Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What to Do When You Lose Your Tech Gear - PCWorld

When your cell phone, laptop, or other gear goes missing, these essential tips will improve your odds of recovering it­—or ensure that the lost item won’t come back to haunt you.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

10-places-not-to-use-your-debit-card: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance

Debit cards have different protections and uses. Sometimes they're not the best choice. Read more...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

This Is the Cloud: Inside Microsoft's Secret Stealth Data Centers - Microsoft - Gizmodo

"The cloud" isn't some nebulous thing existing just beyond your computer's consciousness. As Microsoft showed us, it's stacks of hard drives packed into shipping containers, parked in secret data centers all around the world. Physically real, but still beautiful. Read more...

Microsoft S2B Career Streams

Great technical careers are out there waiting for you...are you ready for them? Career Streams will help you get the skills and experience.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

18- to 24-year-olds most at risk for ID theft, survey finds - washingtonpost.com

Identity-theft cases are rising sharply across the country, as young people -- sometimes cavalier with their personal information -- are hit the hardest, according to a survey
released last month.

Tech apocalypse: Five doomsday scenarios for IT | Adventures in IT - InfoWorld

Technology drives just about everything we do, and not just at our jobs. From banks to hospitals to the systems that keep the juice flowing to our homes, we are almost entirely dependent on tech. More and more of these systems are interconnected, and many of them are vulnerable. We see it almost every day. Read more...

2010 IT Skills & Salary Report

2010 IT Skills & Salary Report

Who’s checking your Facebook profile? Scammers. » CounterMeasures

A wave of applications have been published that promise to reveal the truth about which of your friends are viewing your Facebook profile. The promise is worthless and the apps are bogus. Read more...

Desktop PC Buying Guide: The Specs Explained - PCWorld

Once you've determined the type of desktop system you want--a compact PC, a budget system, a mainstream all-purpose model, or a performance crackerjack--you need to know what components to look for. The processor and graphics chip you choose will determine many of your machine's capabilities, as will the system's memory and hard drive. Understanding those components will help you get the performance you need, without paying for things you don't. Read more...

When Four Cores Aren't Enough: Intel's Core i7-980X Extreme Edition - PCWorld

Intel has announced its latest Extreme Edition processor, the Core i7-980X. Like the recently released 2010 Clarkdale lineup, the i7-980X (previously code-named Gulftown) brings Intel's turbo boost and hyperthreading technologies to the 32nm process. The i7-980X is also Intel's first processor with six physical cores, offering increased system performance in applications optimized to take advantage of them.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Simple Passwords Remain Popular, Despite Risk of Hacking - NYTimes.com

Despite all the reports of Internet security breaches over the years, including the recent attacks on Google’s e-mail service, many people have reacted to the break-ins with a shrug. Read more...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Systems engineer deemed best job in America | Technically Incorrect - CNET News

This survey has declared that systems engineer is the best job in America.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tricks and tips for keeping your technology safe during your commute - RedEye

Tricks and tips for keeping your technology safe during your commute

The Secret Origin of Windows

Few people understand Microsoft better than Tandy Trower, who worked at the company from 1981-2009. Trower was the product manager who ultimately shipped Windows 1.0, an endeavor that some advised him was a path toward a ruined career. Four product managers had already tried and failed to ship Windows before him, and he initially thought that he was being assigned an impossible task. In this follow-up to yesterday’s story on the future of Windows, Trower recounts the inside story of his experience in transforming Windows from vaporware into a product that has left an unmistakable imprint on the world, 25 years after it was first released

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fraud-alert-service-pays-12-million-settlement: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance

Lifelock, the company that brazenly broadcast its chief executive's Social Security number as part of its claim that it could protect anyone against identity theft, agreed on Tuesday to pay $12 million to settle charges that it misled consumers about the effectiveness of its service. Read more...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Manage Media on Any Device - PCWorld

When did entertainment get so complicated? So many files, and so many formats. These no-hassle tips for iTunes music and digital video will let you play what you want, where you want, on any device you own. They'll also show you how to enjoy and share your photos and video, wherever you may roam. Read more...

Sneaky app shows potential for smartphone botnets - Short Sharp Science - New Scientist

Security researchers have installed potentially dangerous software on thousands of smartphones to illustrate a new security threat. They believe their creation is the first ever demonstration of a mobile "botnet". Read more...

Monday, March 8, 2010

FlashCookiesView | Anti-spyware Tools Download | PCWorld

Flash cookies, aka "super cookies," can be used to track your browsing just like normal browser cookies. But Flash cookies will stick around even if you delete your regular browser cookies, and they can't normally be viewed. The FlashCookiesView tool shines a light on these out-of-the-way files.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Authorities bust 3 in infection of 13M computers - Yahoo! News

Authorities have smashed one of the world's biggest networks of virus-infected computers, a data vacuum that stole credit cards and online banking credentials from as many as 12.7 million poisoned PCs. Read more...

New Internet Explorer Flaw Revealed - PCWorld

Unpatched VBScript hole leaves IE7 and IE8 users vulnerable, Microsoft acknowledges. Read more...

VirusTotal Uploader Links You to 40 Antivirus Programs--For Free - PCWorld

The VirusTotal.com Web site offers a free but invaluable security service. It will scan any Web download, e-mail attachment or other file you send it with 40-odd different antivirus scanners to let you know whether it's safe for your computer. The free VirusTotal Uploader utility makes sending a file to the site a breeze by adding a new right-click option for any file. Read more...