Lenovo Malware

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Lenovo is shipping computers out with man-in-the-middle adware that breaks https encryption.

The Critical threat is from computers with adware from a company called Superfish which installs a self-signed root HTTPS certificate that can intercept encrypted traffice for every website a user visits. Basically this threat undermines the very reason HTTPS protections exist in the first place.

More details HERE.

 

Windows 10 Preview

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Those who really know me in real life know that I work for a company as a Systems Administrator/User Support so I have to be on the up and up with systems and networks as they become available. I took the liberty of installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview on a virtual server on our network where I work so I can get a glimpse of what to expect in Windows 10.

This test was done using Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview Build:9926.
You may notice that IE still exists on this build and that is because Project Spartan is not yet supported for this build of Windows 10.

So here is a list of changes I have noticed:

New Start Menu

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Metro Apps on Desktop

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Option of using Virtual Desktops

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New Task View Button

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New Icons for File Explorer

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New Settings Screen

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 Here is a list of supposedly proposed changes to come:

  • Desktop Interface Overhaul to appear flatter.
  • Improved Snapping.
  • The Metro interface may be removed.
  • Charms bar is being removed from the desktop.
  • ReFS file system – Self repairing file system
  • Replace IE with a new browser currently code named Project Spartan.

My Thoughts:

  • Windows 10 has some nice improvements but I’m still not a fan of the start menu because it lists “all apps” and still doesn’t list all programs like we have had in Windows 7 which is a much better way of doing things.
  • In all honestly I don’t really care about Windows Apps nor will I probably ever want to use Windows Apps.
  • When you first install Windows 10 they are pretty insistent on you signing in with your Microsoft account. Quite honestly, I have never use a Microsoft account for any of my Windows 8 machines and I don’t plan to start with Windows 10.
  • OneDrive is baked into Windows 10 like Windows 8 as an app which is really annoying. I’d rather be able to have the option to have One Drive as an app or a normal program.
  • I just hope Startisback.com has a solution for Windows 10 so I can keep using a Windows 7 like start menu.

You might also be interested in reading another great review at Extremetech.

Benefits of sleeping nude

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Have you ever considered sleeping nude? Well if you haven’t consider the benefits listed below before you totally discount the idea of sleeping nude. Personally, I sleep nude and enjoy it for many of the reasons listed below.

1. It is easier

When you don’t have to worry about sleeping in clothes, things start to get easier. You don’t have to buy pajamas, which can save you money. You have less clothes to wash and less clothes to put away. You may have to clean your bed sheets more often, but not nearly as often as you’d have to wash your pajamas when you run out.

2. It can make you feel happier and more free.

Just imagine the feeling of laying in bed naked. You’re free of your pants and underwear. Women, you’re not wearing a constrictive bra. It’s just you sandwiched between two cool sheets. The feeling just makes you want to smile and it makes you feel more free. Everyone can use that kind of good feeling every now and then, and it may even help you be happier as a person.

3. Skin-on-skin contact is best.

If you’re married, or living with your significant other, sleeping naked gives a greater chance of skin-on-skin contact, especially when it comes to cuddling. This kind of contact can also lead to a more active sex life. All of this releases copious amounts of oxytocin, which is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those good feelings about your significant other.

4. It could lead to better sleep.

Let’s revisit the scenario I described above. There are no drawstrings or clothes getting tangled in sheets. You don’t have to worry about shirts getting twisted. All of these distractions go away when you sleep naked and it may help you get better, deeper sleep. You don’t need science to tell you that better, deeper sleep only helps you be healthier.

5. Helps your skin.

For once your body gets to breathe. Your private parts, armpits, and feet are generally restricted all day and are often covered by multiple layers, even in the summer time. Give those parts a chance to air out and breathe. This can lower the risk of skin diseases, like athlete’s foot, that result from wet, restricted skin.

6. Helps you regulate your cortisol.

Cortisol is a very strange chemical in the body but it can do a lot of damage. When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at the optimal ranges so your body can better create cortisol. If you sleep overheated your cortisol levels tend to stay high, even after you wake up. This can lead to increased anxiety, cravings for bad food, weight gain, and more terrible things. Sleep naked so you can keep your body temperature down and sleep well so your body can properly produce and regulate cortisol.

7. Balances your melatonin and growth hormone.

Continuing along that same vein, keeping your sleeping environment below 70 degrees (F) every night can help your body regulate its melatonin and growth hormone levels. These chemicals help the body do things like prevent aging and are essential to good health. When you sleep in clothes, your body heats up and prevents effective use of these hormones. In other words, sleeping with clothes on makes you grow old faster.

8. It can keep your sex organs happier.

For men, the cooler sleeping conditions allows your testes to remain at a cooler temperature. This helps keep your sperm healthy and your reproductive systems functioning as normal. For women, the cooler and more airy sleeping conditions can actually help prevent yeast infections. Yeast grows better in warm, moist conditions. When it’s cooler and dryer, the growth of yeast is prevented.

9. Sleeping in the summer is more bearable.

Summertime is a tricky time to get good sleep. If you don’t have air conditioning, then you may find your bedroom a bit stuffy at night. Shedding those bedtime clothes can help the bedroom feel more comfortable. You may even be able to turn the A/C off on those cooler nights, which can save you a few bucks on your electricity bill. Don’t wake up drenched in sweat again because your thermostat is downstairs and the hot air expands up to your bedroom where the thermostat can’t read the warm temperatures.

10. Pyjamas are overrated anyways.

How much, on average, do you spend on a single set of pyjamas? £20-£40? More? And how often you wash them? Now think to yourself ‘imagine how much money/time I could save by not wearing PJs?’

Revolutionary, huh? We thought so too.

11. Drift into a deeper sleep.

Did you know that certain types of insomnia are associated with the faulty regulation of body temperature? The Los Angeles Sleep Study Institute reports that this not only affects your sleep cycle, but also inhibits you from drifting into a deep sleep.

Sleeping naked helps to regulate body temperature (so you don’t overheat – there’s nothing worse than waking up a sweaty mess) meaning you’ll be sleeping like a log in no time.

12. You’ll feel liberated

Lying there on your bed, wearing nothing but air, feeling free. What could be better?

13. Boost self esteem

If you have body confidence issues then sleeping naked might just help you learn to love yourself. Start to become accustomed to how you look by sleeping without bed clothes each evening. Over time, you should become used to how your body looks without clothes, and hey, you might even learn to love how good you look. Just give it a try!

14. Don’t be a sloth

Another perk of sleeping naked is that once you’re awake, you’re more inclined to get dressed for the day ahead rather than slobbing around in your PJs. Goodbye sloth, hello human being. Yay!

RadioShack declares bankrupty

RadioShack declared bankruptcy on Feb 5, 2015. RadioShack was one of my all time favorite stores that I used to shop at a lot when I was younger and was more into tinkering with gadgets and gizmos. I used to buy scanners, led lights, clamps, wires and more at RadioShack when I was younger but I have since moved to online shopping.

Honestly, I haven’t shopped at a Radio Shack in years so maybe I should go back sometime before they close 2,400 of their approximately 4,000 stores.

Full story here.

Net Neutrality

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There is a lot of talk in the news lately about Net Neutrality and about how the FCC is going to consider who the internet belongs to but what do the people think?

Do we the people even have a choice at this point? My guess is that the government is going to rule the way they want to rule regardless of what the citizens think and it could lead to disaster for the internet as we know it. Here is a list of 5 Major ways the internet will change without net neutrality.  Hell even Tumblr wants the us to SAVE THE INTERNET!

The biggest impact I see forthcoming if there is no net neutrality is:

  • Increased internet costs
  • Degraded service
  • Less Innovation
  • Internet throttling (creating a fast and slow lane)
  • Greater technogical divide by income, demographic
  • Paid prioritization to move to the front of the line.
  • Certain websites will become blocked for certain users
  • No more “Free” internet
  • Toll Roads

All of the above may result in:

  • Less personal websites and blogs
  • Many websites will cease to exist or fail to show up on search engines results.
  • Less internet users
  • Loss in computer sales
  • Less drive to create new computers, tablets and phones
  • Increased cell phone plans
  • Increased price for electronic gadgets.

I personally feel that we need to keep the internet open and free otherwise without net neutrality there will be even greater problems in the tech world. Without net neutrality websites like Twist3d.net won’t even exist anymore.

Without further ado, LETS SAVE THE INTERNET!!

Super Bowl 2015

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I normally never watch the Super Bowl but I did last night because I was at a Super Bowl Party at my girlfriends house where we had some good food, and lots of company watching the Super Bowl.

I must say it was a pretty good game even though I wasn’t rooting for either team because I normally don’t care about sports nor do I watch them. The thing I enjoy the most about Super Bowl has to be the commercials and the half time shows and Katy Parry sure pulled it off pretty well.

The half-time show is below in this you tube video.

What did you think about the Super Bowl? Please comment below.

Ghost Linux Security hole Revealed

Have you heard about the critical linux security hole that was revealed dubbed “Ghost”? Well if you haven’t then I suggest you get up to speed on this critical security hole and get your linux servers patched asap.

The below section is quoted from the article at zdnet.

“The security hole can be triggered by exploiting glibc’s gethostbyname functions. This function is used on almost all networked Linux computers when the computer is called on to access another networked computer either by using the /etc/hosts files or, more commonly, by resolving an Internet domain name with Domain Name System (DNS).

To exploit this vulnerability, all an attacker needs to do is trigger a buffer overflow by using an invalid hostname argument to an application that performs a DNS resolution. This vulnerability then enables a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running DNS. In short, once an attacker has exploited GHOST they may be capable of taking over the system.”

For more details please read the full article at zdnet.

Put em in a coffin

Remember planking?  And the gallon smash?  Well, there’s a new teen thing going viral on the internet.  And it’s just as stupid as its predecessors.  It’s called “Put ‘em in a coffin.”

These idiots cross their arms, then jump and land back first on the hood of a car.  As you can imagine, it causes a great deal of damage to the front end of the car.  As to the question of “Why?”  Because kids, that’s why.

Source: FBHW

Meet the world’s smallest PC

Intel unveiled the world’s smallest Windows PC, a tiny thumb-drive-sized device that converts any television or monitor into a functional computer.

Similar to the Google (GOOGL, Tech30) Chromecast or Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) Fire Stick, the Intel Compute Stick can be plugged into an HDMI port. Though Intel (INTC, Tech30) says the Compute Stick can be used for streaming video, it can also do more than that.

The four-inch Compute Stick comes installed with Windows 8.1, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. It connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi, and it has a microSD slot for additional storage if you need it.

“It’s everything you love about your desktop computer in a device that fits in the palm of your hand,” says Intel.

Well … your desktop computer probably has a keyboard, a mouse, a lot more storage and RAM, and a much faster processor. But point taken, Intel: It’s a full-fledged computer that’s the size of a pack of gum. That’s pretty neat.

Intel suggests that the Compute Stick be used for “light productivity, social networking, Web browsing, and streaming media or games.” It also said small businesses might use it as an inexpensive computing solution.

The Intel Compute Stick will cost $149 and will go on sale later this year. A version that runs Linux will sell for $89.

Source: CNN