The Punitive Pop-up

Following a posting here a few months back, here’s another one of those services that promise to bypass pop-up blockers to deliver pop-ups. The company’s called Falk eSolutions AG, it’s based in the German town of Moers and says it’s “a leading and global provider of sophisticated ASP-solutions for online marketing” (I’m still waiting for …

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This week’s column – Mailbag

This week’s Loose Wire column answers readers’ questions on Bluesnarfing, the unpleasant term for the unpleasant process of remotely stealing the data from a Bluetooth-equipped cellphones, the wonders of PowerDesk and ExplorerPlus, and browser wars. Full text at the Far Eastern Economic Review (subscription required, trial available) or at WSJ.com (subscription required). Old columns at feer.com …

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Tinderbox The Note Machine

A great piece of software for the Mac, Tinderbox, has just gone to version 2.2. Tinderbox is a note taker but has moved into interesting new areas, not least blogging. Tinderbox 2.2 offers a nod in this direction, offering new features such as Quick Lists and support for formatting in RSS and Atom, but it is, at …

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X1 and NewsGator Get Together

X1 Technologies, Inc., the hard disk indexing guys, have teamed up with NewsGator Technologies, the RSS-in-your-Outlook guys, to allow fast searches through your subscribed RSS feeds and Usenet newsgroups. This basically involves an extra element in X1, which “lets a user sort through the aggregated messages and find the content they want, narrowing and displaying …

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Bluetooth, Women And Guerrilla Research

An interesting survey of Bluetooth, both in its results and methods, found by Gizmodo. The survey (PDF) was conducted by, as far as I can work out, something called Guerrilla Research using technology provided by Zero Sum (I can’t find out much more about these folk, and the PDF file doesn’t deliver up any clues). They seem to …

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Gmail, Gator and Spam

Gmail: Better than spam?   ClickZ reports that an interesting side effect of Google’s new ad-supported email application, Gmail, are contextual ads from competitors. “Because the contextual ads are targeted based on e-mail message content, as determined by Google’s technology, commercial messages are the ones most likely to trigger ads. That’s because they’re most likely to …

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Another Way To Meet Via Bluetooth

Further to a post last week, here’s another piece of software that uses Bluetooth to as a social thing, allowing folk to find and communicate with one another. It’s called BuZZone, it’s made by Exion Systems Company, based in Novosibirsk, Russia and although it’s been around for a few months, it now comes in a free version. …

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The Perils Of Anti-Spyware

Further to an earlier post about whether you could trust a software provider enough to buy anti-keylogging and anti-spyware programs from them if they also sold spyware and keyloggers, here’s an interesting list from Spyware Warrior: programs that claim to be spyware removers but in fact install spyware. Most of these have a commercial bent, but …

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This week’s column – A Love Affair With Spam

This week’s Loose Wire column is about spam and love:  FOR 10 YEARS NOW, our in-boxes have been bombarded with spam. Sadly there’s no sign that the situation is improving, but perhaps we’re looking at it all wrong. After receiving some very dubious e-mails containing links to very long and suspicious-looking Web sites, I wondered …

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