Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Conficker

A few minutes ago I received an email alert from Firewallguide.com and thought I would share the information in the alert. Every article pertained to the Conficker worm which is a worm that has already infected millions of Windows PCs previously. Supposedly, on April 1, 2009 (tomorrow—April Fool's Day) a component of this worm will be automatically downloaded to these already infected computers with instructions to be more aggressive in carrying out their assigned tasks. The media is making this a big issue as always, creating hysteria among computer users. I am not sure this will happen, but am informing you of the threat and providing two links that were included in the email from Firewallguide.com to provide more information on the Conficker worm.

Eight Things You Need to Know About Conficker
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2344074,00.asp

Conficker: Doomsday, or the World's Largest Rickroll?
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2009/03/conficker_doomsday_or_the_worl.html?wprss=securityfix

As always, submit your questions and comments and let’s have fun learning together.

In His Service,
AvaByGrace


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Monday, March 23, 2009

Everything is Amazing, Nobody is Happy!

I haven't been available to research and write articles recently, however I came across this YouTube video from Conan Obrien's show "Everything is Amazing, No body is Happy" on progress and technology that I thought I would share with you. Enjoy!


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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

OpenOffice.org Security Alerts

For those of you who have installed OpenOffice.org, the Security Team has published detailed security vulnerabilities in their Security Bulletin available at the OpenOffice.org Web site or you can go directly there via the links below. You can also have alerts sent directly to your inbox. Joining the Security Bulletin mailing list can be done by sending an empty email to the subscription link below. You can also view archives of the mailing list once they have been published at the archived link below. 

Further information on the Security Team can be gained from visiting the FAQ section of the OpenOffice.org Web site. We want to thank all of the dedicated people that are a part of the OpenOffice.org team for giving us options, for making this suite available to us and diligently keeping abreast of all the challenges the applications are facing as well as dealing with them in a timely manner. Thank You!  

As always, submit your questions and comments and let’s have fun learning together.

In His Service,
AvaByGrace


Links
Security Bulletin
http://www.openoffice.org/security/bulletin.html

Subscribe to Security Alerts
security-alerts-subscribe@openoffice.org

Archived mailing list
http://www.openoffice.org/servlets/SummarizeList?listName=security-alerts

Security Team FAQ
http://www.openoffice.org/security/faq.html


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Monday, March 9, 2009

GoalsOnTrack - Bye, Bye, Beta!

The previous GoalsOnTrack Web Bytes installments were written for the beta version of this application. GoalsOnTrack has graduated from its beta version and is now a full production Web application with two membership or account plans – Free and Standard. New accounts are free for the first 30 days (Standard Trial). If you decide to keep the Standard account the monthly fee is $9.95. Existing users who have not upgraded to the Standard account will be able to use the site for 30 days free (Standard Trial). If the Standard account is not upgraded by the end of this period the account will automatically become a Free account with limited features and functionality. According to the GoalsOnTrack blog, more advance and powerful features are forth coming in the months ahead. The new plans can be viewed at http://blog.goalsontrack.com/?p=89

As always, submit your questions and comments and let’s have fun learning together.

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

Links
Previous Web Bytes Posts:

http://webbytesblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/goalsontrack-new-release.html

http://webbytesblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/goalsontrack-update-12312008.html

http://webbytesblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/goalsontrack-update-12312008.html

GoalsOnTrack home
http://www.goalsontrack.com/

Tour
http://www.goalsontrack.com/index/tour1





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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Screencast.com Enhancements

If you created a Screencast.com account from the post on Jing back in November, there are three new features created due to user feedback. These new features are:

1. Optimized display enabling easier to view content thru an 800 X 500 display

2. Content navigation made easier via thumbnails or next and previous buttons for trafficking between public area content, password protected and authenticated folders

3. Thumbnails illustrations file type allowing the viewer to see what type of video they will be watching whether it is Flash, QuickTime, WMV etc. prior to the start of the actual video

According to the documentation you do not have to modify or re-encode existing files for the three new features to be enabled. I visited the site to check on the video created back in November 2008 when Jing was first introduced here on Web Bytes and I prefer the smaller version of the video as opposed to the larger one brought about by the enhancement….you have a choice of whether to enlarge the video or view with the smaller version. You check it out for yourself and let me know your preference.

In addition to these three new features, the folks at Techsmith have made it possible to customize your page through a pro account for $9.95 a month or $99.95 a year and increase storage from 2GB to 25GB and transfer bandwidth rate from 2GB to 200GB per month. Customization will removed Techsmith and Screencast.com branding and replace it with your own including logo, color scheme, headers, footers, background color etc. View an introduction video to customization at the Introduction Video link below or for more information visit the Help Center at www.screencast.com/answers/

As always, submit your questions and comments and let’s have fun learning together.

In His Service,
AvaByGrace

Introduction Video
http://www.screencast.com/users/Training/folders/Training/media/d68f5341-fe95-4dfc-96c3-239f9fbf7c63?cmp=scr27rf&emc=scr27rf



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