April 29, 2013

And another Google Reader Alternative

In the comments to an earlier post, VW points out that Newsblur is no longer free.  I had started to check it out back when Google made their fateful announcement about closing down Reader.  

Never got much farther with it because I don't use a feed reader any more.  Too many other things going on which means I never check it.  

However, if you are still looking for an  alternative, try Feedly. They have a Firefox plug in, also an idevice app and an android app.  So far as I can tell, it's free.  Of course this means it may just go away in the future, but it is available now.  

Check it out and see what you think. 

Happy reading! 

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April 22, 2013

Calling all Security Nerds

Verizon just published their annual Data Breach Investigation Report. This is the report computer security geeks wait for every year. Verizon creates it and then posts it for all the world. That earns them huge kudos in the pay it forward realm.

Dark Reading has a quick overview of what can be found in the report itself.

The actual report can be found here. It's a pdf. And the numbers are fascinating.... things like

"97% of breaches were avoidable through simple or intermediate controls."

That's an astounding statistic! Well, except for the fact that most everyone thinks they are immune to data breaches. The "it will never happen to me" seems to be ingrained in people, until it does happen to them.

I would say, at least read through the stats at the beginning. Stats are not my strong suit but these are presented well. If you are the owner of a company and think you are immune, I hope this will convince you to take further precautions. If you are an employee of a company, perhaps you will cut your computer security people some slack. They have a very tough job and no one likes helping them at all.

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April 16, 2013

And back to tech...

There was a major java patch released today.  If you have java on your computer, do go get it patched up.  

Thank you! 

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April 09, 2013

Patchy Patchy

It's Patch Tuesday people... Windows patches released today along with Adobe Flash and Shockwave patches. If you run a Windows machine, get 'em while they're hot.

I'd be patching but my Windows are broken. I have an OEM on order, but it's not here yet. More on that when I have the time to rant.

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April 06, 2013

Let's see how handy I am

Today I am going to try and install an SSD drive on my laptop. First I have to image the drive, then wield a screwdriver, then hope it all goes together again. 

Should be fun.  I found a couple of youtube videos to help, the best one being by Carey Holzman detailing the process. 

If I can get my external hard drive reformatted... I may just be able to do this. 

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