Geeky stuff

Things that make you go “woohoo, I want it”. And no, that’s not a euphemism. It’s all about toys, gadgets, games and software

If you’re online, you need protection

If you’re online, you need protection

While it certainly has its good points, there is no denying the fact that the internet is becoming more of a security minefield every day. Many years ago, when I bought my first computer and discovered the joys of the web via my trusty 14.4 kbit/s dialup modem (yes kiddies, there was a time before wi-fi, broadband, Twitter, and even Facebook), there were still a good number of people who didn’t use security software....

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Facebook’s big announcement

Are we all excited about Facebook’s new messaging and email system? Yes, sure … I’m prepared to trust my emails with a company that’s already shown total contempt for the privacy of its users. What could possibly go wrong …

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Digital guitar

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Google lines up ‘next big thing’

So, are we all excited and abuzz over yesterday’s Google operating system announcement?  Okay, so it will be a year before the OS is running on computers and it will be set up for netbooks to start with but even so, it’s big news.  I like that it’s going to be based on Google’s Chrome, a web browser with a very nice interface. I’ve been a Firefox fan for a long time now and...

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Google phone confirmed for NZ

According to the NZ Herald (shhh, don’t tell my bosses I’m reading the competition!), we’re getting the sexy wee Google-powered smartphone some time during the next few months. It look very flash but let’s hope it’s going to be more affordable to run than the much anticipated iPhone. While I can appreciate how pretty and shiny these things look I’m a bit boring when it comes to phones. (I just want a phone to...

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Looking good

As expected, the trip to Sydney was informative and more than a little interesting. Symantec has listened to its users and — building on the improvements offered up in the 2008 software — is aiming for “zero-impact”. This doesn’t mean the software won’t use any system resources because, well, the only way ANY software could do that would be if you left it in the box and never installed it. No, your new Norton...

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Flying visit … don’t expect a postcard

I’m off to Sydney tomorrow for a slightly last-minute, flying visit. Symantec is running a workshop for reviewers on Wednesday, giving us a sneak preview of what’s coming up in the 2009 releases of their software. It’s going to be a bit chaotic getting there and back (one of the few negatives about living in Southland … we’re a little bit isolated so it takes all day to get to places like Sydney) but...

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Vodafone releases dear wee iPhone

Vodafone releases dear wee iPhone

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) The much-anticipated iPhone is set to finally make its official New Zealand debut tomorrow but the cost of owning one of the little beasties has probably rained on more than a few parades, or perhaps (in honour of its manufacturer) even upset a few apple carts. There’s no doubting the iPhone 3G is an awesome wee machine and I’m sure there will be plenty...

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Fired up

Good news web-junkies, there’s a new version of Mozilla’s spectacularly user-friendly Firefox available.  Updates to the hugely popular free web browser, which perfected tabbed browsing long before Internet Explorer 7 hit our screens, include one-click bookmarking, a download manager, improved security and privacy, the ability to zoom in on any part of a web page and faster loading sites.  Mozilla decided to have a crack at setting a record for the number of downloads...

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Net threat

There seem to be a lot of phishing e-mails hitting my inbox again so it’s probably a good time to remind everyone to take care. Ignore any e-mails you might get asking you to go to a bank site and enter your login details. Banks don’t operate like this. However, scammers do. They want your online banking details so they can steal all your money and spend it on whatever it is online scammers...

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