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We’re back again, With a new attitude!

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I am way too excited over this, it’s been almost 3 months I haven’t blogged here and the blog was down for some technical errors since we have moved it to it’s new home on the new dedicated server… But who cares? Right?

Well, I am back with a new attitude towards this blog, you may notice some changes here (Like the design and so on) but the main change is in the way I write and communicate with everyone.

Also, the office is gone, we may get a new one again by the winter time, but for now, I am blogging on the road (through my G1 phone), at the coffee shop (Gotta love net-books in Starbucks) and even from my bed!

I got involved in 3 big projects through the 3 months non-active here, 2 of them are done and the third one is going extremely strong, I am even more excited about the last project, that I can not wait (as I should) to share it with you, however I will only share hints until the project is ready to go into the lights, so for the next 15 days I’ll refer to it with the codename: Project W.

The first hint about Project W is that it has something to do with Blogger.com or WordPress.com but much much bigger than both combined!

Also, for those of you wondering about the school at ‘Wahol’ it is my absolute pleasure to announce that we have completed the beta period (Although it took us 2 extra weeks than what we have scheduled earlier) but it was a 100% success, well we only had 79 of the 100 initial members that actually completed the course all the way to the end.

The doors will be open again within the next 4 weeks, so just keep an eye out and you will get more details before you know it ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, starting tomorrow, I will start a 2 weeks series of a (While I was gone) articles that I have wrote within the last 3 months and saved for later viewing, it’s mainly of what’s going on Online and some videos as well (About 20 short and sweet articles all together) and I hope you will like it.

To make sure you will not miss any update, just signup to get this blog by email (Link on top right corner) or get the RSS feed (We have a whole new server along with the power of feedburner) so please do signup for it (Like also on top right corner).

The one thing that I have to say, is how much I have missed everyone, although I have been very active on Facebook and Twitter, but I have missed you guys the most ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time (Hopefully in less than 3 months!) ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers!

Use polls to make decisions

Almost 3 months ago I posted a message on every online profile that I have, stating that I will not shave my head nor my facial hair until the day before my Birthday on April 25th.
Without going into further details, I decided to change that statement.
And to help me make my decision, I created a poll to share with all of my friends and contacts, because I believe that sharing is giving.

Using polls will help you decide and make a lot of decisions no matter what you’re asking. In the example below I put almost every possible option a man could have for shaving. And I put a deadline for voting at 2 PM EST today, and I will obey the majority of votes that I will get by 2 PM.
 


 

Twtpoll.com is a new startup application from a new startup company called Twtapps. The company has a lot of cool applications to share with or without your Twitter account.

The way it works is very simple: Create the question, create the options, and submit. Then share the link on your Facebook profile or on your Twitter page.
You will have the option to embed the question or the results in your website or blog. That’s all.

Create your question at Twtpoll.com and share it with your friends

Another thing I should mention is “WpPolls” which is a WordPress free plugin to create polls on your WP blog. Easy to install and easy to use.

Bottom line is that you will get an answer or make your decision if you only ask and share. I would love to participate in your questions, so go ahead, create a poll anywhere and share it with us, send it to me on twitter, facebook or comment below and I will participate ๐Ÿ™‚

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A new worm infecting over 9 million PCs

Note: This post was origanly posted on the Yahoo blog by Christopher Null. Christopher is one of my all time favorite tech blogger.
As my efforts continue to fight spam/junk/viruses as in this post, here is the exact post by Christopher from this link
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Judging from the complaints and questions filling my inbox, Windows security looks like it’s already on track for its worst year this decade. The latest attack is a worm called Downandup, Downadup, Kido!, or Conficker (all the same thing), and it primarily seems to be being delivered via infected USB drives.

How’s it work? By tricking you into running the virus by modifying the way “autorun” works when you plug in a drive. Look closely at the screenshot above and you’ll see two entries for “Open folder to view files.” The one at the top is a phony entry that actually installs the virus on your machine… but of course it’s the default selection that pops up when you plug in a drive. Once installed, the virus spreads like crazy via a separate flaw in Windows networking system (now patched, so be sure to run Windows Update if you haven’t lately) and can quickly infect a whole office. F-Secure has more analysis on the clever way it tricks you into installing the malware yourself.

How bad has it gotten? Estimates range from 3.5 million infected in the first four days after it bean spreading to 9 million impacted… and gettng worse. By now I figure the numbers could top 15 or 20 million.

From an antivirus standpoint, fixing Downandup isn’t easy. The worm is particularly problematic because of the tricky way it involves the user in installing the software, bypassing auto-installation safeguards, plus its sophisticated way of avoiding detection, as it morphs its code constantly (using randomized elements) to make traditional, signature-based detection almost impossible.

Your best strategy for avoiding Downandup? Turn off AutoPlay/AutoRun on your computer (with Windows XP, TweakUI is the easiest way to do it). If you do see an AutoPlay dialog box like the one above, just close it and eject the disc or thumbdrive; browsing the drive manually for individual files should keep you uninfected, but you’re best off not using the drive at all. And of course, make sure your system is fully patched via Windows Update.

What if you already have Downandup infecting your machine? Try your standard antivirus utility as a fix. If that doesn’t work, F-Secure has a removal tool that should get rid of it. Good luck out there.

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