Dropbox- Simplify your Life

In my house I’ve got 2 desktops, 1 laptop, 1 netbook, 2 iPhones, 1 iPad and a partridge in a pair tree. Ok so maybe I don’t have the partridge but everything else is 100% accurate and with as much as I use each of these things every so often I end up in that situation where I have to ask myself which device is that file on again. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of having to figure out which machine a particular file was on I had a way to make sure that my most important files were available from all my devices.

Well as it turns out there is a simple free solution to combat this problem and in this weeks Tech Tip I’ll tell you all about it.

Show Notes: www.DropBox.com

Is Lulz Really Calling it Quits?

LulzSec, the hacker group of 6 who caused havoc for the past 50 days by hacking websites the good “old fashion way” has announced their 50 days of hacking companies and organizations that deemed themselves “un-hackable”, has finally come to an end. Check out the message from LulzSec below, which was posted on Pastebin.

LulzSec’s most recent hack released a plethora of data from the Arizona Law enforcement, it included hundreds of classified documents, personal emails, names, and phone numbers of Leo’s and their families.

Before that, the group hacked Sony, PBS, the CIA, US Senate, and a FBI Affiliate. They also hacked a number of gaming sites, EVE Online, League of Legends, and Minecraft. They were also blamed fro the hacks against Scotland Yards and the UK Census, but Lulz denied the involvement.

So why were they “disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself, and quite possibly everything in between, just because we could.” At first even I was outraged with their antics, but they did bring a lot of good lessons, like, what passwords not to use and most importantly to never use the same password over and over again. (Click here to learn how to increase your password Security).

So why were they “disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself, and quite possibly everything in between, just because [they] could.” Unfortunately, even though they are shutting down, it doesn’t mean that hacking will stop. Anonymous is still around, and I’m sure another Hacker group is going to step up to the plate when Lulz moves on with their lives.

Friends around the globe,

We are Lulz Security, and this is our final release, as today marks something meaningful to us. 50 days ago, we set sail with our humble ship on an uneasy and brutal ocean: the Internet. The hate machine, the love machine, the machine powered by many machines. We are all part of it, helping it grow, and helping it grow on us.

For the past 50 days we’ve been disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself, and quite possibly everything in between, just because we could. All to selflessly entertain others – vanity, fame, recognition, all of these things are shadowed by our desire for that which we all love. The raw, uninterrupted, chaotic thrill of entertainment and anarchy. It’s what we all crave, even the seemingly lifeless politicians and emotionless, middle-aged self-titled failures. You are not failures. You have not blown away. You can get what you want and you are worth having it, believe in yourself.

While we are responsible for everything that The Lulz Boat is, we are not tied to this identity permanently. Behind this jolly visage of rainbows and top hats, we are people. People with a preference for music, a preference for food; we have varying taste in clothes and television, we are just like you. Even Hitler and Osama Bin Laden had these unique variations and style, and isn’t that interesting to know? The mediocre painter turned supervillain liked cats more than we did.

Again, behind the mask, behind the insanity and mayhem, we truly believe in the AntiSec movement. We believe in it so strongly that we brought it back, much to the dismay of those looking for more anarchic lulz. We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us. The support we’ve gathered for it in such a short space of time is truly overwhelming, and not to mention humbling. Please don’t stop. Together, united, we can stomp down our common oppressors and imbue ourselves with the power and freedom we deserve.

So with those last thoughts, it’s time to say bon voyage. Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance, leaving behind – we hope – inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment, thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love. If anything, we hope we had a microscopic impact on someone, somewhere. Anywhere.

Thank you for sailing with us. The breeze is fresh and the sun is setting, so now we head for the horizon.

Lulz Security – our crew of six wishes you a happy 2011, and a shout-out to all of our battlefleet members and supporters across the globe

Let it flow…

Read It Later: Your News on Your Times

Jeff – As great as the web has been for getting my news one frustration is just how quickly everything moves. Often times I will find an article that looks like something I’d be interested in reading but due to time constraints I can’t read it until later. Unfortunately later when I have time to get caught up on my news. I may not be at that same computer and furthermore when I go back to that same page where I saw that article in the first place it’s all filled up with the most recent stories and I find myself digging around in search of that one article that I REALLY wanted to read and more often than not I just give up and read the other stuff.

In this weeks Tech Tip I’ll share with you how I’ve been combating this annoyance to make sure that I get the best of the web on my terms. For More Tech Tips, Check out Jeff’s video cast every Tuesday!

Show Notes: www.ReadItLater.com

Readable: read more of the web the way you want it!

Show Notes: http://readable.tastefulwords.com/

Jeff – Tech Tip Tuesday:, No matter what gadget I turn on my first mouse click or tap of the screen in the case of my iPhone and iPad is to the internet. I am an admitted information junkie, several times a day I’m checking out news sites like engadget, gizmodo, espn, fox news, the associated press, and half a dozen others. But the one thing I don’t really pick up anymore is a newspaper. The idea of waiting for my paper to arrive and only getting my news once a day almost seems laughable.

But with the convenience of the internet come one major frustration, advertisements and other junk clutter up the screen making reading an article online less than ideal. In this weeks Tech Tip I’m going to share with you how I combat that annoyance and make the “paperless” news experience that much sweeter.

If you have any tips, please send Jeff and e-mail at Jeff@techtiptuesday.com -:- Thank you for watching, and we’ll see you Next Tuesday!

Concept mouse lets you feel how full your electronic folder is

If you want to know exactly how much of those multimedia items you have in your PC’s folders, you can buy this special mouse, and you’ll be able to know exactly how full those files really are.

The mouse is called the DataBot, it tries to add some weight to all those files. The mouse has a wheel on the back, and the way that it works is by releasing a  “break” pad on the back wheel to make it difficult to move your mouse when you hover over a folder.

So let’s say that you are scrolling over folders, the break pad makes the ball stick to the table top. So if you are moving freely over your folders and then your mouse randomly stops moving, then you know that you hit the jackpot…

The mouse uses the trackball function, so you’ll have to say goodby to your laser mouse, so I guess you’re out of luck. This is an awesome mouse that encourages the purge of documents and files that you no longer need. The mouse also has a HDD Feature which expands and contracts based on the amount of space being used up.

Here’s a video of the DataBot hardware in action:

Via: Dvice

DataBot Mouse from Jan Barth on Vimeo.

Reverse Phone Look Up: Review.

In today’s age, a phone number can be used to obtain a variety of information including name, address, and other personal information. At this point, most phone numbers can be looked up using a reverse phone number look-up website. However, these websites are not created equally and it can be a waste of time to use the bad ones. Below is a review of 5 reverse phone number lookup websites that are worth using.

1) Reversephonelookup.org

Unfortunately, this site isn’t free, but it offers a plethora of information and is very easy to use. The site is capable of finding information on all types of phone whether the number in question be from a land line, cell phone, business phone, or wireless phone. The site can also find unlisted and unpublished numbers. For those looking to find in depth information on a phone number, the site offers a 5 day trial access that includes a full report for $1 . For those looking to use the site for a longer period of time, a monthly membership is valued at $19.95.

2)Whitepages.com

Whitepages.com offers a simple, easy to use reverse phone lookup that yields results. Without charging anything, Whitepages.com provides you with the name and location of the phone number you enter. Whitepages allows you to search for cell phones, landlines, and business phones. For landlines, the age, location, household members and address of the phone number holder is provided.

3) Freephonetracer.com

This site isn’t quite as easy to use as some others, but seems to yield reliable results. For the free search, cell phone information allows you to see the location of the number, but for the name and address of the owner, users must pay. For landline numbers, the address and name of the owner are listed. For full results on a cell phone, users can pay $9.95 or join freephonetracer.com for an annual fee of $29.95.

4) Anywho.com

Anywho.com is not the site to use to look up information on cellular phones. However, the site gives accurate and reliable information for landline and business phone numbers. For landlines, the site is free and provides the name and address of the phone number owner. Unfortunately, this site is slightly less user friendly than others and feels a bit disorganized.

5) 411.com

411.com is extremely easy to use. However, it isn’t free if you want detailed information on cell phones. For landlines, the site is very similiar to most other reverse phone lookup sites and provides the name and address of the phone number owner.

Twitter launched “follow” button

Twitter launched the “follow” button earlier today, it now enables users to subscribe to the twitter feeds of actors, individuals, companies, blogs, etc.. straight from their websites with a simple click.

The way it worked before was by publishers redirecting users straight to their twitter accounts, from there the users would have to click “follow” and then if they wanted, the user would have to go back to the previous website. Overall, this wasn’t very practical for web designers. Now, website publishers can simply add the twitter button to their site and increase the number of “follow us” without having to redirect their viewers to the twitter website.

But don’t worry there wont be any “accidental” follows form your end, when you click the button a small window appears so you can preview the profile before you follow them. We have a button at the bottom right of our red status bar. Check it out, click on the twitter and see what we’re talking about. A new window opens up and from there you can see if you want to follow us, or just randomly visit our site to check for new news.

If you want to add your very own Twitter button, click here.

Key Pattern analysis software times your typing for added password protection

Some times your password is not enough to keep your computers protected, your roomates may be able to figure out just what you are thinking, or they may find that piece of paper that says “passwords!” and when that happens, your accounts are compromised. However, key pattern analysis or KPA for short, solves that problem by timing your typing. American University of Beirut was able to develop a program that protects your log-in passwords using a key pressing timing that is unique to you.

When you type a password, it takes you a specific amount of time and it usually hardly ever changes, primarily because you are used to typing your password on the regular basis. For example, lets say that you type “Doggone” as your password, that may take you 2 seconds, while it may take me 3 or 4 seconds to throw it out there. So not do the “hacker(s)” have to figure out your password, then they have to figure out how fast you typed it in.

The initial set up is the creation of your unique profile, you enter your password a few times while the code tracks the speed and timing of your keystrokes. The software then associates your speed with your password and tracks the speed timing between your strokes,

KPA is a great little addition to the password security, only problem is, what happens when you break your fingers? or if you can’t type as fast as normal? or if you are in a hurry and need to get into your account asap? I guess for that you will need some sort of facial recognition like the iPhone App.

Via: Engadget and Gizmag