Month: October 2007

Technology & The So Cal Fires

Gregg Stebben is the Chief Internet Evangelist for PC Pitstop. Gregg is well-known to radio listeners all over the country as a “tech guru”, including his weekly reports on WTOP in Washington DC. WLW in Cincinnati, WOAI in San Antonio and KSL in Salt Lake. He is the author of 11 books, including INTERNET PRIVACY FOR DUMMIES, and he has also written for magazines ranging from MEN’S HEALTH to ESQUIRE to BON APPÉTIT. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

Hall of Shame

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Here we have a collection of audio and video clips that just completely put people in the computer industry to shame! You won’t believe your eyes and ears.

Vista: The First 6 Months

It was six months ago that we were anxiously awaiting the introduction of Microsoft’s new operating system, Vista. My love of computing started when XP was introduced so Vista’s introduction carried me back to the excitement of those days. If only it could have been the same.

User Account Control in Vista

We’re six months beyond the introduction of Windows Vista. Like it or not, new units are shipping with Vista installed and you’ll search long and hard for a new computer that does not have Vista as it’s operating system.

What feature do I hear the most about when it comes to Vista? User Account Control. ”Once installed just disable it”, that’s the call I hear. Is this a good idea? Is the User Account Control just a big pain in the petuti or a needed feature?

Laptop Security

Gregg Stebben is the Chief Internet Evangelist for PC Pitstop. Gregg is well-known to radio listeners all over the country as a “tech guru”, including his weekly reports on WTOP in Washington DC. WLW in Cincinnati, WOAI in San Antonio and KSL in Salt Lake. He is the author of 11 books, including INTERNET PRIVACY FOR DUMMIES, and he has also written for magazines ranging from MEN’S HEALTH to ESQUIRE to BON APPÉTIT. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

Microsoft Excel 2007 Calculation Issue

Microsoft has now posted a hotfix package to its Web site that corrects this flaw in Excel 2007 and Excel Services 2007. The fix will be offered soon through Microsoft Update so that users can get the patch automatically without having to go to Microsoft’s site.

October 2007

Fighting Phishing
Digital Gangsters and Scams
Wireless Wars
Bits from Bill: Malware Strongholds
Tip: PC Process Explorer
Tip: Control Panel Add-Ons
Tip: Build Your Own PC
New Survey: Drivers
Survey Results: Do You Know Your PC?
Research: Floating Point Pas

PC Pitstop PC Information Results

Our September 2007 survey polled the folks visiting the PC Pitstop web site to determine just how intimate people are with their PCs. Nine out of ten people surveyed indicated that they knew the manufacturer of their PC, the size of their hard drives and how much RAM is installed. Almost as many indicated that they remember the model number of their PC and who manufactured the CPU. No surprises there. These are the common attributes that PC marketers highlight in their ads and that most people look for when buying a PC.

Phish Phighter Battles

Just when you thought it was safe to click …

Bill Zahren

The days when a bored teenager would hatch a virus in his basement – just to prove he could – and start the epidemic using a 3.5-inch floppy are long gone.

Even spyware – with its Big-Brother-like, harassing approach to get you to buy things – seems to have waned in the face of fury from consumers and Congress.

Computer Scams Spring from Digital Back Alleys

A peek inside online crime
hubs

Bill Zahren

Somewhere, right now, deep in the bowels of an anonymous
server in a dark room in, say, Iran,
a “carder forum” is brewing up the next scheme aimed at stealing your money.

Carder forums and chat rooms are highly exclusive online
bazaars where criminals who embrace the dark side of technology meet to
exchange the information and criminal services that create what’s been called a
shadow, “microeconomy.”