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Most IT professionals will find a personal, and sometimes even painful meaning in these haikus. Continue reading

OBrienPC Supports Net Neutrality

Internet fast lanes are bad for a free and open Internet, and bad for blogs and smaller websites like mine who do not have a corporate presence or the finances to buy our way into the fast lane. Continue reading

One Small Step For Man, One Giant Leap For Mankind

On July 20th, 1969, American Astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped down from the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, and stepped onto the surface of the moon. It was indeed one small step for man, but it was a giant leap for mankind that would change the way we saw the Universe and our place in the Cosmos.  Suddenly, we were not confined to our planet Earth.  Until that moment, exploring the moon was only a fantasy, the stuff of science-fiction. The Apollo 11 mission to land a man on the moon and deliver him safely back to… Continue reading

In the News: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Information Act (CISPA)

CISPA BannerIn light of recent network attacks and the rise in cyber espionage and hacking attacks, CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection act, will be reintroduced next week in the House of Representatives. You may recall that CISPA was introduced to the House last year, but was quickly abandoned in part over serious privacy concerns. The Obama Administration promised to veto the bill at the time, arguing that it did not provide clear legal privacy protections to citizens and lacked independent oversight, which would undermine the public’s trust in the government.

But the nail… Continue reading

Recommended Websites: Free Online Academic Classes and Lectures

One of the greatest benefits of the Internet is that it makes knowledge that at one time was restricted to academic institutions available to anyone with Internet access and a browser. This is a short list of academic websites I like to visit when ever I am in the mood to expand my knowledge and explore different academic disciplines. This list will grow and change over the next few weeks. If you would like to be notified when this page is updated, use the form below to subscribe to this post. I promise, no spam!

Professor Messer… Continue reading

Seattle Businesses hacked because of inadequate protection

 Network SecurityRecently, the wireless networks of  53 Seattle businesses were infiltrated by three hackers using a variety of methods ranging from techniques like wardriving ( actually going around scouting out wireless networks with weak security) to physically breaking into some of the businesses and stealing computer equipment and using it to gain access into the networks and collect data. Most of these businesses have one thing in common that made them attractive targets for these thieves, inadequate security in their network and infrastructure.

The thieves hacked e-mail servers and other equipment, and used it to infiltrate… Continue reading

Should employers have access to your Social Sites?

With all the talk in the news about employers demanding access to employee and prospective employee social profiles, I thought it was kind of interesting (and ironic) that Facebook is actually taking a stand against employers who demand access to employee’s FaceBook accounts.

Myself, I have no problem with employers or prospective employers accessing my social sites. In fact, I think it is to my advantage that they do so. But I apparently am in the minority on this issue. There are a lot of people who think it’s a violation of their privacy for an employer… Continue reading

Google to go Nuclear against SOPA

Things could get interesting if congress doesn't get the message that we don't want SOPA. If they didn't get the message after some 37,000 domains left GoDaddy in protest of their support for SOPA, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter might be able to get the message across by simultaneously shutting down their services. So far, there is no actual plan to shut down these services in protest, but there is talk.

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Thanks for the Memories, Mr. Jobs.

Today, the world lost a founding father in computer technology; a man who led the way for innovative technologies and changed the way millions of people communicated and shared ideas and information. Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple died today, but left us a legacy that will never be forgotten.

On behalf of computer users everywhere, Thank you Steve. Thank you for the Macintosh and the Apple, and the iPod and the iPhone, and the iPad. Thank you for your pioneering spirit and your brilliance and leadership in steering Apple up the river of Success. And… Continue reading

Gamers Unlock Protein Mystery That Baffled AIDS Researchers For Years

In just three weeks, gamers deciphered the structure of a key protein in the development of AIDS that has stumped scientists for years. According to a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, the findings could present a significant breakthrough for AIDS and HIV research.

Using an online game called Foldit, players were able to predict the structure of a protein called retroviral protease, an enzyme that plays a critical role in the way HIV multiplies. Unlocking the build of the protein could theoretically aid scientists in developing drugs that would stop protease from spreading.

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Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2393200,00.asp

So, you think you can dance, huh? Meet NAO, the amazing dancing robot

If you like robotics and you like dancing, you're gonna love this video of this little robot that can really get down and boogie! NAO dances better than most people I know. Continue reading

IKEA Galant Desk mod makes a very cool computer desk

Every now and then, I come across something that really catches my eye. One thing I like to look for is cool computer-related modifications. Today, I found a great home-made computer desk mod that I would love to build, if I had the tools and skills.

It all starts with an IKEA Galant desk:

 

And finishes with a great computer desk that any geek would envy!

 

The full article describes how this desk was built, and can be viewed on here on Overclock.net

Net Neutrality goes into affect November 20, 2011

fcc_logoThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  has published its net neutrality rules with the Federal Register, preventing Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) from deliberately throttling network traffic based on based on applications or services being accessed. Verizon and Metro PCS sued to stop net neutrality from going into effect, but both lost in court.

The Republicans in Congress are also outspoken critics against net neutrality, and may attempt to appeal the FCC regulations. The laws do little more than mandate what was already considered the status quo. Most consumers already assume that they will be getting the same… Continue reading

Hack reveals passwords from locked iPhones and iPads

No passcode required

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco

Researchers have devised a method for stealing passwords stored on locked iPhones and iPads that doesn’t require cracking of the device’s passcode.

The technique, disclosed on Thursday by members of the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology, requires physical access to the targeted iPhone or iPad, so remote attacks aren’t possible. But it takes less than six minutes and carry out, and the after effects are easy to conceal, making it ideal to carry out on devices that are lost, stolen or temporarily unattended.

The hack exploits cryptography… Continue reading

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