World War Three, The Spammer’s War

In recent news, email users beware! because spammers, out to destroy your computer, started sending out strange emails about the invasion of Iran and the start of World War III. Larking in this email are links with Mal-ware and Trojan viruses attached to them.

Strangely enough, these emails have become a big problem, especially for those who have loved ones in the service. There is no click hesitancy when unsuspecting computer users read the headlines of some of their emails which state ‘Third World War has begun.’ This is how the spammer catch and leech onto their prey.

Usually the emails contain several sentences about the United States Army invading Iran and starting World War III with the dropping of a nuclear bomb. Here are some of the direct quotes from the email:

Just now US Army’s Delta Force and IS Air Force have invaded Iran.

Approximately 20,000 Us solders crossed the border into Iran and broke down the Iran[ian] Army resistance.

The video made by Us soldier was made [this] morning. click on the video to see the first minutes of the beginning of World War III. god save us.

Once unsuspecting people click the video, several different viruses are downloaded into the person’s computer unit. These viruses include the Troj/Tibs-UO Trojan and Mal/ObfJS-AY viruses.

The major problem with this email is that people usually take advantage of the Internet’s capabilities of broadcasting breaking news. Of course people that are directly affected by this will click the link or the video. I would say that the best way to fight this would be to keep your computer up to date with its virus protection and don’t click on links that are in emails (suspicious). Also, if you want breaking news, check with www.msnbc.com or www.cnn.com before trusting emails.

Facebook, Is that a him or a her?

Facebook, one of the leading social-networking sites on the site, is fed up with trying to create new words for their users. Not the average user, but users that haven’t picked which gender they are yet. I know the question you might be asking yourself, “How do you not know your gender?” Well this question falls the category for newly gendered people or people that question there own gender (transsexuals).Facebook Logo

In recent weeks, the decision to make gender declaration mandatory has been passed and within weeks, Facebook users will have to declare which gender they are (or think they are). The problem with genderless users are that Facebook announces what people do when they do it. “Jeff has blanked. He is very happy.” When somebody is genderless on Facebook, they have to use they instead of he or she. The problem doesn’t seem very apparent now, but when used in a different sentence, the problem is obvious. “Jeff hates himself.” In the English language, there is no non-gendered word for himself or herself. So far, Facebook has been using themself. Themself is not a word, hence the problem.

My question is, “Does this really have relevance?” I mean shouldn’t we just accept people that do not wish to disclose there gender. I do not feel hurt by Facebook using “themself” and neither should most people.

Sound off and let your voice be heard.

Death of XP

Say it ain’t so Microsoft, say it ain’t so…Long time companion to the personal computer has been finally put to rest today on Monday June 30th 2008. This,  of course, after months and months of fighting from enraged XP users that did not want to convert to Vista. Today, a legend dies.

What will happen of XP?

Well that question cannot be fully answered. Right now, all that is known is that small computer business repair/builder shops will be able to still legally purchase XP for their business. Where else can you get XP? Well, their is also an extreme that must be done to get XP.  Buy a netbook (such as the Eee PC) with XP already loaded on it (this is allowed by Microsoft) and you will have your dream come true.

Sadly for some users, XP will not be available to them anymore. Those that do not want netbooks or those who do not own a computer repair business are out of luck. Many dedicated XP users banned together and formed a petition to keep XP alive. However, this effort was all in vain.

On the positive side, XP will still be supported by Microsoft for the next six years (2014). Hopefully that will keep everybody happy until Windows 7 arrives at our door step. To this techie, nothing will change. Vista will just be replaced by Windows 7 and a save Vista petition will be bound to be created. *sigh* Nobody is ever happy.

Webcam Fun, Tehe

Bored?

Need something to kill time? Webcam. That’s all I have to say. No, no no. Don’t think perversely. When I say fun with webcams, I mean fun with picture taking via webcam. The new(ish) site called cameriod.com has created a web-based application which allows users to take pictures with their webcam (utilizing flash player). This is new genre for websites (maybe even a groundbreaking concept) and has already been known for its teenage/ young adult fans around the blogosphere. The user will have an opportunity to take pictures using the web-based application (no installation necessary). After all the pictures are taken, the user has the opportunity to save them to their hard drive for future use (myspace or facebook or whatever). Sounds pretty amazing! You’re probably thinking, “Dude, they are just pictures.” No…they are not just pictures, they are template pictures. Cameriod comes with about 9 different overlay templates. Just line up your face with the template and enjoy the hilarious results. See the monkey over there? Template! (Monkey ≠ Pseudo). This site also gives different effects for picture taking fun such as negatives, temperature sensor, black and white and mirror pictures.

Hopefully next time bordom stikes, you’ll check out Cameriod.com. Maybe sometime, I will load up some pictures of my experience with their web-based application.

[Pseudo ≠ Hot Asian Girl Kissing Herself]

Lazy People! Come and Rejoice, Let Us Build a Shutdown Icon!

Yup, that’s right! A shutdown icon…Now, I know that many readers are wondering, “Why create a shutdown icon? Windows has an icon in the start menu.” Well reader, that is true however, shutdown icons are for those lazy people that don’t feel it necessary to click the start menu before shutting down. So, here I give you: The Shutdown Icon Tutorial!

Step One

Go to your desktop and right click on some blank space. This is where the shortcut will be created. Next go to New and then to Shortcut. Once this is done, a new window will pop up to configure the shortcut about to be created.

Step Two

Next, a wizard will help users configure there new shortcut. This is where we name the executable file. For shutdown we will need to type shutdown -s -t 0 and then click next.

For other shortcuts (restart and log off) try these codes: shutdown -r -t 0 and shutdown -l -t 0

After that step, click finish.

Step Three

To change the apperance of the icon, right click the shutdown icon and click properties. Then under the shortcut tab, click change icon and then feel free to change the icon to whatever picture you might want.

[A cool prank would be to create a shutdown icon with the picture icon of a popular program like firerfox. When an unsuspecting user clicks on it, the computer will shutdown. Haha]

Disable History, Disable Smart Locations Bar for Firefox 3

Welp, I guess many Firefox 3 users are in a pickle. Did you ever find yourself stammering to delete the history or cache of a shameful site? Well, you’re not alone because millions of Firefox users have that same dilemma. Finally, the people that have made the Distrust plug n have come to the rescue with their new Firefox 3 plugin.

When Distrust is enabled, Firefox 3 records the history and cache like it normally does any other time. However, when Distrust is disabled, the tracking of sites is turned off and the user can feel free to browse however they want to browse. This plugin is specifically used for the new Smart Locations Bar which records everything a user does on Firefox 3.

[Pseudo Banksy does not condone or endorse searching or looking at questionable material. This plugin is used for the discretion of its users].

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How Great is Firefox 3?

Mark from SecondStoryGamer.com asks,

How great is Firefox 3 eh?

Mark this question can be answered very easily. Its amazingly great. Today I finally got the chance to download the newest version of Mozilla’s leading Internet browser and boy was I impressed. To summarize the features of the newest Firefox, I put together a list of five different factors that make Firefox 3 insane.

Add-on Manager

The new add-on manager gives the user more options when customizing Firefox 3. Not only does the new Firefox give the user the option to change extensions and themes, but it also gives the option to disable the different plug ins that Firefox uses and allows the user to manually update their extension and themes. Is quick-time annoying you again? Boom! Disable it! No more grief from third-party plug ins.

Adaptable Interface

Firefox 3 introduces the possibility of increasing the image size along with the text size for users with seeing disabilities (or for users that just want to increase text or image size). This is great for people that used and enjoyed this feature in Firefox 2, except this time the image size also increases. If it’s hard to read the text, I’m sure it’s hard to see the images. Good job Mozilla, this makes browsing easier for all of us.

Another notable feature would be the ability to configure Firefox to launch different applications (web based) for specific links. When a user would want to email a webmaster about their site, the user would click the mailto link and up comes gmail. Pretty awesome!

Malware and Security Protection

Keeping your computer safe is one of the biggest concerns with the average computer user and Mozilla recognizes this fact. Protection of Maleware is key to the survival of your secure information and the new Firefox is better than ever with security. This is done by a little ‘button’ near the address bar. When the site is good and secure, the area will turn green and, if clicked, a window will pop up with the information about the site. When a site is reported as a phishing site, the button will turn red and warn the user. No more giving information to the wrong sources, I guess.

Smart Locations Bar

This is my all time favorite new feature of Firefox 3. By typing in the address bar, a user can bring up any page that is in its bookmarks or history by using a keyword. Can’t remember the exact URL of a cool site but only remember that it had video games in the URL? Type ‘Video Games’ in the address bar and it will remember the URL for you. Not only does the SLB remember the sites you look at, but it also remembers the most looked at sites. Remember that Video game site? Well the SLB site remembers that you checked it out five times today. When you type video games in the address bar, this is the first site that comes up since it was the most viewed page.

Increased Performance

Here is a graph to explain this feature:

These five features are not the only new features in Firefox 3. There are a few more notable ones as well. These include a better download manager, better ‘remember password’ manager, smarter bookmarks and native skins for different operating systems.

Hopefully these features will persuade everybody to try the new Firefox 3, if they haven’t switched already. I know, I would recommend it.