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The New Privacy

This is a No Future Public Service Announcement as I know many of our readers enjoy file sharing now and again. If you’re running any Windows OS and using Audiogalaxy to make the world a better, more musical place then pay close attention. An article I came across on Portal of Evil details how an add-on utility installed with Audiogalaxy called Sputnik created by the VX2 corporation could be hiding in your bushes under the window while you’re getting ready for bed. Here’s a couple of pertinent quotes from…

“They are buying your happiness. Steal it.”

A Democratic senator from South Carolina and lobbyists from the entertainment industry are planning to introduce a bill that will require manufacturers of computer equipment to embed federally “certified security technologies.” According to Wired, the bill, called the SSSCA (the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act), will make it a felony offense to distribute copyrighted materials with security measures disabled or to even attach a computer with disabled copyright protection to a network. Creating, selling, or distributing “any interactive digital device” (read: hardware or software) that does not utilize…

it’s not a bug… it’s a dragonfly

A quick bulletin for all you cuties and chompers using Windows with Internet Explorer 5.1 or 5.5… a bug has been discovered that letsbad people do bad things to your computer. You can get played by visiting a web site containing the malicious code, or it can be sent to you via email, and even if you don’t open the attachment, full access to your computer is granted. So, patch away……

Change begins with your Start button.

The pointless software/firmware mod madness continues. This time it’s how to modify your Start button. This applies to Win9x, including WinME, and probably Win2k and WinNT as well. It’s just this easy:Back up explorer.exe by copying it to something like explorer.bakOpen up explorer.exe in a hex editor (UltraEdit works)Search for “5300 7400 6100 7200 74,” which is “S.t.a.r.t,” of course. There are several occurrences of this string, so find the one that is followed immediately by “There was an internal error and one of the windows you were using has…

Goodbye energy star, hello kapukapu, DIY style

A nifty dork site called Virtual Hideout has an article describing how to modify your homebuilt system’s (well, anything with an Award 4.51-based BIOS) POST/BIOS/whatever logo. You know, it’s the EPA Energy Star logo you see every time you turn on your PC. Here’s the quick step-by-step: Create a black & white bitmap measuring 136 by 84 pixels. Microsoft Paint works well. Using a program called BMP2EPA, convert your little bitmap to the EPA format. Merge the new .EPA logo into a flash BIOS file with the CBROM utility….

Plastic tubes and pots and pans, bits and pieces, bits and pieces

I read in Slashdot about a fascinating technology called 3D Printing that is finally going to make our miserable, unfulfilling lives worth living again. Whereas a conventional printer lays down ink on a flat paper using what is basically a 2D bitmap, a 3D printer starts with a 3D representation of an object, slices the model into horizontal layers, and then “prints” a physical, tangible object layer by layer. The “ink” used varies, but the most favored technology for mainstream application actually works like an inkjet printer, printing with…

ars technica reviews my lovely computer case

yeah, i’m bad, i was preaching about the casedge LX734A back when it was called the 3400T. to me it had the following advantages: it didn’t have that “god i need to stop using computers and get laid” faux-sexy curvy design like 99% of PC ATX cases have nowadays, it was easy to fool around inside of it, and it was dirt cheap if you didn’t buy it at jinco computing like i did. they finally reviewed it at ars technica and caesar came up with pretty much the…

you will be kodo, and you will be podo.

and this will be modo. it’s a PDA that helps you better participate in consumer culture or some damn thing. at least it doesn’t run on Windows CE. it doesn’t look like a ferret, and they don’t even mention marc singer one time on the whole damn website. which looks like a flyer for some rave sponsored by wired. i give you a nice table for comparison: modo vs. podo/kodo modo (PDA device)*odo (ferret) portableambulatory sleek, hand-heldsleek, hand-held wirelesswireless odorlessmusky updated with fresh inspiration dailyneeds feeding daily despite the numerous…

intel recalls pentium III 1.13GHz chips

just kidding, give those back. it should be one of the easier product recalls in history, since the processors were pretty much vaporware to begin with, with only small amounts supplied to Dell and IBM. the reason? according to an intel spokesperson, they “malfunction in laboratory tests under certain conditions.” the question? was the recall a foregone conclusion, or did recent articles from tom’s hardware and hard|OCP about the instability spur the recall by spreading the word? huh. when corporations screw up, they do a cost/benefit analysis, not soul searching….