Category: Software

How to block the Chrome Software Reporter Tool (software_reporter_tool.exe) –

I noticed my PC was bogged down and the CPU cooling fan has powered up to a higher speed. What’s up? Google claims the Software Reporter Tool scans your PC looking for malware that may interfere with the Chrome experience.  I’m not sure I want Google scanning and peaking inside my computer, at all of the files on my computer. I really have no idea what this app is doing or what information it is...

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Hawaii missile false alarm due to badly designed user interface, reports say

The user was to select from a menu of options including “Missile Alert” and “Test Missile Alert”, which were next to each other on the options menu. The system also lacked a “Cancel missile alert” feature so no one knew how to un-do the transmission of the fake missile alert. As I suspected, the system design was so bad, they never thought to add a “cancel alert” feature to the system. Other news reports say...

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Workaround: Barnes and Noble Nook e-reader app no longer available for PC, Mac #BarnesAndNoble

I discovered after a Mac OS X update that my very old Nook e-reader app for Mac OS X no longer works – and that Nook discontinued the app for PC and Mac desktops in 2013. Barnes and Noble says we should use their cloud-based/web-based app from a browser (presumably this means we must have an Internet connection in order to read?) Problem 1 – Barnesandnoble.com Inaccessible Unfortunately, an attempt to access the Barnes and...

Websites Can Track You Online Across Multiple Web Browsers

Researchers have determined a method of tracking individual users across web browsers. That means, changing to a different browser – or even using incognito or private browsing mode – to avoid tracking your online behavior, is no longer sufficient. The researched identified 36 different properties that can be identified across browsers – some of which, when combined, identify a unique computer user – with 99% accuracy. Source: Websites Can Now Track You Online Across Multiple...

Top programming languages as of December 2016 

Java C (but popularity has fallen by half year over year) C++ Python Visual Basic .NET PHP Javascript Assembly language Perl Objective-C Ruby Swift Visual Basic Delphi/Object Pascal Go R MATLAB Main take aways from this list: Java, C/C++, Python, Visual Basic .Net, C#, PHP and JavaScript are the top programming languages. Java, however, rates twice as high as C, which is higher than C++. Notably Python has risen to 4th place on the list,...

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