If Intel’s Profits Have Dropped by 55%

Because of lower margins… Why have chip prices gone up? Or when they say lower margins do they just mean that PC sales have been down in the first quarter? I hope Intel CEO Paul Otellini is right when he says PC sales bottomed out in the first months of 09 and are now returning to …

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Windows 7 Beta

The Australian Federal Government department that handles social security, Centelink, is testing the Windows 7 beta . That may not be exciting news for most people . It isn’t for me either, really. But the nature of the computing world is such that any new operating system release by Microsoft is a big deal. Government departments …

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Education Tax Refund

I only heard of this today. Australian parents and caregivers can get back up to 50% of the cost of eligible education expenses for primary and secondary schooling. The link is worth following if you live in Australia and have children at school. Eligible expenses includes computers and related equipment, computer repairs, internet costs, etc. It …

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Government to Spend $43 Billion On Internet Infrastructure

National broadband gets the go ahead, but the government will do it itself. There are already some criticisms.  No time to write in detail about this today, but a few questions spring to mind. If the Federal Government has over $2,000 to spend for every man, woman and child in Australia, is this the best way to spend …

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Banks Funding Virus Creation (or Forcing You To)

In an article on the Australian ABC website, Patrick Gray suggests that the major motivation for writing viruses is financial. This is certainly true with ‘key logger’ type infections, but I am not sure it is true with the ‘I’m cleverer than you’ type viruses, which Conficker seems to be, nor with the ‘Cause as much …

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More News on Conficker

Also known as Downadup. As I noted earlier, so far the worm has not caused any damage, except for giving scareware makers another way of cheating people out of their money, and well meaning friends sending annoying email warnings. But the worm is set to check with its masters on April 1st. If it downloads new instructions then, …

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Bagle Worm, or Beagle Worm, Whatever

Got back to find my home computer (on which I am running the beta of Windows 7, not that that has anything to do with it) is multiply infected with the bagle worm, and various other trojans. Not sure how this could have happened, but it is annoying. Bagle can email anonymously from your computer, …

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Microsoft puts Bounty on Conficker Worm Creators

The Conficker Worm itself does not seem to do much harm. It’s just a competent piece of programming which is hard to detect, and which so far, seems not to be malicious. It sounds to me like the work of a couple of smarty-pants but good-natured high-schoolers. It will modify itself on Wednesday to make its masters harder to find. People with genuine …

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Scareware an Annoying Scam

My own Dad, an intelligent and computer savvy former medical scientist, fell for one of these scareware scams, and I frequently encounter them in business – usually after a complaint by a client that the anti-virus software I sold them isn’t working. It is, but they have stuffed up their system by downloading malicious software. Typically, you …

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Why PCs are Better Than Macs

As if it wasn’t obvious. This article is a year old, but still gives a good summary of why you be crazy to buy a Mac. Macs are fine for children and public servants, but in the real world they just don’t cut it.

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The New Kindle 2 Looks Good

But this could be better. An app to enable you to read e-books on your smartphone. The positives are that if you have a smartphone you don’t need another device – saving space in your pocket as well as money. Not quite as many launch titles as the Kindle, but the list still looks pretty …

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Windows 7 beta

I installed the Windows 7 beta on my home computer last night. It’s a fairly complex machine with four internal drives, a permanently connected external backup drive, Nvidia graphics card, headphones, two printers, ethernet and wireless network connections, webcam, etc. I was upgrading from the 64 bit version of Vista Home Premium. The upgrade went without a …

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