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  • Lenovo Has Been Selling Laptops with Malware Pre-Installed

    02/19/2015 11:58:24 AM PST · by Wolfie · 51 replies
    Yahoo Tech ^ | Feb. 19, 2015
    Lenovo Has Been Selling Laptops with Malware Pre-Installed Computer maker Lenovo has been shipping laptops prepackaged with malware that makes you more vulnerable to hackers — all for the sake of serving you advertisements. Made by a company called “Superfish,” the software is essentially an Internet browser add-on that injects ads onto websites you visit. Besides taking up space in your Lenovo computer, the add-on is also dangerous because it undermines basic computer security protocols. That’s because it tampers with a widely-used system of official website certificates. That makes it hard for your computer to recognize a fake bank website,...
  • moving all the data from one laptop to

    07/13/2014 6:49:41 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 77 replies
    myself | 7-13-14 | TZ
    I was given the gift of a new laptop- HP Pavilion Smartouch 17. not my first choice, but it was a nice gift and the giver knew my old Toshiba Satellite L505-a6946 is dying and that I'm too cheap to buy a new one. The Satellite uses Vista and the new HP is Windows 8.1 . I need to know what's the best(easiest) way to move all my data from one to the other including AVG,Hitman Pro, Malwarebytes,emails(Outlook)and other vital programs. While I'm at it, I assume it came with all sorts of unwanted 'bloatware' so I will need to...
  • Need operating system suggestions for old laptop (Vanity)

    06/25/2014 10:02:22 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 58 replies
    Yours truly | 6/25/2014 | Me
    I'm trying to determine if it's worth messing with to find a different (and free) operating system for my very old Dell Latitude laptop. It currently has Windows XP SP3, which of course Microsoft no longer supports.
  • Need laptop help- dell computer just beeps

    06/09/2014 4:14:33 AM PDT · by Faith65 · 70 replies
    me ^ | June 9, 2014 | Faith65
    Good morning- I need some help with a laptop (dell inspiron - windows 7)- when you turn it on all it does is beep. It was running fine last night and it was shut without hibernating or anything and when it was reopened it just started beeping so the power button was hit to shut it down. Now when you hit the power button it starts to come on and then just beeps loudly. Taking the battery out and putting it back in has not made a difference. I would greatly appreciate any help! Thanks! (Mods- if I have put...
  • Microsoft announces 12-inch Surface Pro 3, 'the tablet that can replace your laptop'

    05/20/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    PC World ^ | 05/20/2014 | Brad Chacos
    It turns out that support page name-checking the Surface Pro 3 wasn't a typo after all. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the all-new Surface Pro 3, but this version is more than a mere spec boost over the Surface Pro 2: It's a whole new entry in the Surface lineup, and one designed "to replace your laptop." The Surface Pro 3 blends full Core i7 power—Surface head Panos Panay calls it "the thinnest Core product ever created," designed in close conjunction with Intel—with true tablet sleekness, sheer screen size aside. The Surface Pro 3 measures in at a mere 0.35-inch thick...
  • opinion/feedback on best budget tablet?

    05/01/2014 9:14:21 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 20 replies
    self | 5/1/14 | NewJerseyJoe
    Asking for opinions on the best budget tablet. Something big enough for me to work on -- i.e., be able to type easily and see the display without holding it six inches from my face. Not worried about communications -- as long as it's got WiFi built in (which I'm sure they all do), I can use my cellphone as a mobile hotspot to transfer/send files. This is intended to be a replacement for a working laptop/notebook. And again -- "budget" is the keyword. Thanks all!.
  • Computer Advice (Need a new Laptop) Vanity

    04/24/2014 3:11:22 PM PDT · by PatrioticRose · 31 replies
    me | 4/24/2014 | chuckster
    The old Dell Latitude e5500 appears to have reached the end of its useful life (Final report from tech due this afternoon) I am loooking for advice on a replacement. I use it for photo, video and audio editing for YouTube, web sites and my radio program. It would have to be very mobile but have a big enough screen for video editing. The Dell Alienware 14 has been suggested, but spec'd out, it runs $1.5K. That seems a little steep to me. Advice?
  • RIP, Windows XP. Dell Inspiron 7000, Anyone?

    04/11/2014 9:31:26 PM PDT · by This Just In · 61 replies
    April 11, 2014 | This Just In
    Good evening, Freepers... Our PC ran on Win XP, and although we continue to use our Dell, I'm in the market for yet another laptop to replace this XP. There's one particular laptop that's caught my eye today. The Dell Inspiron 17 7000 looks like a decent buy. Would any of you happen to own this model? If so, would you care to share your advice/suggestions? If any of you have some information that would be helpful, I'd appreciate it. Thank you for your time and assistance. TJI
  • Time for a New Laptop

    03/28/2014 2:03:22 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 167 replies
    03.28.14 | chickensoup
    Time for a new laptop. The Sony Vaio is getting tired. Am looking for a reasonably priced laptop with some power to it. It is a desktop replacement so it cannot be one of those sissy teenyweenies. Currently have a 4gb ram, 2.20ghrtz 64 bit system running my beloved Windows 7 with word and outlook 2003. Looking for something as big, perhaps a little lighter and certainly faster, that has a disc drive, and ports for my trackball. I refuse to consider Dell. Yes I know, Applehead, they are wonderful but no thanks. Any recommendations?
  • Judge's laptop ruling challenges the Constitution - and your privacy

    01/25/2014 8:04:59 AM PST · by madison10 · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/25/2014 | Kim Komando
    It's pretty obvious that we as a society are now made up of two groups. There are those who, for better or worse, have moved their lives into the digital realm, and those who haven't. I would like to introduce you to someone in the latter category. His name is Edward Korman and he is a federal judge in New York state. He had a case before him involving a U.S. citizen – a Ph.D. student at McGill University in Montreal – who had his computer confiscated while returning to the States. The judge ruled, sweepingly, that, yes, the federal...
  • Jacksonville teen went to Middle East to train with terrorists, prosecutors say

    07/19/2013 12:20:42 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    (AP) via ^ | July 18, 2013 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa announced Thursday that a grand jury has indicted Shelton Thomas Bell, 19, of Jacksonville, on charges of conspiring and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. He faces up to 15 years in prison for each of the two charges. According to the indictment, Bell had planned to travel to the Arabian Peninsula and join Ansar Al-Sharia, which is an alias for al-Qaida there. The group has taken responsibility for multiple attacks on Yemeni forces, including a suicide bombing during a parade in May 2012, which killed more than 100 Yemeni soldiers. The...
  • Al-Qaeda Propagandist Called For Attacks On Sports Events

    04/16/2013 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 141 replies ^ | April 16, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – Although no group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s deadly bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, a leading al-Qaeda ideologue last year recommended that jihadists in America include sporting events in their list of prospective terror targets.
  • UK Muslim Convert Richard Dart Jailed For Terrorism

    04/25/2013 4:22:44 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies ^ | 26/04/2013 00:00 | Margaret Davis
    SNIPPET: "Muslim convert Richard Dart declared “judging is only for Allah” and refused to stand in the dock as he was jailed for six years for terrorism yesterday." SNIPPET: "Mr Justice Simon said the three held “radical Islamist beliefs” and showed they were “committed to acts of terrorism”. Dart, 30, of Ealing, west London, was jailed for six years; Mahmood, 22, from Northolt, west London for nine years and nine months, and Alom, 26, of Stratford, east London, for four years and six months." SNIPPET: "Dart and Alom travelled to Pakistan to try to get terrorist training, and took advice...
  • Israel Embassy detains 'suspicious' Iranian man in Kathmandu

    04/22/2013 4:28:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    THE HIMALAYAN (THT Online) ^ | Added At:  2013-04-21 7:58 PM Last Updated At: 2013-04-21 12:39 PM | n/a
    KATHMANDU SNIPPET: The Annapurna Post vernacular daily reported on Sunday that the arrest was made on April 13. Identified as Mohsin Khosravian, the suspect is currently in police custody.

 The security officials at the Embassy speculated that the suspect was scouting the facility with a harmful intention "for he carried a tourist map of the Lazimpat area" where the Israeli mission is located. 

He had stayed in a Thamel-based hotel. After his arrest, the suspect told police that he had ventured out to find out a shop to repair his laptop.

 According to the report, the Nepal Police's Central Bureau...
  • CA Teacher Fired for Setting Up Porn Sites on Work Laptop

    04/20/2013 5:14:01 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    NYDN ^ | Friday, April 19, 2013 | Lee Moran
    Calif. teacher fired for setting up porn sites on work laptop Heidi Kaeslin, 37, was let go from Lincoln High School in Stockton last year for setting up sleazy websites, including A California high school teacher has been fired for setting up porn sites — including one called — on her work laptop. Heidi Kaeslin, 37, was dismissed from Lincoln High School in Stockton last year after her involvement in the seedy project came to light. This week, a panel from the state Office of Administrative Hearings confirmed the ruling — saying files found on the PC were...
  • My new AMERICAN-MADE Laptop Computer

    04/12/2013 3:08:16 PM PDT · by Lexinom · 41 replies
    Self | 13 April 2013 | Self
    I've received my Lotus Solstice-15 with upgraded 1080p display. These are built in the USA by a small company in Orlanda called LotusPC. I negotiated a fair deal and received one-on-one help from the owner of the company. He built the machine to our exact specifications, including the absence of an installed OS (for which we were not charged). This PC is of high-quality, on the order of a Panasonic laptop, in the $800-$1000 range. It's extremely solidly built with keypresses not moving the adjacent keys, has a keypad, and even the base i5 CPU screams. Running Ubuntu 12.10.
  • New Toshiba laptop Bought new Toshiba laptop

    03/22/2013 4:41:59 PM PDT · by dennisw · 108 replies
    .toshiba. ^ | 3 22 2013
    Got this for $350 when taxes are included. Has Windows 8. I have not opened the box yet and will wait until Sunday to see if there isn't some thing better out there at Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot etc... So what do freepers think of this model? The CPU comes in at above 2100 on CPU benchmark site and I will be adding 4gb memory soon to make 8gb. This cpu is Ivy Bridge which is the latest
  • Vanity. Need computer advice.

    03/19/2013 8:39:54 AM PDT · by saminfl · 64 replies
    self | 03/19/13 | Self
    I need some computer advice. I have 4 computers at home. Two laptops and two desktops. One laptop has Windows 7 and is used by my wife for genealogy research and net surfing. The others are mine and they have XP (desktop currently needs new MB) Windows 7 (desktop) and Vista (laptop used in my traveling and some of my work. I absolutely hate the Vista machine. It is slow and even slower when running multiple pages. I have run every correction and restoration program available on it and I still hate using it. When I use it at work,...
  • How Windows 8 will shake up the laptop market: Here's what you need to know

    09/22/2012 9:45:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    CNET ^ | 09/22/2012 | Dan Ackerman
    How Windows 8 will shake up the laptop market Dozens of new laptops and tablets are coming with the Window 8 launch. Here's what you need to know ahead of time. by Dan Ackerman September 21, 2012 4:12 PM PDT Follow @danackerman Starting October 26, laptop shoppers will be inundated with a flood of new PCs designed around Microsoft's new operating system. In fact, I've counted about 50 new laptops, tablets, hybrids, convertibles, and all-in-ones on my back-of-the-envelope list already. Related stories Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)Kindle Fire HD vs. iPadiPhone 5 matches monthlong sales figures for 4S in...
  • Gun-toting father shoots daughter’s laptop over Facebook post

    02/10/2012 3:02:19 PM PST · by servo1969 · 60 replies ^ | 02/10/2012 | Alexandra Myers
    <p>A Facebook post went viral Wednesday after the father of a 15-year-old girl decided her online activity was disrespectful, but it’s bringing her a kind of fame she probably never imagined. Her punishment? Eight exploding, hollow-point rounds from a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, straight into her laptop.</p>
  • Angry father shoots daughter's laptop with .45 pistol after she complains about chores on Facebook

    02/10/2012 10:14:09 AM PST · by rawhide · 157 replies ^ | 2-10-12 | Rachel Rickard Straus and Mark Duell
    'This one's from your momma!': Angry father shoots daughter's laptop with .45 pistol after she complains about chores on Facebook An angry father has taught his disgruntled teenage daughter a very public lesson in respecting one’s elders by shooting her laptop on camera and then publishing the video on her Facebook page. Tommy Jordan, of Albemarle, North Carolina, made the video after his 15-year-old daughter Hannah had apparently written a Facebook post complaining about all of the chores she has to do at home. She was also moaning about how difficult her parents made her life. But when IT worker...
  • Irony: OWS Now in Top 1% in Income

    11/26/2011 11:34:34 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 6 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/26/2011 | Thomas Ferdousi
    One of the top complaints about wealth distributions holds that the vast majority of the people of the country are excluded from the vast majority of its wealth. Considering the "plight" of all of those 20-somethings at the various occupiers, one could be deluded into believing the truth of the 99% mantra. But what if that wasn't true? Considering there are many branches of the group, let's take a look at its main one, occupying near Wall Street, in New York. Seeing how the occupiers are using other people's food and bathrooms and some living in tents (with others still...
  • Best Buy Employee Tackles Laptop Thief, Receives Pink Slip

    05/06/2011 7:52:15 PM PDT · by rawhide · 74 replies ^ | 5-3-11 | Paul Lilly
    Being a super hero is sometimes a thankless job. Just ask Spiderman and a handful of others who have both fought for and been chased by the law. As it turns out, even being just a regular hero isn't always all that it's cracked up to be. If you require proof, sit down for a chat with Roger Kline, a 51-year-old former Best Buy employee who was shown the door after he tackled a would-be laptop thief making a mad dash with stolen merchandise. According to a report in the Billings Gazette, Kline was a well-regarded employee and one of...
  • wiping a hard drive on a laptop

    04/15/2011 9:56:34 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 66 replies
    me ^ | 4-15-11 | wobbly bob
    I have a friend willing to GIVE me a free laptop but wants assurances it will be thouroughly wiped 1st. since I have no deniro , is there an easy , free , portable way I can take something to his locale to do this there and in person so he can see that it's done? (not a computer guru so a step by step printable guide would be best) thanks in advance to all . my previous FRiends have been quite helpful in computer matters.
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Way Out of Unemployment Crisis Change Constitution Every Kid Gets an iPod & Laptop

    03/07/2011 5:10:23 AM PST · by Pacothecat · 23 replies
    Jesse Jackson Jr. Says Way Out of the Unemployment Crisis is to Change the Constitution So Every Ghetto Kid Gets an iPod and a Laptop
  • Coffee > Laptop > Spacebar > Pop!

    03/01/2011 10:07:08 AM PST · by library user · 56 replies
    Self | March 1, 2011 | self
    Dear FReepers, Firstly, I offer my sincere apologies in advance due to 1) a vanity and 2) a non-political vanity, at that. A good friend of mine just texted me because earlier this morning 1) she spilled coffee into the spacebar on her laptop keyboard and 2) immediately thereafter the laptop made a loud "pop" sound and promptly shut off. Unfortunately, rather than turn the laptop upside down to dry out, i.e., to prevent further liquid penetration into the circuit boards, she instead took the whole thing apart and is currently in the process of letting it dry out (piece...
  • possible virus on computer-how to remove

    02/07/2011 6:56:35 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 57 replies
    me ^ | 2-7-11 | wobbly bob
    possible infection on Toshiba laptop with IE and Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2 cannot open any applications without the warning window that reads "application cannot be executed.the file ---.exe is you want to activate your security software now? yes/no? it then trys to get me to download from some ""
  • Laptop use on laps might reduce sperm quality: report

    11/08/2010 12:32:05 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 18 replies
    reuters ^ | Nov 7, 2010
    Using a laptop computer as the name suggests may not be good for male reproductive health, according to a study. And there is little that can be done about it, aside from using the laptop on a desk, said Yelim Sheynkin, a urologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook who led the study published in Fertility and Sterility. In the study, thermometers were used to measure the temperature of the scrotums of 29 young men balancing a laptop on their knees. Even with a lap pad under the computer, the men's scrotums overheated quickly.
  • Muslim porn charges thrown out

    10/07/2010 5:45:00 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 9 replies · 4+ views
    UPI ^ | 7 Oct 10 | Unknown
    A court threw out child porn charges against a Muslim cleric targeted as a terrorist by Canadian authorities, ruling purported evidence was gathered illegally. In 2007, Brampton, Ontario, cleric Ayad Mejid, targeted by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service as a suspected supporter of terrorism, sent his laptop to the spy service to prove his innocence, The Globe and Mail reported. Intelligence officials searching the computer without a warrant then forwarded the laptop to Toronto Police detectives who arrested Mejid, alleging they found child pornography images, the newspaper said Wednesday. The night before Thursday's trial, Superior Judge Jane Kelly threw out...
  • ‘Toasted Skin Syndrome’ Warning For Laptop Users

    10/04/2010 9:42:54 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/4/10 | CBS2/AP
    Have you ever worked on your laptop computer with it sitting on your lap, heating up your legs? If so, you might want to rethink that habit. Doing it a lot can lead to “toasted skin syndrome,” an unusual-looking mottled skin condition caused by long-term heat exposure, according to medical reports.
  • Need Computer Help for Daughter at College

    09/29/2010 9:06:48 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 44 replies
    Her computer randomly shut down and she cannot turn it back on. Her battery was running low and she started charging it and everything was plugged in. She tried turning it on several times and nothing. What could it be?
  • ACLU, Other Groups Sue U.S. Government Over Border Laptop Searches

    09/07/2010 2:13:33 PM PDT · by Bill ORightsly · 15 replies
    PC World ^ | 09/07/10 | Grant Gross
    The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) practice of searching laptops and other electronic devices at U.S. borders. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by the ACLU, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Layers (NACDL), challenges a 2008 CBP policy that allows border agents to search electronic devices of any traveler, without suspicion of wrongdoing. In some cases, border agents have copied the contents of the devices or confiscated them. The lawsuit asks the court for an order prohibiting searches of electronic...
  • Laptops for the Kiddies...time for school!!

    08/07/2010 3:19:10 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 54 replies
    08.07.10 | chickensoup
    I own an Acer Aspire 6920 with 64bit 4 gig Ram Runs at a 2.0 It has a lot of storage but I cannot figure out where to look to tell you how much. I need to replace the Acer with a similar or slightly better machine. I will give this machine to my son, to homeschool, except it has vista on it so I am thinking of replacing the vista with the new os 8. Good idea. Please do not discuss alternative os universes with me because I can barely manage with MS, never mind something that requires thought....
  • India develops world's cheapest "laptop" at $35

    07/23/2010 9:05:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/23/10
    India develops world's cheapest "laptop" at $35 NEW DELHI | Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:43am EDT NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has come up with the world's cheapest "laptop," a touch-screen computing device that costs $35. India's Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal this week unveiled the low-cost computing device that is designed for students, saying his department had started talks with global manufacturers to start mass production. "We have reached a (developmental) stage that today, the motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around $35, including memory, display, everything," he told a news conference. He...

    07/11/2010 2:43:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 3+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: JULY 9, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLACK MARKET TRAVEL AGENTS 38 DEFENDANTS INDICTED IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD LOCAL INVESTIGATION EXPOSES NATIONWIDE NETWORK THAT USED STOLEN IDENTITIES, CREDIT CARDS TO PURCHASE AIRLINE TICKETS KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 38 defendants from across the United States have been charged in a series of indictments that allege an extensive network of black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme...
  • Toshiba launches dual touch-screen laptop

    06/22/2010 8:09:09 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 21 June 2010 | Claudine Beaumont
    Toshiba has unveiled a new dual-screen, touch-screen mini laptop designed for surfing the internet, sending and receiving emails and keeping up to speed with social networking sites on the move. The Libretto W100 runs Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system, and has two 7in, LED-backlit touch-screens. Toshiba says its compact size and clamshell form factor provides "unrivalled flexibility". "One screen can be used for content creation, like Word documents or emails, while the other could be used to browse the web, social networks or multimedia programmes," said Toshiba, the company that invented the laptop 25 years ago. "Additionally, the device can...
  • Answer: Bulent Yildirim's Laptop Computer, Among Other Things

    06/09/2010 4:50:59 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 58+ views
    OSINT.INTERNET ^ | June 8, 2010 | n/a
    "ANSWER: BULENT YILDIRIM'S LAPTOP COMPUTER, AMONG OTHER THINGS" SNIPPET: "Question: What did the IDF collect from the Mavi Marmara." SNIPPET: "The reader may recall that Turkey's Islamist Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was formerly the mayor of Istanbul - thus we see a likely connection between IHH's purchase of the Mavi Marmara and Erdogan cronies in the Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri."
  • Having wireless trouble with My Dell laptop(vanity)

    06/07/2010 6:07:24 AM PDT · by GregB · 40 replies · 82+ views
    I have reinstalled XP Pro and can't hookup via wireless
  • Texas Man Indicted for Attempting to Provide Material Support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

    06/03/2010 4:32:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 251+ views
    FBI Houston ^ | June 3, 2010
    HOUSTON—A federal grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas returned an indictment today charging Barry Walter Bujol, Jr., with attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno and FBI Houston Special Agent in Charge Richard C. Powers announced today. “Protecting the American public from the threat of terrorism, both international and home-grown, is the highest priority of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas,” said U.S. Attorney Moreno. “Proactive investigative efforts and cooperation between the...
  • IDF Attacks 3 Gaza Tunnels

    05/21/2010 12:58:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 43 replies · 711+ views
    YNET ^ | Published: 05.21.10, 07:07 / Israel News | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Israel Air Force jets attacked three tunnels in the Gaza Strip in a joint Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet operation on Thursday night, several hours after a Qassam rocket hit the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. Two of the targets attacked were in the southern Strip and one was in the northern Strip. According to the IDF, terrorists were using the tunnels to try to infiltrate Israel. The IDF Spokesperson's Office said the tunnels were located about 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) from the border fence and that the targets were hit. There have been no reports of injuries among...
  • Man caught boarding plane with weapons

    05/19/2010 1:29:28 PM PDT · by cll · 42 replies · 1,509+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/19/2010 | AP
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- U.S. authorities have charged a man with attempting to board a flight from Puerto Rico with weapons including a stun gun, a switchblade knife and four box cutters. ~ snip ~ Pol was scheduled to take a JetBlue flight to Boston when he was arrested on Monday. In addition to the knives agents found pepper spray and a flight simulator program in his luggage.
  • Laptop Killer? Pretty Close

    04/01/2010 6:42:26 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 39 replies · 1,385+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 1, 2010 | Walter S. Mossberg
    For the past week or so, I have been testing a sleek, light, silver-and-black tablet computer called an iPad. After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop. It could even help, eventually, to propel the finger-driven, multitouch user interface ahead of the mouse-driven interface that has prevailed for decades. But first, it will have to prove that it really can replace the laptop or netbook for enough common tasks, enough of the time, to make it...
  • How a lawsuit over school laptops evolved (webcam update)

    03/21/2010 1:55:15 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 13 replies · 656+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 03/21/2010 | Joseph Tanfani
    Soon after Lower Merion schools started handing out laptops to high school students in 2008, a school board member had a question: Were any being lost or stolen? The query, from Jerry Novick, drew a small smile from the technology chief, Virginia DeMedio. "We did have a theft," she said. "And we have a way we can track them. . . . "There were six that were taken. All but one came back."
  • Laptop family is no stranger to legal disputes (Webcamgate Lower Merion)

    02/25/2010 5:18:17 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 223 replies · 3,199+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/25/2010 | Larry King and Bonnie L. Cook
    The vice chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission could scarcely contain his scorn. Before the commission was yet another appeal from a Philadelphia-area family, again seeking a break on unpaid electric and gas bills that by last year were closing in on $30,000. This family lived in a $986,000 house on the Main Line. The breadwinner, until recently, had earned well more than $100,000 per year. Yet he and his wife were in hock to creditors, ranging from Uncle Sam to their former synagogue - and had regularly been stiffing Peco Energy for five years, breaking payment plan after...
  • Taliban Internet Recruiting Through The Eyes of a Detainee

    03/16/2010 4:05:23 AM PDT · by Cindy · 215+ views
    WASHINGTON ^ | March 16, 2010 | Sara Carter
    SNIPPET: "PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN — The young Taliban detainee, shackled at the wrists, with his head covered with a black canvas bag, was chillingly clear about his life's mission: "The Taliban have only one objective: to continue killing the Americans." The tools this particular terrorist had adopted to accomplish that goal were not suicide bombs or sniper rifles, but laptop computers and other high-tech equipment. The purpose of his Taliban cell was to reach potential recruits online over the Internet." Read more at the Washington Examiner:
  • How Do I Get My Computer Monitor to Work Again? (vanity)

    03/06/2010 7:05:32 AM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 51 replies · 1,051+ views
    my computer ^ | March 6, 2010 | self
    Sorry for the Saturday morning vanity - but I know someone out there in Freeperland can help me. I have a Sony Viao laptop hooked up to a docking station to which is attached my Dell Monitor. I have a wireless Logitech keyboard and mouse. For some unknown reason, my monitor stays in "sleep mode" all the time! I cannot get it to be "on" and viewable! Black screen at all times. There are 4 buttons on the lower right corner of the monitor and I have tried pushing in each of these buttons and the yellow light that is...
  • Clearly Something Impressive (Transparent Digital Keyboard)

    03/02/2010 10:42:21 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 35 replies · 5,858+ views
    Computer User ^ | 27 February 2010 10:44 | Alice Winters
    When it comes to computer technology, thin is always in. It’s indisputable that the thinner, lighter, clearer, the better when dealing with the latest computer gadget. This keyboard is the epitome of the high standards expected of the technological version of the fashion industry. It’s based on image as well, that is, image recognition technology.
  • School administrator boasts to PBS about his laptop spying

    02/26/2010 7:13:34 AM PST · by OL Hickory · 10 replies · 688+ views
    boing boing ^ | February 25, 2010 | Cory Doctorow
    He says "They don't even realize we are watching," "I always like to mess with them and take a picture," and "9 times out of 10, THEY DUCK OUT OF THE WAY."
  • Is Lower Merion spying students inside their home? LM official responds [Unbelievable Alert]

    02/18/2010 11:47:18 AM PST · by freespirited · 87 replies · 2,225+ views
    Norristown Times Herald ^ | 02/18/10 | Richard Ilgenfritz
    Webcams can be a window to the world. But a lawsuit filed this week claims they are also a one-way window being used by school officials to peek in on students and their families at home. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by the parents of a Harriton High School student alleges that the Lower Merion School District has been remotely spying on students inside their homes through their webcam-enabled district-issued computers. According to the suit filed by Mark S. Haltzman with the firm Lamm Rubenstone, Lindy Matsko, an assistant principal at Harriton, told a minor student in November that the...
  • Lower Merion School District sued for cyber spying on students

    02/21/2010 7:10:37 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 915+ views
    philly ^ | Feb. 18, 2010 | DANA DiFILIPPO
    Lower Merion School District officials brag that they give every one of their 1,800 high-schoolers laptop computers to "ensure that all students have 24/7 access to school-based resources." Instead, they ensured they got a 24/7 sneak peek into students’ private lives by secretly monitoring webcams embedded in the laptops to spy on teens and their families at home, according to a federal, class-action lawsuit filed this week in Philadelphia. The suit alleges the remotely controlled covert cameras violate everything from the Fourth Amendment to wiretapping, electronic communications and computer fraud laws.....