Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Security hijack

My dad had a very strange malware/ trojan that kept claiming he had various viruses etc. on his PC.

We found that http://forums.tomcoyote.org/lofiversion/index.php/t65317.html Gave perfect instructions to get rid of it.

Strangely the search for "thesecuritypage" on google came up with only one result, the above page! thesecuritypage was the page that the malware was causing IE to go to all the time as it's home page. Firefox wasn't affected! He is now listening to me about the fact that he is far too gullible.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Very interesting article about blog post frequency

I have to agree with this (http://blog.marketingprofs.com/2006/06/w_why_blog_post_frequency_does.html) post about blog frequency.

It is quality that is important, not quantity.

I do think there is some importance in posting every so often, otherwise some people will think that you have gone away. Post too often and the reader becomes overwhelmed in some junk, or as described in the article a land fill site.

I have to admit sometimes I'm not so clear in my blog posts, but that should hopefully improve over time.

Friday, June 09, 2006

web quotes in Safari UK

It's nice to see some more features filtering through to the localised
versions of Google Mail! Today I noticed web quotes at the top of the
mail browser. :-)

New version of quinn available for 10.4.2 and later only

See http://www.stud.tu-ilmenau.de/~siha-in/quinn.html
There appears to be a new version that is only compatible with Mac OS
X 10.4.2 and later. It would appear more and more software releases
these days are becoming Tiger required. Of course that isn't a problem
for me.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Two Weeks and had to re-install OS on MacBook

Today I came accross a nice little problem on my MacBook that I have only had for 2 weeks. I had a bit of a crash and oh dear, I could no longer launch application after a Safari hang. On reboot, it just hung. So I ended up doing an archive and install, with no ability to transfer the user over to the new system :-(
So I'm now back with a clean system, albeit with only 8GB of space left on a 80 GB HD. Hopefully this isn't going to happen again.
So now I'm off to the time consuming task of pulling back all my old settings.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Google Spreadsheet doesn't support OpenDocument

It would appear that Google spreadsheet beta doesn't support the
OpenDocument format for spreadsheets. It kinda surprises me with some
of the things that have been going on in the corporate world.

See more about Google spreadsheet at

MacBook loses battery life with single core

I've been trying out the MacBook on both dual and single core mode. With the help of CoreDuoTemp Utility and Apple's Developer Tools, I have found that it will always run at full processor speed of 2 GHz when you use the processor in single core mode. On the other hand under dual core mode it will generally run at 1.5 GHz, occasionally dropping to 1.333 GHz.

Even while it is compiling fink in the background, the processor is mostly running at 1.5 or 1.83 GHz in the lower powered parts of the compiler, slower than the 2 GHz max per core.

I do think that the power management could be improved to allow the processor to SpeedStep down to the minimum 1 GHz. Maybe someday Apple will produce a firmware update that will do this.