cant_get_a_good_nick writes: To show how much things have changed, Microsoft has posted it's first loss, mostly due to writedowns of advertising buy aQuantive. The fact that Google's earnings are up, due to advertising, doesn't help either.
cant_get_a_good_nick writes: From the MakeUseOf blog, Tim Brookes opines on the current state of the desktop, and how it's taken a few steps forward and a few steps back. Let the fanboys start their flamebots!
cant_get_a_good_nick writes: As the family tech geek, everyone asks me how to get rid of viruses. As I explain malware and the difference between the infection vectors of worms, trojans, and viruses, their eyes (understandably) glaze over. And I can't even tell them what's the best freeware anti-virus + anti-spyware + anti-malware-of-the-day for Windows (I'm a Linux geek myself). I moved my sister from a public IP to a private IP, and saw her eyes wander the room when I tried to explain why it's better for her.
Faced with the choices of getting a family that just understands tech (not gonna happen) getting them to move off Windows (not gonna happen) or letting them get infected (I don't want to happen), what are the best resources for getting a Windows machine relatively safe, and keeping it so? The more i look at this, the more I need to explain malware, DHCP, firewalls, rootkit, Windows update (but avoid WGA), the more I hear them ask for a magic bullet to make it all go away. How can I make Windows security as simple as possible?