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Fri
10
Apr
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PogoPlug: Access Remote PC Files, Easily and Secure

An interesting little piece of hardware promises to eliminate wasted upload time when sharing computer files, while reducing stresses associated with forgetfulness. The Pogoplug is a simple device that remotely accesses and shares files on a home ... computer over the Internet. Users connect the Pogoplug to their home network router (via an Ethernet cable), plug in a USB hard drive into Pogoplug, and the device pretty much does the rest. Leave Your Flash Drive and Worry at Home Since the files from your home hard drive are accessible via the Internet, forgetful people never again have to worry ... (view more)

Mon
06
Apr
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UK Big Brother Data Retention Law Effective Today

Despite the fact that the UK parliament network was vulnerable to the Conficker virus just last week, reports suggest that the UK Government is forging ahead with their dubious plans to harvest all the personal electronic data of every citizen and ... storing it for one year, opening the door to the Big Brother super database . Mobile phone calls, emails and Internet activities of every Briton will be stored for a year, placing legal duties on Internet companies to store everyone's private information, including email traffic and Internet browsing histories effective Monday, April 6, 2009. The ... (view more)

Tue
13
Jan
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Police Across Britain Prepare For Remote Searching of Home PCs

The Home Office in the UK has reportedly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain to routinely hack into people's personal computers without a warrant, allowing police or MI5 officers to covertly examine the hard drive of someone's PC at ... his home, office or hotel room -- all from a remote location. The pronouncement comes after a decision by the European Union's council of ministers in Brussels expanding the implementation of a statute permitting warrant-less surveillance of private property. Material gathered by "remote searching" includes the content of all emails, Internet ... (view more)

Wed
17
Sep
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Forget Your Keys? New Locks Activated by Internet Command

How many times have you been driving to work and thought "Did I remember to lock the front door?" Or who remembers coming home early from school and finding all the doors locked with nobody home? Thanks to a new system, people will never have to ... worry about forgetting to lock their doors or bringing their house keys with them again. All you need is an Internet connection or a mobile phone. The company behind the plan, Ingersoll-Rand (under the "Schlage Lock" brand name) has manufactured a system that allows locks to be opened and closed via Internet commands. Now, users can lock and unlock ... (view more)

Tue
02
Sep
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'Set Up A Home Server', and 'Virtual Clone Drive'

Set Up A Home Server You could use it to run a website, collect and send e-mail messages, store your OpenID credentials or serve your music around the home or around the net. No matter the use, having your own server is a handy thing, and this guide ... from the friendly folks at webmonkey will prove very useful in reaching that noble goal. http://www.webmonkey.com Virtual Clone Drive Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files generated with CloneDVD or CloneCD can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or ... (view more)

Fri
22
Aug
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'Set Up A Home Server', and 'Extra Putty'

Set Up A Home Server Running an open-source operating system is a popular and useful activity. For example: you could use it to run your own website, collect and send e-mail messages, store your OpenID credentials, or serve your music and videos ... around the home. http://www.webmonkey.com Extra Putty Extra Putty is a secure SSH (shell) client for Windows and is based on the original "putty." ExtraPuTTY has all the features from the original and adds others, including: allow win32 application to send, receive data on Telnet, SSH, RLogin and Raw protocols, and more. http://www. ... (view more)

Mon
25
Feb
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Disney and Microsoft Introduce the Tech-House of the Future

Fifty years after being first unveiled, the Disneyland "House of the Future" is back with all-new innovations that could never have been imagined 50 years ago. The Disney "Dream Home" is the brainchild of The Walt Disney Co., Microsoft Corp., ... Hewlett-Packard Co., LifeWare and Taylor Morrison. All five companies hope to make the house into an actual retailed product one day, with initial estimations starting at 15 million dollars. (Source: sfgate.com ) In 1957, just two years after opening their gates for the very first time, Disneyland introduced the world to the "House of the Future" exhibit ... (view more)

Fri
11
Jan
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'Mail Store Home', and 'Top 10 Usb Thumb Drive Tricks'

Mail Store Home Mail Store Home allows you to back up all your e-mail messages from multiple applications into one safe archive. You can import your mail from Outlook, Windows Mail, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Exchange, as well as POP/IMAP ... accounts and local files. You read your mail from within the interface, search fast through all your messages by keyword and advanced criteria, and even burn a Backup CD. Messages are stored MIME-compatible, and can be recovered at any time without information loss. http://www.mailstore.com/en/mailstore-home.aspx Top 10 Usb Thumb Drive Tricks Make use of ... (view more)

Wed
26
Sep
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Switch to the Internet and All Phone Calls Are Free?

Two new start-up companies are looking to entice the average consumer to make all of their telephone calls over the Internet and bypass the high-priced local phone and cable television companies. Using the service will may result in free calls, and ... will be compatible with almost all standard-issued phone handsets. But, in a world where most good things come with a catch, the "free calls" are not initially free. The one-time hardware cost and subsequent low annual membership fees have many believing that nationwide calling from a regular home phone is getting really close to eventually ... (view more)

Wed
18
Apr
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A Few Thoughts: Microsoft and Windows Vista

Since last November and even before that, Microsoft has been aggressively hyping the features and virtues of Vista. We've all seen it talked about in the printed media, on television, and on web sites, including Infopackets. Is Vista the latest and ... greatest Windows operating system ever produced? The jury is still out on that. Even I, the local Linux 'geek', look upon Vista and can see where there are seeds of potential greatness, but only the potential. It's just too soon to say for sure if will attain greatness. Why So Much Memory? On the technical side, the reasons for the expanded ... (view more)

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