Copernic’s Search Desktop Goes Live

Copernic has today released its Desktop Search program, the latest addition to the harvest of desktop indexing software we’ve been cataloging in recent months. The press release says the software can “search your hard drive in less than a second to pinpoint the right picture, email, music file, etc.” while “your computer won’t slow down at …

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Spyware? Not My Problem, Says Business

Maybe the problem of Internet security isn’t educating users to be more vigilant, it’s about persuading companies that there is a problem. A survey (PDF file) released today by California-based Secure Computing Corporation found that that “only 25 percent of businesses recognized spyware as a major problem”. This despite studies that show spyware is a problem: A study …

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Another Incentive To Leave The Office

I’m a big fan of AlphaSmart’s range of portable writing devices, which are aimed at students but are good for anyone with itchy feet who does a lot of typing and needs a device with a good keyboard, screen and battery life. After the Dana, the Dana Wireless and the AlphaSmart 3000, the company has …

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The Sims 2 – A Reality Show For Your PC

The Sims, Maxis’ game in which you guide a virtual version of yourself through life on your PC, holds something of a mirror up to our own existence. Not that it’s particularly pretty. The second version of The Sims, due in stores by September 17th, has some new features, including genetics and the ability to …

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Phishing Becomes A Commodity

Interesting to see how phishing has become a threat in its own right, along with viruses and spam, and is becoming part and parcel of ‘security solutions’ offered by the Internet messaging industry. Take MailFrontier, for example, the Palo Alto-based “pioneer in email security and leading provider of anti-spam solutions” who today announced , today …

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Another Challenger to MS Office… From India

A small Indian software company based in Chennai is taking on the big boys. Tropical Software announced yesterday it has introduced the OfficeMate software suite, “that provides word-processor, spreadsheet, database and presentation capabilities similar to the Microsoft Office, for the Windows platform”. The cost: $50. The software is actually already in use in India, the …

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This week’s column – Beat the bugs

This week’s Loose Wire column is about cleaning viruses: IF YOUR COMPUTER is infected by a virus, Trojan, worm or some other nasty slice of code, never fear: Worst comes to worst, you can call on a 60-year-old retired Australian lab technician who goes by the on-line nickname of Pancake. Though he wouldn’t put it …

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Should eBay Stop Sending Emails Altogether?

Does there come a point in the phishing-dominated world where folk like eBay should just stop sending out emails, and tell customers that’s what they’re doing? I got an email from eBay this morning. I don’t remember getting one before, but I may have, or else my spam filter discarded it. It sure looked like …

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Microsoft, Pirates Keys and SP2

There seems to be some confusion about who will be able to install the Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) so I thought I would get it from the horse’s mouth. Microsoft hasn’t done itself any favours by backtracking on public statements, but here for what it’s worth is their official position as of today: …

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The Klip Marches On

Serence, the company behind the RSS-like Klip, is about to launch a new version, which offers some interesting new features that could well give the standard a bit more edge in the face of the RSS revolution. Indeed, given that practically any RSS or Atom feed can be read in Klip form, one could argue …

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