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Tue
18
Sep
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How Secure is the Vista Registry?

We've noted in the past how easy Windows Vista makes it to track your computing habits and all the information it maintains. Joe Wilcox from Microsoft Watch has a disturbing article that shows how dangerous the Windows Vista registry can be. After ... searching his Windows Vista registry he found some disturbing personal information such as his name, address and phone number, online account user names, software registration codes and some information that identified some of his online accounts. Needless to say, coming across that information didn't give him a warm and fuzzy feeling. This time, ... (view more)

Wed
01
Aug
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Microsoft, The DoD and Windows

After coming across the information from the "Does Windows Vista Send Information to the Government?" story , I decided to do a little research on Microsoft, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Security Agency (NSA). What I found was ... very interesting, and it raises some serious questions. It's not clear what software was being used by my source as I wrote that previous post. He may be using some sort of file sharing or peer 2 peer (p2p) program. He posted pictures of a log from the peerguardian 2 program, software that isn't listed as compatible with Windows Vista. Just because ... (view more)

Wed
01
Aug
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Canadian Predators Roam MySpace

Is MySpace safe? It may be hard to answer yes to this question since, as of July 25, 2007, 29,000 registered offenders had created profiles on the world's most popular social networking community. (Source: businessweek.com ) Before you cancel your ... Internet service and sell the kids' computer, find comfort in the fact that things will be changing for the better. MySpace has teamed up with Sentinel Tech to create technology to banish registered offenders from its site. However, the new measures do not apply to Canada. But, don't be too eager to point fingers at MySpace. Ottawa's information ... (view more)

Mon
23
Jul
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Microsoft's Appeal Soon to see a Verdict

On September 17, the European Court of First Instance will present its verdict in Microsoft Corporation's antitrus appeal. The appeal, which has taken more than three years to render an outcome, relates to Microsoft's mistreatment of its ... competitors. "By bundling Windows Media Player, its audio and video playing software, into Windows, Microsoft competed unfairly against rivals such as Real Networks Inc. and Apple Inc., the Commission ruled. And by failing to share technical information about how to interoperate with Windows PCs, Microsoft managed to steal a march in the market for low-end ... (view more)

Thu
12
Jul
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Can Minicomputers Save a Species?

Technology has allowed us to save time and energy, but can it save an endangered species? In Deerfield River, Massachusetts, computer engineers looking to test new wireless communication networks have teamed up with biologists looking to track local ... area snapping turtles. It's a species that has many people worried that their extinction is inevitable due to the rapid expansion of nearby land development. The project to save said turtles is school-related, and is whole-heartedly endorsed by the University of Massachusetts. Using a combination of orthodontic cement and duct tape, students ... (view more)

Mon
09
Jul
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Vista Users Beware: Big Brother is Watching

Softpedia.com released a nice article regarding the plethora of Windows Vista "features and services" that collect, maintain and transmit your personal data to Microsoft and/or their "controlled subsidiaries and affiliates." If you're going to use ... Vista, you really don't have much say in the matter. Microsoft makes it crystal-clear that they're gathering information. The Vista Privacy Statement and the End User License Agreement (EULA) references most of these "features and services", but not all of them. "This disclosure focuses on features that communicate with the Internet and is not ... (view more)

Fri
08
Jun
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Adding a Footer to your Presentation: PowerPoint 2007

Adding a footer to a slide gives users the option to keep presentation information organized and immediately accessible by appearing at the top or bottom of each slide. Information such as slide numbers, the time and date, your company logo, the ... presentation title or file name, or the presenter's name and address can be added quickly and easily. Follow the steps below to learn how to add a footer to a slide: On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Header & Footer. In the Header and Footer dialog box, on the Slide tab, select the Footer check box and then type the text that you would ... (view more)

Tue
01
May
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Google Offers New 'Web History' Service

Recently, Google announced the launch of a new feature for its web users: Web History. The new project offers Google account users the opportunity to access their Web surfing history. A posting on the Official Google Blog touted the new feature as ... making it easy for Google users to "view and search across the pages ... visited. If you remember seeing something online, you'll be able to find it faster and from any computer with Web History. Web History lets you look back in time, revisit the sites you've browsed, and search over the full text of pages you've seen. It's your slice of the web, ... (view more)

Tue
24
Apr
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Consumer Privacy Issues Threaten Google/DoubleClick Merger

Three consumer advocate organizations have filed a joint complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting that the Google/DoubleClick merger be stopped. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Center for Digital Democracy, and the ... US Public Interest Research Group submitted the complaint on April 20th. The complaint asserts that "neither Google or DoubleClick have taken adequate steps to safeguard the personal data that is collected." The 11 page document goes on to ask the FTC to halt the merger until the "unfair and deceptive trade practices" are changed. (Source: ... (view more)

Thu
29
Mar
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Got a Tech Question? Help Us Help You: Q&A Guidelines

Over my many years as an IT professional, I have worn many 'hats'. Programmer/Developer, Operator, Administrator, and Quality Assurance, to name a few. I have also spent a great deal of time working a Help Desk, which can be a tough task to handle. ... Now days, I spend my day trying to help you, the Infopackets readers, with problems through the contact page. However, one of the things that slow us down in helping you solve those niggling quirks and kinks is the lack of information. I often find I am asking questions that shouldn't be necessary, because I don't receive enough information about ... (view more)

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