John C Dvorak asks what war we’re waging on hackers. While war may not be the best choice of words, because it’s not exactly a conventional war, there’s no question there’s something going on, and we’re not winning it right now.
The latest salvo is that someone in China is building a botnet using Macintoshes. Continue reading Don’t call the war on hackers unwinnable
Antivirus vendor Kapersky has identified a new trojan horse targetting Macintoshes. It spreads a botnet based somewhere in China via an infected Microsoft Word document, typically sent as an e-mail attachment.
The spin is that if you don’t use Word on your Mac, you’re safe. That’s true–this week. But going forward, it’s going to take more than that. Continue reading End of the innocence for Mac security
There’s a deal floating around on 90 GB OCZ Agility 3 drives for $80. But I’m not inclined to bite, for two reasons. Continue reading Another questionable SSD bargain
The so-called wi-fi golden era is over, and apparently being glad about it makes me an absolutist.
But John C. Dvorak is wrong. This isn’t about making people pay for Internet access. It’s pure security. Toilets and drinking fountains are free because the majority of people don’t abuse them. The Internet can’t be wide open and free like a public restroom because when it was totally wide open and free in the 1990s, too many people abused it. Continue reading Securing wi-fi isn’t about price gouging
Wise Bread (via Lifehacker) recommends creating a “splurge budget” to keep yourself from overspending on impulse.
My family does this. It works. Continue reading Splurge budgets keep you from overspending on impulse
About 35, or maybe even 40 years ago, my dad went through a phase. Or perhaps I should say a craze–he made lamps out of anything that didn’t move. And I’m sure if anyone had pointed that out to him, he would have made a lamp out of something that did, just to prove them wrong. Then, at some point, he stopped. I don’t know why and I never asked him. He kept one on his bedside table, and a couple in the room in the basement where he watched football. But it’s funny. I associate his lamps with him more than probably anything else, but I can’t recall ever watching him make one.
A number of years ago, I asked Mom if any of Dad’s old lamps were still around, and she gave me two of them. They both happened to be made of pieces of wood that he probably found somewhere. Continue reading The legacy lamp
I hotrodded an old Dell Inspiron e1505 laptop by installing a Samsung 830 SSD in it. I hit a snag along the way. The fix is easy but not necessarily obvious.
Continue reading A snafu when installing an SSD in some laptops
Yahoo! Finance! has! a! first-person! story! about! struggling! on! six! figures!
Silliness aside, you might be surprised to hear I–an infamous stingy Scottish miser–am at least a little sympathetic. Continue reading Feeling poor on $100,000 a year
Some stories floating around are suggesting that Commodore is still around, and they just released a new, overpriced Amiga.
Well, there’s a company slapping “Commodore” and “Amiga” labels on PC cases that look kind of like Apple Mac Mini cases and stuffing off-the-shelf components in them, but they’re Commodore Amigas in name only. Continue reading Umm, no, that’s not Commodore, and that’s not an Amiga
It was a dark and dreary and rainy morning. Colder than it has been, too.
We were talking about it at work. “It’s a good day to be a duck,” I said. Continue reading A bad day to be a duck