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  • Critical Sharks Part IV: Fear of Apple

    03/26/2015 7:55:34 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 3 replies
    Critical Sharks ^ | March 24, 2015 | Eli Schiff
    There is an unfortunate climate of fear in the software community today. It is primarily in ephemeral video interviews and podcasts that we get any semblance of coherent criticism and even then it is reticent. Worse than the fact that this criticism is relegated to verbal discussions is that it is later renounced by the very same designers and developers when they are interviewed in the more permanent-seeming medium of the written word. In written interviews, these fair-weather critics go on to reverse their opinions and praise the products of modern minimalist UI design because it is more convenient not...
  • What personal finance software do FReepers use? *VANITY*

    03/16/2015 5:24:49 AM PDT · by rarestia · 43 replies
    My noggin ^ | 16 March 2015 | The Rarest
    Since my 8-year-old copy of Microsoft Money has finally decided to unceremoniously stop working, I've decided to start shopping around for a new personal finance program. My needs are relatively small. I really only use it to track my checking account and mortgage. I looked into Intuit's Quicken software, but the reviews were pretty bleak. It seems that Intuit hasn't learned and continues to churn out garbage software that people just learn to live with and then are forced to upgrade 2 years later. On top of that, it's my understanding that you have to sign up for an account...
  • Free Copy of the $60 Perfect Effects 9 by onOne Software

    02/27/2015 7:59:00 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 30 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 02/27/15 | Michael Zhang
    Heads up: you can currently download a free copy of onOne Software’s Perfect Effects 9. It’s a $60 program that can be used as a Photoshop or Lightroom plugin or as a standalone tool. Inside are customizable filters and hundreds of presets that allow you to quickly apply custom looks to your photos.
  • Windows software corruption

    02/25/2015 5:15:58 AM PST · by GYPSY286 · 80 replies
    Me | February 25, 2015 | Gypsy286
    I need some advice from Freeperland folks who are savvy with computer issues. Last evening, I received a call from a "Windows Security Center". They knew my name and obviously my phone number. Gave me a spiel that Windows software security had been compromised/corrupted and according to their records, knew I had Windows 7. To prove they were legit, they had me start my computer and prompted me through a series of commands to bring up my specific Windows license number. She read it off and that license numbers was listed on my machine. She prompted me to run a...
  • TERRAGEN FREEWARE TERRAIN GENERATOR

    02/18/2015 11:59:59 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 4 replies
    I started a thread on this years ago, been too busy and forgot about it.TERRAGEN generates landscapes. Depending on your effort they can be amazing.
  • [Vanity] SnagItAll -- Reflections on Software, Markets, and Government

    01/19/2015 5:25:40 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers | 1-19-2015 | grey_whiskers
    The other day at work I was working on Windows 7 and opening an XML document by right-clicking on the mouse and going to the menu to choose “Windows XML reader” and then, once it was open, to save it to Excel. At some point during the process, I noticed a menu item appear that read “Use SnagIt.” I thought this was interesting since the last time I had used SnagIt, was when it was a proprietary stand-alone application. And I thought to my self, first, “Hey, that’s great! I’m glad it’s available”...and then, coming to, “Hey! Wait a minute!...
  • The Photoshop Playbook: 50 Short Video Tutorials on Fundamental Skills in Photoshop

    01/08/2015 10:27:41 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 41 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Michael Zhang
    Back in 2013, Adobe began posting a series of short video tutorials on YouTube called the “Photoshop Playbook.” The series has since grown to contain fifty how-to videos showing how some of the most popular and fundamental edits are done in the photo editing program.
  • Apple's Software Is In A 'Nosedive' That Is Deeply Concerning, Longtime Apple Supporter Says

    01/05/2015 7:48:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/05/2015 | Jay Yarow
    Respected developer Marco Arment is worried about Apple's future. In a blog post he writes: "Apple's hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. But the software quality has taken such a nosedive in the last few years that I'm deeply concerned for its future."Arment was CTO at Tumblr before he left to start Instapaper, the first app that let users save stories to be read later. He also launched Overcast, an increasingly popular podcasting app. He records his own podcast, which has a devoted following in Apple and developer circles. Arment is not an alarmist. He dislikes...
  • The Tech Skills and Courses Google Recommends for Software Engineers

    11/22/2014 12:35:34 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 39 replies
    Life Hacker ^ | 11/18/2014 | Melanie Pinola
    Software engineering is one of the most in-demand and best paying careers, but learning computer science can also pay off even if you don't do it professionally. Google has a guide on the courses and experiences future software engineers should consider. --SNIP-- Although intended for college students, anyone can follow these recommendations, which include skills like coding in C++, Java, or Python and learning cryptography (along with online resources to aquire those skills). It's not as in-depth as the bachelor's level computer science curriculum we've seen before, but it covers the basics, and the non-academic suggestions such as contributing to...
  • How to Select a Region By-The-Numbers in Audacity (Free Sound Processor)

    11/13/2014 6:46:28 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 4 replies
    Self ^ | 11/12/2014 | Charles O'Connell
     The worst rub is the learning curve. There needs to be a hierarchy of the most common tasks.  Audacity is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.   "Audacity is available for Windows, Mac, Linux; and other operating systems. Check their feature list, wiki, and forum."  Audacity is a great success, a user-community produced and managed application program that does what it's supposed to. Years ago you used to have to pay for this software, now it's free, but you have to invest your time in learning how to use it. The worst rub is the learning curve. So many...
  • Commander Riker wants to help you with your IT solutions.

    10/28/2014 7:56:42 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    Jonathan Frakes and the Enterprise-D appear in this 90's ad for the (now defunct) software company Boole & Babbage.
  • Internet Explorer stars in monster October Patch Tuesday

    10/12/2014 12:22:15 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | 10 Oct 2014 | John Leyden
    October is stacking up to be a bumper Patch Tuesday update with nine bulletins lined up for delivery — three rated critical. Cloud security firm Qualys estimates two of the lesser "important" bulletins are just as bad however, as they would also allow malicious code injection onto vulnerable systems. Top of the critical list is an update for Internet Explorer that affects all currently supported versions 6 to 11, on all operating system including Windows RT. Vulnerabilities discovered in most versions of Windows Server, Windows 7 and 8, and the .NET framework are covered in the other pair of critical...
  • An Ebola goof and an Obama crony (pocketed $30 Billion stimulus for faulty Texas tech)

    10/09/2014 5:23:53 AM PDT · by Liz · 13 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 10/9/14 | MICHELLE MALKIN
    --snip-- Texas Health contracts with Epic Systems for its electronic-medical-records (EMR) system. Epic was founded by billionaire Judy Faulkner, a top Obama donor---the dominant EMR player in the US health-care market. The firm’s Top 10 PAC recipients are all Dem/lefty outfits: DCCC got nearly $230,000; DNC Services Corp. nearly $175,000.......Obama campaign-finance bundler, Faulkner, served as an adviser to WH health-information-tech guru David Blumenthal--in charge of dispensing EMR subsidies. Faulkner also served on the same committee Blumenthal chaired. Epic and other large firms lobbied aggressively for nearly $30 billion in 2009 stimulus subsidies. Epic has been the subject of rising industry...
  • Texas Hospital Blames Flawed Software for Ebola Misdiagnosis

    10/03/2014 10:43:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | October 3, 2014
    The Dallas Hospital that sent Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan home said a software flaw, and not human error, caused doctors to miss the diagnosis, NBC News is reporting. The electronic health records (EHR) system that the hospital uses has a separate workflow for physicians and nurses. The travel history of the patient was located in the nursing portion of the workflow within the EHR, but not in the physician's workflow.
  • 'To Do list' software

    08/19/2014 4:57:10 AM PDT · by maine yankee · 22 replies
    myself | 8/19/14 | vanity
    I need to create a rather long,involved punch list for a volunteer event. I need to be able to add,move, and remove tasks. I need to be able to assign or re-assign tasks to individuals. Any suggestions on a simple software package for the not-so-computer-illiterate person ?
  • Remote Desktop won't work on one computer

    07/28/2014 7:24:07 PM PDT · by chuckles · 48 replies
    vanity | 7/28/2014 | chuckles
    I'm trying to get Remote Desktop on my home network to work. I have 2 desktops and 2 laptops. One desktop is my main box and I have 4 screens and use it to serve media to my TV over a web box. I have 6 drives on it and it needs lots of maintenance. I can remote each laptop and the other desktop from each other, but I can't access my main box from anywhere. I've done all the help fixes, but no joy yet. I can even access the laptops and other box from my main desktop, but...
  • The 10 Most In-Demand Software Skills

    07/02/2014 9:19:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    CIO Insight ^ | 07/02/2014 | By Karen A. Frenkel
    The current job market has been very good for software developers, especially those with experience in several programming languages. The unemployment rate for software developers was 2.8 percent in Q1 of 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a notable drop from the 5 percent unemployment rate in Q2 of 2009, the quarter when the economic recession ended, and 5.5 percent in Q1 2010. This quarter's report by Dice.com reveals the most-requested skills and platforms, and notes that those with expertise in clusters of language skills are in demand. Furthermore, the Dice report looks at what skills may...
  • 16 year old programmer made something awesome that has politicians terrified

    06/23/2014 8:12:03 AM PDT · by Library Lady · 37 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | Josh Riddle
    Now when you hear babbling on about the Koch Brothers, you can see the hypocrisy and look at who he is bankrolled by. From Engadget: The murky world of lobby groups bankrolling politicians is garnering more attention, but is there a way to find out which representatives are in the pocket without a lot of tedious research? A 16-year-old programmer has developed a browser plugin that, when you mouse-over the name of a US lawmaker, will serve up a list of which parties have donated to their campaign funds, and the quantities. Greenhouse (geddit?) is currently available for Chrome, Firefox...
  • Mysterious announcement from Truecrypt declares the project insecure and dead

    05/29/2014 8:06:55 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 53 replies
    boing boing ^ | 5-29-14 | Cory Doctorow
    The abrupt announcement that the widely used, anonymously authored disk-encryption tool Truecrypt is insecure and will no longer be maintained shocked the crypto world--after all, this was the tool Edward Snowden himself lectured on at a Cryptoparty in Hawai'i. Cory Doctorow tries to make sense of it all.
  • Appeals Court Doesn't Understand Difference Between Software And An API; Declares APIs Copyrightable

    05/12/2014 1:55:35 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 20 replies
    techdirt ^ | 9 May 2014 | Mike Masnick
    We sort of expected this to happen after the appeals court for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held its oral arguments back in December, but CAFC has now spit at basic common sense and has declared that you can copyright an API. As we noted, back when Judge William Alsup (who learned to code Java to better understand the issues in the case) ruled that APIs were not subject to copyright protection, his ruling was somewhat unique in that it was clearly directed as much at an appeals court panel who would be hearing the appeal as it was at the...
  • The Missing Middle Class: Jobs in the Second Machine Age

    04/27/2014 2:55:50 PM PDT · by anymouse · 56 replies
    Xconomy ^ | March 21, 2014 | Wade Roush
    Technological change is not a tide that lifts all boats in our economy. The truth is that it’s more like a tsunami. It threatens to overturn all the boats and drown their occupants, sparing only the lucky few who have already reached safety in the hills. That’s the kind of admission you won’t often see here in the pages of Xconomy. The X in our name, after all, stands for exponential, a reference to the stunning pace of technological progress and economic growth over the past 75 years—growth attributable largely to advances in computer hardware and software and the organizational...
  • MOZILLA, MO’ PROBLEMS: RITUAL SACRIFICE IN SILICON VALLEY

    04/02/2014 2:38:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    First Things ^ | 4/2/2014
    Silicon Valley is in an uproar. Angry blog posts have been written, resignations tendered, and boycotts organized, with no sign that the furor is likely to abate. Seeing such ruckus, a casual observer might assume that some fallout had finally resulted from the shocking revelation that several of the largest names in the technology industry—including Google, Apple, Intel, and others—have secretly colluded to drive down wages among software engineers and executives for the better part of the past decade. In fact it concerns nothing of the sort, but rather the appointment of a man named Brendan Eich to the role...
  • Looking for PC program that creates websites

    03/27/2014 8:57:00 AM PDT · by George from New England · 43 replies
    I have found myself losing business left and right because of the evolution of the internet. I am looking for a simple program that will import an existing webpage, allow the user to edit and change components and then publish the modified page back to the web. I am willing to pay for something that is proven and can be trusted. All the different platforms and their different video and audio codecs are driving me out of business. I constantly get contact emails saying they cannot see my video and yet it works for me in Chrome and Firefox. I...
  • What I Learned Negotiating With Steve Jobs [Heidi Roizen]

    03/23/2014 11:13:39 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 58 replies
    Heidi Roizen's Blog ^ | Saturday, March 22, 2014 | Heidi Roizen
    Fresh out of Stanford Business School, I started a software company, T/Maker, with my brother Peter. He was the software architect and I was, well, everything else. Our little company was among the first to ship software for the Macintosh, and we developed a positive reputation among the members of the nascent developer community, which led us to expanding our business by publishing software for other independent developers. Two of our developers, Randy Adams and William Parkhurst, went to work for Steve Jobs at his new company, NeXT, and that’s how I ended up head to head with Steve Jobs....
  • Bill Gates: People Don't Realize How Many Jobs Will Soon Be Replaced By Software Bots

    03/14/2014 11:30:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/14/2014 | Julie Bort
    Big changes are coming to the labor market that people and governments aren't prepared for, Bill Gates believes.Speaking at Washington, D.C., economic think tank The American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, Gates said that within 20 years, a lot of jobs will go away, replaced by software automation ("bots" in tech slang, though Gates used the term "software substitution").This is what he said:"Software substitution, whether it's for drivers or waiters or nurses … it's progressing. ...  Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of skill set. ...  20 years from now, labor demand for lots...
  • Apple’s Reputation for Software Security a 'Myth': Expert

    02/25/2014 10:09:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBC ^ | Feb 25, 2014 | Andre Mayer
    Security experts call recent iOS software bug 'scary'A "scary" software flaw that has put users of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers at risk of being hacked has dealt a blow to the reputation of Apple, the world’s most valuable brand, say security researchers. Tech watchers say this bug — which Apple quietly announced on Friday — illustrates that the company’s reputation for strong security may be overstated. "People in general feel, 'It's Apple, so it's secure'," says Brian Bourne, co-founder of Toronto's annual SecTor cybersecurity conference. “Whereas the truth is that Apple operates within the same bounds as every other...
  • Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Prius Vehicles Worldwide Over (software) Glitch

    02/12/2014 2:29:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/12/14
    Toyota is recalling 1.9 million hybrid Prius cars globally for a software glitch that could cause them to stall. **SNIP** The software could cause transistors to become damaged, causing warnings lights to go off, driving power to be reduced or the car to stop. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.
  • Free Software Foundation Endorses Its First Laptop

    12/19/2013 8:48:13 PM PST · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    phoronix - hardware ^ | 19 December 2013 01:15 PM EST | Michael Larabel
    The Free Software Foundation today has come out for "the first time we've ever been able to encourage people to buy and use a laptop as-is." The Free Software Foundation now backs one laptop model as respecting the customer's freedoms, but are the hardware specs any good? The Free Software Foundation publicly announced today the "Respects Your Freedom" certification for the Gluglug X60 laptops, which come down to refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad X60s... These refurbished laptops come from an Internet retailer in the UK that replaces the proprietary ThinkPad BIOS with Coreboot. The free software operating system preloaded on the refurbished...
  • What if Obamacare Software Crashes and Burns? (Obamaware)

    10/18/2013 2:08:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/18/13 | Michael Barone
    Amid all the tussling over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling, a couple of bombshells went off in the blogosphere that may prove of more enduring importance. They suggest that there is a nontrivial possibility that Obamacare may implode. The first bombshell went off on Tuesday, from Ezra Klein of the Washington Post's Wonkblog. Klein was one of those young writers who formed JournoList a few years ago so that like-minded Obama fans could coordinate their lines of argument. It was like one of those college sophomore clubs, not really necessary in an age of ready contact through email,...
  • Ada Lovelace Day: A Celebration of the World’s First Computer Programmer

    10/15/2013 3:08:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Tuesday 15 Oct 2013
    If you happen to do anything other than sleep in a cave today, chances are you have Ada Lovelace to thank for it. She is responsible for the first ever computer program. And she came up with it long before the computer even existed. Today is the fifth annual Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating the achievement of a Victorian mother-of-three who would change the world. Let’s travel back through time for a moment. Before the ZX Spectrum and before the Atari 2600, there was a thing that historians like to call the 19th century. The computer may have existed as a...
  • Massachusetts Governor Repeals TechTax Just Two Months After Signing It

    10/01/2013 9:30:28 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-1-13 | Alex Rued
    At first blush, the Massachusetts “tech tax” appears similar to tax regimes in other states. However, the Massachusetts tax on computer software services has a unique set of implications—and would likely have an unprecedented impact on the state’s tech economy. The software services tax or “tech tax” passed in July would tax all computer software services, including cloud computing and data storage operations. The legislature intended for the tax to raise $160 million for transportation improvements, but many believe the wide range of services eligible for taxation coupled with the law’s ambiguous language would yield upwards of $500 million. Massachusetts...
  • 15 Programming Skills Most Coveted By Employers

    09/04/2013 12:51:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    ReadWrite ^ | 04/09/2013 | John Paul Titlow
    More than ever, companies need coders. And while tech firms do the bulk of the hiring, the demand for programmers spans industries and only seems to be growing.  From writing basic HTML to building complex logic into mobile applications, the ability to smartly craft lines of code continues to be one of the most in-demand — and often, well-paying — skill sets one can have. (See also: Why This Guy Quit His Sports-Radio Dream Job... To Write Software)So what skills are the most sought after? That's an ever-fluctuating, somewhat difficult thing to track. Normally, we'd avoid turning to a single source for...
  • Massachusetts Targets Tech Sector for Revenue

    08/29/2013 12:17:59 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 19 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 8-29-13 | Alex Rued
    With a pool of tech-focused firms and a slew of graduates from top-notch universities like MIT and Harvard, it’s no surprise that Massachusetts is home to a flourishing tech economy. What is surprising, however, are recent tax hikes targeting this sector of the economy, which is recognized as the state’s saving grace amid high unemployment rates and languid economic growth. Legislation passed last month—referred to as the “tech tax”—levies a 6.25 percent tax on software sales and services in order to raise the required funds to pay for roads in need of repair. The legislature expects the tax to raise...
  • NYC Engineer Wants to Help Homeless Man With Software Coding Classes

    08/24/2013 3:52:54 PM PDT · by Innovative · 43 replies
    ABC Yahoo ^ | Aug 23, 2013 | JOANNA STERN
    McConlogue approached Leo, a 36-year man who lives on the streets of lower Manhattan, on Thursday and gave him two options. The first was $100 in cash. The second option on the table was a laptop, three JavaScript books and two months of coding instruction from McConlogue. Soon, McConlogue will deliver him a Samsung Chromebook with 3G connectivity, three JavaScript books, a solar charger for the laptop and something to conceal the laptop in. He will spend an hour before work every morning teaching him the basics of software coding.
  • Open source races to the top

    07/31/2013 6:46:37 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 8 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | 29 July 2013 | Eric Knorr
    Last week's OSCON conference served to remind us that open source software is setting the pace. We've come a very long way from the old saw that "open source doesn't innovate." Instead, you might ask: Is innovation in enterprise software happening anywhere else other than in open source land? Hadoop is at the center of the big data trend. OpenStack has the momentum in private cloud. Open source frameworks and IDEs absolutely dominate app dev, while all the leading NoSQL databases are open source. Do I need to mention that Android now powers more smartphones than any other mobile OS?...
  • Photoshop CC turns software into a monthly rental

    07/09/2013 10:32:26 AM PDT · by SoCal Pubbie · 68 replies
    The Seatlle Times ^ | 7/7/13 | David Pogue
    The dawn of Software as a Subscription is now upon us. You have to pay $30 a month, or $240 a year, for the privilege of using the latest Photoshop version, called Photoshop CC. Or, if you want to use the full Adobe suite, you’ll pay $600 a year.
  • Provably Secure DNS: A Case Study in Reliable Software

    07/02/2013 7:14:11 AM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 16 replies
    http://ironsides.martincarlisle.com ^ | Unknown | Barry Fagin and Martin Carlisle
    Abstract. We describe the use of formal methods in the development of IRONSIDES, an implementation of DNS with superior performance to both BIND and Windows, the two most common DNS servers on the Internet. More importantly, unlike BIND and Windows, IRONSIDES is impervious to all single-packet denial of service attacks and all forms of remote code execution. Introduction DNS is a protocol essential to the proper functioning of the Internet. The two most common implementations of DNS are the free software version BIND and the implementations that come bundled with various versions of Windows. Unfortunately, despite their ubiquity and...
  • Untapped Talent: Autistic Workers a Worthwhile Challenge for SAP

    05/22/2013 7:43:04 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 12 replies
    Spiegel.de ^ | by Martin Motzkau
    German software development giant SAP plans to hire hundreds of people with autism by 2020. The company hopes to benefit from their unusual skillset and says it's ready for any practical challenges. Advocates hope the program could set an example for others. The Berlin IT firm Auticon contracts people with autism to work as consultants, mainly in the software industry. Autism impairs social and emotional communication, but can also be associated with extraordinary talent for analysis. Quincke facilitates a way to both utilize these strengths and integrate the workers into a professional setting. Now, German software development giant SAP has...
  • Great Bible programs and tools

    05/13/2013 10:37:46 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    The Kim Komando Show ^ | May 13, 2013 | Kim Komando
    ... But if the Bible is so vital for life, why does it often feel difficult to read and understand? How can it be so hard to commit to daily devotion? It could be that all you need is the right tools. These free, downloadable Bible Study programs could help you truly delve deeper into the Word of God ...
  • Software company refuses service to pro-life group over abortion, marriage views

    03/18/2013 9:51:07 AM PDT · by Morgana · 37 replies
    LSN ^ | Thaddeus Baklinski
    TORONTO, March 18, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A U.S. company that provides software solutions to nonprofit organizations has refused service to the Canadian pro-life group Campaign Life Coalition, accusing it of supporting “hate, prejudice and bigotry." CLC's Jack Fonseca told LifeSiteNews.com that recently Campaign Life Coalition asked an information technology (IT) consultant to help improve its business processes. "He searched for a database solutions company that specializes in non-profits like ours," Fonseca told LifeSiteNews. The IT specialist found a company called The Databank, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The consultant also found an endorsement from a Jesuit retreat center in Atlanta, Georgia,...
  • Sheriff warns of 'ransomware' [Software virus will locks computer and hold it ransom until paid]

    02/07/2013 3:13:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies
    BISBEE — Three reports of a “ransom scam” during the past two weeks has prompted the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office to issue a public warning. “This scam has been in existence for some time and has recently resurfaced in more metropolitan areas,” a press release issued Tuesday morning states. “This scam incorporates a malware virus into your computer and creates significant issues for the victim.” “Ransomware” begins when a message pops up on the computer screen, informing the user that they have a virus and no longer have access to any of the data files on the machine. “According to...
  • For Techies Only: What is the Best Programming Language to Learn in 2013?

    01/31/2013 6:50:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Site Point ^ | 01/25/2013 | By Craig Buckler
    An interesting article caught my eye at jobstractor.com — the programming language trends review. The company analyzed more than 60,000 job vacancies during 2012 to produce a chart of the most sought-after technologies: Language Jobs PHP 12,664 Java 12,558 Objective C 8,925 SQL 5,165 Android (Java) 4,981 Ruby 3,859 JavaScript 3,742 C# 3,549 C++ 1,908 ActionScript 1,821 Python 1,649 C 1,087 ASP.NET 818 Despite developer complaints, demand for PHP and Java (server/Android) remains strong. You would also expect those jobs to require some SQL knowledge although that has a strong showing in its own right. ActionScript is a dying art...
  • Need a suggestion for photo software.

    01/29/2013 12:46:45 PM PST · by meatloaf · 35 replies
    I need a suggestion for a program without a steep learning curve to position photos with descriptions on a page and print them. Other than short descriptions there's no text.
  • Problems with viewing longer threads....anyone else?

    01/29/2013 12:02:50 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | Posted on January 29, 2013 | myself
    Can't get beyond the first 17 replies in a thread.....http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2982894/posts?page=87#87
  • Thank you FReepers!!!

    01/02/2013 6:01:27 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 8 replies
    Free republic ^ | 1/02/2013 | Ol Hickory
    Had computer issues, read a post from someone about trying linux (zorin 6) instead of windows7.. (I decided to check it out)...It was smooth installing and to my surprise it was FASTER than windows 7 on many things!! Thank you FReepers for the tech help!!!
  • Techie Ping! Am Considering Moving My Website to WordPress Software. Comments?

    11/29/2012 8:59:51 AM PST · by Chickensoup · 48 replies
    WordPress Website ^ | 11.30.12 | Chckensoup
    Am thinking of leaving my much beloved FrontPage to move my old old website to WordPress. It seems to be a dream come true for a tech-idiot like me. The man who I spoke with stated he could set me up for about 3K. I would be doing the movement of content, and day to day management. Your thoughts about this software option would be much appreciated and respected.
  • Software pioneer McAfee says framed for murder in Belize (In Hiding)

    11/13/2012 4:31:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/13/2012
    Computer security industry pioneer John McAfee says he has gone into hiding in Belize because he believes authorities there are trying to frame him for the murder of a neighbor, a crime he says he did not commit, according to Wired magazine. Belize police are searching for McAfee as "a person of interest" in a murder investigation. "You can say I'm paranoid about it, but they will kill me, there is no question. They've been trying to get me for months. They want to silence me," Wired quoted McAfee as saying on its website. "I am not well liked by...
  • Avoid Windows 8!

    11/01/2012 10:37:06 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 65 replies
    11/01/2012 | Redmond Barry
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