Pirated Nintendo Games

In this episode I cover a little news, talk about a new project I’m embarking on and place a call to Nintendo customer service after I received a pirated game via eBay.

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Should you use two browsers on the internet

An article over at ComputerWorld reports that Rasmus Lerdorf, the creator of PHP, uses two browsers to surf the internet to avoid getting caught in cross-site scripting traps.

Running a single browser is simply “insane,” claimed Lerdorf during a keynote address last week at the MySQL Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., because of “nine out of 10 Web sites having cross-site scripting holes.” That includes the portal of his current employer, Yahoo Inc., where Lerdorf is an infrastructure architecture engineer. To protect himself, Lerdorf uses Apple Inc.’s Safari to surf personal sites and Mozilla Corp.’s Firefox for everything else.

I have a suggestion, don’t store personal information in your browser like passwords and delete any and all cookies when the browser closes.  This is easy to do in Firefox by clicking “Tools | Options…” selecting the “Privacy” tab and putting a check next to “Always clear my private data before closing Firefox”.  If it’s not stored it can’t be stolen.  I always close my browser after making a financial transaction on the internet.  This clears the session cookie and I never save passwords in my browser, no need for two browsers.

Of course, you’ll have to log into those forums every time but I think that’s a small price to pay for security.

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Killing the Crapware

If you’ve bought a new Windows-based computer in the last 2 or 3 years you know that it came with a ton of applications and applets that you just don’t need.  This slows down your computer and start-up seems to take forever.

George Ou over at Tech Republic posted this handy guide to killing crapware on your computer.  It’s great and I recommend that everyone does this.  Proceed with caution.  Some computers (Thinkpads come to mind) need some proprietary services running in order to work correctly.  Here’s an excerpt:

One of the things that bother me the most about the PC industry is the inclusion of all that crapware (or crapplets) PC makers put into their computers. The same thing extends to the software industry as a whole. Every time you download some software, you’re prompted (often the default setting) to install some kind of add-on for your Web Browser. By the time it’s all said and done, we’re looking at a computer that spends three to five minutes booting up and a Web Browser that’s so jacked up that half the screen real estate is taken up by utilities that people never use. Of course, this isn’t entirely unique to the PC industry, and I’ve seen Macs loaded with lots of junk during the startup process as well, but at least you don’t get all that crap in a brand new Mac.

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General Protection Fault

In this episode I interview Jeff Darlington the creator of General Protection Fault.

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21 Biggest Technology Flops (so far)

Microsoft Bob topped the charts as the biggest tech flop according to Computerworld’s readers.

For Computerworld readers, no other product or technology comes close to Microsoft Bob for sheer floppiness. The second place pick, dot-bombs, received 1,000 fewer votes than Bob.

The top-5 looked like this:

  • 1st place: Microsoft Bob, with 4,924 votes (16% of the total)
  • 2nd place: Dot-bombs, 3,870 votes (12%)
  • 3rd place: The paperless office, 2,828 votes (9%)
  • 4th place: DIVX {the player, not the codec — ed.}, 2,704 votes (8%)
  • 5th place: Iridium, 2,615 votes (8%)

If you’d like a trip down memory lane or a harbinger of the future (because history tends to repeat itself), check out this article.

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