Sunday, 28 October 2007
You are 60% more likely to do it if you live Scotland than elesewhere in the UK.
Men are bigger WILFers than women :)
If you are over 55 you are 3 time less likely to do it then if you are 25.
A term derived from What Was I Looking For - WILFing is the art of surfing the net without real purpose, and, according to various reports could soon become a national pastime.
I have to admit here and now to being a serial WILFer. My excuse is I use iGoogle as my web browser home page. I make use of the facility to customise the page to have sections, in fact I even have tabbed pages so my content is over three pages.
Page 1: Dedicated to useful Work and Personal Shortcuts, News, Sport, Weather etc.
Page 2: Various Games
Page 3: Really Sexy - all things FOSS
In fact it was a spot of WILFing that lead to this blog entry.
I went to look up the opening times of the local vets and my browser opened on the FOSS page and I saw an article about "Open Source: The most disruptive force in IT today ?" Of course I had to take a look and then found that the FULL Article does not exist so I followed the links to the the related sites... and so it began...
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Sunday, 14 October 2007
- the success of the division and pay tribute to the extremely hard work of all the staff
- the sacrifices made by the partners and families and to thank them for putting up with the long hours the staff work
Friday, 12 October 2007
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Thursday, 4 October 2007
n. [common; also adj. `open-source'] Term coined in March 1998 following the Mozilla release to describe software distributed in source under licenses guaranteeing anybody rights to freely use, modify, and redistribute, the code. The intent was to be able to sell the hackers' ways of doing software to industry and the mainstream by avoid the negative connotations (to suits) of the term "free software". For discussion of the followon tactics and their consequences, see the Open Source Initiative (http://www.opensource.org) site."
However, the following article posted on the Inquirer, shows that Microsoft beg to differ.
Microsoft "Open Sauces" .NET
In a very proprietary way, complains bloke
have a read a learn the error of our ways.
Thank you Microsoft!
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
- An understanding of the VCS? Possibly!
- A good technical back ground/good technical knowledge? Will help!
- An understanding of applications both open source and 'Microsoft'? Ditto!
- Knowing how to work a projector at an AGM? Does carry a few brownie points!
- Excellent Working Knowledge of PowerPoint. Obviously!
No1 Most Important - Watching Blue Peter As A Child!!!
How else would any self respecting Circuit Rider know how to turn a flower pot stand in to a projector stand using
2 x Tea Trays
1 x NetGear Print Server (in its packaging)
1 x 12" long piece of scrap wood 3/4" x 1/2"
White Electrical Tape
Not a yoghurt pot, brass paper fastner, no rubber solution glue or any sticky backed plastic in sight!
Windows for Doughnuts Free anti-virus
By Liam Proven: Wednesday, 03 October 2007, 5:25 PM
THIS IS ONE of the most critical components of the setup of any PC today. A machine doesn't need to be on the Web to be at risk; there are decades-old viruses that can still spread by disk transfer, and new ones that can infect USB thumbdrives.
Direct infection across local-area networks is also a common problem; someone takes a laptop outside the company LAN, picks up something nasty in an Internet Café, later on reconnects in the office and the bug is on the rampage.
Companies such as Symantec and McAfee make good money selling anti-virus solutions, both to big businesses and to home users. If you buy a new PC from one of the big vendors, it's quite likely to come with some kind of anti-virus preloaded, but all too often, it's only a trial or demonstration version, and after a month or three it will stop working. Generally, the program still runs but it no longer gets updated definitions.
A common misconception is that an anti-virus program will protect against spyware too. Most do not. We'll look at anti-spyware in a later article.
But my old copy of Norton works fineA common trap to fall into is to just keep renewing the updates subscription for a commercial program. In a word: don't. Get a new version.
New types of virus appear constantly, as today, they're big business: collections of infected, remotely-controlled computers are used for sending spam and for organizing "distributed denial of service" attacks, where business sites such as online betting shops are held to ransom. It's not a lucrative business on a per-PC basis, but today, one of the biggest supercomputers in the world is a "botnet" - a team of millions of compromised PCs, remotely controlled from illegal websites and chatrooms. With such resources at their disposal, crooks can make a good profit. If you can send several million spams a day, even a success rate of 0.01% can make a lot of money from hapless idiots who think that a pill can make them taller or a bodypart grow bigger.
The snag is that an out-of-date anti-virus program, even with the latest definitions, can't catch the new viruses that later versions have been rewritten to spot and remove. Obsolete anti-virus is worse than none, because it imbues you with a false sense of security. Users think they're protected - the past-it program may be giving their PC a clean bill of health - but actually, they could be infested.
Many of the leading commercial anti-virus tools can be upgraded over the counter for half the cost of buying that years' new update, but why bother, when you can get protection for free?
When choosing a free anti-virus program, there are some important things to watch out for. The essential features of a full anti-virus program are real-time monitor and some kind of virus removal procedure. Several companies offer free scanners, but a scanner alone is not enough. For one thing, while it's useful to be able to scan your computer as a check, a simple scanner doesn't sit in the background and monitor file activity on your PC, so it won't notice if you receive an infected file by email or instant message, or insert an infected disk. This is called real-time monitoring and it's a must-have.
Secondly, some free programs will tell you that you've caught something nasty, but they lack any ability to remove what they've found. There are three main ways to treat an infected file: simply delete it, the easiest and safest; or to quarantine it, move it into a protected safe storage area where it can do no harm, for later inspection or salvage; or finally disinfection, which attempts to remove the virus from a document or program and leave you with a safe, usable file. This last is the hardest to do successfully, and whereas it can sometimes work, it's safer and better to bin the dodgy doc and get a clean copy from elsewhere - like your backups. You do keep backups, don't you?
There's no harm in having a scanner, but it can only be a second line of defence, to be used to verify that your main program is telling the truth and that you really are clean.
Czech this outFor some reason, the Czechs dominate the world of free antivirus. Both the best-known program, AVG Free from Grisoft, and the highly-regarded runner-up, Avast Home from Alwil, are from the Czech Republic. In the country next door is Avira in Germany with its free AntiVir.
All have the same snag: they're only free for non-commercial use. For home, personal or nonprofit users, they're a bargain, but business users must pay a modest fee or look elsewhere. Avast has, if anything, the best reputation, but has the slight snag that the free download only works for a couple of months. To use it for longer, you must register with a valid email address, and re-register annually.
Along with their free firewalls, both PC Tools and Comodo also offer a free antivirus program. Both cover the essentials and the websites don't mention any riders about business use.
The only big open-source offering in anti-virus is ClamWin, the Windows version of ClamAV, the popular Linux scanner used on many email servers. It's kosher for use in corporate environments, but it doesn't do real-time monitoring, as this isn't a problem on Linux.
An example of the hazards of spyware is VCatch, a rather ineffective free antivirus program with a nasty payload. Avoid.
AVG Free 7.5 from GrisoftAvast Home from Alwil
PC Tools Free Antivirus Comodo Free Antivirus - note, still in beta test.
For belt-and-braces security, here are some decent scanners to check that you really are clean.
BitDefender Free (Download here.)
Online scanners. These run inside Internet Explorer, so need no download or installation.
McAfee FreeScanPanda ActiveScan
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
All you data is now belongs to the plod
By Nick Farrell: Tuesday, 02 October 2007, 4:37 PM
FROM today it is a crime to refuse to decrypt data for coppers investigating a crime.
Under part three, Section 49 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) if Inspector Knacker of the Yard knocks on your door and wants to have a snuffle on your hard drive and finds a blob of encrypted code he can make you decode it.
If you refuse, and the copper is investigating acts of terrorism, you could be eating five years of porridge at her Majesty's Pleasure. If it just happens to be an ordinary crime that the copper is investigating you could be up for two years jailtime!