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Driver Phishing

Maybe because it’s early in the morning, but I fell for this little scam pretty easily. I’m going to call it “driver phishing” because it has all the hallmarks of a phishing attack, although it’s probably legal. I’m looking for the latest drivers for my Logitech webcam, so I type in Logitech QuickCam driver in Google. An ad above the results looks promising: a website called LogitechDriversCenter.com: So I click on it. It takes me to a site with a Logitech logo, lots of shareware and PC Magazine stars, Logitech product photos and three options for getting the right driver: DriverRobot, the first one, soundsContinue readingDriver Phishing

Directory of RSI Software

This is the first in a number of posts about RSI, or Repetitive Strain Injury, the subject of this week’s column, out tomorrow. Here is a collection of software designed to ease RSI. RSI software tries to help in a number of ways: working out how long you’ve been at the keyboard and reminds you to take breaks; suggesting exercises for you to perform while you’re taking those breaks; records macros (shortcuts) to specific tasks you do a lot so you don’t have to use the keyboard as much (especially keystroke combinations); reduces mouse usage by allowing you to control the mouse from the keyboardContinue readingDirectory of RSI Software

The Mobility Mouse

The mighty mouse has never really worked for anyone on the road — and those poor suckers you see who try and use the laptop’s trackpad need our help — but one or two folk have tried to ease the navigational pain. Here’s another one, out early next year: The MoGo Mouse: The website ain’t public yet, and I have yet to play with the thing, but I’m told it’s a business card, Bluetooth-enabled mouse that stores neatly inside a laptop computer’s PC slot when it’s not being used. It uses Bluetooth to communicate with your laptop, so no need for cables. The two indentationsContinue readingThe Mobility Mouse

Give Your Mouse A Bath

Those who got excited about the idea of a washable keyboard (which I wrote about in a WSJ.com column a few weeks back — sorry, subscription only; a version appeared on the BBC World Service, and is available as a podcast) can now get excited about Washable Computer Mice, from Unotron: Unotron’s pioneering mice design configurations and materials allow these patented products to be easily washed, immersed and disinfected by commercial-grade detergents and anti-bacterial agents while providing users with comfort, control and reliability. SpillSeal washable mice are manufactured and assembled to support restrictive cleaning/disinfection procedures without any detrimental effect to the exterior or the products’Continue readingGive Your Mouse A Bath

A Jef Raskin Interview From A Year Ago

I only just found out that Jef Raskin passed away last month. I thought I would post an email interview I had with him a year ago to illustrate some of his thinking in his last year: On Mar 9, 2004, at 7:22 AM, Jeremy Wagstaff wrote: Jef, sounds better if I send the questions by email… I have greatly enjoyed your book, a real eye-opener, although unfortunately time constraints may mean I am not able to digest as thoroughly as I should have. So please forgive any questions below which could be answered by a closer reading of your book! — Would you mindContinue readingA Jef Raskin Interview From A Year Ago

Exploring The Phaeton Site Map

I’m sure this isn’t new, but I just saw it and thought it was worth noting: The VW Phaeton’s UK site has an interesting 3D Flash sitemap where the pages are viewed in slices, with different coloured dots representing different kinds of content (in this case factory or car): Clicking on a particular page will highlight it; moving the mouse over a blob will bring up a particular item which you can then access by double clicking on it. Strictly speaking this layout is too fancy, and the content too specific, for general use, but it’s intuitive enough to be a great way to showContinue readingExploring The Phaeton Site Map

This week’s column – The Mouse

This week’s Loose Wire column: THIS COLUMN was going to be about how to get more out of your computer mouse. You know, clicking, dragging, double-clicking, dropping, all that kind of stuff. I was all fired up about it until I consulted the guy who had a lot to do with getting the mouse onto every desktop. That’s when I learned about how the mouse makes us endure more than we should. Here’s why. Jef Raskin is a technology guru who was in the thick of it when the personal-computer revolution started. His home page features a picture of him, bearded and bespectacled, wearing whatContinue readingThis week’s column – The Mouse

Software: Seriously Useful Freebie

 A wonderful innovation with Opera’s browser was the mouse gesture, where you could, for example, return to a previous page by holding down the mouse button and moving the mouse a little to the left. Intuitive and seriously time-saving. Now Internet Explorers have the same feature, courtesy of a bit of freeware (software you don’t have to pay for) from UnH Solutions.     Easy Go Back is an Internet Explorer add-on that works with every program based on Internet Explorer, e.g. MSN Explorer, Avant Browser, HTML Help (chm-files), Microsoft Document Explorer, etc.

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