Computer Security: Microsoft Security Essentials

Thursday, April 8th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

I’m not always the biggest fan of Microsoft, but I have to admit they have a large reach and significant resources.

Recently a friend of mine mentioned his MSN account got hacked, and that it was a vulnerability in “some Microsoft software”.

It’s scary just how much your email account controls nowadays.  In my friend’s example, his credit cards were manipulated, his facebook account stolen, his email was hijacked (duh), and many of his other accounts linked to that email were stolen.  Our email account is used to validate bank accounts (occasionally, although many other means of security are used), many of our “social” accounts, medical records, credit cards, and almost everything we do.

Microsoft recently suggested that he install their recent piece of security software to prevent this …

What can you do to protected yourself, for free?

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Quick Tip: Keyboard Shortcut – New Folder in Windows

Thursday, April 8th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

To create a new folder in the folder you are currently browsing (in explorer):


This makes a big difference when building out directory structures in windows.  It is much faster than right clicking, New, Folder.

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iPhone OS 4.0 – Preview April 8, 2010

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

Thursday, April 8, at 10am pacific —

Invitations have gone out from Apple inviting the media to the “sneak peek of the next generation of iPhone OS software”.

Saw this reported on Gizmodo.

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Quick Tip: Delete Temporary Internet Files / Clear Cache – Shortcut Keys in IE8

Monday, April 5th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

Web developers have to refresh browser caches a lot (if we even have our browsers set to cache) — if you want a quick way to pull up the “Delete Browsing History” screen in IE8:


It’ll pop up, click “Temporary Internet Files” and then “Delete”.  It will stop you from having to click into the menus up top.

Bonus – Force IE8 to “Always Refresh from Server”

If you’re in IE8 and are constantly refreshing the cache, why not temporarily force refreshed content:

Hit F12 (for the Developer Tools)
Click on menu item “Cache” and click on “Always Refresh from Server

You can look back in there to see a checkbox next to it, so you know it’s on.  It will let you always refresh from the server for just the current browser session (very useful).

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Google Docs: Now Supports All Files

Thursday, April 1st, 2010 | Business | No Comments

I’ve recommended Google Docs to a few companies for a make shift intranet.

It has shared folders, searching, easy access online/offline — but have had some issues with the Google Docs limits.  Until now, Google Docs would translate any file you uploaded to a Google document.  That meant converting excel spreadsheets to an online editable spreadsheet.  This is nice, except that it had strict size limits on these documents if they would be edited online (of course).

Many people didn’t specifically want this functionality, but wanted to distribute documents on the intranet.

Google Docs finally lets you choose not to convert an upload to be edited online…

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Web Developers: Deep linking is critical making alternate iPhone sites

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

It is cool that you “sniff” the end user’s device as iPhone and automatically redirect them to an iPhone friendly format of your website.

Don’t automatically redirect them to the home page.

If I’m browsing the internet on my iPhone, and click on a link to an article on … say fish … and I’m redirected to the home page because you want to show me the data in the right format, it pisses me off.

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How can I sell my music on iTunes or Amazon MP3?

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 | Business, Tutorials | 3 Comments

A reader just asked me:

I have a company that does films and music, I wanna know how i can use itunes to sell my products do i need to contact itunes directly or what can I do?  What are the steps?

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How web developers protect PHP sites from SQL injection attacks

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

Web developers are responsible for writing websites that work today, but also years or even decades from now (though I would argue the average website shouldn’t be left alone for a decade).

It can be difficult to protect a website against all future attacks.  There is one big one we all have to be prepared for (because it is just so easy to fix)… SQL Injection attacks.

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The Web Pushes Forward: HTML5, Opera Mini 5, iPad, Internet Explorer 9

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

Everything must move forward.  The web is no exception.  The strange part is, for a while, the internet didn’t move much.

Nowadays the web seems to be pushing forward fast, very fast.  Here are some of the new “happenings” on the internet, and where it may be going.

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Brilliant, Heineken Executes Original Marketing Campaign

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

Saw this over on, a video of a brilliant marketing campaign executed by Heineken.

Getting creative, Heineken “won” big with this one… a combination of a unique idea, clean execution, and some upper management that had confidence in the “crazy ideas” of a special marketing team.  Who wouldn’t hire someone that thinks of this stuff and can make it happen?

What soccer (football) fan wouldn’t appreciate Heineken for this?  I’d love to see numbers for Heineken brand recognition after this event (and how much of a positive effect this had, along with information on sales numbers).  I’m sure that information won’t leak for a while (if ever).

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