Thursday, September 4, 2008

Back of a Blu-ray Disc. I took this.Image via Wikipedia

Reports are emerging today that a 450,000 computer strong botnet has been built over the summer. The Shadowserver Foundation says that the number of compromised PC’s may have  expanded from 100,000 at the beginning of the summer.

According to the Internet Storm Center, an increase in  malware infected email hasn’t been infected, leading them  to believe that the increase in compromised PC’s is  either due to more experienced botnet herders getting  better at keeping control of infected machines, or an  increase in drive-by downloads.

I myself have had my anti-malware system trigger twice in  the last few weeks at two different web sites.

We talk about what a botnet is, how to avoid being ensared by one, and how these nets are being used by their creators.

Also, yesterday – just in advance of the CEDIA show — a  flood of new Blu-Ray devices was announced from SonySamsung, and others.  Samsung VP Andy Griffiths has said  he figures Blu-Ray has five years left in the format.  He  also says this is the year the format will hit  mainstream.  Cognitive dissonance, I asked?  No, said the panel.  Physical media is dead.  Most of the folks on the call live in the US where video on demand, including the Amazon variant, is widely available.  Several claimed not to have rented a DVD in over a year.

On today’s conference call: Tom Orr, Dan York, Dan Rockwell, Bill Volk, Mark Hewitt, Jim Courtney, Jeanette Fisher, Sheryl Breuker, Michael Graves

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Finally a to-do list I can love. Jott!

by alec on September 4, 2008

I’ve always hated to do lists, and I’ve worked hard to love them.  There always seems to be a distraction that takes you away from what you should be doing on your list, and your list never seems to be there when you need to be adding to it.

I’ve recently discovered Jott, though, and I’ve changed my mind.  It has three things going for it:

  1. It’s NOT in Outlook.  That’s right.  It’s not part of Outlook.  I can look at it without the distraction of 300 unread emails sitting right beside my list of things I really want to do, tempting me to pre-empt my todo list.  Jott is web based.  It just lives in my browser, separate from Outlook.
  2. Jott is available everywhere – on my iPhone, Blackberry, and on any PC.  It’s easy to consult it whenever I want to move to the next item.  And it’s easy to add to when the moment strikes.
  3. Jott is voice activated.  I loooove this feature.  During drive time, I can activate Jott on my iPhone, dictate a to-do, and when I’m at my desk, it’s added to my list. That’s 35 more productive minutes in my day.

Not only can Jott handle to-do lists, it can also do voice replies to email, voice tweets, and more.

I never thought I would pay money for a to-do list, but when my 30 day trial is done with Jott, I’m planning to do exactly that.

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Going to DEMOFall?

September 4, 2008

I’ll be visiting the DEMOfall on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Arriving in San Diego Saturday at noon, and taking the redeye back on Tuesday night.  I’m looking to meet up with companies and other folks attending the show.  Especially interested in cool product companies that might be interested in appearing on the SquawkBox. […]

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