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Adobe Alert: Sure enough, another vulnerability

I doubt if everyone has installed the patch for Adobe’s February zero-day vulnerability and now there’s another one just waiting to get exploited. Find out what I decided to do.

Date: April 29th, 2009

Author: Michael Kassner

Category: Security


Adobe Reader and Acrobat once again have a JavaScript vulnerability. The following quote is from Adobe’s Product… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 2, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Palm Pre: $138 to build according to iSuppli

by Laura June, posted Apr 29th 2009 at 10:49AM


With the economy in the tank (still) and the heat on, cost and profit margins are more important than ever to companies hoping to stave off the inevitable, apocalyptic doom of recession. Well, iSuppli's released an estimated report of how much its costing Palm to cobble together the Pre -- about $138, as it turns out.… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 1, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

An Unofficial User's Guide to Gmail

Think you know everything there is to know about the popular Web-based e-mail application from Google? Think again.

ARTICLE DATE: 04.29.09

By Eric Griffith


Five years in beta mode hasn't prevented Google's Web-based Gmail from flourishing. In fact, it's one of the few e-mail products continuing to innovate in any way these days. Desktop clients like Outlook and… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on April 30, 2009 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Haggling at Best Buy; How Can We Make This TV Work for You?

April 27, 2009, 6:02 pm

By Matt Richtel


A year ago, I wrote a story about the rise of haggling at mainstream retail outlets. Yes, haggling – that slightly uncomfortable back-and-forth you’re much more accustomed to when buying a straw hat on a beachfront or postcards from peddlers at the foot of a… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on April 29, 2009 at 8:36am — No Comments

Meet Vine, Microsoft's superhero software

April 28, 2009 11:03 AM PDT

by Caroline McCarthy


With a new product called Vine, Microsoft is tackling the issue that in the digital age, contact management is no longer static--where you are and what you're doing at a given moment can matter just as much as what your cell phone number is. But instead of focusing on roving business travelers, Vine's slant is… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on April 28, 2009 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Resistance is futile; the cloud will win

It is clear that the IT community is divided on whether a cloud-provided e-mail platform makes sense. The facts surrounding this initiative point to many successful migrations. IT guru Rick Vanover lays out the scene.

Date: April 19th, 2009

Author: Rick Vanover


In last week’s post, where I suggested that nearly any organization could run on the Google Apps Gmail service, I stirred up quite a… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on April 28, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Music Monday

Added by SkiCat56 on April 27, 2009 at 11:55am — No Comments

How to hide your tracks at work

April 18, 2009 6:00 AM PDT

by Don Reisinger


We all spend some of our time at work doing things that have nothing to do with our job. We surf the Web. We play games. Sure, we all need our downtime, and the enlightened manager knows that. But still, we'd rather just surf in private than deal with the raised eyebrows.

That's why we need ways to ensure that when our boss surprises us or sneaks up behind… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on April 26, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

This Week in Combat Sports April 24th, 2009: UFC 97 Fallout

Posted by Scott Asnault at 4/24/2009 6:54 AM


Show Notes for This Week in Combat Sports for April 24th, 2009:

Dana White Embarassed By Silva Vs. Leites

Dana White: Chuck Liddell Has Fought His Last Fight

Referee Wiped Down Silva Before UFC 97 Bout

UFC 100 has no Competition

Frank Shamrock pens 'Mixed Martial Arts For Dummies'

Babalu out of June 6th Title… Continue

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

Has Android Already Failed?

ARTICLE DATE: 04.23.09

By Sascha Segan


I'm starting to get seriously worried about the fate of Android, the open-source smartphone OS that was supposed to bring democracy, uniformity, and competition to the mobile world. Instead, it's just bringing a lot of vaporware.

Android was supposed to appear on dozens of different devices from a bunch of different manufacturers. It was supposed to be more flexible than… Continue

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

First impressions of a 'Star Trek' virgin

April 22, 2009 7:58 PM PDT

by Caroline McCarthy


Please note: Friendly seas ahead! This is a spoiler-free review.

NEW YORK--When I walked into a theater at Viacom's midtown headquarters for an advance screening of the new J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Trek" prequel on Wednesday night, I felt like that kid who hadn't done… Continue

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

Microsoft Bob Rides Again

Some people actually refused to upgrade to Office 2007. They'll be even more turned off by Office 14, the next iteration of the Suite. And Windows 7's new UI? Forget it!



By John C. Dvorak

I should have written this column when Office 2007 was introduced. Back then, we all got a good look at a changed user interface that, to me at the time, seemed like nothing more than change for change's sake.… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on April 23, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

The First Mac Botnet... Or Is It?

Friday April 17, 2009


Research from Symantec Ireland indicates that Mac malware from this past January was used to build the first Mac botnet ever, dubbed "iBotnet."

The malware campaign began with what appeared to be a pirated version of Apple's iWork 09. Intego called the trojan OSX.Trojan.iServices.A and Symantec called it OSX.Iservice. A later variant appeared inside a phony version of… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on April 22, 2009 at 9:05am — No Comments

SMS messages could be used to hijack a phone

April 19, 2009 3:42 PM PDT

by Elinor Mills


Be careful who you give your mobile phone number out to. An attacker with the right toolkits and skill could hijack your phone remotely just by sending SMS messages to it, according to mobile security firm Trust Digital.

In the Trust Digital demo on YouTube, an attacker sends an SMS message to the victim phone (on the… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on April 20, 2009 at 10:01am — No Comments

Crippled Xbox 360s covered by Microsoft warranty

April 14, 2009 8:47 AM PDT

by David Carnoy


First, there was the Red Ring of Death (RRoD) epidemic. It struck thousands of early Xbox 360s and led Microsoft to announce in 2007 that it would repair all afflicted consoles free of charge and offer an extended three-year warranty on those machines.

The latest XBox 360 bug? The "E74 error," which has become enough of problem that Microsoft has had to… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on April 17, 2009 at 9:20am — No Comments

Why a national data breach notification law makes sense

April 14, 2009 10:57 AM PDT

by Jon Oltsik


As we await the 60-day federal cybersecurity review from Melissa Hathaway, acting senior director for cyberspace for the National Security and Homeland Security Councils , there is something else that could be done. It seems to me that the federal government could take another related action to help protect the private information of U.S. citizens while reducing the cost… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on April 16, 2009 at 10:55am — No Comments

What Price Cool? Mac vs. PC

ARTICLE DATE: 04.13.09

By John C. Dvorak


I'm about to jump on the bandwagon of bashers who took a look at the Microsoft-sponsored report "What Price Cool?" You can read it for yourself if you're looking for a good laugh. And if you want a great tear-down of the details, read the Register story "What Price Nonsense?" I'm more interested in the fact that Microsoft is wasting resources on this sort of report. What audience is… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on April 15, 2009 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Spybot S&D Claims Other Anti-Malware Providers Playing Dirty

By Ed Oswald | Posted at 10:44 am on Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Independent anti-malware company Spybot Search & Destroy is claiming that bigger companies are picking on them. The company, which has arguably made its name for itself through its listing on Fileforum alone (they claim 67 million downloads), went to Fileforum’s sister news site Betanews to levy some serious charges on… Continue

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


By Ed Oswald | Posted at 9:27 pm on Monday, April 6, 2009


The death knell may be ringing for Blockbuster. Today the video-rental giant admitted that if it cannot complete the financing deals that it is currently working on, there is a good chance the company may be forced to shut its doors. While the company last week said it was in the process of getting a $250 million revolving… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on April 7, 2009 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Eye chart can help diagnose Conficker

April 3, 2009 5:36 PM PDT

by Seth Rosenblatt


April Fools' Day passed with much angst over and little action from the Conficker worm, but that doesn't mean it's not a threat.

(Credit: Screenshot by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

Joe Stewart from SecureWorks has put together an effective "eye chart" that sources its graphics from sites that Conficker would block.… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on April 6, 2009 at 2:21pm — No Comments

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