November 2008

Google Launches new SearchWiki...

Is it more than just personal Search? Earlier this week, without much fanfare, google launched their new SearchWiki application.

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Remember the Milk ... Task management in 2008

Over the past year I have read numerous articles and posts about a great website/web application to help track your tasks. Rememberthemilk.com has been praised as a new way of handling To-Do Lists. Being an avid Outlook fanatic, I never felt the need to stray from my existing system. Outlook has everything in one nice neat package: Email, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks & Notes. And it all syncs with my phone.
Recently with my new purchase of an IPhone, I realized that the Tasks & Notes did not synchronize. While I had to find a new way to track my shopping lists and other miscellaneous notes, it came to my attention that I never really did use the Task feature in Outlook. Maybe because it just doesn't work well. I did use the Notes feature to track shopping lists and other misc notes that I may need from time to time such as an IP address, CPR reminder, store shopping prices (which has been replaced with my camera phone) and others. Since my IPhone purchase several months ago, all of this has abruptly ended.

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virus makers now using PPC ads to distribute...

I recently saw a blog post that the malicious creators of ad-ware, malware and viruses are using pay-per-click ads to distribute their creations and infect innocent computers. I orginally cast this off as a myth. I made the assumption that the search engines would not allow this. However this morning, after searching on Yahoo for the term "Hollywood Florida Hotels" I came across an irrelevant sponsored ad (PPC) for something on South Beach (I will not state the domain name, because chances are, they have nothing to do with the virus and are an unknowing victim). After clicking on the ad, I was redirected to a different page that, fortunately for me, my antivirus called a warning. I moved the file to my vault as my trusty AVG antivirus program suggested and closed my browser. Fortunately all was OK. The odd part about this is that I rarely use Yahoo, and was only doing this for testing purposes. Although I don't like the monopoly that google is creating, their system works great and this is just another reason to steer clear of Yahoo. This is not to say that it wont happen on google but over the past month 99.9% of my searches are on google. I just spent 5 minutes on Yahoo and almost got a virus. The lesson to learn here... Always keep your antiv-virus and other programs up to date.

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