Before I get into it, I want to address this right off the bat. Too many people approach security issues with a "why bother" attitude. That sort of attitude will only come back to bite you in the end. Never EVER approach a security issue assuming that another person "will never figure it out", or "what are the chances someone will find this?", because eventually you will lose. You might get lucky and never have an issue, but real security does not rely on luck. The consequences of not protecting yourself FAR outweigh the "hassle". Once you see how easy it is to get real security, you won't have an excuse not to use it.
I've seen many questions, and even more incorrect or incomplete replies about missing disk space in Vista. You got a 160GB hard drive and you've only installed a few programs, but you're missing a LOT of disk space! Where did it go? There are numerous possible reasons why your disk is getting used up -- sometimes it's being used by useful services, and other times it's just being wasted.
So where does the space go?
There's trouble brewing at the Mozilla Foundation, the makers of everyone's favorite web browser: Firefox. I can't say what's going on (that is, I'm totally speculating here), but lately there have been a number of clues that something is just not right in zilla-land.
Lately I've been wondering when the next completely inaccurate health news story was going to break, and today it's finally here. You see, it's been a while since the popular news media reported that chocolate is good for you, or coffee has wonder-drug potential, or that smoking pot really isn't so bad. Today, being overweight can actually be good for you!
It looks like some spammer is using this domain name as a return address for spam messages. If you came here because of that, know that it is very simple to forge the return address on an email message, and I am not sending you any spam.
You may have received a few messages from this domain, but I am receiving hundreds of bounced messages because of it.
Most modern web-based email systems have decent spam filtering (I've used gmail and yahoo). Anything that looks like spam gets filed into a "spam" folder. Pretty straightforward, right? One thing that strikes me about these systems is that the spam folder has a "Delete Forever" button, while normal mail folders have a regular "Delete" button. The difference is that the "Delete" button sends deleted messages into the trash, while the "Delete Forever" button obliterates the spam completely. The "Delete Forever" button should be replaced with a regular "Delete" button for the spam folder, and here's why:
Lately there has been a lot of news surrounding the upcoming bandwidth auction for the 700MHz wireless spectrum. Once TV stations go all digital, they will vacate these very valuable frequencies. The big wireless companies are eager to get their hands on it (because 700MHz goes through walls nicely), but some unlikely companies, namely Google, have also expressed an interest.
Wow. Just 3 months after Palm announced their "amazing" new product, the Foleo (my thoughts on it here), they canceled it! Supposedly, it was almost ready to ship, but ultimately they decided it was too much of a distraction from their core business (smart phones). Many would argue that they aren't doing so well in their core business to begin with, and that this is a good move. I would have to agree.
Microsoft recently announced a schedule for Windows Vista Service Pack 1. They'll be launching a beta in a few weeks, and the final pack will be out at the beginning of next year. This is surprising because up until this point, Microsoft said they had no plans to release a service pack for Vista. What's really going on is that Vista sales have not been going well, and Microsoft is throwing a bone in hopes it will spur adoption.
The other day I noticed something about Vista which made me think, "Does Vista already know about its problems?" Here's what happened: I have an external firewire (1394) disk drive that I use for backups. I've been using this for years to backup my desktop computer without any problems. Lately I've been migrating to a new laptop, and during that process I wanted to get something off the backup. When I connected the drive to my laptop, Windows found the drive, but then froze up.