Note To Future Self – Keep Email Address

Post a comment on your old self from the future. Wonderful tool (thanks BoingBoing, via Marc), which allows you to send emails to yourself at any point in the future — assuming, of course, the site, FutureMe.org, is still functioning and you haven’t changed your email address. What is fascinating is to read other people’s …

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The Audio Wonder Of OneNote

I’ve been playing with OneNote — the Microsoft program that allows you to create and organise notes — quite a bit lately, and I have to say it’s a big leap forward for software.. and Microsoft’s record for innovation. Here’s an interesting post on a feature I haven’t explored as yet: audio. Wayne reports that …

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The Dos And Don’ts Of Dealing With The Press Online

I thought I would start penning some guidelines for companies seeking to provide resources for journalists online. I’ll post this on the cache and add to it there as www.loose-wire.com/press. Please feel free to let me know if you’d like to see stuff added, changed, taken away, or whether you have any experiences that may …

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How Long Do USB Thumb Drives Live?

Had my first USB thumb drive (sometimes called USB flash drives, or USB key drives) die on me today. They’re a great way to move stuff from A to B, and to keep an extra back-up in your pocket, but don’t rely on them too much. I’ve had several over the years (they first started …

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The Perils Of AutoResponse

Be careful what you put in your email auto response when you head off on holiday/maternity leave/business trip. Anyone can read it. One of the the things that came out of Daniel McNamara’s travails at Code Fish was that, by having phishers put his name in the from field of one of their attacks he …

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Anatomy Of A Phishing Trojan

Phishing emails don’t need to be sophisticated to lure the unwary. Indeed, there’s some evidence those behind the more convincing looking emails masquerading as bank emails are also behind a spate of key-logging trojans, which use basic methods to fool the recipient into making them active. Australian Daniel McNamara of anti-phishing website Code Fish has …

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A Directory Of RSS Readers For Windows

A new resource for Loose Wire Cache: A list of quality RSS readers for Windows. If your favourite isn’t there, let me know. It’s not supposed to be a definitive list, just a ‘best of’. (Loose Wire Cache is a companion website to this blog. Please note the new URL: www.loose-wire.com . Most resource pages can …

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Narrowing Down Those Search Results

Here’s an interesting, albeit quirky, search program called, suitably enough, Mercurius. From the blurb: When you perform a search using Mercurius, as well as the usual search engine results you are shown lists of words and phrases found within these results. So, if you feel that the returned sites are not exactly what you wanted, …

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Is SPIM Another Non-Problem?

No. It is a real problem, if only because there’s still plenty of sleazy people figuring out new ways to ruin your day. There’s some skepticism out there about this new spam threat: SPIM, in case you didn’t know, is spam that’s delivered, not to your inbox, but to your instant messaging chat program, like …

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Beware the phisher’s revenge

Australian Daniel McNamara, who runs the hugely informative anti-phishing website Code Fish Spam Watch says he was today the victim of an attack on his website and his character, by a phishing email. The email, spammed all around, pretends to be from him and says,  Dear Online Banking User, You should be heard about such called …

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