GNC-2007-09-18 #303

Back to normal show lengths here. This show is packed from end to end and I talk a little bit about my iPhone unlocking experience and T-Mobile Edge Slowness

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Show Notes:
Google Presntation
Proxy Server Operator calling it Quits
Vista and 13 Year old Virus
Can you go back to PC Once you go Mac?
Levelator has New Home
Self Chilling Sprite!
Apple Updates iTunes shuts door on one Ringtone Hack
Make a Bootable Mac External Drive
The Moon still holds a lot of Secrets
27 Blog Building Tips
90 GB Limit for Comcast Internet Users
Winamp at 10 Years
EFF Hiring
Apple Checksum Cracked
iPod Touch LCD Screen Issues
15 Free SEO Tools
Microsoft adds Slingbox capability to Media Center!
Sprint Airave
iPod Touch things it is a iPhone
Google Reader Subscribers
WordPress Blog gets Pulled
SightSpeed 6 Review
Miracle at the New York Times
Zimbra sold to Yahoo 350 Million
Do your turn your PC Off?
OpenOffice 2.3 Released
Universal blocks Music from iPod
Space Shuttle Needs Repairs
TSA Improvised Electronics Banned
So Sad Robert Jordan Dead at 58

GNC-2007-05-22 #269

Back in Hawaii but my body thinks it is still on the East Coast regardless lots of great content on todays show.

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Show Notes:
Norton Antivirus
Google COOP Gadgets
Google UK News Search Deal
Chris needs Help
Avis WiFi
MPAA spying on You!
ChargePod
allofmp3.com revenue source in jail
Cool Cooler
Megite
Hawaii Court
Podcast Listeners Demographics
MT Spam Filter Information
Operator11.com
You can be my fIrefox
Fair is it Fair!
Apple TV Review
Identity Theft Victim Sued by Bank
10 steps to save life
Mars Rover Big News
Senator Wrecks Car
Series 60 Phone Virus Concern
Broadcast your own TV Station
China Lunar Mission
Giant Telescope for Moon
Radiation Threat?
People click on Virus Links
Microsoft = PopFly
ID Spotting

GNC-2006-10-20 #209

Great debate at the end of the show and I have fun smacking both Microsoft and Apple around today with a lot of hot topics that you are going to want to hear my commentary on! Ohh and a Old School Intro!

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EA Spyware
Iran Bans HS Internet
IE7 Launched
IE7 Security Issue
IE7 Review
Vista License
Webmaster Tools
Mac Apps
Meth Pics
Apple End Game
Email virus
DNA Repair
Get Listed on News Sites
Free Stuff at Trade Shows
Sony Claims
TiVo vs FCC
Microsoft mad at Apple!
AllofMP3.com Blacklisted
No Moon Ice
IT Open Season
IT Open Season 2
Save Hubble?
Vista Activation Bomb!
Spamhaus Lives

Google Apps for Your Domain!

GoogleappsAs many of you know that listen to my show you have been hearing me complain about the amount of Spam I have been getting. I have been looking all over the net for a solution and those that I found where either too expensive or they were made for people with small volumes of mail.

As I was talking to Angelo he and I decided to try a Google Service that has been around for a while in beta testing. We both have used Gmail quite a bit and I know it is as good or better than the Spam checker we have been running on our own servers. Up to this point we have been using Qmail with Spamd and several others utilities to filter the mail and scan for viruses.

I decided to take the plunge and applied for a couple of domains tonight and within about 20 minutes I had the mail moved over to Google and was down-loading it into outlook like I always do. I logged into the very familiar Gmail interface and instead of a Gmail.com domain I was not on my very own geeknewscentral.com domain.

So I have been watching the filtering here for a couple of hours, and can tell you so far I am very happy, the true test will come in the morning when I down-load my mail as normal, and then cross check on the Google site to see how much Spam it has caught that I have not had to deal with it. If it works out we are going to see if we can move over a few more domains.

What amazed me was how easy it was to setup, Google has done a really good job here, I am sure that some people would be very worried about having Google host their e-mail and I am not a 100% sure how I feel about it yet. One thing for sure,  I feel pretty good that none of it will go missing. [Google.com]

Mac users ‘too smug’ over security?

No that headline is not coming from me but hijacked from the BBC! I have been accused in the past of telling Mac users not to get to comfortable in not having to deal with Virus and Spyware threats. Seems I am not the only one to think that. [BBC]

Disclaimer thus far Mac users have been pretty lucky thru either good code or lack of hackers who really cared to write to the OS in it’s small adoption numbers. If you are of the mentality that you are immune, all I can say is keep drinking the Koolaid and when you wake up one morning and the Sugar has been replaced with Acid don’t blame me.

Why do Mac users think they are exempt from Spyware?

I am not a prescribed Max expert but I do own a Mac Mini in which I utilize Firefox as the browser and I do get e-mail into an account that is only received on the Mac. A listener on my show called me out and said were is the evidence that Macs are susceptible to Spyware regarding a comment I made that basically said everyone needs to be careful including Mac users. All of us have seen various articles on the subject to include statements that the threat is growing, Honestly I don’t know if one Mac Spyware program even exist, but the thing that makes me really sit back and wonder is why do Mac owners think that their Operating System is hardened from any attack.

They do enjoy the benefits of not having to deal with viruses, spyware and trojans at the level of Windows users do, and it is likely because there is such a small percentage of actual Mac users in the world as compared to Windows users. But being a owner of a Mac I don’t think I would ever be bold enough to declare that the Mac is hardened from any attack.

In my personal opinion though is, that when a trojan or spyware program is released that targets Macs it will devastate the community because for such a long time people have been saying, and even to the point of taunting that the Mac is exempt. Thus Mac users will be sitting ducks, I wish ill upon no one, but I do not think I would be so bold as to say that nothing can penetrate the operating system. I will likely strike a nerve here, and I am sure devoted mac users will pile on me for suggesting that they could be vulnerable to spyware getting on their systems.

No Operating System that has ever been made to this date did not have a vulnerability or two or three or thousand.

To my faithful listener that called me out, I really hope nothing ever happens but I just cannot join the party and say it won’t

Panda Names Downloader.GK Worst Virus of 2004

Panda Software, a respected vendor of antivirus software applications within the technical community, has named a Trojan, Downloader.GK, as the most malicious virus of 2004. Even though Downloader.GK isn’t technically a virus, an application that independently distributes itself, the program has caused the most damage to users’ computers, according to data collected by Panda Software’s ActiveScan process.

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Mydoom Worm Makes a Name for Itself in a Hurry

The Mydoom worm (a.k.a. Shimgapi and Novarg) is making a fast name for itself and has been detected in 142 countries and currently accounts for 8.5% of all Internet e-mail, according to a leading security company.

The worm arrives in an e-mail file attachment. The e-mail body varies from blank to highly technical jargon…all of which are designed to fool the recipient into opening the attached (infected) file which has a common extension such as ZIP, SCR, EXE, or PIF.

Dave’s Opinion
I started noticing the worm making its way through our e-mail servers yesterday. I’m receiving a couple of dozen copies of infected messages every hour in my e-mail account, alone. Some of the infected messages are being transmitted using one of my e-mail accounts as the faked sender, so it’s difficult to determine from true sender.

Keep you antivirus software updated and never, I mean never, open a file attachment that you’re not expecting.

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