Archive for September, 2016

World’s Largest Ship Elevator Opens In China [video]

Security For Windows 10 – FreeFile Review

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This review addresses how an average user of Windows 10 can easily and effectively maintain security. These are my experiences and observations after more than a year using Windows 10, your mileage may vary.

Antivirus Protection – Many security pros feel that zero-day threats greatly reduce the effectiveness of antivirus programs. Overall, I find Windows 10 to be reasonably secure, and today, most security threats focus on internet browsers. Windows Defender is a lightweight, efficient program, pre-installed with Windows, that operates unobtrusively and effectively. It runs in the background with no user input needed and it receives frequent updates. Use Windows Defender – no additional antivirus is needed.

Browsers – Both Firefox and Chrome are good choices. The best malware blocker add-on is uBlock Origin (available for Firefox and Chrome). Keep your browser up to date and install uBlock origin and you’re good to go. Bear in mind that smart surfing is still the most important thing you can do – no app can help with that.

Malware Scanner – The free version of Malwarebytes does not provide realtime protection, but it is effective when run every week or two, or when a problem is suspected.

Disk Imaging – This is the most important piece to achieve real security. All of the previously mentioned steps can fail, so the ability to quickly recover is key. Imaging software makes an exact copy of the entire C drive, so that the entire PC can be quickly restored after disaster strikes. This will protect you from not just virus and malware attacks, but also from hardware failures and Windows issues. Ideally, the image should be stored on an external drive, so it may require spending about $50. The best free imaging software is Macrium Reflect. It is very fast and reliable.

— — — — The Bottom Line — — — —

1.Use Windows Defender (no additional antivirus programs are needed) 2.Use Firefox or Chrome browsers, with uBlock Origin add-on 3.Get Malwarebytes 4.Consider disk imaging.

Read more FreeFile Reviews on DanKostecki.com

Craving Gigabit Internet? Nokia Demonstrates Terabit Connection

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ZDNet reports –

Researchers will this week demonstrate a newly-refined data-transmission technique that can deliver one terabit per second (Tbps) over optical fiber. Nokia Bell Labs, Deutsche Telekom T-Labs, and the Technical University of Munich will be showing off how a technique called Probabilistic Constellation Shaping, or PCS, can deliver blistering 1Tbps speeds over a fiber connection. The work provides more momentum behind the push to bring terabit networks to reality. It follows another optical breakthrough earlier this year by researchers at University College London, who achieved speeds of 1.25Tbps. To put that in perspective, they noted it was fast enough to download an entire Games of Thrones series in high definition within one second.

Continue reading HERE.

Inside The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History [video]

French Road Disappears Underwater Twice A Day

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BoredPanda reports –

If you’re planning a trip to France in the near future, make sure to be careful with the roads you take. They might just disappear…

Connecting the Gulf of Burnёf with the island of Noirmoutier, Passage du Gois is not only unique but extremely dangerous too. Twice every day, when the high tide rises, the 2.58-mile long road disappears 13 ft under water. So people can use this road only two times a day for a few hours (special panels on both sides of the road show when it’s safe to use it).

View some pictures and continue reading HERE.

How The Band-Aid Was Invented [video]

North Korea Reveals Its Internet – All 28 Domains

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Engadget reported –

North Korea has inadvertently leaked its domain name system data through a badly configured high-level server, showing the rest of the world that there are just 28 .kp domains. And as Reddit users quickly found, the websites at those domains aren’t what you’d call riveting reading material.

Continue reading HERE.

Supreme Leader’s Activities HERE (if the site is still up)

Apple II Gets Its First OS Update In 23 Years

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According to ZDNet –

If you own a working Apple II computer, there’s a new ProDOS update for the first time in 23 years, thanks to software developer John Brooks. In 1993, ProDOS version 2.0.3 was the last official release Apple delivered for the Apple II series. But on Friday, that was superseded by ProDOS 8 version 2.4, which Brooks released to mark the 30th anniversary of Apple IIGS. According to Ars Technica, remarkably the update also brings improvements to the earlier Apple ][ and ][+.

Continue reading HERE.

Hayley Ashburn Between The Vajolet Towers In Italy [video]

Small Town Is Home To Big Things

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STL Today reported on Casey, Illinois – a very small town that likes very large things. –

Welcome to Casey. The locals pronounce it more like “Kay-zee.” It’s a town of about 2,700 people just south of Interstate 70, about halfway between St. Louis and Indianapolis. It has a small Main Street, which, like those in many small-town USAs, has seen better days.

But just this summer, the Casey City Council voted to reduce the speed limit on a stretch of Main to 20 mph because so many pedestrians were walking through the town, gawking.

Because just in the past four years, Casey has these new things: the world’s largest mailbox, golf tee, knitting needles, crochet hook, wooden shoes and pitchfork. That’s in addition to the rocking chair and wind chimes.

Continue reading STL Today HERE.

BigThingsSmallTown.com

IBM Once Made A Computer With An Oil Pressure Warning Light

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As a computer history buff, I love finding an obscure bit of tech trivia, but this one is really obscure. I recently heard about the IBM 7094’s Oil Pressure Warning light on a YouTube video, and further research provided very little additional information. The oil light was needed because the computer’s core memory was oil cooled. This main frame cost about $3 million, in 1960’s dollars.

The YouTube video is a 1993 episode of Computer Chronicles. The episode is Computer Bowl V, a trivia game that was featured annually on Computer Chronicles. Watch a young Bill Gates read the question about the IBM 7094 HERE. This page mentions the oil cooled core memory on the IBM 7094.

If anyone has more info about the IBM 7094 or oil cooled computers, please post a comment.

Colors In Macro [video]


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