Archive for the ‘Computer Tips’ Category

Google Latitude

Wanna keep tabs on your kid? Check out the new features of Google Latitude. Hide and Go Seek at it’s best. I have to wonder why people need to know so damn much about each other – I still don’t get the constant cell phone/texting thing. Do I really need to know you just picked your nose? Don’t think so!

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Digsby rocks

Want to hook up with your friends who are on various IM services? Take a look at Digsby . Very nice, not only allows connecting to AOL,Yahoo,MSN,IRC,GTalk, but also allows connections to Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.  And it has some very nice themes with some cool colors and bubble features for their talk windows. One particularly nice feature is that you can email directly from your Chat windows – that is sweet.  It also allows file transfers between AOL,Yahoo, MSN, but alas not Gtalk because Google uses their own proprietary file tranfer protocol.

Give it a shot and let me know what you think in comments section below.

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Well, I just went through a glorious experience of getting whacked with multiple trojans,viruses,malware,etc.  Started directing me to strange web sites, wouldn’t let me open Explorer or Control Panel, wouldn’t let me go to anti-spyware web sites – took over my desktop background, etc.

I figured I was doomed, but the folks at Spybot, most notably Blade, saved my keester. These are volunteers who donate their time to help pitiful folks such as myself. 🙂   You post your problem and they tell you to run HiJackThis (which analyzes your system) and once analyzed they will have you download a number of programs (ComboFix,etc) to run and clean up your system.  It’s not something you want to do without their help, I can say that, especially if you are not a very advanced user.  But now I’m clean again and have switched from Zone Alarm for my firewall to Online Armor, am running an updated version of Java Cool’s Spyware Blaster, Avast Antivirus, backed up with scans from SuperAntiSpyware.  In addition, I now use the great add-on (also suggested to me by Blade) called Virustotal, where you can upload any file you want to be analyzed by some 36 different virus programs.  All you have to do is right click the file and click send to VirusTotal. That is sweet, for sure, especially if you download a lot of programs. Nice way to really analyze them before running them.

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Every now and then a very cool browser plug-in comes along and causes one to say “Wow!”. Piclens is one of those plug-ins.  Available for IE, Firefox and Safari.  I’ll say no more – just check it out and give it a whirl and then let me know in the comments what you think of it.

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Here’s a neat little Firefox hack.  As most of you know, Firefox is a gobbler of memory, but here’s a way to reduce it quickly when you minimize Firefox.  In preliminary testing, it dropped Firefox from 85MB of memory consumed to 10MB when it was minimized.

Check it out at Panther Moderns

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