Antivirus Vendors Shift to Automatic Fees

I have read elsewhere that most security software companies had adapted this policy under the guise of keeping their customers protected. But the unfortunate thing is that it makes it difficult for the consumer to opt out from using the vendors wares. Some of us like to have options. And some of us no longer pay fees for subscriptions and have discovered that free products are just as good.

Read about the free options that are available.

“Annual charges are typical and sometimes hard to stop.

It took Michael Kelly just minutes to buy McAfee’s software. But getting the antivirus vendor to stop charging his credit card was another matter altogether.

McAfee is on the vanguard of a new trend in the security software industry: selling software as a service that is automatically billed each year. McAfee began automatically renewing customers in 2001, but over the past year the practice has become much more common, as Symantec and Microsoft, with its new Windows Live OneCare Products, have adopted the automatic renewals.” [Source: PC World].

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Kurzweil: Computers Will Enable People To Live Forever

This is a very interesting article and what may happen in 15 to 30 years. And though it may see far out, just look how fast technology has improved just in the past 10 years. I think you may find this article very enlightening and entertaining as well. I sure did.

“The inventor, author, and futurist predicts that in 15 to 30 years, nanobots will roam our blood streams fixing diseased or aging organs, computers will back up our human memories, and conference calls will be replaced by meetings in virtual resorts.

In just 15 years, we’ll begin to see the merger of human and computer intelligence that ultimately will enable people to live forever. At least that’s the prediction of author and futurist Ray Kurzweil.

Kurzweil told a keynote audience at last week’s SCO6 supercomputing conference that nanobots will roam our blood streams fixing diseased or aging organs, while computers will back up our human memories and rejuvenate our bodies by keeping us young in appearance and health.

The author of the book The Singularity Is Near, Kurzweil says within a quarter of a century, non-biological intelligence will match the range and subtlety of human intelligence. He predicts that it will then soar past human ability because of the continuing acceleration of information-based technologies, as well as the ability of machines to instantly share their knowledge.”

Full story here.

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Why free security software is your best bet

If you dislike spending $70 on a drab product like antivirus software or bristle at the intrusiveness of security software suites, this story’s for you.

Washington Post personal technology columnist Rob Pegoraro has just reviewed the major security packages from the likes of McAfee, Symantec, and Trend Micro, and he doesn’t really like any of them. He finds the antivirus-spyware-phishing-firewall suites expensive, too taxing on your computer, and sometime ineffective.

Pegoraro says the better solution is to mix and match free security tools you can get through Windows or on the Internet. These include Windows Defender, AVG, Avast, and the firewall built into Windows XP.

Full story here.

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Online Shoppers Await 'Cyber Monday

It should be interesting to see if this coming Monday fulfills, what is fondly referred to as Cyber Monday, the ambitions of online retailers. I know that where I live, Black Friday was a huge shot in the arm for retailers.

Just as retail shoppers are recovering from Black Friday, online shoppers are about to face Cyber Monday. Monday is the unofficial start of the online holiday shopping season when office workers fresh from their Thanksgiving break hit the online stores from the comfort of their workplaces. Contrary to what some believe, it’s not the biggest online shopping day of the year according to Kamran Pourzanjani President of “It’s a big day for shopping obviously but it’s not the busiest day. That doesn’t come for another couple of weeks.” Mr. Pourzanjani said that activity on Pricegrabber on the day after thanksgiving was 30 percent higher than that day last year.

Traffic on Thursday was heavy enough to disrupt traffic on, and Disney online shopping sites. Internet servers, like brick and mortar stores, are designed to handle a certain capacity and if they’re overwhelmed, they can slow down or even shut down. If there is a surge of traffic on Monday and sites don’t prepare, we could see more outages if they become overwhelmed.”

Read the full story here.

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A Geek's Wish List

You might have seen my faux holiday wish list in the recently-published issue of CPU Magazine: (1) World peace; (2) True instant messaging platform interoperability; (3) The death penalty for spammers and spyware vendors; (4) An end to DRM; (5) Windows Vista Visual Service Pack 1; (6) OS X on non-Apple hardware; (7) A mobile communications company that doesn’t suck; (8) Full U.S. government disclosure on UFOs and ETs; (9) More friends who aren’t on MySpace; and (10) A public apology from George Lucas for all three prequels.

Every year, friends and family ask for my personal wish list – and every year, I get a small stack of gift certificates and checks made out to some guy named “Cash.” This time, I thought I’d be a bit more proactive with my holiday gift wishes. If you’re running short on gift ideas for yourself or your loved ones, perhaps my list will serve as a tiny bit of inspiration?

  1. Electronic Message Board
  2. Brando WorkShop 55 in 1 Card Reader
  3. eSATA to USB Adapter
  5. Belkin F5U261 USB 2.0 4-Port Drive-Bay Hub
  6. Jump-Start DC Power Plus (AU400)
  7. HP LaserJet 3052
  8. Communicator Grey C100S USB Speakerphone for Skype
  9. SanDisk V-Mate Video Memory Card Recorder
  10. HP LP3065 30″ LCD Monitor
  11. The Optimus Keyboard
  12. Samsung BlackJack
  13. DreamAuthentics Ultra Quad Arcade Package (MAME Arcade)
  14. Ecosol Powerstick
  15. Star Wars Astromech Droids Complete Set
  16. INVIS-ID
  17. APC BR1500 UPS
  18. Lentek Koolatron BV01G Bug Vacuum Pest Control with Recharger
  19. Dyson Root 6
  20. Sony HDR-SR1 Handycam HD Camcorder
  21. Ionic Breeze GP
  22. LED Name Badge II
  23. Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 Webcam
  24. Logitech Harmony 1000 Advanced Universal Remote
  25. Mac Mini (SuperDrive)
  26. Night Owl Explorer Pro 5x Night Vision Scope w/I/R Illuminator
  27. Canon PowerShot SD800 IS
  28. Slingbox Pro
  29. GPS TrackStick
  30. Uniden GMR1588-2CK 22-Channel 15-Mile Two-Way Radios (Pair)
  31. Westinghouse (WHI-4C) 4-Channel Wireless Intercom System
  32. Wireless Weather Forecaster
  33. Xbox 360 HD-DVD External Drive
  34. Firepod
  35. Panasonic Wireless 802.11 b/g Network Camera (BL-C30A)
  36. Energizer Energi To Go Instant Cell Phone Charger, Mini USB
  37. SkyScout
  38. Seagate 500GB eSATA External Hard Drive
  39. Panasonic TH-42PX60U 42″ Plasma HDTV
  40. NY Times Deluxe Touch Screen Crossword Puzzle
  41. Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000
  42. Solar Charger – USB charger – Mobile Device Charger
  43. Xtreme X-500 Electric Scooter
  44. Celestron CPC 1100XLT Computerized GPS SCT with StarBright XLT Coatings
  45. Kotobukiya Star Wars Darth Vader Pre-Painted Soft Vinyl Model Kit
  46. Wi-Spy Spectrum Analyzer
  47. Pertelian External LCD Display v4
  48. eStarling WiFi LCD Frame
  49. Watt’s Up Pro
  50. LED Projection Night Light

What’s on your wish list?

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Gift Hat

We all appreciate receiving gifts from other people, and an instant smile is brought to our faces once we realize that someone has thought of us in this way. Spontaneous gifts are usually the best, but have you ever been in a situation where you received something that you totally didn’t want? Awkward, huh? To eliminate the possibility of this happening, there are occasions when you can register for what you want ahead of time, such as for a wedding shower. I’ve been going through that process lately, and it can feel weird to tell people what to get you, but then again, that’s the whole point. While the gifts may not be a surprise, the kind gesture is there, and you’re sure to like what you get. Even though you may not have a particular reason to create a wish list, Gift Hat will let you create one, anyway.
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