• September 17, 2012

    Microsoft Office 2013 Prices

  • September 14, 2012

    Slackware Linux Review

    “Originally developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991, the UNIX®-like Linux operating system now benefits from the contributions of millions of users and developers around the world. Slackware Linux provides new and experienced users alike with a fully-featured system, equipped to serve in any capacity from desktop workstation to machine-room server. Web, ftp, and email servers are ready to go out of the box, as are a wide selection of popular desktop environments. A full range of development tools, editors, and current libraries is included for users who wish to develop or compile additional software.”  This statement is right off this is one distro that really defines open source computing and the Linux distro.  With one of the strongest, most knowable and helpful user base. Slackware enjoys the official position of “the eldest” of all of the currently developed distributions.  Through the years, many aspects of Slackware have remained the same such as the ncurses-based installer, the use of LILO over GRUB, and the general lack of auto-configuration tools. Slackware remained true to its commitment to be the most Unix-like Linux in the market. In staying true to its great roots there are some drawn backs I found to this great OS Installation isn’t nearly as easy as most Linux distributions and there is not Live CD to try.  There is no central distribution you either order a CD or download from a torrent. Slackware has no graphical package manager. It is assumed users will install everything from source and build all necessary dependencies manually. Slackware installs a lot of software. I mean a lot! Just plunge through the Applications menu and see how many tools are installed. It’s quite impressive. Slackware is no slouch with graphics KDE desktop effects working by default Lack of support the only way to ask questions...
  • September 13, 2012

    Apple unveils iPhone 5

    The new iPhone 5 was unveiled today by Apple and will be ready to ship on September 21 with a price of $199 for 16GB $299 for 32GB $399 for 64GB Let’s take a closer look at the iPhone 5. iPhone 5 screen – The new iPhone 5 will feature a screen that is half-an-inch bigger than its predecessors. That means that the iPhone 5 will have an impressive 4-inch Retina display of 326ppi and an 1136×640 resolution. iPhone 5 processor – Apple’s new A6 chip is being introduced first into iPhone 5 the chip has a 2x faster CPU and a 2x faster graphics. All this in a chip that is 22% smaller. Apple claims that the new chip offers 2x better performance across the board. iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6 – iOS 6 for the iPhone 5 has over 200 new features. Here are a few that stand out for me. A better Notification Center you can post to Twitter or Facebook. Safari now has a fullscreen mode, which looks even better on the iPhone 5. iCloud Device integration Passbook this is the way to collect all your passes in one place: movie tickets, airline boarding pass, coupon, store card with a balance, ticket for a concert, a ticket for a baseball game. Evening Boarding pass automatically appears on the lockscreen when you’re nearby. Photo Stream sharing Do not disturb feature Call back features iPhone 5 Cell Service – Now includes 4G LTE plus Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G iPhone 5 Camera – The iPhone 5 now has an 8 megapixel sensor, which produces 3264x2448n images and video capable of  1080p HD.  Other features include a camera that is backside illuminated, has a hybrid IR filter, a five-element lens, fast f/2.4 aperture, low light mode. Hardware specs Screen Size: 4 inches Resolution: 1,136 x 640 Weight:...
  • Mitt Romney’s tax returns are reportedly in the hands of a team of hackers who plan on releasing them publicly on Sept. 28 unless a $1 million ransom is paid in Bitcoins. The group allegedly obtained the files from PricewaterhouseCooper’s Tennessee office on Aug. 25, in what was described on the groups PasteBin post: Romney’s 1040 tax returns were taken from the PWC office 8/25/2012 by gaining access to the third floor via a gentleman working on the 3rd floor of the building. Once on the 3rd floor, the team moved down the stairs to the 2nd floor and setup shop in an empty office room. During the night, suite 260 was entered, and all available 1040 tax forms for Romney were copied. A package was sent to the PWC on suite 260 with a flash drive containing a copy of the 1040 files, plus copies were sent to the Democratic office in the county and copies were sent to the GOP office in the county at the beginning of the week also containing flash drives with copies of Romney’s tax returns before 2010. A scanned signature image for Mitt Romney from the 1040 forms were scanned and included with the packages, taken from earlier 1040 tax forms gathered and stored on the flash drives. A recent PasteBin document from the group stated the following: “The keys to unlock the data will be purged and whatever is inside the documents will remain a secret forever.  Failure to do this before September 28, the entire world will be allowed to view the documents with a publicly released key to unlock everything. And the same time, the other interested parties will be allowed to compete with you.” From what I have read Mitt Romney is not concerned with the threat he says...
  • September 11, 2012

    Anonymous Hacker Takes Down GoDaddy

    Millions of websites hosted by GoDaddy went down today from 2pm EST to around 7pm EST due to a DNS service outage.   A hacker using the “Anonymous Own3r” Twitter account claimed credit for the outage. Three of GoDaddy’s DNS (Domain Name System) servers failed to resolve as a result of the attack.  The inaccessibility of GoDaddy’s DNS servers specifically CNS1.SECURESERVER.NET, CNS2.SECURESERVER.NET, and CNS3.SECURESERVER.NET are the cause of the outage.  For the vast majority of clients hosting with GoDaddy, the DNS issue wasn’t fixable because GoDaddy holds all the MX records for these sites, and users usually have to log into the GoDaddy site in order to switch DNS providers. Anonymous online activist collective who has boasted of causing the outage with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS).   AnonymousOwn3r purportedly perpetrated the attack on his own saying, “the attack is not from Anonymous [collective], the attack it’s coming only from me”. Last year GoDaddy was pressured by Reddit activists following the transfer of tens of thousands of domain names from GoDaddy to other companies.  The company has been the center of a few other controversies.  The Wikimedia Foundation famously moved away from GoDaddy after the non-profit group protested months earlier in opposition of SOPA by blacking out its entire English-speaking website for 12 hours. However, despite speculation that this could be connected to the previous support for SOPA, AnonymousOwn3r said: “I’m not anti go daddy, you guys will understand because I did this attack. I’m taking godaddy down because well i’d like to test how the cyber security is safe and for more reasons that I cannot talk now,” the hacker said in another tweet. GoDaddy is back up and released a statement saying at no time was any sensitive customer information, such as credit card data, passwords or names and addresses, compromised.  Making customers...
  • September 10, 2012

    Spotify Is Coming to Your Browser

    Spotify, the popular music streaming app, is getting ready to launch a browser-based version of their service, but rumors of a potential drop in the price for their premium service don’t add up. Spotify is focusing on 3 new main ideas: Spotify is developing a browser-based version of its service. Currently, users have to download a specific program to access Spotify’s streaming service. Spotify is planning improvements in discovery of music, including following the listening habits and playlists of influencers in addition to your friends. One source says Spotify may be lowering ad-free subscription prices. The rumor of Spotify lowing there prices are very speculative. Spotify pays too much of a percentage to record companies to lease their music for them to drop their prices. Spotify pays $7 of its $10/month fee for premium service to record companies. Spotify tried a price decrease in Spain and it didn’t work out for them. Spotify is currently testing a version of the service that doesn’t require new users to sign up via Facebook. Spotify has 4 million paying users. They are hoping to expand that number by adding a browser-based version of the software. I think this is a great move most common users that want to listen on their work computer probably do not have permissions to install leaving them using Pandora. I think this will definably help Spotify expand their user base.
  • September 7, 2012

    Amazon New Kindle Fire HD

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled two new Kindle Fire HD tablets on Thursday the event was held Santa Monica, California. At the event Amazon unveiled the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD which launches Sept. 14. They also unveiled a 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD which will be available Nov. 20 that they believe can compete with the iPad. Amazon has added new features to make the Kindle more affordable and have more features so they can compete with the iPad. Amazon showed off new features such as: Whispersync for Games which allows levels you’ve unlocked so be stored in Amazon cloud so that you don’t lose them when and if you have to re-install a game, or if you want to move your game to a new device. FreeTime mode which lets parents set the amount of time the device can be used specifically for playing games, as well as for things like watching videos and reading books. Profiles is another feature which means you can adjust FreeTime mode limits based on each child who uses the device. Skylanders Cloud Patrol which will now have the ability to purchase the physical toys that goes with the game directly from within the game itself. One click and will deliver it to your doorstep Leaderboard system which lets players compare their scores and achievements against those of their friends. X-Ray for Movies and Textbooks allows directly integrates IMDB into any movie. You can look up any actor or actress in any scene; see what other films any actor or actress has been or stared in. In addition you get their photos and bios just with one click. X-Ray for Textbooks integrates the glossary of the book into each page and assembles related data from Wikipedia and YouTube. Immersion Reading integrates Amazon and Audible invented allowing customers to fuse together printed text and audiobooks....
  • September 6, 2012

    J-pole Antenna

    I purchased this J-pole Antenna and decided to mount the antenna on a pole outside my house.  I give this pole a lot of credit I am able to get great distance and range on the 2 meter band.  This antenna was defiantly worth the purchase which was reasonable at $35.
  • Despite a claim made by hacking group AntiSec, which said in a tweet that they compromised 12 million Apple iOS Unique Device IDs (UDIDs) and personal information from a FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) laptop. The original file contained 12 million IDs, including personal information, but they released only 1 million (leaving out the personal data) in an encrypted file published on Things the file contained are: Unique Device Identifiers (UDID) User names Names Of Devices Types Of Devices Apple Push Notification Service Tokens ZIP Codes Cellphone Numbers Addresses The FBI is refuting a statement made by members of AntiSec this weekend that they hacked the laptop of an FBI special agent and stole a file containing 12 million Apple device IDs and associated personal information. The FBI has said there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data. The concern of most people is if the FBI did not collect this data. Then where did the cache of UDID’s come from? How were they collected? Who else had access to them? What other information does the anonymous source have?
  • Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg (online name Anakata) has been arrested in Cambodian. He was sentenced to one year in jail for his involvement in The Pirate Bay but has been missing for some time. Svartholm was wanted internationally but exact details as to why he was arrested have not yet been made public. According to stories he was arrested in an apartment above the Cadillac Bar on the riverfront, a place where he is known to have stayed in the past. The 27-year-old became wanted internationally after he failed to return to Sweden to serve his 12 month jail sentence earlier this year. Gottfrid should have returned to Sweden to begin serving his sentence January 2nd this year, but again he failed to appear. Svartholm Warg and the site’s three other founders were convicted in 2009 by a Swedish court of assisting copyright infringement by helping millions of the site’s users to illegally download music, movies and computer games. All were sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay $3.6 million to entertainment companies, including Warner Bros., Sony Music Entertainment, EMI and Columbia Pictures. The Pirate Bay doesn’t actually host any copyright-protected material itself. Instead, it provides a forum for users to download content through so-called torrent files. The technology allows users to transfer parts of a large file from several different users, increasing download speeds.