Welcome to Tech Talk on WTWP
Actually we have been on two other stations in prior years
This is the beginning of our fifth year if you add it all together
Now WTWP is our home now
What to Expect
Latest Tech News from Space to Nanotechnology
Simple explanations of the “why” and “what” behind technology
MP3 files uploaded to the web (with Podcasts quickly to follow)
A Periodic Newsletter (the first already went our to 10,000 loyal listeners)
Check our Tech Talk website by going to www.stratford.edu
We Already Have Email
Captain Tom Logue, Associate Chair, Computer Science, US Naval Academy
Mark Cummings, Long time listener
Edward Woods, Long time listener
James Messick, Radio Show Host, with Podcast suggestion
Arnie McKechnie, a frequent contributor via email
Maggie, one on my WMAL listeners
What Kind of Trends Will We Watch?
Mainframe to PC to Web Apps (IBM to Microsoft to Google)
Web 1.0 (non-interactive) to Web 2.0 (interactive with Wikis, Blogs, YouTube)
The Rise of Social Networking (Facebook, My Space)
Evolution of IT in Business and it impact on jobs and careers
Outsourcing to India and China and how to protect your career turf
Impact of Convergence of Voice/Data/Video on the Internet
Legislation affecting Internet Access
Wireless Networking and Security
Home Theater Technology (what to buy and not to buy)
Space Technology like the Mars Rover
Developments in science like nanotechnology or string theory
Computer Chip Technology (breakthroughs and limitations)
Computer purchase decisions (this is the year of the laptop)
Anything else in the news that grabs our interest
My eBay Account Problems
My user account was suspended from eBay
“Because our records indicate your account was involved in activities that violate our policies.”
“If you feel you have been suspended in error or want to appeal this decision by providing additional information.”
Faxed credit card information, drivers license, appeal letter to eBay
Discovered someone else had set up an account with my name and had done something wrong.
Now I have been asked to clear up the other account that I don’t know anything about.
I’ll keep you informed as I deal wit eBay on this matter
Eyejot – Simple Video e-Mail Service
www.eyejot.com Create a free account
Use your webcam to make a simple video and email it to friends.
The video is stored on the Eyedot website.
They click on their email to view your video
Free service lets you have up to a 30 second video which is stored for 30 days
The Professional Version ($5 per month) provides unlimited storage and longer messages
The service was launched this week
Password Tips and Tricks
Weak password protection is one of the biggest security nightmares
What is a good way to select a password
Put two words together (with a juxtaposition that makes sense to you)
Capitalize some of the letter (not necessarily the first letter)
Place a symbol between the words ($, @, #)
Make the password at least 8 characters longs
How can you remember all these passwords?
Many people use a Password Storage Program
My favorite is Access Manager 2.0
http://www.accessmanager.co.uk/) Non-commercial licenses is free
Commercial license is $24.
Flog 2006 Awards Announced
The most flagrant “fake” Blog
The three finalists were
Sony with “Alliwantforxmasisapsp” promoting PSP
Macdonald’s with “4Railroads” promoting their Monopoly Game
Walmart, for “Walmarting Across America”
Sony was the winner of the “Golden Poo” award
Hackers Selling Vista Zero-Day Exploits
Underground hackers are hawking zero-day exploits for Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system at $50,000 a pop, according to computer security researchers at Trend Micro.
Here are some of the auction items.
Unpatched code execution flaws are in the $20,000 to $30,000 range, depending on the popularity of the software and the reliability of the attack code.
Bots and Trojan downloaders that typically hijack Windows machines for use in spam-spewing botnets were being sold for about $5,000.
A custom Trojan capable of stealing online account information can be bought for between $1,000 and $5,000, while a botnet-building piece of malware can cost between $5,000 and $20,000.
Site was penetrated by a Tokyo-based anti-virus vendor.