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Tom’s Tips, Links and Tidbits Newsletter

Wednesday 20th January 2010

Hope this finds you fit and well.

Here is what I thought might inform, interest or entertain.
Have a great week!

Tom Grimshaw


Basic Computer User

Corporate spy risks from free email

Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail "completely vulnerable" by default. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/164576,corporate-spy-risks-from-free-email.aspx

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Advanced Computer User

Systems suffer new year hangover

Software systems across the world went haywire on 1 January because they were not programmed to handle the year 2010. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/164632,systems-suffer-new-year-hangover.aspx#poll

More details emerge on Google hack

The ultimate goal of the attack on Google's systems, according to Drummond, was to access the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/164628,more-details-emerge-on-google-hack.aspx

Russian security firm rails against responsible disclosure

A little known Russian security firm has taken the bold step of releasing details of zero-day exploits in business software every day for the rest of January, according to reports. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/164630,russian-security-firm-rails-against-responsible-disclosure.aspx

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Brain and Body Boost Formula

Just read a brochure for a new product formulated to give you a mental and physical boost. It contains turmeric, ginger, boswellia, guggul and black pepper, just in case you wanted to concoct something exotic for your next curry.

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Google Online Storage

Google Docs allows you to store anything now. It does not have to be Google Docs files. You get 7.5 GB for free. If you do not have an off-site backup in place and you trust someone else to store your data, see this link: http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=50092&hl=en
The file size limitation is 250 MB per file. https://www.google.com/accounts/PurchaseStorage

Available plans:
20 GB ($5.00 USD per year)
80 GB ($20.00 USD per year)
200 GB ($50.00 USD per year)
400 GB ($100.00 USD per year)
1 TB ($256.00 USD per year)

Alert and Aware = Alive in One Piece

Just received an email that was an hoax but it did raise the point that we should be aware of unattended bags, especially in heavily populated areas. http://www.snopes.com/rumors/soapbox/juvalaviv.asp

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Video Links

One Skilled Pilot!

Remote controlled airplane stunts - indoors! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gulv_bvZS94&

All You Need Is Love

Beautiful rendition - enough to please a beatle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh7D2g5v-Sg&

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