Free Online Backup

With increasing down and upload speeds, online storage and backup is becoming a viable option. I have an automatic backup system that copies a full disk image every week to an external drive. But I would still be in trouble if there was a fire, or my gear was stolen, or (and I have seen …

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Vista Service Pack Two

Vista SP2 was released on June 30th, and appears an an ‘Important Update’ in the Windows update list. It is a dangerous update. SP2 updates some 50,000 files. If any one of them is corrupt, your computer may stall on restart. Prior to running SP2, take the following steps: 1.  Back up your important files …

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Bing Bung

Yesterday Qohel was at the number one position on Bing for ‘leading conservative blog.’ Today it has dropped out of their listings completely. Bing’s webmaster tools report they had trouble finding my sitemap last time they crawled the site. I’ve checked that and pinged Bing with the sitemap address. But Qohel is not showing as blocked, and surely …

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Search Engines

New internet search engines come and go so often that I don’t usually even bother to look at them. Usually they fail because they do not return relevant usable results. Returning sites clearly related to the search terms entered has been Google’s greatest strength. Yahoo was for too long compromised by the fact that you …

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Phishing Emails

Just received this email claiming to be from the Commonwealth Bank: We recorded a payment request from “HostGator -www.hostgator.com- Reseller Web Hosting” to enable the charge of $74.95 on your account.   Because the order was made from an African internet address, we put an Exception Payment on transaction id #POS PAYM7284 motivated by our …

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Avoiding Computer Virus Infection

Over the last few months I have noticed an increasing number of computers infected with the virut family of viruses. Some of these are very unpleasant. They can cripple your anti-virus software, replicate in various places on your hard drive, disable Windows updates, disable internet access, and delete or modify key Windows system files to …

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Broadband Plans

One of the promises made by the Labor party during the last election was that there would be more transparency in government. I guess that means being honest about information sources, advice received, funding, and who will benefit from what. That was obviously a non-core promise. Senator Nick Minchin discusses this in relation to the government’s …

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Virus Virut ce

You know all those annoying hoax anti-virus messages that people used to send around? They described in breathless terms some new virus which antivirus products could not remove, which would cause your hard to crash, losing all your data unrecoverably. Now there is a virus which almost matches that description. virut ce can cause serious …

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DVDs With 1,000 Times More Storage

Current dual layer DVDs hold 9GB – enough for a couple of full length movies, or about 2,000 photos. Researchers at Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology have found a way to store some 10,000 GB of data on a single disk the same size as current DVDs. This means they can hold up to 2,000 …

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IT Exhibit Degrading To Women

Some people just need to cool down and get a grip. The CeBit Australian IT business exhibition is on in Sydney. Australian domain services retailer NetRegistry dressed its staff as doctors and nurses for the event. It was a way to have a bit of fun, and draw some extra attention to their exhibit. They …

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Windows 7 Release Candidate

I have been running the Windows 7 beta on my home computer for the last month. Last night I updated my main work computer from Vista Business to the release candidate of Windows 7. It is not possible to upgrade from the beta to the RC – that is annoying. But the upgrade from Vista …

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A Few Tips To Make Your Computer Start More Quickly

From the MSN Tech site. Basically it comes down to clearing out the accumulated rubbish – unneccessary programmes and services that run automatically at start-up. I would add deleting any fonts you don’t use, and defragmenting your hard disk every month or so. Depending on your current configuration, adding more memory can also make a big difference …

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Conficker Again

I have had two computers in today which were infected with the dreaded Conficker Worm. This was the first time I had seen it in the wild. You can download a free Conficker (sometimes called Downadup) removal tool from Sunbelt Software, makers of the superb Vipre Anti Virus/Anti Spyware. If you keep your computer up …

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A Few Windows Tips

1. Don’t install Apple’s Bonjour programme. Bonjour is meant to simplify network setup and connectivity between your computer and ‘smart’ devices. In fact Windows handles network setup perfectly well, and Bonjour simply adds another layer of complication. In some cases it will stop internet access completely. If you are running Vista and install service pack …

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Free Online Games

If you like the idea of becoming a hero or building an empire while interacting with people around the world, but want to play for free, these two games might be for you. Travian – start as the chief of a small village and end up building a wonder of the world. Or start as a …

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