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News flash: everything on the Internet is hackable

This weekend, Gawker Media had its primary database compromised. In this monstrous breach, not only did 1.5 million users have their privacy breached and email address stolen, but they also had their passwords cracked. In a day and age where the currency of our email address and password -- and thus our identity -- is only superseded by our bank details, it's fair to label the Gawker breach as ab...

DLS @ SXSW - Impressions of SXSWi part deux

Say hello to Sunny Thaper, production director for Forty Agency, and Saul Colt, lead evangelist at Thoora. They are regular SXSW attendees (and all-around awesome dudes) and give their thoughts on this year's event. For added atmosphere, I added a real, live foursquare game being held outside of the convention center, and a taste of the crowds you see inside. If you're interested in a taste ...

Ask DLS: shouldn't we be able to download our Vista-to-Windows 7 upgrade?

The Windows 7 beta was downloadable. The release candidate was downloadable. But the Vista-to-Windows 7 offer upgrade shipping with most retail computer systems? Not so much. It says so right on the Upgrade Option site's landing page: "Upgrades for qualifying orders will be shipped on DVD, beginning on the Windows 7 general availability date of 22 October 2009." Boo. Why can't we have a do...

Pet Peeve: web service "welcome" lessons that disappear forever

We've all signed up for a service in haste only to realize our 15-minute lunch period is about to begin. You activate your account, you open it up, and there's this clever little intro presentation that begins... only you don't have time for that right now. So you close out the window and go away. Hours later, you return to learn. But the intro is gone, and like Homer missing Mr. T at the mall, yo...

5 things I wish some people wouldn't install on their PCs

Our readers are a pretty savvy bunch. You're up to speed on what software is and isn't worth downloading, and you're likely the "friend that knows about computers" to a lot of people. Wouldn't it be nice if some of those people started paying attention to our advice - and quit downloading things like... 1. A second (or third...or fourth) antivirus program. Despite what we tell them, some people ...

Dear EU: Please quit whining about browsers already

There are plenty of things I'd love to quit reading about, and the EU's continued moaning about unfair browser bundling is pretty high on the list. We get it. You (and a number of competitors) think Microsoft needs to do something more substantial than allow users to uninstall/disable/burn down Internet Explorer. Your latest fabulous idea? A download dashboard, which will present a number of b...

Who wants Linux with sex appeal? Not this guy.

Moblin beta 2 just dropped a week ago, and things are looking good for the lightweight Linux distribution. It's innovative, sexy, and has already received loads of praise from reviewers for its ease of use, integration of activity streams, and uniqueness. Tech Republic's Gary Marshall, however, thinks Moblin has to be stopped - now. Why? Because he's afraid developers (and the inevitable Mobli...

Now that we have Office, will 64-bit apps finally become more common?

Without giving it a little thought, I don't recall when I got my first Athlon 64 mainboard and CPU. It's been a long time. AMD first released the chips in September, 2003. Here we are six years later, and we still haven't really begun to make use of the added processing power. Six years is a pretty long time in computer terms. My tower at work is now equipped with eight times as much memory, 5...

Three things keeping me from running a cloud desktop

Don't get me wrong - the people developing various cloud desktops like eyeOS and iCloud have created some very interesting apps with slick features. There are just a few nagging issues I have that prevent me from using one - or even thinking about using one any time soon. First, there's my concern over data. I don't even want to consider the possibility of a company I don't control storing all my...

Google TipJar : nice idea, but too much self-promotion?

There's been a fair amount of buzz over the past couple days regarding TipJar, a place to share money-saving advice powered by Google Moderator. It started with a Tweet from the official @google account, which nearly warranted an immediate post from us, but we let it sit for a couple of reasons. The biggest one: ambiguity. Twitter has been flooded with tweets about TipJar, saying it's like "Di...

Fugly Friday, a new Download Squad series

According to a statistic I just made up, almost half of all interfaces for software (web or download) look like garbage. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. With that subjectivity in mind we want to ask you: what are the ugliest, most cumbersome, least effective interfaces out there? Mind you, we're talking GUI here -- command line interfaces are a kind of beauty you simply can't as...

Why Google Chrome Really Matters

On Sunday we watched a short segment on CBS Sunday Morning about Google. The company, 10 years old this month, represents the best of what came out of the dot-com bubble in the 90's. Today they are madly profitable, focused on their core services and yet, still crazy after all these years. Massages, naps and gourmet food? Why, that's the kind of hubris that brought down dozens of companies in th...

Top 5 iPhone buzzkills

OK, I'll admit I own an iPhone. Thing is, I refuse to pay AT&T's completely ridiculous rates. Why are iPhone data packets at a premium, exactly? Anyway, I use the thing as more of a PDA, and I like the mic, speakers and camera. Sure, my Palm has two of those, but that camera is great for sending shots while on the go (and within a wifi hotspot). If I had the dough I'd get a Nokia N95, however....

No killer app for iPhone?

That's sort of like saying there's no killer app for the Internet. Oh wait, there is! It's called a "browser." Erick Schonfeld of TechCrunch bemoaned the lack of a "killer app" for the iPhone but wound up admitting "...the app I use the most is Gmail, followed by Web browsing." So email and web-browsing? Sounds like the killer apps that launched the current explosion of technology and brought comp...

Moralize.us: if YouTube commenters ruled the world ...

Moralize.us is a site with an interesting concept: users post hypothetical scenarios, and other users vote on whether a course of action is right or wrong, according to their own personal moral codes. It's a nice theory, that we can crowdsourcing our tricky moral dilemmas. In practice, though, the responses mostly seem to hover around the level of discourse you might find in the comments on a YouT...