Friday, October 28, 2011

Ham Nation 8 TWiT.TV

Ham Nation is an exciting podcast/broadcast about anything-to-do-with-Amateur-Radio, and, for those of you who used to enjoy ZDTV, and Leo Laporte, you'll be happy to find out that Leo is now one of the Ham radio ranks, as well as a part of "Ham Nation"

Monday, October 24, 2011


If you've been thinking about buying a new hard drive you'd better act fast. Due to flooding in Thailand (which accounts for 70% of the internal motors in all hard disks sold) several drive manufacturers have been closed and prices from distributors have already jumped about 30% (wholesale). This shortage is expected to continue through the first quarter of 2012.

I read several articles about a gigantic hole in Adobe Flash software which (to my knowledge) has not been patched, where malware on a website could activate the webcam on your PC/Laptop and monitor you without your knowledge. Because there are several fake update pop-ups out in the world, I would suggest going to the Adobe website and downloading the latest Adobe Reader and Flash updates directly, vs. clicking on an annoying update pop-up which may or may not be genuine.

Sunspots are all over the place with healthy numbers near, and occasionally above the 200 mark. I listen to it almost every day and find Texas in the middle of it all. I can hear the West coast and East coast very well, but not the stations across the ocean they are talking to (disappointing). Nonetheless, it beats no traffic at all and it's great to hear the East coast reaching into Europe and the Middle East.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thursday, October 06, 2011




New virus out there (ZeroAccess). Usually if you see 31840211:354334.exe you've got it. Another tell-tale symptom: if your task bar turns white/gray, you've probably got it. Hard to remove. Combo-Fix, run 3-4 times in safe mode will usually do it, but because it infects/corrupts the TCP/IP stack, it may require a clean install of the OS.
Another new one I've seen is the "Open Cloud Anti-virus". Puts a nice fluffy blue cloud-looking icon on your desktop, but it's bad news.
DX really picking up. While listening (in-between calls) on 11m, I hear New England yakking with Africa, Germany, etc. I could barely hear the guy in Germany.
Keep yer Flash updates up to par, as well as your anti-virus software, and run Malwarebytes if the hairs on the back of yer neck stand up...