(and better), without trying to get every last cent out of you…

And for you Apple readers, Ubuntu works for you too!

Microsoft’s vision of your computing future is on display in its just-published patent application for the Metered Pay-As-You-Go Computing Experience. The plan, as Microsoft explains it, involves charging students $1.15 an hour to do their homework, making an Office bundle available for $1/hour, and billing gamers $1.25 for each hour of fun.

[From Slashdot | Microsoft Invents $1.15/Hour Homework Fee For Kids]

I love the part that this will be good for users! Nice. I would love to pay per minute to use my computer. What fun… 🙂

Science and your children

Sorry for taking a couple of days off! I realized that I haven’t posted since the weekend! I have had a couple of small computer things this week, and I have been playing a lot with the new Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 LTS. It rocks! I have it installed under Parallels on my Macbook and it is a very mature OS. I have said in the past that if you have a Windoze box, go check out Ubuntu to “completely” replace Windows. It really is that good!

On to more of the topics at hand. The pope has said in the past that the Roman Catholic Church is OK with evolution. A university biologist says that evolution and belief in God can go hand in hand. Though I personally don’t agree that a God started it all, at least the article is an attack on Intelligent Design, and the fucking craziness going on in the educational system in the USA.

Francisco J. Ayala – Evolution – Scientists Who Believe in God – – New York Times:

If you have any kids or have been in their presence for a period of time, you may have noticed their intense nature, and curious minds. My child is always trying out experiments. Kids are naturally scientific. If you can do one good thing for your child, don’t take them to brain washing on Sunday at the local church, but expose them to the natural world! They will thank you for it later. Here is an article on the importance of getting kids to dig science!

Comment: We need a Nobel prize for kids – opinion – 29 April 2008 – New Scientist:

Seeing that I am talking about science & how important it is, here is a well written article on the 10 most important science experiments! A good read…

Top ten greatest experiments – Telegraph:

Over at Obscure store, we see that people have decided to pray for lower gas prices! Good luck with that. Idiots.

Obscure Store and Reading Room: Pray-in participants ask God to for cheaper gas prices:

As per normal, I try to add some content from Cectic.com. I love the latest. A bit of a play on Mac vs. PC…

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And lastly, here is a nice comic summarizing the war on terror…

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Science Teacher Expelled for NOT teaching creationism

I was shocked to say the least that a science teacher in Texas was fired for NOT staying “neutral” and teaching creationism in the classroom. Here is the Youtube version of events…

Did you decide to upgrade your Windows computer in the last year??

If you did, you are probably stuck with Vista. Just to give you some piece of mind. Microsoft made “User Account Control” to annoy and piss you off! Did it work?

[From Gizmodo: Microsoft:We designed Vista User Account Control to Piss You Off]