khendron (225184) writes "In what appears to be a crucial false-positive, Microsoft’s security tools are removing Chrome from Windows machines, marking it as a variant of the notorious Zeus (Zbot) malware family.
This just happened to a coworker of mine. Fortunately, when she re-installed Chrome all of her bookmarks were still there." Link to Original Source top
khendron (225184) writes "A recent article in the Globe and Mail states that 'for more than a decade, the music industry in Canada, and globally, has been cast as being in dire straits --a portent of things to come for all media in the digital age--unless copyright laws are updated to combat illegal downloading.'
But, as the article goes on to show, the music industry as a whole is doing rather well." Link to Original Source top
khendron writes "Buying a new car? This blog describes how you will be treated at a particular car dealership in California. after filling in all the paperwork, you are handed a slip of paper and told to mark your right thumbprint in a box. The paper says clearly that it's a request, for your protection, and to prevent your identity theft. When you politely decline, the dealership refuses to sell you the car.
How exactly this protects the buyer is not made clear by the dealership. Their implication was that if you refuse to supply your thumbprint then you must be hiding something." top
khendron writes "The Jakob Nielson's latest newsletter, he laments the fact that schools appear to be teaching kids how to use specific computer application (he cites Excel in his example). What a waste of time, since these skills will be useless by the time the kids graduate. Instead, he lists a number of "life-long" computer skills that we should be teaching kids: Search Strategies, Information Credibility, Information Overload, Writing for Online Readers, Computerized Presentation Skills, Workspace Ergonomics, Debugging, and User Testing and other Basic Usability Guidelines.
From the article about Debugging: "We shouldn't turn everyone into a programmer, but the basic debugging concept is a fundamental survival skill in the computer era. Most spreadsheets contain formula errors, for example, and unless people know how to find such mistakes, they'll make decisions based on the wrong numbers."
Who thinks his list is accurate? Or complete?" top
khendron writes "The Canadian online music store Puretracks (a store I have generally avoided because of their Microsoft specific solutions) has announced that it will immediately start selling part of its catalog as DRM-free mp3 files. The site's unprotected catalog, which includes artists such as The Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan, will initially feature only 50,000 of its 1.3 million tracks, but will grow weekly.
More also from the Globe and Mail. If this endeavour is successful, maybe we will see the larger music labels jumping on board." top
khendron writes "A couple weeks ago, Macleans magazine, Canada's leading weekly news magazine, proclaimed The Internet Sucks. The lengthy article by Steve Maich (which was the cover article, by the way) describes, in great detail, how the Internet is behind the ills of today's society. There is almost nothing he doesn't take a swipe at: Google, Napster, online gambling, Wikipedia, Digg, GraigsList, online porn, blogging, online newspapers, YouTube, MySpace, Yahoo!... you name it, he says it is all for the worse.
As one might expect, the article is rather one-sided. All the positive aspects of the Internet are dismissed as mere replacements for something that already existed. "Emails replace faxes and phone calls. Online shopping replaces sales that used to be made through a catalogue," he says. Yet when speaking of the negatives such as porn, gambling, and infidelity, he completely fails to consider that these traits of humanity existed long before the Internet came along."