Month: September 2010

Auto Blogs are Unethical and Downright Wrong

Auto blogging is exactly what it says, its software (WordPress plug-in) that auto-generates content on a blog. Auto blogging is just a nice way of saying – Hey I am using your content to try to make money, because I am too darn lazy to do it myself. To me it’s stealing creative content from the original source in hopes to make money. I am insulted when someone tells me they have a blog that’s on autopilot, it’s not only insulting to me, but to every blogger who knows what it takes to achieve results. If you want to blog than do it right and write original content or provide opinion and or commentary from published works. Auto blogging is unethical! And for the reader its worst, because they’re reading recycled content. It’s a rip off and one day I hope someone can come up with a technology that can identify those auto blog sites and remove them permanently from search. How does it work? By installing a WordPress plug-in it automatically creates blog posts from any RSS or Atom feed. The site owner can setup the auto blog software to crawl those feeds based on keywords and also setup post frequency. Once the initial crawl is completed, it posts the content and in most cases, the site owner removes the link in the article footer crediting the original...

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Here is Why a $200 iPad Price Drop Makes Sense

What you are about to read is pure speculation – prediction based on rumors (and Apple’s track record over the years). If you are still interested, read on [and let’s face it, if you’ve read this far odds are you ARE interested … after all, as New York Times reported Apple is the most covered tech company in the past year. Having spent more time inside my Google Reader account than I am willing to publicly admit, following tech trends and gadget rumors across a few dozens of tech-centered RSS feeds on a daily basis, here is what I think will take place with Apple’s iPad in the months to come: Apple will drop the price of the device [by at least $100-$200] as a response to the competitors popping up left and right (they did that with the original iPhone a few years ago – see Steve Jobs’ letter to the consumers from 2007. This is a way for Apple to stay competitive/have the edge on Blackberry’s newly announced PlayBook rumored to go for around $300-$350 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab rumored to go for around $200-$400 [Source: Engadget]. If a $200 price-drop of the iPad feels too unreal or too unlikely consider this – the 16GB version sells for $499 today … but a complete device tear-down reveals that it only costs Apple around $230 to produce meaning...

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Internet Security Checklist

Security is an integral part of computer ownership. While you would like to believe that your computer is absolutely safe from unwanted intrusions, need to be ever vigilant against the growing list of security threats. Malicious entities would love to steal your personal identity. Companies prey on your natural paranoia, duping you into buying their bogus products. There are several steps which you can take to prevent attacks. Set up a firewall – Firewalls are the first line of defense against digital intruders. Your firewall can be hardware based or software based. It is preferable to have both forms of security in place. Firewalls control the flow of information from the internet to your computer and vice versa. Use both hardware and software firewalls to protect yourself. Regularly update your browser – A cat and mouse game is played between virus creators and browser developers. Known security holes are patched when a company issues an update to its browser, leaving the virus makers to find new holes. By regularly updating your browser, you are eliminating threats from certain types of malware. Install antivirus software – There are many free antivirus applications on the market. Choose antivirus software like Avira Antivir or Malwarebytes’ Anti Malware to protect your computer from harm. These will detect, quarantine, and remove viruses which infect your system. Scan your computer for viruses, malware and adware...

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Facebook Users Outraged or Just Stuck?

On Thursday, Facebook experienced an outage for 2 ½ hours due to a glitch in the social media network’s database software. There were messages flying around the social network that the site was compromised by a group of hackers. The site was not hacked in anyway shape or form. Facebook users were outraged yesterday because of how long the site was down before it was accessible again. The issue I have is why anyone would be so angry and upset just because you were unable to post messages or share a photos? The only people that should be upset are advertisers who count on FB to generate traffic to their respected businesses. The outage could be looked at as a good thing, because it gives people a break from the digital space and maybe during that time you did something more productive, maybe. The addiction is incredible and I am sure that Facebook loves this and why not. They are becoming the mainstay and they’re beginning to rival Google and Microsoft in some areas. Facebook is great, but it will not solve World hunger. To me, it’s another fad that has gone from a dorm room to a college campus and now global. It’s a phenomenon on how fast this social giant has grown, but all good things never last forever. The biggest concern users should have with Facebook,...

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How to Remove AntivirusIS

AntivirusIS is a Rogue Antivirus program. Once Antivirus IS is installed, it runs a scan, the program reports false scan alerts. The user is then prompted to pay for a full license of the software in order to remove the threats. The program is also a browser hijacker that changes browser settings. The program will prevent a user from accessing other programs on the computer such as; task manager, registry editor and even system restore. If you are unable to launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, simply rename the installer to iexplore.exe. Type: Misleading Application Name: Antivirus IS Website: Theprotectall.com (Site rated poor on mywot.com) Risk Impact: Medium Systems Affected: Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 7 Behavior: AntivirusIS is a misleading application that may give exaggerated reports of threats on the computer. AntivirusIS Manual Removal Instructions AntivirusIS registry values: Delete registry values: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\wnxmal HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “RunInvalidSignatures” = “1” HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\PhishingFilter “Enabled” = “0” HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyOverride” = “” HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyServer” = “http=127.0.0.1:6522” HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations “LowRiskFileTypes” = “.exe” HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = “1” HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random]” HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random]” HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = “no” HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyEnable” =”1″ Other malicious files: C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Local Settings\Application Data\SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS]\ C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Local Settings\Application Data\SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS]\SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\[SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS] Automatic Removal Download and install SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Both security programs come with...

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