Archive for January 2012

How-to: Choose an Anti-Virus Program

Free or Fee? Does free anti-virus software protect you? Is it worth paying for a full Internet security suite? Ask any number of people you know and you’ll get an even split of opinions stating that paid-for security software is either a good investment or a total ripoff. The truth is there are plenty of … Continue reading

Movie Catch-Up: Frost/Nixon

Peter Morgan adapted his West End play for director Ron Howard, focusing on the 1977 television interviews between presenter David Frost (Michael Sheen) and former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella), both re-creating their roles from that show. The difficulty always with adaptions of historical events for mass market Hollywood appeal lies in what history is … Continue reading

How-to: Restore and Refurbish Windows Vista

The first question you’ll be asking is why? Answer, because we paid for an expensive Windows Vista Ultimate license when it was released and like many, we resent paying Microsoft for an upgrade without getting our money’s worth. Particularly since Vista ‘Ultimate’ turned out not very ultimate; little of the promised extras ever turned up, … Continue reading

Full Circle Magazine Issue 57 Out Now

Full Circle Magazine Issue 57 is available from the main site Full Circle – the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our fifty-seventh issue. This month: * Command and Conquer. * How-To : Try Enlightenment, LibreOffice – Part 11, Backup Strategy – Part 5, Encrypted USB Stick, … Continue reading

Movie Catch-Up: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Terry Gilliam’s latest fantastical morality tale explores the power of the imagination to change and liberate. We’re back in familiar Gilliam territory; Brazil, Fisher King, Baron Munchausen, Time Bandits and Brothers Grimm (although it may be best not to mention that one). We are introduced to the tacky travelling side-show of the mysterious Dr. Parnassus … Continue reading

How-to: Detect Phishing Sites

The Internet: greatest achievement of the information age or a paradise for scammers, con-men, thieves and ne’er do wells? The answer is both. Every kind of human progress has suffered exploitation by a criminal minority preying on the law-abiding majority. The Internet is no different. It’s trans-national nature, crossing national legal jurisdictions makes it a … Continue reading

Review: twitterfeed

twitterfeed (always lower-case) is a utility that allows you to feed your content from a blog or website with an RSS feed to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Twitterfeed reads your RSS feeds for new posts and sends them to your social network accounts. Using the existing infrastructure of RSS (Really Simple Syndication), you can share … Continue reading

The Unbelievable Numbers Behind the Social Web

Ever get tired of ‘Twitter-this’, ‘Facebook-that’? The truth is this is where the world is going in ever increasing numbers. If you want to attract visitors to your on-line brand, you’re invisible if you’re not on Twitter and Facebook. Ubiquitous through the availability of light-weight apps on every device on the planet, these two represent … Continue reading

Review: Inside Fortress Bill BBC Radio 4

Inside Fortress Bill: BBC Radio4,  06 Jan 2012 “Katie Derham takes a unique inside look at the charitable foundation set up by Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates and evaluates its power, aims and global influence.” Despite the press release claim to take a ‘warts and all’ look at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this low-key … Continue reading

How-to: Understand Your Wireless Router

The Router is that box with the flashing lights which connects you to the Internet via the telephone socket. Wireless routers are included in wireless broadband packages, and are essential in homes or small offices where multiple devices connect to the Internet at the same time. You could hard-wire every device using Ethernet cable, but … Continue reading

News: 25 Worst Passwords of 2011

Courtesy of David Coursey at Forbes, not one but two lists of unforgivably lax passwords. If yours is on either of these lists, go change it immediately. It’s probably the same pasword for most of your accounts on multiple sites, so stop being lazy and implement separate passwords for each. Use a decent set of … Continue reading

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