Thursday, January 22, 2009

Understanding and Avoiding Malicious Code Attacks in Linux

Linux is a very secure operating system, immune to Windows viruses and trojans. Instead, the potential security threat lies in running malicious code - by accident or voluntarily. It's easy to avoid the most common attacks by knowing what to look for. Here are a few guidelines and examples of commands that Linux beginners should treat carefully.

Read the article here.
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Drink too much coffee and you could start seeing ghosts

{{Potd/2006-08-30 (en)}}Image via WikipediaPeople who drink too much coffee could start seeing ghosts or hearing strange voices, UK research has suggested.

If you see dead people you’re not alone or that strange after all. According to new research excessive caffeine can cause hallucinations according to the BBC. In this study they found that people who drank more than seven cups of instant coffee were 3 times more likely to hallucinate.

This is good news for all you energy drink addicts who far surpass the caffeine levels of 7 measly cups of instant coffee because now when you hear those voices, talk to people who aren’t really there, and see dead people, you know its just the caffeine. Well, at least most of you.
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Saturday, January 17, 2009

'Amazing' worm attack infects 9 million PCs

Calling the scope of the attack "amazing," security researchers at F-Secure Corp. yesterday said that 6.5 million Windows PCs have been infected by the "Downadup" worm in the last four days, and that nearly 9 million have been compromised in just over two weeks.

Early Friday, the Finnish firm revised its estimate of the number of computers that had fallen victim to the worm, and explained how it came to the figure. "The number of Downadup infections is skyrocketing, "Toni Koivunen, an F-Secure researcher, said in an entry to the company's Security Lab blog. "From an estimated 2.4 million infected machines to over 8.9 million during the last four days. That's just amazing."

Microsoft has recommended that Windows users install the emergency update, then run the January edition of the MSRT to scrub the worm from compromised computers.
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Friday, January 16, 2009

College Girl Drops Out of School Because of Ubuntu ( Video )

This goes in the "Give me a Break" Category. Her Verizon High-Speed Internet CD won't load, so she can't access the internet? She also can't install Microsoft Word, which she says is a requirement for MATC's online classes. Verizon says it will dispatch a technician to try to assist her accessing the internet without using the Windows-only installation disk. Verizon says its high-speed internet does indeed support Ubuntu, but some advanced features and installation disks clearly don't work with Linux. I just don't understand why she didn't ask for more help or look at what she was buying in the first place. Ubuntu is not for everyone but she bought it on her own. If you want Microsoft products buy them in the first place, don't buy Linux then complain about it.

Read:The top 5 Linux myths: Why you shouldn’t fear the penguin.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ubuntu 8.04

I finally got Ubuntu Linux working on my second desktop again. I tried to upgrade from 7.04 to 8.10 and had nothing but problems so I inserted my 7.04 CD and then upgraded to 8.04 and everything is working great now, even synergy. Installing Ubuntu is quick and easy and the minimum system requirements are easy to meet with most computers manufactured in the last 10 years or so. 

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Microsoft Releases Windows 7 Beta as a Free Download

Microsoft's excitable CEO Steve Ballmer showed off Windows 7 the slick, fast, user-friendly successor to the much-maligned Windows Vista and said it will be available as a public beta on Friday.

Unveiled by an intense Ballmer during his keynote address on the eve of CES 2009, Windows 7 will offer better performance on underpowered machines such as netbooks, support for multitouch interfaces, and simplified home networking.

Ballmer said that this would be the "best version of Windows ever" and pointed out features that implicitly acknowledged the problems with Windows Vista.

"We are putting in all the right ingredients simplicity, reliability and speed and working hard to get it right and to get it ready," said Ballmer.

Read more at Wired
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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.04 and then finally to 8.10.

Ubuntu logoImage via WikipediaGood morning, I am just about done with my first pot of coffee for the day and I am in the process of upgrading the OS on my Linux computer from Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.04 and then finally to 8.10. If Quick Synergy works I will keep it, if not I will downgrade back to 7.04. I sure hope all works well this time. The last time I tried an upgrade from 7.04 to 8.04 Quick Synergy had problems. I am hoping that going to 8.10 will fix this.
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