Wow, has it been that long?

Can’t believe it’s been over a year since my last official post. Didn’t expect to go on hiatus this long but time really flew by.

 

Well I guess it’s time to get things cranked up again :)

 

Stay tuned.

 

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Google Voice: Leave your privacy at the door.

Privacy Concerns and Google? You Don’t Say! Here is a link to an interesting post from Preston Gralla over at ComputerWorld regarding privacy concerns he sees with the new Google Voice service and I wholeheartedly agree. The service allows you to have one Google supplied phone number that can be linked to all of your existing phone numbers and gives you voice mail and those voice mails are transcribed to text and forwarded to your email to read. Very Cool! You just give out your Google phone number to people as your primary number and it will try to reach you on whatever other phone you have linked to it. For instance, say if you have an account on Verizon and one on AT&T and you are only going to use the Verizon phone today, Google Voice will try to contact you on both accounts without you having manually forward your AT&T account to the Verizon account for the time you are not going to be using the AT&T phone. This is a really cool feature but the real ugly part is what Google does with you voice mails and phone conversations which is basically the same thing they do if you have a Gmail account with them. They READ AND CATALOG EVERY WORD OF YOUR CONVERSATION AND VOICE MAILS FROM YOUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES. Uh, I am sorry but NO THANKS.

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Order Restored. Thank You Tarheels!


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NICE CHOKEJOB UCONN!!!


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Surveillance Self-Defense Beta

I would consider this a must read by anyone concerned with their information privacy. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has created a site specifically targeting information privacy for ordinary citizens. It gives an excellent overview of privacy and security of online information and promises to be an ongoing effort. This is only a beta version and the EFF is looking to release the final version later this year.

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The top 10 things we hate about the iphone.

The guys over at the Boy Genius Report have a great article on the shortcomings of the iPhone. They pretty much nailed it. Everything that they describe is available in Windows Mobile and most of the features were available in the early releases almost 10 years ago!

It is unbelievable that to this day, there is no cut and paste on the iPhone and there is no user accessible central document store to store, um documents. Oh but they have Apps! I am waiting for the day when HTC or some other manufacturer releases a phone with Windows Mobile, touch features, at least a 3.5 in screen and HSPDA 3G for the US. On that day, the iPhone experiment for me comes to an end and it may be permanent.

Now, on to the list…

1. You can’t use custom sounds for email notifications, SMS, etc.

2. Copy and paste. Sorry, but it’s ridiculous at this point.

3. When forwarding an email with an attachment, the iPhone sends it out locally. That means if you have a 1MB attachment, you have to send 1MB worth of data when forwarding. This doesn’t happen on Windows Mobile or the BlackBerry — it’s sent from the server. Not cool.

4. No unified inbox. At this point, there’s no reason you should have to go through the rigmarole of switching through tabs and endless menus to get to another email inbox. Cut this down, give us color-coded emails that correspond with that particular account — something!

5. Video recording. Again, it’s technically possible, but we don’t have it.

6. The touch screen capture button in the Camera application is horrid. Let’s use one of the volume keys or something to take a picture. It’s not a good setup.

7. You can’t forward text messages. Something that is a no-brainer just isn’t here.

8. There isn’t a way to delete individual calls from the recent call list. Not that we need to hide anything from our girlfriends or anything…

9. No file structure that is user-accessible. That means you can’t save any attachment that isn’t a photo, you can’t download files from websites, etc. Additionally, each application can only access its own file structure so you can forget about doing anything sexy.

10. The push-background notification service is still nowhere to be found.

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Pittsburgh Steelers beat arch nemesis Baltimore Ravens for AFC Championship

The Pittsburgh Steelers win the AFC Championship game with a 23-14 win over the Baltimore Ravens to advance to Super Bowl XLIII against the Arizona Cardinals.

I am extremely pleased.

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Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a safe and properous 2009!

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Blog posting on the fly…

Took some time but I was finally able to get my iPhone to work with my blog for mobile posting. It’s nice to be able to post from anywhere now!

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Host of Internet Spam Groups is Cut Off

Spam Drops After Internet Providers Disconnect  a California Hosting Firm

By Brian Krebs

washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 12, 2008; 7:16 PM

The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide dropped drastically today after a Web hosting firm identified by the computer security community as a major host of organizations allegedy engaged in spam activity was taken offline, according to security firms that monitor spam distribution online.

While its gleaming, state-of-the-art, 30-story office tower in downtown San Jose, Calif., hardly looks like the staging ground for what could be called a full-scale cyber crime offensive, security experts have found that a relatively small firm at that location is home to servers that serve as a gateway for a significant portion of the world’s junk e-mail.

The servers are operated by McColo Corp., which these experts say has emerged as a major U.S. hosting service for international firms and syndicates that are involved in everything from the remote management of millions of compromised computers to the sale of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and designer goods, fake security products and child pornography via email.

But the company’s web site was not accessible today, when two Internet providers cut off MoColo’s connectivity to the Internet, security experts said. Immediately after McColo was unplugged, security companies charted a precipitous drop in spam volumes worldwide. E-mail security firm IronPort said spam levels fell by roughly 66 percent as of Tuesday evening.

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