Wednesday, February 28, 2007

How to use filters to Download all the MP3's on a Web page

Over at Lifehacker today they have a great article on how to supercharge your Firefox downloads with DownThemAll. DownThemAll is a powerful yet easy-to-use Mozilla Firefox extension that adds new advanced download capabilities to your browser. Lifehacker explains how to use filters to Download all the MP3's on a Web page. Go take a look at this informative article.

You have been fooled by Trojan horse. Now what?

CNET's Jessica Dolcourt and's Neha Tiwari talk Trojans. Is reformatting your hard drive the way to go when combatting spyware? Find out here.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Mother of All Computer Science Cheat Sheets!

For all the people working towards their finals. This may be the last cheat sheet you will ever need.

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Geek Squad Charges $415 Dollars To Replace A Hard Drive...

Geek Squad Charges $415 Dollars To Replace A Hard Drive and makes the customer retrieve data files himself. Geek Squad: Price to diagnose was $69.00, OS Install $129.00, Back up transfer $99.00, NO Guarantee. Estimated repair time seven to ten days. "Seven days later, they hadn't even looked at the machine. After 8 days, they'd begun testing the laptop..." read on for more.

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Computing award goes to female for first time

One of the most prestigious prizes in computing, the $100,000 Turing Award, went to a woman Wednesday for the first time in the award's 40-year history.

Frances E. Allen, 74, was honored for her work at IBM Corp. on techniques for optimizing the performance of compilers, the programs that translate one computer language into another.

This process is required to turn programming code into the binary zeros and ones actually read by a computer's colossal array of minuscule switches.

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Mozilla Fixes Firefox Bugs

Mozilla Corp. has released an update to its Firefox browser, fixing a number of security flaws in the product.

The Firefox release includes a fix for a bug disclosed by security researcher Michal Zalewsky last week. That flaw can be exploited by attackers to manipulate cookie information in the Firefox browser, making it probably the most important fix in the update, according to Window Snyder, Mozilla's head of security strategy.

"The potential to compromise a user's account is almost as serious as compromising their machine," she said Friday via instant message. "Since the details of how to exploit the vulnerability are publicly available the risk to users is increased."

The updates also include a fix for a previously undisclosed memory corruption flaw in the browser that could be exploited to run unauthorized software on a Firefox user's computer.

This flaw could also affect Thunderbird users who have configured their mail client to run JavaScript automatically, something that Mozilla does not recommend. Thunderbird is Mozilla's free e-mail client.

The patches were released on Friday afternoon and should soon be delivered via Firefox's automatic software update mechanism, Snyder said.

Mozilla has patched a total of seven Firefox bugs and is also addressing two bugs in Thunderbird.

The latest browser release also includes enhancements to make it run better with Windows Vista as well as support for the Afrikaans, Belarusian, Georgian and Kurdish languages.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Unhandled Perception: Relocate the menu bar in IE7 to the top of the window

Software developer Chris Hanscom shows you how to tweak Internet Explorer 7's file-menu toolbar so it sits at the top, just like it did in IE6.

By default, IE7 doesn't even show the traditional File/Edit/View/etc. menu. You can restore it by clicking Tools / Menu Bar, but it appears below the navigation bar. Hanscom's simple hack moves it back up top where it belongs. He makes the file available for download if you want an easy fix.

Unhandled Perception: Relocate the menu bar in IE7 to the top of the window

How to log onto XP if you forget your password

With all the information we have to remember these days, it's not a surprise that sometimes people forget their logon passwords. If you created a password reset disk, just follow the directions for using it in KB article 305478.

If you never quite got around to it, you can still log on as an administrator and change the password for your primary account. Once you've logged on with an admin account, just do the following:

1. Click Start Run.

2. In the Open field, type: control userpasswords2

3. Click OK.

4. Click the user account for which you've forgotten the password and click Reset Password.

5. Type a new password and confirm it, then click OK again.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Kodak Offers Cheap Ink With New Printers

Eastman Kodak Co. on Tuesday started selling a new line of inkjet printers that buck the industry norm of selling inexpensive printers, while socking it to consumers when they buy ink.

Kodak's EasyShare AiO printers use cartridges that sell for $10 for black ink and $15 for a five-ink color cartridge. In launching the three models, Kodak is on a collision course with Hewlett-Packard, the market leader in printing.

"After today, the inkjet market will never be the same," Antonio M. Perez, chairman and chief executive for Kodak, said in a statement. "We are changing the rules in this industry to ensure that consumers can affordably print what they want."

The printers are capable of producing quality color photos, as well as text and graphics. The all-in-one hardware has print, scan and copy capabilities. The 5100 model sells for $150, the 5300 for $200, and the 5500 for $300. The lower-priced models are scheduled to ship in March. The 5500 is set to be on store shelves in May.

DoS Attack Cripples Internet Root Servers

The 13 servers that help manage worldwide Internet traffic were hit by a denial of service attack Tuesday that nearly took down three of them.

It was the fiercest attack on the 13 root servers since an October 2002 assault that took down many of the roots that help manage worldwide Internet traffic, according to Ben Petro, a senior vice president of NeuStar Inc. Three of the servers were nearly overloaded by the attack, but they did not go down, says Petro, who adds that they were in a slowed down brown out stage.

Tuesday's attack nearly matched the 2002 attack in terms of strength, but surpassed the old attack in sophistication, notes Petro. The servers didn't go down this time because of the significant increase in computing power in the last four years and because the roots defenses have been heavily beefed up since then.

"If you take down the roots, you take down the Internet," says Petro. "By comparison, if you take down a company, that hurts them. But this is just an attack of a very different scale. When you see someone going after root, it's an attack directly at the infrastructure of the Internet."

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