Security Advisory - LinkedIn password breach

Yesterday, June 6th, it was announced that a large security breach had occurred at LinkedIn.  This security breach was a large file containing password hashes.  
A password hash is how your password is stored on a server instead of as plain text.  It is advised that all users change their password immediately.
While the danger on LinkedIn is minimal, the real danger lies in the fact that many people use the same password at mulitple sites.  So, if you use your e-mail as your ID on LinkedIn, and used the same password for your e-mail your e-mail could be vulnerable.

Windows Security Essentials

Many people are paying hundreds of dollars for anti-virus and anti-malware software on their computer.  After the initial investment, some companies offer to "keep your computer secure" for an annual or monthly fee.  These programs often bog down the system and cause annoying messages to frighten you into buying more of their products.  
This is really not necessary.  I have found for my personal use that Microsoft provides all that I need fro free.   Yes, Microsoft provides things for free.  

Behold the power of Evernote

 
How many devices do you have?  Do want to share information across all your devices AND have access to it when at a computer that is not yours?  How about sharing documents between co-workers or friends to collaborate on?  
I would suggest taking a look at Evernote and the tools that are available to work with it.
It's available for the PC, MAC, iPhone, and Android.  You can also access your notes from the website.

The Mind of FERG is back thanks to Amazon Web Services

After a several month hiatus, themindofferg.com is back up and running.  I had some hardware issues while I was away on vacation, and some of the drives on my storage server were lost.  
Fortunately, I had the site backed up (yes, I practice what I preach !).  However, my mini-datacenter at home continued to be down due to some UPS issues.  I was hesitant to put the servers online without it, so it sat idle while I dealt with other projects.

Thoughts on the last shuttle flight

With the last launch of the Space Shuttle today we are entering another period where the US lacks its own manned spaceflight capability.  We are relying on the Russians for transport to the International Space Station.  In my opinion this is a dangerous situation.

Backup - Not just for business anymore

It's estimated that 1/3 of all computer users don't do any backup on their computer systems, and that of those that do 3/4 only do it once a month or less. 

With more and more of our important data (pictures, videos, etc) stored digitally, backup for the home user is as important as it is for the business user.

Let's explore some of the options available for backup.

Roku - Netflix and much more

If you have a high speed internet connection and are looking for a way to watch internet video on your TV, take a look at the Roku Streaming Player (http://www.roku.com)

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One remote to rule them all - The Logitech Harmony Remote

How many remotes do you have? How many "universal" remotes have you tried? Isn't looking at that little book and finding the codes for your device (which might not work) so much fun. Let me introduce you to the Logitech Harmony remote. All of the Harmony remotes are programmed via your PC. You plug it into your USB port and using the included software enter in your various devices. After setting up the devices you set up various tasks on the remote.

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What to do with old technology

So you've got a new cell phone, computer, or other new piece of swell new technology. What do you do with the old one? Here's some ideas. Repurpose Computer (Desktop or laptop) * Turn it into a home file server - There are several ways to do this. You can leave it running Windows and setup file sharing and use it as a place to store backup files. * Run Linux. If you've had an urge to do some tinkering around with something different, try installing the open source operating system, Linux. There are plenty of easy to install distributions that can bring new life back to old computers.

Welcome to the mind of FERG

Welcome all to the re-launch of my blog, The mind of FERG. I'll be sharing my thoughts and reviews of technology, news commentary, and any quirky items that I may find that are of interest. Please feel free to suggest any ideas you would like to hear about or questions that you may have. I hope you'll find the content here entertaining and informative. FERG

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