Friday, September 29, 2006

Taking Care of Baby: Your Computer (Accént)

• Backup
• Stopping Intruders—AntiViral, AntiSpy and Firewall Software
• Improve Performance—Disk Cleanup
• Back to the basics—your hard drive
• To run ScanDisk is complicated
• Windows Updates

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Lawsuit against AOL threatens search engine cookie store (The Guardian, UK)

“AOL is being sued by three American users after details of their internet searches were made available by the US web firm this year.

The lawsuit also demands that the company stop maintaining records of what users are looking for on the internet, a move which could hamper the development of the burgeoning search-engine industry.

Internet search engines place electronic tags - called cookies - on users' computers, enabling a search engine to compile a database of customer behaviour, in the same way that store cards help retailers track who is buying what items.”

Monday, September 25, 2006

Gurgle, gurgle . . . Google (The Sunday Times, UK)

James Martin predicted the internet 30 years ago. Now, he tells Tony Allen-Mills, this century we will see computer-savvy babies

Sunday, September 24, 2006

.Google convicted in case brought by Belgian press (Wiki)

“Earlier this week a Belgian court ruled that Google News could not use material from "Belgian publishers of the French- and German-speaking daily press" without paying a copyright fee.

The ruling followed a case brought by Copiepresse, an association of French- and German-language newspaper editors in Belgium, challenging the right of Google to run their news aggregator under the current copyright laws.

Google removed the newspapers Le Soir, La Libre Belgique and Dernière Heure from its indexes immediately, causing them to disappear from as well. However, Google Inc. faced daily fines of €500,000 (USD$640,000) for not posting the 2315 word court ruling on its and pages. Google appealed that part of the verdict, but the judge now confirms it, and both sites now display the court's ruling.

During the trial, internet adviser Luc Golvers argued that Google News is not a search engine, but a news portal.”

Friday, September 22, 2006

Going beyond Google (

Search is only the beginning for Endeca's founders, who boast a more sophisticated search engine than Google and an ambitious plan, says Fortune's Matthew Boyle.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Google will flex political muscles; PAC to raise money for causes, candidates; lobbyists on board (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Under fire on Capitol Hill, Google Inc. has boosted its political muscle by creating its first political action committee while taking steps to reach out to Republicans.

The Mountain View search-engine company joins a sizable club of corporate titans that have established major political operations in Washington in hopes of influencing legislation and votes.

"Google probably learned that to be successful, you have to make campaign contributions," said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles and an expert on money in politics. "I'm sure they've been told time and time again by everyone in Washington that 'If you want to play, you play by our rules.' ''

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Top 10 tips to keep that new computer spyware-free (Spyware Confidential |

Spyware/Adware Prevention: Lock Down Internet Explorer (Cornell University IT Security Office)

Anti-Spyware Programs Snare Ad Cookies, Google Cookies Evade All (ClickZ)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Electronics on Planes: Scarier Than Snakes? (WXPNews)

“What do you think about electronics on planes? The best thing to happen to flight since the Wright Brothers, or a menace that should be eradicated?

What electronic devices do you use on the plane? Do you always remember to turn off your devices when you're supposed to? Have you seen other passengers using their cell phones or other prohibited electronics in flight?

Do you think it really poses a safety threat or are the experts just being overly cautious? Would you like to see the ban on cell phone calls during flight lifted?”


Monday, September 18, 2006

The Rise of Baidu (That’s Chinese for Google)
[The New York Times]

Google loosing market share in China


Saturday, September 16, 2006

Who Is Watching Your Internet Searches? (ABC News)

Question: Can people really tell what I search for over the Internet?

Answer: You may be searching from the privacy of your home, but when it comes to just about anything online, there's no guarantee of privacy.

Your Internet service provider may know about the controversial group you just researched. Your search engine may know about the divorce you're contemplating. And if you're surfing from work, your boss may know about the disease you just looked up.

Some advice from Lauren Weinstein, a veteran computer scientist and privacy advocate: "Assume that everything you put into those search engines is being saved and might be handed out to somebody, someday, perhaps linked to your identity."

Friday, September 15, 2006

Google in 2006: The First Down Year?
(Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed)

“Unless something changes fairly dramatically, 2006 stands a good chance of being the first calendar year to end with Google's stock below where it started. Granted, GOOG only traded for the last part of 2004, but it did trade upward for all of 2005.

The current year, however, has been a disappointment for Google bulls, with the company's stock currently trading at $377.85, well below its 52-week high of $475.11. It is also below the $414 price at which Google's stock started the year.”

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

EFF's Six Tips to Protect Your Online Search Privacy (Common Dreams)

How to Defend Yourself from Privacy Invasions Like AOL's Search Data Disaster

“In the wake of AOL's publicly revealing customers' Internet search histories, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published "Six Tips to Protect Your Online Search Privacy."

In the white paper released today, EFF instructs users on how to follow six privacy tips:

* Don't put personally identifying information like your name, address, credit card number, or Social Security number in your searches.

* Don't use a search engine operated by your Internet service provider (ISP).

* Don't log in to your search engine or its related services. So, if you have accounts with services like GMail or Yahoo! Mail, don't use Google or Yahoo!'s search engines, respectively. Or, use one browser for your searches and a different browser for your other activities.

* Block "cookies" from your search engine.

* Vary your IP address.

* Use web proxies and anonymizing software that masks your IP address and other information that can be used to track you.”


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Microsoft to launch Windows Live search engine
(Computer World)

It wants to take on rivals Google and Yahoo.

“Microsoft Corp. today plans to launch its new Windows Live Search engine, a pillar in its strategy to topple market leader Google and wrestle away billions of dollars worth of online advertising.

Windows Live Search will replace MSN Search, Microsoft's current search engine, in 47 markets worldwide and 23 languages after being available for months in a test version.”

Windows Live Search - Testing, Testing…
(Live Search's WebLog)

"We have been hard at work on Windows Live Search to create some new features that we hope our customers will love. As anyone who works on a service knows – the only real way to know if you’re successful is to run a test, and see what people think.

Well, that’s just what we’re in the process of doing. Since introducing a beta in March on Windows Live we have been experimenting with all sorts of things and now have begun testing things at a larger scale from MSN.

I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to some things the blogosphere has started noticing from our testing. Please check out the features, and keep an eye on both our MSN service, and our Windows Live service".

Monday, September 11, 2006

Google Recommendations (

Google has created a new module for the personalized homepage that shows you recommendations, based on your search history, your location and on the search history of similar users.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

How To Be Seen By Search Engines (Dev Mechanic)

“You've finished your website, and it's beautiful.

You ensured it would be content rich; you have a plan to maintain fresh content, whether it's through blogs or rotating content.

You hired a professional writer to ensure that your content was keyword optimized for the search engines, to raise its rank.

You've even paid attention to tags and how they are focused on your web page, and image descriptions for your graphics.

So now you can submit it to the search engines, right?

Wrong. You don't want to submit at all.”

Friday, September 08, 2006

A New Malicious Program Alters Internet Search Results And Uses A Rootkit To Hide Itself, Reports Panda Software (Just Load IT)

“PandaLabs has detected the appearance of Zcodec, a new malicious program which uses a rootkit to hide its malicious actions.

Once on the system, a rootkit (a program designed to hide processes, files or registry entries) is installed so that users cannot see which files are being run. In this way, Zcodec installs two executable files.

The first of these modifies the DNS settings on the compromised computer so that when a user clicks on results returned from search engines such as Google, a different page is displayed.

This tactic is exploited by the creators of the program in order to profit from pay-per-click systems, or even to redirect users to pages designed to steal confidential data.

The second executable file can have two different actions, which are executed at random. In some cases it installs the Ruins.MB Trojan, designed to download other malicious programs on the system.

And on other occasions, the file continually launches a casino application, asking for the user’s permission to install it. However, even if the user rejects installation of the program, an icon is created on the Windows desktop which when clicked, will prompt installation.”

Thursday, September 07, 2006

China to lead the broadband world (iTnews - Australia)

“China will overtake the US next year to become the world's largest broadband Internet market, analysts have forecast.

The number of broadband subscribers in China is growing at a staggering 79 percent annually, and will reach 79 million in 2007, consulting firm Ovum predicted in research released today.

Recent estimates from Leichtman Research suggest that the number of broadband connections in the US, currently the world's largest market, is around 51 million.

Ovum's predictions are in line with those from other researchers. In-Stat estimated recently that the number of broadband households in China will reach 130 million by 2010. “

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Google Indexes 200 Years of News (TechNewsWorld)

Google is offering a new service that will let readers search the archives of newspapers, magazines and other publications dating back more than 200 years, considerably extending its already-powerful influence over how the world's information is searched, indexed and accessed.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

What Is Black Hat Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? (Dev Mechanic)

“Seo has been very useful and famous in internet marketing. There are many techniques that make boosting your site a success through different seo strategies.

But despite the success of seo, there are some black practitioners who tend to see the field of search engine optimization as war, and the search engines are doing anything to beat the competition whether it is fair or foul.

Those white hatters market with the other search engines as associates or partners who can help them drive links and business to their client’s sites.”

Black Hat SEO - What You Should Know (Dev Mechanic)

“Like it or not, the search engine optimization (SEO) strategies implemented by your webmaster may impact more than your company’s keyword rankings.

Black Hat SEO, as unethical search engine optimization practices are generally called, can have negative consequences for your company’s public image as well.”

Monday, September 04, 2006

What are my chances of recovering a deleted file? (CNET Community Newsletter: Q&A Forums)


I have a hypothetical question: What if you've accidentally deleted important files, emptied them from the recycling bin, then want to get them back? If you immediately realize what you did, is there anything that can be done to get the files back?

Is there any software I can purchase to recover those files? Are there any available recovery services? What other steps should I take in event like this--turning off the computer right away? Is there any hope to recover these files, or are they gone for good?

I hope these questions don't sound silly to you, but I want to know just in case I ever do such an unthinkable mistake. Thanks!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Google to Use PC Microphones to Listen In? (Slashdot)

seriv writes

"The Register reports that Google plans to use PC microphones to collect statistics on a user's environment.

Peter Norvig, who directs research at Google, told Technology Review that this software would start to show up in Google software 'sooner rather than later'.

The software collects short sound clips and removes background noise. Google then targets its ads based on the statistics collected.

With the current level of online privacy, this new level of invasion would seem to have frightening possibilities."

Saturday, September 02, 2006

What Do 'Heavy Users' Do Online? (eMarketer)

Americans are using the Internet more and more, and advertisers want to know how.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Vista goes Public (WXPNews)

Vista: The Saga Continues (WXPNews)

Does Vista Give You Too Many Choices? (WXPNews)

Adventures with Vista (WXPNews)