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Archive for June, 2004

Bank info grabbed by spyware

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

A new pop up ad delivers spyware that can grab your banking info when you visit any one of 50 major banking web sites. Microsoft says to set your browser security to high until a patch can be issued. This advice is not particularly practical . In fact, it’s abhorrant that Microsoft allowed such a […]

Disconnect - it’s good for you

Monday, June 28th, 2004

Sometimes you need to disconnect…
http://www.life-enhancement.com/neofiles/default.asp?ID=37
This is a column I wrote after spending five blissful disconnected hours on flight from San Francisco to Montreal. Sometimes you just need to hit the technology pause button.
You’ll note that its on the NeoFiles a very cool webzine edited by RU Sirius (of Mondo 2000 fame), a good friend and […]

Reinventing the toothpick

Friday, June 25th, 2004

Just wrote a review for LongLifeClub.com on the BrushPick, a new kind of toothpick:
http://www.longlifeclub.com/article.php?aid=150
I cover health and fitness gadgets for the site, which I helped launch with the amazing David Bunnell, founder of PC magazine, PC World and MacWorld.

Infected by the Web

Friday, June 25th, 2004

This item is worrying. As of Thursday you could visit a website and get infected with a virus thanks to code that was released that infected web servers, which in turn redirected visitors to a Russian web site for a virus download.
Once up a time, you could only get infected by a virus or worm […]

Leo said it all

Thursday, June 24th, 2004

Was chatting with Leo today and he said this is why we’re doing Call for Help 2.0 — and I so very much agree.
“As printed manuals grow scarcer and as features multiply in computers, electronic gadgets and software, consumers are increasingly on their own in learning what their devices can do. Even basic functions can […]

OLED said Fred

Thursday, June 24th, 2004

Late last night way past my bedtime I talked to Alastair Bourne at Seiko Epson in Japan. Turns out that Epson has figured out a way to print circuits on a backplane, which when used to make OLED TVs produces a 40 incher. OLED is organic light emitting diode which is essentially light emitting plastic. […]

Comdex dead

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

Comdex, once the biggest computer show in the world, is dead, for now.
While its owner said it’ll come back next year to Las Vegas, I have to doubt the optimistic outlook. The Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas is much bigger, better run and more focused on, well, consumer electronics and not just the PC. […]

When gadgets recognize you

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

Also from the same ScienceNews source:
A budding technology called electric field imaging may soon enable devices such as appliances, toys, and computers to detect the presence of people and respond to their motions.
“We’re letting objects know what’s around them,” says Media Lab physicist Neil A. Gershenfeld.
http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20040619/bob9.asp

Quantum teleportation

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

Forget transistors. Why not use atoms as on off switches. Quantum computing as it is called is a new science less than two decades old and yet it is edging close to producing massively fast computer that could sit on the head of a pin. New developments in the field show that quantum states […]

Music industry needs soap

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

I went to the MuchMusic Video Awards Party the other night and I discovered several things…
1) The Canadian music industry needs to discover soap. Seems to me that dirty hair and tattoos are all the rage. Tho I think that Canada is a little behind. Wasn’t that the LA music scene a few years back?
2) […]

Tech gurus wanted

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

I put the Cyberwalker tech advice forums up back in February 2004 and have been trying to help everyone who comes along with problems. But need new blood as its mostly just me answering questions as best I can with the time I have.
The best tech support always comes from the community.
So if […]

I blog, you blog, we all blog together

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

It’s time. I’ve been putting off jumping into the blog revolution, mainly because of my limited free time. Cyberwalker.com keeps me busy enough, but I also write freelance for a variety of tech publications, mostly in Canada (but one weirdly enough in Chile). And since of Dig-iT magazine (Dig_iT) ran out of funds, not […]