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Notes From Today's Computers 2K7 Radio Show! (July 22nd, 2007)

You can download today's show from the Computers 2K7 page. If today's show isn't there yet, check back later today. It should be there by the end of the day.

Plain and simple, today's show was historical. No, I didn't mean hysterical, I meant what I typed, historical. Why, you ask? Let me fill you in, our esteemed host, Amnon Nissan does NOT miss many shows. As a matter of fact there has only been one other occasion where Amnon had to have someone fill in for him and that was a loooooooong time ago. Was he ill? Did he move out of town unannounced? Were black helicopters seen circling his house? Noooo, none of those. It seems that there were some hardware/network/power issues with his company this morning that had to be taken care of. For those who don't know, Amnon is the owner of DeltaForce Technologies, a local ISP here in the Raleigh/Durham area. Service to his customers is his top priority sooooooo my co-host Spencer and I shared hosting responsibilities this morning. Fortunately all went smoothly!

Here are a few links to some of the stories I mentioned on today's show...

Domain Name Figure-Outter

I mention BustAName on the show this morning because they provide a way to do some domain name availability searching in real time. Pretty cool.

You might as well give up playing Checkers!

A checkers playing game, Chinook, has proven that it can NOT be beaten. Play a perfect game against it and you'll end up with nothing but a draw.  Wanna take a drive down Futility Lane and take your best checkers shot against Chinook? Go ahead and give it a shot.

Search History Retention

Ask.com recently announced they're are providing the option to web searchers to request that their search results NOT be retained by the company. Their new tool is named AskEraser and should hit the U.S. by the end of the year.

Laptop Battery Recall Notice

Toshiba is recalling more than 5,100 laptop batteries due to a potential fire risk. Read more here.

iPhone Causing Network Trouble for Duke University

I hope they get this figured out soon. Who knows how many of the kids returning to school got a new iPhone over the summer.

Update: It seems that the iPhone wasn't to blame afterall. You can check out the details here.

Hi-Speed WiFi!

Gotta give those researchers at Georgia Tech credit. They have really upped the ante in the wi-fi speed arena! They're getting transfer speeds of around 15Gbps. 

Steve Gibson Security Podcasts

Spence has mentioned these podcasts on a number of occasions so I thought I'd include a link to them.

Internet Crime, BotNets, etc.

We had a guest from Symnantec on the show this morning discussing botnets and the related problems they can cause. When your machine falls victim to a botmaster and becomes a botnet zombie all kinds of nefarious things can be done with it. Want to report an Internet crime or submit a complaint of some type? Head to the government's Internet Crime Complaint Center and let them know about your about your situation.

That's it for this weeks show...

Have a day. :-|

posted on Sunday, July 22, 2007 11:25 AM Print
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