Archive for March, 2010

I Spokeo Too Soon

Perhaps you may have heard of Spokeo? I assume it is pronounced Spo-Keo rather than Spoke-Oh. It is billed as “not your grandma’s phonebook”. It claims to have been around since 2005, but I have only just now heard of it. I haven’t seen much press, but it certainly is getting word-of-mouth buzz. And not in a good way. Much of it is more concern than interest.

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Internet Speed

In 2004, the average time for an unprotected computer to get infected with malware was 20 minutes. In 2006, that dropped to 12. These days, it can be measured in seconds. But that metric is typically focused on Windows PCs exploited by virii and bot-nets. What about other platforms like Linux? Anecdotal evidence suggests that it is truly a scary world out there for everyone.

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Redefining Mobile Computing

Symbi-who? In my years of providing IT support for the latest-and-greatest smartphones and mobile devices – Newton, Zaurus, BB, iPhone, etc – I have never (knowingly) come across a Symbian system. I had always viewed Symbian as  niche player right alongside something like Psion. So imagine my surprise to find out that Symbian is the leader in the smartphone market. I guess I have been configuring “Symbian” but never really knew it!?!

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