Scott’s First and Second Laws of Computing
- It is your responsibility to know what you are installing on your computer. When in doubt, Google (or the search engine of your choice) is your friend.
- READ SCREENS. DON’T AUTOMATICALLY CLICK BUTTONS
Free software is great. There are fantastic, free software tools and services that we use everyday. When dealing with “free” software, you have to be careful during installation or updating. As the old saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
Watch out for those “extras” that come bundled with your main product. You don’t always want or need them. Continue reading
I’ve recently found the Coding 2 Learn blog and one of his posts really struck a chord with me as a technology professional in higher education. Read it here.
There is a new piece of nastiness going around right now called CryptoLocker that impacts Windows users. If you infect yourself, either by clicking a link in a phishing email or by visiting a site with the exploit, then all of your drives are scanned and data files are encrypted. Once they are encrypted, you can’t access them without the encryption key, which you have to pay the criminals to get.
This includes files on your physical hard drive or mapped network drives. Remember, syncing services like DropBox or Skydrive typically store files on your physical hard drive, so they would be encrypted in the event of an infection.
Amazon quietly announced that they have increased the minimum purchase price for free supersaver shipping from $25 to $35.
I was shopping on Amazon this morning and didn’t see any information on the increase. I actually found out about it via a Consumerist post.
With Google’s new Terms of Service, they are now saying that they may use your image in their advertising if you +1 a product. You can read the Google explanation for more details.
That may or may not be an issue for you. If it is, you can turn it off by going here, unchecking the box at the bottom, and hitting Save.