Whoa! This might eat into Uncle Bill’s bubble gum money!
Microsoft Fined in South Korea!
“Less than a month after it reached a $30 million settlement with South Korean Internet portal Daum, Microsoft has been fined another $32 million by the country’s Fair Trade Commission. The Korean FTC has also ordered Microsoft to unbundle its instant messaging client and media player from Windows, and link to competing software.”
Microsoft has been “naughty!” And, for once, somebody is holding them to it!
As you know, I am a big supporter of Open Source as a concept. Well, here’s an unusual Open Source project…
Open Source Clip Art!
Totally royalty-free, advertisement free Clip Art! Very handy!
Never let it be said that we are not on the “cutting edge” of Geek Culture! It has now been officially proclaimed that the word “podcast” is the “New Word of the Year for 2005!” It beat out terms like “bird flu”, “lifehack”, and others.
Podcast is Word of the Year!
So, stay tuned and listen to the “Dr. Bill – The Computer Curmudgeon Podcast!” We are “where its at!” [Grin!]
A Linux User Group had two guys dressed up in penguin suits “invade” a Microsoft event and hand out free Linux CDs! Whoa! Way cool!
Freedom of speech! Amazingly cool!
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New mic with stand and mic pre-amp, my birthday was this past week (the “big 50”), Firefox web browser 1.5 is out!, Microsoft’s terrible Internet Explorer flaw and an evil exploit that compromises your system and downloads malware, Firefox’s new web site, kudos to Firefox users on our site!, giving out “net tickets” to clueless users that misuse network resources, a “face transplant” in France that mimics the movie “Faceoff”, how does a face transplant compare to “zombie dogs?”,Google G-Mail adds free anti-virus!, benefits of web based e-mail, I don’t click on attachments, “thumbs up” to Google!, benefits of a “free” Internet, Bellsouth “big wig” seeks to charge for net speed, rant on evil Internet schemes!, by the way, Bellsouth is evil anyway!… they have always treated me badly, even when they were Southern Bell, why I went with VoIP when I moved back to Greensboro recently (through Road Runner), Internet Explorer flaw (again), I always install Firefox on customer systems, send me e-mails with questions and problems you may be having on your system (drbill [at] drbill.tv), …stupid user tricks!
I have been telling you for a LONG time not to use Internet Explorer. And not just because Microsoft is evil. (Even though they are!) But rather, because Internet Explorer is NOT safe to use! Now, there is an even BIGGER reason to drop IE!
IE is UNSAFE!
The Delf-DH Trojan downloader uses an Internet Explorer vulnerability to infect unprotected Windows users who stray onto maliciously constructed websites. Delf-DH downloads other malware onto infected machines changing settings in order to monitor user activity and redirect surfers onto porn sites. So, use Firefox instead… NOW!
FREE Firefox SAFE Web Browser!
The Internet is one of the last fully “free” places to express oneself. Any dummy can post a website and/or Blog and speak on anything they want to their heart’s content. (Like me, for instance!) But, what if companies (like ISPs) started charging other companies to allow one company’s content to load faster than another’s? This would lead to control of Internet content in the end, and reduce Internet freedom! A Bellsouth “big wig” is proposing just that!
I have never liked Bellsouth because they have always overcharged for everything I have ever had to do with them, and it is one reason that I have personally opted not to use them at home, using VoIP instead via Road Runner.
Bellsouth Exec Wants to Charge Premiums on Internet
Hopefully, public outcry will be heard… or this could jeopardize the Internet freedoms we all take for granted now!
Gmail is a good, free e-mail service. Another of Google’s stable of “gee-whiz” products. Now, they are adding free anti-virus filtering of the e-mail that comes and goes from the Gmail accounts! Good for them!
Gmail Adds Anti-Virus!
All e-mail should be filtered for virii! And, it is great to see that Google is doing their part in the war against these buggers!
OK, I am weirded out. The movie a few year’s ago… “Face Off” envisioned this as a SciFi notion, and yet, here it is now for real.
Woman Gets Face Transplant
The write-up says that she will not look like the donor, or herself, but will have a “hybrid face.” Right. Not for me, thanks!
If you are responsible for a local computer network (even at home,) here’s a handy “net ticket” you can give to someone that disobeys the rules! I especially like the checkbox for “reckless cluelessness!”
Just the facts, ma’am!