Category: Computers & Internet


There is a preview to Windows 8 out.
Here is what the new Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) looks like:

Blue Screen of Death

Taken from this PC World article.

This made me laugh, so I gotta share.  I found this in the spam folder of my Yahoo mail.
From: Robert Muller III <fbi@post.mail.com>
Subject: FBI ALERT ON YOUR FUND CODE 111 ..
The IP address of the mail service used is from Korea (202.30.143.109). I was unable to find anything about the sender’s IP address (82.128.111.245).

The body of the email:

ROBERT MUELLER III
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI.WASHINGTON D.C
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION SEEKING TO WIRETAP
INTERNET

ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY,

We believe this notification met you in a very good present state of mind and health. The Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington,D.C in conjunction with some other relevant Investigations Agencies here in the United states of America have recently been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you presently have a transaction going on with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as regard to your over-due contract payment which was fully endorsed in your favor accordingly.

It might interest you to know that we have taken out time in screening through this project as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facet and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without any further delay. Having said all this, we will further advise that you go ahead in dealing with the Central Bank office accordingly as we will be monitoring all their services with you as well
as your correspondence at all level.

In addition, also be informed that we recently had a meeting with the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, in the person of Mr. Sanusi Lamido and Mr. Kingsley Agwor along with some of the top officials of the ministry regarding your case and they made us to understand that your file has been held in a base depending on when you personally come for the claim. They also told us that the only problem they are facing right now is that some unscrupulous element are using this project as an avenue to scam innocent people off their hard earned money by impersonating the Executive Governor and the Central Bank office.

We were also made to understand that a lady by the name Mrs. Joan C.Bailey from OHIO has already contacted them and also presented to them all the necessary documentations evidencing your claim purported to have been signed personally by you prior to the release of your contract fund valued at about US$8,000,000.00 (Eight million united states dollars),but the Central Bank office did the wise thing by insisting on hearing from you personally before they go ahead on wiring your fund to the Banking information which was forwarded to them by the above named Lady so that is the main reason why they contacted us so as to assist them in making the investigations.

We were further informed that we should warn our dear citizens who must have been informed of the contract payment which was awarded to them from the Central Bank of Nigeria, to be very careful prior to this irregularities so that they don’t fall victim to this ugly circumstance. And should in case you are already dealing with anybody or office claiming to be from the Central Bank of Nigeria, you are further advised to STOP further contact with them in your best interest and then contact Immediately the real office of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) only with the below information accordingly:

NAME: Sanusi Lamido.

OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria,
Central Business District,
Cadastral Zone, Abuja, Federal
Capital Territory, Nigeria.

Email: govcbnsl7@aol.com

NOTE:

In your best interest, any message that doesn’t come from the above email address should not be replied to and should be disregarded accordingly for security reasons. Meanwhile, we will advise that you contact the Governor of the Central Bank immediately with the above email address and request that they attend to your payment file as directed, so as to enable you receive your contract fund accordingly.

To this effect, you are required to reconfirm and authenticate the information below for certainty and onward processing and release of your fund as we will not be held liable for any wrong payment.

YOUR FULL NAME:
COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE:
YOUR PHONE NUMBER:
SEX:
AGE:

Ensure you follow all their procedures as required by them as that will further help hasten up the whole procedures as regard to the transfer of your fund to you as designated. Also have in mind that the Central Bank of Nigeria equally have their own protocol of operation as stipulated on their banking terms, so delay could be very dangerous. Once again, we will advise that you contact them with the above email address and make sure you forward to them all the necessary information which they may require from you prior to the release of your fund to you accordingly.

All modalities has already been worked out even before you were contacted and note that we will be monitoring all your dealings with them as you proceed so you don’t have anything to worry about.

All we require from you henceforth is an update so as to enable us be on track with you and the Central Bank of Nigeria. Without wasting much time, we will want you to contact them immediately with the above email address so as to enable them attend to your case accordingly without any further delay as time is already running out.

Should in case you need any more information in regard to this notification, feel free to get back to us so that we can brief you more as we are here to guide you during and after this project has been completely perfected and you have received your contract fund as stated.

Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation in advance as we earnestly await your urgent response to this matter.

Best Regards,

Robert S. Mueller III
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C.

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It really surprised me . . .
I registered at: http://www.google.com/chromeos/pilot-program.html which is still open to new registrations until 11:59 tonight pacific time.  I registered I think the first day of the program a couple of weeks ago and I figured I had a slim chance of getting this model of free laptop which is a prototype unit for beta testing and not for sale.  They’ll have a model for sale sometime around summer of 2011.

I’ll post a review at a later time.

See the article in my other site www.austinhomepcrepair.com.

Here is the link to my Windows Search 4.0 article which includes instructions of how to keep from getting it with Windows Update and how to remove it if it does get installed, plus pro’s & con’s of using it.

[4/21/2010] Early this morning, McAfee released virus definition version 5958 which totally hosed lots of computers running the English version of Windows XP Pro SP3.  It might only affect enterprise versions.  It wreaked lots of havok everywhere. This virus definition update falsely detected svchost.exe as a virus called W32/Wecorl.a. Svchost is critical for normal operation of Windows XP including its ability to connect to the internet or any other network. Other symptoms are the task bar / start menu doesn’t appear on its own, constant pop-ups about “Night Watchman service”, and more immediately, it counting down to a forced reboot, even as soon as you boot up.

Since it forces a reboot, you can’t use your computer at all. The immediate workaround for this is to go to a command prompt window and type “shutdown -a“. The -a means abort. Now that it is no longer shutting down, you can go to the next step.

McAfee released another virus definition .DAT update, 5959 today which no longer has this problem. But for most it isn’t so easy to do this update if it has already affected your computer since you don’t have network or internet access to obtain the new definition updates. What you need to do now is this: Open the McAfee VirusScan console, open Quarantine Manager Policy, Click the Manager tab, and the newest item should be svchost.exe. Right-click and restore that item. That will allow Windows to operate properly after rebooting, but only if McAfee is not allowed to run at this point because otherwise McAfee will re-quarantine svchost.exe.   Reboot, then use the [F8] key to start it as “Safe mode with Networking”.  Since svchost.exe is fixed, you will be networked, but since it is safe mode, McAfee won’t run so it won’t re-quarantine svchost.exe.

When it is booted up, obtain the latest SuperDAT from the McAfee website and when you run it, it will update the McAfee definitions even though McAfee isn’t running.  By it updating to a version newer than 5958, it prevents McAfee from re-quarantining svchost.exe after you reboot in normal mode that will allow McAfee to run.

Reboot, this time boot up in normal mode.

Now, open the McAfee VirusScan console again, and confirm that it has updated it to at least 5959 which is safe and already released. [as of 4/22/10, 5960 is the current DAT version.]  And confirm that “On-Access Scanner” is set to enabled; enable it if it is disabled.  When you enable it, it should also automatically enable “Access Protection” and “Buffer Overflow Protection”; enable those two things if they are still not enabled after enabling “On-Access Scanner”.

This is not a hoax.  See more information about it on the McAfee knowledgebase website, KB68780 and McAfee’s community forum.  And read about what havoc is being caused in the news.

[edit 4/22/2010, DH] – removed links to extra.dat and 5959 DAT files since 5960 is now released and at least one is released per day.  I can’t update this daily; instead I’ll link to where the latest SuperDAT can be always download directly from McAfee, plus I updated the instructions above.

My mother forwarded an email to me with a nifty little javascript game to test your reactions.  It is called Escapa!  (Spanish for “Escapes”?)

“This is pretty wild.  This will drive you batty! If you can go longer than 18 seconds you are phenomenal.  It’s been said that the US Air Force uses this for fighter pilots.  They are expected to go for at least 2 minutes.  Give it a try but be careful… it is addictive!!”

The picture below shows my personal best score.  The higher the number the better.  Click the picture of the game to begin playing.

Update: I have made the change . . . working on tweaking it to my liking.  I encourage feedback.

Original post:

I will soon drastically change the appearance of http://david.heineke.name by changing the installed theme.  Don’t worry, it shouldn’t make anything harder to find.

Update: Google has announced that they are discontinuing Buzz. I have since then turned of Google Buzz.
Original article:
Google just released a new service, called Buzz.  I tried it out, and at first glance, it appears that it is simply Google’s version of Twitter.  Kind of made me want to avoid it since I was joining yet another social networking site.  But I looked into it further.  Here are some thing that I do like about it:

Like Twitter, it is very easy to use.  Simply post an update, there it is.

Location based Google Buzz is integrated into my Android 1.6 phone, on the new Google Maps 4.0 available in the apps market for free.  Android 2.0 phones are further integrated through a web page.

It is integrated into your already existing Gmail account page instead of being a stand-alone web site.

It integrates into other services, for example all my twitter updates appear in Buzz, and all my updates here at http://david.heineke.name also appear on Buzz.  Same thing with pics added to Picasa and Flickr, videos added to youtube, and a few others for now.

It uses your Gmail address book to check to see which other users with Google accounts you want to see updates from.

There is concerns I have with privacy.  For example, I may sometimes want to turn off the posting of the location when I post from my phone.  Also, I may want to only make my post visible to my friends, not public.  I think there is a way to do that, but I’ll bet a lot of people don’t realize what they are doing and say things they didn’t want to make public.

Anyway, I’ll try it out for a while.  I will probably try to avoid location marking while at my own home.

David Heineke


Dropbox is a convenient way to store stuff online and on as many of your computers as you want, automatically keeping it all sync’ed up.  You will instantly have up to 2GB of personal online space free.
If you use the referral to sign up, you will get an extra 250MB capacity in your dropbox, and so will I (up to an extra 3GB from multiple people signing up).

How it works is you pick a location on your hard drive to use, and anything you want to store online, you put in that folder on your computer.  It will automatically be put online, and on any other computers you have dropbox installed on.  I have it installed on my home desktop, laptop, and work computer.  It is real convenient to update a particular spreadsheet on any computer and have it already up-to-date on all the others when I get to that computer if that computer was left on.  The files are already on the hard drive, so when I get to the computer, I don’t have to wait for it to download at that time.

You also have the optional ability to share folders with other people, either publicly, or specific to another dropbox user.  If either of us needs to send the other files, we would just put it in the shared dropbox folder, and there it will be in the other’s dropbox folder on their computer, where it can then be modified and automatically sent back, pretty seamlessly, kind of like on a LAN file server.

Try it out.

Here is a referral to use dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTMzNDY0ODM5

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I have a Garmin Nuvi 760 and figured out how to install the Garmin software for most of their GPS’es.  See this page I wrote that explains how.