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March 2009 Blog Posts (15)

Nine great reasons why teachers should use Twitter

What’s the point of Twitter? Why should educators get involved? What difference does using Twitter make?

Laura Walker


Here are some answers that you might like to share.

1. Together we’re better

Teaching can be a lonely business. In a school where lessons are long and lunchtimes are short, not enough conversations between teachers I work with are about learning. We simply don’t have time. Twitter can be like a virtual… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on March 30, 2009 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 is released

# Date: March 20th, 2009

# Author: Mark Kaelin


Just when you think the battle of the Web browser has been won, the other side comes out with a new version that draws us into the war of words all over again. This time the culprit is Microsoft and Internet Explorer 8.

The latest version of Microsoft’s venerable Web browser has several new features to its credit; features that give it some… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on March 26, 2009 at 12:34pm — No Comments

OnLive Aims to Replace Game Consoles

Imagine never upgrading your hardware again.

March 24, 2009

By Loyd Case


If you're a console gamer playing on your HDTV, that means avoiding shelling out $500 to play next generation titles. If you're a PC gamer, it means opting out of the endless cycle of new CPUs, motherboards, and graphics cards. It also means you can play your favorite game on just about any platform—even laptops or netbooks. This even… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on March 25, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

What Exactly Does System Restore Back Up?

Jack Maloney wants to know what files and folders are backed up when Windows creates a restore point, and what changes when you restore one.

Lincoln Spector

Monday, March 16, 2009 08:20 AM PDT


That's an excellent question, and one that isn't all that easy to answer. Microsoft offers a very general description, but doesn't go into details. I'll do the best I can based on Microsoft's official… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on March 24, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Report: Rogue antivirus software pays off for scammers

March 22, 2009 9:01 PM PDT

by Elinor Mills


Updated March 23, 5:03 a.m. PDT with a link to the new Cybercrime Intelligence Report.

Online scammers are making a lucrative business out of redirecting visitors from legitimate Web sites to sites that try install rogue antivirus software, according to a report due to be released by security firm Finjan on Monday.

Finjan's Malicious Code Research… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on March 23, 2009 at 10:13am — No Comments

Six Amazing Technologies Everyone Loves. Except Me.

Psssst! I sometimes feel like I should be a fan of this stuff. But my heart just isn't in it.


Number Eight * March 19th, 2009

By Harry McCracken

This probably won't come as a complete shock to anyone reading this, but I'm enthusiastic about technology. I like to try new stuff really early--hey, it's my profession, so it's a tax writeoff--and I'm patient with products that are less than perfect. (My GPS system occasionally leads me on a… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on March 20, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Safari hole exploited in seconds at security conference

March 18, 2009 5:31 PM PDT

by Elinor Mills


VANCOUVER, Canada--The security expert who won $10,000 hacking a MacBook Air in less than two minutes last year won $5,000 on Wednesday by exploiting a hole in Safari in 10 seconds or so.

Charlie Miller, principal security analyst at Independent Security Evaluators, used a MacBook running the latest version of the Mac OS as part of a contest at the CanSecWest… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on March 19, 2009 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Microsoft, researcher spar over security patch

March 13, 2009 6:17 PM PDT

by Elinor Mills


On Tuesday, Microsoft released a patch for a hole in Windows 2000 and Server 2003 and 2008 that could allow an attacker to redirect network traffic to a malicious site that has been set to serve as a proxy.

The vulnerability, rated important by Microsoft, allows IT managers to set a Windows Proxy Auto-Discovery, or WPAD, entry in the DNS. If IE or Firefox are… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on March 17, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Apple's iTunes 8.1 plugs malicious podcast security hole

March 12, 2009 12:53 PM PDT

by Elinor Mills


Apple on Thursday released iTunes 8.1, which includes a fix for a vulnerability that could lead to theft of usernames and passwords if a podcast containing malware were subscribed to.

The software update addresses a design issue in the iTunes podcast feature that made it possible for a subscription to a malicious podcast to cause an authentication dialog to… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on March 16, 2009 at 9:25am — No Comments

Five years ago today.

Today is my cancer Anniversary.
Five years ago today I was in cardiac ICU after having had my chest open for an involved biopsy.
After that began my fun filled adventure in the world of cancer patients.
This is my last year as a cancer patient, I will be officially cured this time next year.
Here is one year I am hoping will be very quick.

Added by BT Goss on March 15, 2009 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Newspaper Publishers are Idiots

ARTICLE DATE: 03.13.09


By John C. Dvorak

So now we hear that The New York Times is contemplating the notion of becoming a subscription-based Web site, where you only get to read it if you pay real money. What a quaint idea.

Let me put it bluntly: This won't work. It will completely sink the publication faster than it's already sinking.

The problem with the subscription model for… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on March 14, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

How To Make Any Firefox Add-on Compatible With All Versions

Mar. 11th, 2009 By Joel Reyes


Sometimes trying out newer versions of Firefox, especially ones that are still in beta, comes at a cost. Since the version you’re running is so new, add-on developers haven’t had the chance to update their add-ons to work with the newer versions.

So this is when you stumble upon an add-on that conveys… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on March 13, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Dvorak Likes Linux


by John C. Dvorak


Almost all the newest hardware coming out has Linux support. The critical mass has been reached, and it's time everyone tried Ubuntu.

Every so often I take a stab at Linux, to see exactly what I like and do not like about the OS. Many of its problems, for me, stem from its inability to run on my overloaded hardware, or the occasional driver that makes the OS impossible to use… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on March 12, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Palm sells stock to stay alive until the Pre is ready

News by Michael Oryl on Monday March 09, 2009


Today Palm announced that it is going to be putting 18.5 million shares of its common stock onto the market. These shares were tied to a prior investment made by Elevation Partners. The proceeds from the sale of the stock, currently worth US$105 million, will be used to pay off the $49 million owed Elevations Partners. Any money from the sale in excess of the $49 million point will go back… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on March 9, 2009 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Green tech's plea: Show me the money--fast, please

March 5, 2009 4:00 AM PST

by Charles Cooper


Like a lot of green-technology companies, Tendril is waiting for the federal stimulus money to start flowing.

"I think it will act like a massive accelerator," said CEO Adrian Tuck, whose company makes sensors that consumers can use to monitor and control their consumption of energy.

But echoing a common concern, Tuck also hopes that Tendril and… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on March 6, 2009 at 3:41pm — No Comments

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