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LAN chats and file transfers (freeware)

LAN chats and file transfers
This can be a frustrating subject, particularly when working with two operating systems. Or like I did when one wireless technology was going out and the other phasing in (which come to think of it has been the rule–sort of like Google and everything they produce being forever in beta, like Chrome). To do an actual physical file transfer on a working network somehow adds insult to injury. The program I am going to recommend is in no way recommended for business use. For one thing, I haven’t used it for long enough, and from all I can tell there’s no separate log-in procedure. It could be argued that log-in to the network obviates that, but drive-by and the whole mentality negates that comfortable and easy assumption.

What I’m talking about is BORG chat. Easy search results. Small file, couple of megabytes. XP and Vista compatible, which means it’s compatible to Windows 2000 and will be to Windows 7. If you have anything older you’re asking for trouble. You can’t run some of the programs necessary to ensure your safety–pardon me, the safety of your data; we have indeed become cybernetic citizens willy-nilly.

Or Home page: http://borgchat.softnews.ro/
if you want to get picky about it.
–Glenn

(I just had to add the “social networking” bit with all the mis-use of the term going on currently.)

April 18, 2009 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

www.pcrepairdvd.com

That’s a valid name, and the research says it’s valid.  It’s an established business in Klamath Falls, which is near the Rogue Valley.  This is not a sponsored support.  I cannot vouch for the quality of the software, although I assume I’ll be talking with this guy relatively soon.  That will allow me more judgment.  The first question of course will be about virus software, which in the short ad I saw was mentioned.

–Glenn

April 18, 2009 at 5:54 am Leave a comment

Alternate Browsers, Freeware, Orca

Orca bears a relationship to both Firefox and Google.  It’s had something like one security vulnerability in the last year, and it’s one of the least-used browsers, mainly because there are so many of them.  You could add that each and every one of them has its own little peculiarities, too.  Orca uses little RAM, is fast to load, and lacks a lot of the built-in supposed security features of (say) IE.  You can disable Pop-ups, Sounds, Videos, ActiveX, Scripts and Java Applets as usual; there are several tab options…and you can use some Mozilla add-ons.  It’s an attractive browser and a work-in-progress.  And I am thinking about switching away from Firefox now because it is targeting more and more attention from badware writers.

–Glenn

You can even import favorites and that sort of thing.  Perhaps I should have mentioned that.  As far as passwords go, I would not import that kind of file but build it from scratch, just in case.  However, I am actually certifiably paranoid (part of the PTSD package) so if you want you can discount that.

[I forgot to mention that I carefully posted that using Orca.  The rendering problems I reported on about 18 months ago were not at all evident, not just on the pages of WordPress.  That is a tremendous step forward, believe it or not.  I should have added too that disabling ActiveX and so on (which are not enabled by default, necessarily, on Orca) is very easy–and may end up with some web pages that can’t be navigated except by turning them on.  There are online gaming sites were some security controls aren’t even possible (I even play on one of them, and not as ‘oregonnerd’).]

April 17, 2009 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

The Most Vulnerable Browser

Firefox, for now.

–Glenn

P.S.  Which is why I intended the review of browsers this week.  I haven’t forgotten.  I think I only have 8 installed.  The best was the freeware browser with the notepad…that led on a quick & easy search to the moniker for a hacker.  Incidentally, a recent scan turned up badware.  A trojan.  That was apparently installed courtesy of adware on the site he uses for his blog.  I was truly grateful.  I just hide it well.

April 16, 2009 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

The Debate Rages On…

How much evil does spam do?  My God, greenhouse effect.  Pretty soon it will be right up there with cow farts.

–Glenn

April 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

Work at Home and Similar Schemes

Here is an example of very simple detective work.

This is from About.com: http://workathomemoms.about.com/od/writersandeditors/Writers_and_Editors.htm.

This is a “sponsored ad”–2nd one down when I looked, and I’m not fighting with image placeholders and the like.  http://work-at-home-grants.org/?t202id=3511&t202kw=

And here is the small print (make sure to enlarge it if necessary) : https://glpimi.orderlockbox.com/terms.html.  If you’re using WOT I’ve already marked it as a bad site.

About.com is in general a good site.  No one is perfect.  And absolutely no one can review all potential ads.

–Glenn

[links have been disabled on this; it’s a cut-and-paste sort of thing]

April 16, 2009 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Conficker Test

http://www.confickerworkinggroup.org/wiki/

And that most likely does it for the day.  I’m sick.

–Glenn

April 10, 2009 at 3:45 pm Leave a comment

Student Pad, a New (Freeware) Browser

You’ll note I haven’t provided any links.  I had intended to cover this piece of freeware–offered in CNET, no less, how I heard of it.  So I did a bit of sleuthing.  “Haxbro” could be a user-name.  Let’s note that, first, and that the name of the “company” (stated in the fine print to be basically one person; there’s enough information to lead to a search…which leads to a blog on dangerous site) is that user-name.  That dangerous site parenthetically mentioned is a threat of a click-jack; I ended up having to do a shutdown in order to avoid copying something (presumably an exe file of some sort) to my desktop.  [That’s one of the reasons you don’t shut off things like User Access Control, because the very thing that makes it a pain in the butt makes it the occasional butt-saver.]

Better than that, I used an alternate e-mail address to contact [him?] the author with no reply.

Don’t use Student Pad.

–Glenn

April 10, 2009 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

PC Hell

PC Hell is the name  of a website maintained by a local computer professional that can be of help in, well…PC Hell.

–Glenn

Full Disclosure:  I live about 60 miles away.  Don’t know him.

April 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

Mainly a link: Who/What Does Microsoft Blame for an XP Error?

Go here for the answer.

–Glenn

April 2, 2009 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

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