After struggling with Virgin Mobile's 3G wireless broadband for a couple of weeks, I discovered a modem tweak that has completely changed my Internet experience.
In my last blog post, I described some latency issues that appeared on my MacBook once our IT department installed Entourage and Exchange. This led to Microsoft getting in touch to try and help me out but in the end the problems were solved by ditching Entourage in favour of Apple's Mail.
Just a few weeks ago I took possession of a shiny black MacBook, which was running like a dream till our IT folks insisted I join the corporate Microsoft Exchange domain and dump Thunderbird for Microsoft Entourage.Before Entourage was put on the system, it was fast, reliable and gave me exactly what I need from a laptop.
Cyber-criminals, God, the universe, mafia, aliens, Nazis and IBM -- these are just some of the subjects touched upon in a video interview I conducted with Richard Thieme at the AusCERT security conference in Queensland last month.Richard Thieme walked up to me at AusCERT, took a close look at my badge, and then grilled me for calling him controversial in my conference build-up story.
For the second year in a row, Microsoft's Q&A session at AusCERT has been well worth attending -- but for the wrong reasons.Attendance at the session this year was well down compared to last year, when the same room was packed to the rafters.
If Sydney is so unsafe that during his visit, the US president has to be followed around by a huge black helicopter that blocks mobile phone signals, I think he should stay at home and use videoconferencing instead.When George Bush comes to Australia for the APEC summit later this year, US military-owned helicopters will be buzzing around Sydney, roads will be diverted and train stations closed.
It looks like AusCERT and GovCERT have worked out their issues and are no longer stepping on each others' toes. Two years ago, the government launched its own Computer Emergency Response Team.
Shortly after joining the social networking site Facebook, I received an e-mail telling me a friend had "written on my wall". Within two clicks I was logged-in and had full access to her account.
Apple customers must cringe when Microsoft starts talking about Windows Vista -- after all many of the same "new" features have been available on Mac OS X for about five years.This week I stumbled across a very clever video that shows someone demonstrating Apple's iPhoto software, with a voiceover from a Microsoft presentation describing some very similar features in Windows Vista.
After skipping Patch Tuesday last month Microsoft is rushing out a fix for its Windows cursor vulnerability.
An Apple iBook owner suspected his cat had hacked into his password-protected notebook. It turned out he was right -- his cat, which liked sleeping on his keyboard, managed to automatically bypass the computer's security.
One of most interesting and addictive new tools on the Web but administrators should immediately ban its use.