Notes From Today's Computers 2K7 Radio Show! (August 19th, 2007)

Ok, so the title is a little off since I'm writing this on Monday, August 20th. I was off doing the vacation thing last weekend so the show had to go on without me...

"Good morning everybody, you're tuned to Computers 2K7 on sports radio 850 The Buzz" and so began yesterdays show as we do every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am here in Raleigh, NC. You can download the show from the show's website.

One of the stories I mentioned involved the finding of "objectionable pictures" on a customer's machine that was brought into a big box repair center. While the who, what and where details are not all that important, the underlying message is clear, when you, family members, friends, etc. bring your computer in for maintenance or repair, be aware that the technicians will probably take a look around the machine to see what they can find whether they need to or not. Personal information stored in Quicken/Quickbooks files, emails, images, and so on are all just sitting there waiting to be discovered. I advise to family and friends to make sure that before they bring a machine anywhere that they assign passwords to ALL user accounts, especially the Admin account. If the technician truly needs to log on to the machine they'll ask for the password. If they're just upgrading the memory or something like that, they may not need to log in to Windows and if they ask for a user account password ask why they need it.  Another idea I suggest is copying all sensitive files like financial files, emails, etc. on to an external harddrive away from prying eyes and delete those files from the computer before bringing it in.

While I'm sure a fairly savvy technician can work around roadblocks like these, short of encrypting your files it might pose just enough of a roadblock to keep some of the less talented ones from scanning your files.

Here are a few links to some of the stories I mentioned on today's show...

Windows XP: The OS That Won't Die

It seems that Microsoft is releasing a new build of Windows XP Pro because the supply of product activation keys is getting low. Don't look for any new features or fixes in this release since it was created solely to address the activation key supply problem.  Read more here...

Happy 25th Birthday to the CD!

It was back on August 17th, 1982 that the first CD rolled off the assembly line. What was the music contained on the CD? Why is a CD the size that it is? Check out this article for all the details...

"Bring out your Dead... But I'm Not Dead Yet"

I'm sure some of you recognize that line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It relates quite nicely to this story I mentioned regarding IBM revamping their mainframe OS. For those of you who thought the mainframe was dead, you're quite wrong.

Feel free to check out the show yourself and download it from here.

Have a day.  :-|

posted on Monday, August 20, 2007 9:40 AM Print
# re: Notes From Today's Computers 2K7 Radio Show! (August 19th, 2007)
9/17/2007 11:57 AM
During the show it was mention something about doing a search with inurl and some sort of camera thingy. What was it?
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