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Hackers are now talking their way into your computers
2011 June 16
San Francisco - Cyber crooks are avoiding the need for slick software skills by talking their way past computer defences with old-fashioned telephone calls.
Microsoft on Thursday warned that hackers posing as members of the software titan's support or research teams are calling people to trick them into installing viruses, revealing passwords, or disclosing credit card numbers.
"Cybercriminals don't just send fraudulent e-mail messages and set up fake websites," Microsoft said in a message at its online security centre.
"They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft."
Imposters might offer to solve computer problems or sell people software licenses, according to the Redmond, Washington-based technology firm.
People may be duped into downloading and installing malicious software that could steal information or seize control of computers.
Microsoft urged people never to buy anything from unsolicited callers claiming to work for the company and not to turn control of their computers over to strangers.
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Carrier IQ a pre-installed spyware on your smartphone
Dec. 05th, 2011
While we are installing Anti-virus, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Malware to prevent attack from hacker. There is a spyware which is installed inside our smartphone called Carrier IQ. Carrier IQ is hidden inside our iOS or Andriod OS to collect and transmitting our personal activity's data to Carrier IQ or the manufacturer without our knowledge.
Are smartphone manufacturer Breach of Personal Privacy? It is horrible to know that all our smart phone activities, even keystrokes and SMS messages are being sent to Carrier IQ server for study. Are there anymore human right? Our rights are all taken away by Rich Entrepreneur and our Government. We even need to be scan naked for an airport security check.
Carrier IQ is in Apple iPhone and some of the popular Andriod smartphone.
If all these thing don't stop, we will have no more privacy when dealing with Rich Entrepreneur and Government.
By Thomson Kho
Android Market Share
November 24th, 2011
By looking at the way the Apple iPhone fan stay overnight on the street during every new launching just to try to get their first hand on the New Featured iPhone, we have an impression that iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the world.
The fact is, according to a technology research firm Gartner reports, more than half of the smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter of 2011 were powered by Google's Android software.
Out of the 440.50 million units of mobile device sold worldwide in the third quarter, 60.50 million or 52.50% sold were powered by Android, 19.50 million or 16.90% were from Nokia, which is powered by Symbian OS, 17.3 million or 15.00% were iPhone powered by iOS, 12.700 million or 11.00% were from BlackBerry.
So, don't feel bad when you see other people around you are carrying an iPhone and you are not. iPhone is not the most popular smartphone in the world. You will notice that most people around you are quite satisfied with other smartphone OS other then iOS from Apple.
By Thomson Kho
Firefox users are being targeted by fake antivirus scams
June 09th, 2011
Firefox users are being targeted by new scam that tries to load a user’s PC with fake antivirus software using a passably convincing version of the Windows Update page.
Fake antivirus scams are legion, and ones using bogus update pages of one sort of another are also an established trick. The oddity of the latest incarnation of the attack, discovered by Sophos, is that it triggers only when encountering Windows users of Firefox pushed to it through a page redirect.
The first big giveaway? Windows Update can only normally be started as a background activity in Windows or through Internet Explorer.
The page itself is a copy of the Windows Update page offering an “urgent” 2.8MB download which will turn out to start a useless security scan plugging fake antivirus software. The technique is clever. Users who agree to the update without being entirely sure that it is genuine will be more easily convinced that a PC has been infected with the non-existent malware later detected by the bogus program.
"Users need to be more vigilant than ever before as bogus security alerts pop-up in their browsers," said Graham Cluley of Sophos. "Fake anti-virus attacks are big business for cybercriminals and they are investing time and effort into making them as convincing as possible."
"Malicious hackers are using smart social engineering tricks more and more often, and the risk is that users will be scared by a phoney warning into handing over money to fix problems that never existed in the first place," he said.
Attacks targetting Mozilla Firefox users seem to be a mini-fashion right now. Last week, the company reported a separate scam that throws up bogus security warnings that ape the browser’s security alerts as yet another method of pushing the same useless scareware products.
Neither are entirely convincing to an experienced user but they probably don’t need to be to satisfy a business model that delivers decent rewards simply for tricking a handful people into installing a fake antivirus system.
By John E Dunn | Techworld | Published: 17:12, 09 June 11
iPhone 4 antenna reception problem
July 17th, 2010
Apple is trying to protect their profit by not taking full responsibility for their defected product namely, iPhone 4.
In the case of BP oil spill, they first tried to cover up the issue; however, when the spill gets to worsen and out of control, BP has to pay their fortune for their irresponsibility.
Another similar case is the car company Toyota and some other automobile manufacturers. They know their pedal problem; Instead of taking responsibility to recall the vehicles to rectify their mistake, they chose to protect their profit by leaving the millions of life in danger by driving the defected vehicles on the road.
My advice to Apple is to find a complete solution for the IPhone 4 antenna problem and offer the solution free of charge to the people who already bought the defected iPhone 4. Give the full refunds for those consumers who wish to return the product. If Apple cannot prove to their supporters that they are a responsible company, they will lose most of their supporters in the future. Apple fans will not jump in to purchase new product from Apple again, instead they will wait for months to make sure the products are working perfectly before they make up their decision to buy.
PROFIT IS IMPROTANT FOR ALL COMPANY, BUT SOMETIME IT IS NOT THE PROFIT THAT COUNTS, IT IS HOW LONG THE COMPANY WILL STAY IN THE FUTURE.
By Thomson Kho
Apple iPad set a new standard
June 17th, 2010
As expected, Apple's innovative products always surprise the market. Apple has sold two millions iPad in two months. Products that are similar to iPad are exists in the market long before Apple iPad, however they are not be able to create an impact as what Apple does to the consumer.
Apple iPad is simply a basic device that lacks of flexibility. With today's advance technology, products like ebook reading device must build in with the power of basic computer capability. Basic features like multi-tasking, flash support must be build into the device and able to install and run simple applications. Gaming capability can be put aside for these kind of devices because such function does not serve an important role in these type of device. Moreover, connectivity like Wifi, Ethernet port and USB port is a must. Webcam is another added advantage for people on the move to share pictures and videos. All these features add very little cost to the production, but Apple chose not to have these basic features in iPad.
Apple's sales of two million iPad in two-months sores the eyes of his competitors. The lack of the feature from iPad will be the targeted huge market for better featured eBook reading device from other manufacturers.
The success of Apple iPad will trigger Apple's competitors to come up with a better, cheaper and more powerful product in short time. These devices will sell better than any notebooks as most people on the move won't need a powerful notebook computer. In a nutshell, what they need is a device that is light weight with a battery that can last for a long hour of usage, take less time to charge, and build in with touch screen feature, Wifi, Ethernet port, USB port and the capability to be able to read ebooks, run simple applications and multi-tasking.
Better touch screen technology (hardware and software) will be the next main concern for these devices.
By Thomson Kho
SanDisk G3 Solid State Drive
March 19th, 2010
Imaging that we will be having a hard drive with no moving parts inside. A hard drive that last longer, consume less power and five time the reading transfer rate of a 7,200 RPM hard drive. SSDs are exceptionally rugged, durable, and reliable and deliver a faster computing experience.
SanDisk begins shipping its 60GB and 120GB Solid State drive (SSD) to retail in February 2010.The 2.5 inch SATA drives are working with Windows, Linux and Mac OS X sytems. SATA 60GB is priced at $230 and 120GB is at $400.
I foresee other manufacturers of hard drive will rush into the production of their own SSD. Present HDD with motor will be faced out once the price drop with mass production. As there are no mechanical parts to be assemble during the manufacture process of SSD. It is more cost effective to produce a SSD than to produce a HDD.
January 29th, 2010
iPad is another creative product from Apple. Prices ranging from USD499.00 to USD829.00 depends on which model you choose.
Thickness : 0.5 inches (1.27mm)
Weight :1.5 pounds (680g)
Display : 9.7 Inch LED backlit IPS display.
Keyboard : incredibly responsive Multi-Touch screen
Processor : Apple A4 1GHz
Memory :16GB, 32GB & 64GB.
Battery Life : Up to 10 hours after fully charged.
Internet : Wireless or 3G
iPad does not equip with the following : -
No Multitasking, can run one application at any one time
No USB port
No Flash (a lot of internet content are with flash)
support simplified chniese character but not traditional chinese character.
The main usage of iPad is for browsing internet, email, iWork, ibook, newspaper and magazine, photos, audio, video and gaming.
Keep in mind that iPad is not a computer. However, iPad should be able to find his own market for the application it offered.
USB 3.0 External or Portable Hard Disk
January 28th, 2010
Follow by Buffalo shipped the world's first 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB USB 3.0 hard disk in Oct. 2009, Western Digital and Seagate launches their USB 3.0 hard disk this month (Jan. 2010).
The USB 3.0 port with a maximum transfer rate of 4.8gbps (10 times faster than USB 2.0) makes it practical for huge capacity hard disk for storing a large amount of files and large file. With this improved technology, we are able to carry around a big storage portable hard disk stored with a huge amount of informations including files, reports, software, ebooks, audios and videos, movies more than anything you ever needed in a single portable hard disk. Gone the day that having a problem to carry a large file to use in other places.
At this time of writing, PCs in the world are still without build in USB 3.0 port, Seagate includes USB 3.0 PC express card, Western Digital offer optional SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI express card. Although these products are compatible with USB 2.0 port, you can only benefit from the fast transfer rate when you connect to USB 3.0 port.
Western Digital : My Book 3.0 external hard drive
Transfer a 24 GB HD movie in 2.7 minutes vs. 13.3 minutes with a 2.0 connection.
Capacity : 1TB & 2TB
Optional SuperSpeed USB 3.0 HBA adapter at 5 Gb/s (Max)
Compatible with USB 2.0 ports
Seagate : BlackArmor PS110 USB 3.0 HDD
up to three times faster than its USB 2.0 hard disk
500GB 7200RPM 2.5 inch with power cable and PC express card
backwards compatible with USB 2.0
Named "Tianhe" China Fastest supercomputer
Oct. 29th, 2009
A single day task for Tianhe might take a dual-core personal computer working nonstop for 160 years to complete.
Cost at least 88.24 million US dollars. It took 200 computer expertise two years to complete the project. The giant is housed in National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) in Changsha.
Equipped with 6,144 Intel CPU and 5,120 AMD GPU. Weighted 155 tons with 103 refrigerator like cabinets lined up on an area of about 1,000 square meters.
"I was shocked at the milestone breakthrough, which was beyond expectation," said Zhang Yunquan, a researcher with the Institute of Software of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and an organizer of the China Top 100 list, which was released at a national conference on high-performance computers Thursday.
Firefox 3.5 Right Click Context Menu not working
The caused is Yahoo tool bar add-on.
Use "add or remove program" in Control Panel to remove Yahoo tool bar.
In firefox Browser select Tool -> Add-ons looks for Yahoo tool bar and select Disable or uninstall.
If you don't have yahoo tool bar installed, or after you remove yahoo tool bar and you still get the same problem, then it might be other add-ons causing the problem.
In this case try to disable add-on one by one to check which firefox add-ons is causing the problem.
Hope this article solved your problem.
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How many pc in the world ?
Do you know how many pc are there in the world.
According to WikiAnswers
As of June 2008 there are 1 billion PCs in the world.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 has been released to manufacturing
July 22nd, 2009
Windows 7 will be ready in retail stores and shipping with new pc on 22nd Oct., 2009.
After many disappointment with Windows Vista, will Windows 7 recapture pc user confidence of the new operating system and stimulate the sales of new pc ?
As I know, many has decided to delay replacement of their old pc due to new pc are preinstalled with Windows Vista. They don't want to spend money on a pc with a OS that they are not comfortable with (many downgrade their Windows Vista to Windows XP). They are hoping the next Windows will be good without worrying to downgrade it.
If Windows 7 deliver what the consumer needs, it will definitely stimulate the sales of new pc.
This is what Microsoft describe their Windows 7 on their website :-
What is Windows 7?
Your PC, simplified.
Windows 7 is the easiest, fastest, and most engaging version of Windows yet. Better ways to find and manage files, like Jump Lists and improved taskbar previews, help you speed through everyday tasks. Faster and more reliable performance means your PC just works the way you want it to. And great features like Windows Media Center and Windows Touch make new things possible. Get to know Windows 7, and see how it can simplify just about everything you do with your PC.
released on June 30th, 2009
2.4 times faster then Firefox 3
Use less computer memory
Over 6,000 add-ons to customize your Firefox
Firefox 3.5 is the first browser to support open video and audio formats, allowing practically limitless new ways for sites to display rich content.
will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010
Google Chrome OS will be an open source operating system for netbooks.
Instead of buying and install necessary software in your pc, this OS will lets you do most of your works with web application. For example, you don't need an Office software to write a letter, just connect to internet and do it with one of the web application available on the net and save it to your hard drive.
It is too early to guess the detail of what will it be, we just wait for the release to find out what its like.
WolframAlpha - a different kind of search engine
Launched on May 15th, 2009
A search engine that give or compute answer to your question, not a list of websites.
For example :-
If you ask "New York", it gives you the country, population, location map, current weather.
If you ask "New York to Califonia", it gives you distance 2445 miles and map.
If you ask "freeware", it gives you the definition "Software that is provided without charge".
If you ask "Dell Stock", it gives you the latest trading price, financial details, recent returns, price history in chart and etc.
If you ask "365 / 52 * 3 + 16", it gives you the calculated answer.
You need to know how to ask question to get your answer.
Last week, Salesforce.com reported its fourth-quarter and year-end fiscal 2014 results, announcing a major bump in revenue and even raising its guidance significantly. But the fast-growing cloud vendor is also continuing to post significant losses as it spends big on sales, marketing and acquisitions.
Salesforce.com’s annual report, which was released this week, paints a fuller picture of the vendor’s opportunities and challenges, while also revealing a series of eyebrow-raising facts. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.
"I am not Dorian Nakamoto." Those were the first public words in at least two years from an online account known to be associated with the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin.
Nakamoto's statement denied any link between him and a Japanese-American man named Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto (pictured above) who Newsweek recently outed as the creator of the popular crypto-currency Bitcoin—a man who himself denied the allegations.
Samsung hopes its new Milk streaming service is the next big thing in music.
The radio service, announced on Friday, is available for free, with no ads, and users don’t need a log in to use the service, said Daren Tsui, vice president of music at Samsung Media Solutions.
The Milk application is available through the Google Play store, and will initially work with Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The company is, however, thinking about expanding its use to competing mobile devices, Tsui said.
The service will initially be available in the U.S., and will be expanded worldwide at a later date. It has 200 radio stations and 13 million songs, and in addition to functioning as a jukebox, allows users to create customized stations based on artist or genres.
If you bought a computer or other device that uses DRAM around the turn of the century, you could be eligible for a payout as part of a price fixing settlement.
The settlement is the result of class action and attorneys general lawsuits against a dozen DRAM manufacturers, including Samsung, Toshiba, Hynix and Hitachi. In total, the manufacturers have agreed to pay out $310 million in a nationwide settlement, and roughly $200 million of that money will go to consumers and businesses who were affected.
Consumers can make a claim for any purchases made between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2002 for devices that contain dynamic random access memory, a common component in consumer electronics. The settlement covers computers, game consoles, MP3 players, printers, PDAs, graphics cards, DVRs, DVD players and servers, but does not include direct purchases of DRAM from the manufacturer.
The Windows taskbar is perhaps one of the most overlooked desktop components that can be tweaked to improve your PC experience. Today, I'm going to show you two tricks you can do with the taskbar: One will give you a tad more screen space for your day-to-day work, and the second tip is a Windows XP throwback for anyone who yearns for the glory days of Windows.
Hiding for space
The taskbar is great for navigating between different open programs, checking the time, and getting system notifications. But let's be honest: A lot of the time it's just sitting down at the bottom of the screen taking up more space than it needs to.
It's good to have program start up icon on your desktop, it save you time to go to the program list to locate the program. But If you have too many icons on your desktop, not only your desktop looks messy, you will have problem locating the program icon that you are looking for.
It is importance to put a nice wallpaper on your desktop, so that you feel good when working with your computer.
As Desktop Icons sit on top of your wallpaper, you need to manage and reduce the number of icons on your desktop to made your life easy.
My solution is to hide all my desktop icons, install RocketDock to dock only my frequently used icons. This way my desktop is clean without all the messy icons.
To Hide or Show desktop icons, Right Click on empty area of your desktop, select "Arrange icon By" then check or uncheck "Show Desktop Icons".
You can download the free RocketDock at the following link
Hi, my name is Thomson Kho, I live in Malaysia. I work as a full time management job at a private firm.
During the 17 years with the same firm, I need to improve the computer system to catch up with the business growth.
Due to the budget constraint, I had to set up the computer networking system and network cabling myself with the help of the free informations from internet. For system utility software, I tried to use legal freeware, if there is no legal freeware for it, then I will purchase paid software.
We saved a lot of money by doing it ourself with the free help from internet. Many thanks to those who contribute their knowledge on internet.
Since I have benefited a lot from others who shared their knowledge on the internet. I decided to show my appreciation by putting up my own website to share my knowledge with others all over the world.
If you feel that my website is informative to you, feel free to visit my website more often to get free info.
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