Weekend Special: Microsoft Ships Another Defective Patch KB293651 and Hides Important Uninstall Information

You had nothing better planned for Labor Day weekend, right?


The way I see it, there isn’t any other explanation for this other than Microsoft engineers rushing something out the door before the Labor Day weekend so they can barbeque combined with some idiotic marketers that determined that image was more important than hiding relevant troubleshooting information. Seriously, it is time to sharply question whether or not running Microsoft products is a more stable solution.

I’m not joking.

Geek Friday: Text to Speech (TTS) and Speech to Text Applications for Ubuntu

Image from Wikimedia Commons, used under GNU LGPL

I was looking at a couple of things last week, and it turns out both are implemented in Ubuntu, but only sort of.

Review: ClamAV Still Best Linux Antivirus

Just don’t assume it is installed correctly even though installed with Ubuntu.

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I was looking at my F-Prot logs yesterday, and I was disappointed to see, yet again, several false positives.  It has always been this way.  ClamAV came with Ubuntu, but I had trouble telling if it was doing anything. F-Prot seemed like a better thing, but it really isn’t when it comes right down to it.  Once again, I looked at several guides, and they were wrong when I installed Ubuntu, and they are all still wrong now!  Talk about frustrating!

The Attitude of “Just Do It”

The extreme of not planning is not doing. Which is worse?

Publicity photo of Clarine Seymour, 1919Public domain

Publicity photo of Clarine Seymour, 1919
Public domain

Do, or do not. There is no “try”.

~ Jedi Master Yoda

“Just do it.” We’ve all heard the expression. However, when it comes to business, how does that really look? Does this really mean to execute without any planning whatsoever? Or, is this an expression of what the proper balance should be?

SourceForge and Japanese Website Social Media Add-Ons Contain FlashPack Exploit Kit

Let the surfer beware!


Apparently, there has for a while now been a FlashPack Exploit Kit malware making its rounds on websites where webmasters put the script on their site not knowing it redirects to the malware on another site. It has become a problem particularly in Japan. However, this threat is not limited to that method of spreading or that region. In fact, I found out about it while researching another instance of a redirect to that kit sitting on a SourceForge site.

The Truth About MyFastPC and PC Matic

Snake oil salesmen are nothing new.

“Snake oil, potent stuff”
by Graham Hills, used under CCA-SA

You’ve seen those late night commercials.  You know, the ones that guarantee to speed up your PC as good as new.  Or, how about the one that promises to block CryptoLocker?  Yeah, right. </sarcasm>  The snake oil salesmen are alive and well in tech land, taking advantage of people who are older, not tech savvy or both.

What is Software Project Management?

Construction Worker Reviewing Plan (project management)
“Construction Worker Reviewing Plan”
Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

[Originally published on Helium 02-12-2009]

Project management, once relegated to government work, has caught on in the business world due to rising costs of doing business and the greater need to be able release products on time. Advances in standards and technology have made it more flexible and robust.

How to Avoid Project Failure

What a failing project feels like

What a failing project feels like
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

No project manager likes to oversee “the disaster” project. You’ve seen them: the projects that just cannot win. How do you avoid such projects? The easiest way to identify how to avoid such projects is to identify how they become failures to begin with.

Mellow Monday: A History of USB


Certainly, the USB type-C connector will be a welcome addition to anyone who has fumbled around with USB cables in the dark.  In fact, I was having problems today in broad daylight with a micro-USB because it had etchings on both sides (that weren’t even colored in) that were not legible without my glasses.  However, in spite of all that and the various sizes of USB connectors, there are definite advantages to USB over all the other previous connectors they replaced.

Basically, the USB cable replaced the parallel, serial, PS/2 and even SCSI connectors for scanners.  It is smaller, smarter, faster, more flexible and constantly improving.  The latest issue of BadUSB aside, it really has been a boon to personal computing.

ARS Technica recently put out an article on the humble USB called “A brief history of USB, what it replaced, and what has failed to replace it“.  It covers some reasons that some other perhaps more superior technologies have failed to replace it (yet).


BadUSB Is, Well, Bad

Do not use USB

According to Wired article “Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken“, some researchers have found a significant security flaw in the way USB is designed. In essence, you cannot trust any USB device, even your own. In particular, it can infect thumb drives even without the person knowing it and spread malware to other computer systems.

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