Dr. Bill.TV #307 – Audio – “The Malicious Malevolent Malware Malady Edition”

The Internet celebrates International Talk Like A Pirate Day! Google Quickoffice is free, LibreOffice 4.1 is out! A personal malware rant, Yahoo! is evil, is Google? We know Microsoft is… but, the pot calls the kettle black; Microsoft asks for a Google smackdown!

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Talk About the Pot Calling the Kettle Black… Microsoft Asks the Feds to Go After Google!

Ya gotta admit, Ballmer has chutzpah… or something.

Ballmer calls Google a ‘monopoly’ that should come under antitrust scrutiny

BGR – “Microsoft has been flushing money down the drain trying to make Bing a legitimate threat to Google over the years but outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer says there’s a very good reason for it: If Microsoft doesn’t try to compete with Google in the search realm then no one will. The Verge reports that Ballmer on Thursday lashed out at Google and called its dominance over the search market a monopoly that should face some kind of antitrust regulations.

‘[Google has] this incredible, amazing, dare I say monopoly that we are the only person left on the planet trying to compete with,’ Ballmer explained. ‘I do believe that Google’s practices are worthy of discussion with competition authority, and we have certainly discussed them with competition authorities.’

Microsoft has tried to raise awareness about Google’s supposedly unethical business practices through its ‘Scroogled’ ad campaign but so far the company has had no luck in reducing Google’s share of the search realm. And although some of Google’s business practices are certainly worthy of regulatory scrutiny, it seems odd for Microsoft to press an antitrust case against the company since Microsoft itself was once the target of a government antitrust suit that revolved around the company’s virtual monopoly of the desktop OS market.”

And Now, a Malware Rant, for Your Reading Pleasure.

Well, it’s about time for another personal observation. (Read that as “rant.”) I hate malware. You may say, “But, Dr. Bill, we all hate malware!” Yes, but it’s just plain annoying. Case in point, last night I was minding my own business doing research for the next netcast when I saw something I thought would be nice to install on my system. So, I downloaded it and proceeded to install it. I got the typical stupid questions like, “Do you want to install this additional option and let me take over your browser and put you on some search engine that you hate and mess up your computer from now on?”

No, wait, that’s not what it said. It said something like, “Do you want to do this wonderful thing that will help your computer from here on out run better and faster?” Well, of course, I know better than to believe what some malware infection install program tells me, so I always click the button for, “No, I don’t want your stupid, evil, ugly, nasty, malware cluttering up my system!” However, sometimes… when it’s very late at night and you’re very tired, you click the wrong button! And, have you ever noticed that a program that is benign, and possibly even helpful, will say something like are, “Are you sure you want to install me?” While malware, upon clicking the wrong button, doesn’t ask you, “Are you sure?” It just installs itself and messes up your computer! Now, keep in mind, what happened last night was not a virus infection. But, it was a browser hijack malware program and it hijacked my home screen and changed that home screen to “Yahoo!” It also changed my default browser to “Yahoo!”

Now, what does this tell you about “Yahoo!?” It means that they contracted with this evil, ugly, stupid, sociopath developer of this stinking malware to advertise their crumby web site. Again, what does this tell you about “Yahoo!?” It tells me that I don’t want have anything to do with “Yahoo!” It tells me I don’t want to use their sorry, third rate search engine. It tells me I don’t want have anything to do with them at all. And, it tells me that “Yahoo!” is plainly evil and will use any means necessary to get you to set up your system to go to their fourth rate web site. (I know, their rate is falling fast.) Now you know me… I’m just a big, harmless fuzzball. I’m kind, considerate, giving… I have even been called “sweet.” However, if I were ever to be tempted to extend my middle finger in the direction of a web search engine I would certainly have to give serious consideration to “Yahoo!” Just sayin’.

“So, Dr. Bill, did you get your system cleaned?” Why, yes… yes, I did. But only after much research, many operations using Malwarebytes Anti-malware… as well is some specialized tools that I found on-line. I now have a clean system, and my search engine is back to good ol’ Google… as well as my homepage. The moral of the story: “Don’t download and install any software while you’re very tired, and sleepy, and carefully read the warnings before you click on anything that is designed to infect your system, such as these stupid, ugly, their-mother-dresses-them-funny malware installation programs that they put an otherwise, possibly decent software; but… come to think of it, it makes you wonder about the people writing the “decent” software… as to why they would allow the malware infection option to even be in their program… just as a matter of principle. I would not want to have it in MY program, but that’s just me. Something to think about.

LibreOffice 4.1 is Out!

Check out this new release!

LibreOffice 4.1

This is the second release from the 4.1 branch of LibreOffice.

It is the first bugfix release in the LibreOffice 4.1.x line which contains many exciting new features, and is suitable for early adopters and private power users — for conservative requirements, we refer you to LibreOffice 4.0.5 from the previous series.

The following notes apply:

  • This release is bit-for-bit identical to the 4.1.1 Release Candidate 2, so you don’t need to download or reinstall if you have that version already.
  • The distribution for Windows is an international build, so you can choose the user interface language that you prefer. Help content is available via an online service, or alternatively as a separate install.
  • Our Windows binaries are digitally signed by The Document Foundation.
  • For Windows users that have OpenOffice.org installed, we advise uninstalling that beforehand, because it registers the same file type associations.
  • If you run Linux, the GCJ Java variant has known issues with LibreOffice, we advise to e.g. use OpenJDK instead.
  • LibreOffice 4.x drops a few long-deprecated features, including support for legacy binary StarOffice files, export to legacy Word and Excel (version 6.0/95), and legacy ODMA document management.

Google QuickOffice is Now Free!

Cross-posted from the Hand Held Hack – Check out the incentive that adds 10 gig to your Google Drive just for getting it for free on your mobile device!

Freeing Quickoffice for everyone

From Google – “Everyone likes free stuff, which is why starting today we’re making Quickoffice available for free, for everyone. With Quickoffice, you can edit Microsoft® Office documents across your devices, giving you the freedom to work with anyone no matter what hardware or software they’re using. Quickoffice also integrates seamlessly with Google Drive storage so you can safely access your files from anywhere. And while the easiest thing to do is simply convert your old files to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Quickoffice gives you another way to work with people who haven’t gone Google yet.

You can get the new, free Quickoffice app for Android and iOS phones and tablets on Google Play and in the App Store. Simply sign in with your Google Account to start editing Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations on mobile. You’ll also notice a number of new features, including a refreshed icon, the ability to create .ZIP folders, and view charts in Excel® and PowerPoint® files. Plus, the new app works across devices so you don’t have to worry about installing separate versions anymore when you go from using your phone to editing on your tablet.

While we’re on the topic of free stuff, if you sign in to your Google Account from the new Quickoffice app for Android or iOS by September 26, 2013, an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage will be added to your account for two years (look for it in the next few weeks). So don’t let your hardware or software differences get in the way of true collaboration — download the new app and start working together today.

Note: Previous versions of Quickoffice have been removed from Google Play and the App Store. Learn more about how this affects customers currently using Quickoffice Pro, Quickoffice Pro HD. Users who have the Quickoffice for Google Apps for Business app will receive an update notification to upgrade to this new version.”

Dr. Bill.TV #306 – Video – “The Phred Gets Surly Edition!”

Michael Dell buys back Dell Computers for 24.9 billion dollars! GSotW: File Property Edit; Twitter announces its IPO… on Twitter. Microsoft taking in iPads as trade-ins for their stuff… desperation reigns!

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Dr. Bill.TV #306 – Audio – “The Phred Gets Surly Edition!”

Michael Dell buys back Dell Computers for 24.9 billion dollars! GSotW: File Property Edit; Twitter announces its IPO… on Twitter. Microsoft taking in iPads as trade-ins for their stuff… desperation reigns!

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Microsoft Desperate. Taking Trade-ins.

So, would YOU do this? Didn’t think so.

Microsoft launches iPad trade-in promotion

ZDnet – “Microsoft is kicking up a notch its competition with Apple’s iPad with a new, limited time trade-in offer.

‘Trade in your iPad, Get a min. $200 gift card,’ according to the deal, outlined on the Microsoft Online store site. The gift card may be used towards the purchase of a Microsoft Surface or other products available through the Microsoft Store.

The deal actually kicked off September 5 and runs until October 27, 2013. According to the fine print, the deal is available in ‘select Microsoft retail stores in US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada’ but isn’t available online.

The qualifying trade-in devices are ‘gently used’ iPad 2,3 or 4s.

Microsoft has been stepping up its focus on Apple as the main target for Windows 8-based devices, including its own Surfaces, as well as select OEM devices. Microsoft has been emphasizing the business-readiness of Windows 8 devices, as well as their lower prices vis-a-vis iPads with a series of recent ads. Microsoft launched a back-to-school-focused anti-iPad ad earlier this summer.

Best Buy ran its own $200-off iPad trade-in promotion earlier this summer.”

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