Blog.Logitech | Making Small-Group Audio and Video Meetings Easy and Affordable

Your boss just challenged you to solve a tough problem by the end of the day, and you need to call a quick meeting between colleagues in three different locations, including two in your own office. A face-to-face meeting would help you collaborate quickly, but unfortunately all the video conference rooms are booked. There’s a webcam plugged into your PC, but it’s not really a great experience when three people huddle around your laptop. So what do you do? Read more…

A “real” user proves Windows 8 fails on the desktop | Geek.com

I’ve just finished watching the video for geek.com’s post of blogger Chris Pirillo’s dad and I have to say. I installed the developer release of Windows 8 and it appears that nothing has changed in Microsoft’s development plan for this iteration or their iconic OS. I echo the call of Pirillo’s dad when he says “Are they trying to drive me to a Mac!” Check out the video at geek.com.

With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft is attempting to change the way we interact with its operating system by introducing the Metro interface. The problem is, they aren’t just stopping at pasting a touch-friendly experience over the top of the more familiar Windows desktop. Microsoft has also broken the classic desktop experience in the process.The main issue? By default the Start button has disappeared. Anyone using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview check out our 5 days with Windows 8 feature is either figuring out how to work around that, or Googling to find out how to re-enable it.The thing Microsoft seem to be overlooking is the fact they already dominate in the OS market. That’s a great position to be in, but also comes with a few must-haves whenever a new version of said OS is launched. Top of that list is familiarity.Microsoft has introduced Metro because of the growing popularity of devices with a touch interface. However, that doesn’t mean millions of users will stop using PCs and laptops that don’t feature touch interaction. And yet, the classic desktop has lost the one feature everyone knows is the interaction start point: the Start button.The video above proves this. The person sitting at the computer is Chris Pirillo’s dad. Pirillo is well known for being the founder of Lockergnome. He decided to film his dad using Windows 8 for the first time to demonstrate to Microsoft the issue, and it clearly shows an existing Windows user struggling to do anything. He isn’t a power user, but neither are the majority of Windows 7/Vista/XP users.The message this video clearly sends is that Microsoft is at risk of alienating their existing user base due to a lack of familiarity. The good news is, they can easily solve the problem by reintroducing the Start button and adding a few more hints about how to switch between classic and Metro views. But will they?

via A “real” user proves Windows 8 fails on the desktop | Geek.com.

Linux turn OFF password expiration / aging

I’ve spent a bit of time setting and resetting passwords. The following article from nixcraft shows us how to  set this to custom settings.

/etc/shadow stores actual password in encrypted format for user’s account with additional properties related to user password.

The password expiration information for a user is contained in the last 6 fields. Password expiration for a select user can be disabled by editing the /etc/shadow file

However I recommend using chage command. The chage command changes the number of days between password changes and the date of the last password change. This information is used by the system to determine when a user must change his/her password.

To list current aging type chage command as follows:

# chage -l username

Output:

Last password change : May 22, 2007

Password expires : never

Password inactive : never

Account expires : never

Minimum number of days between password change : 0

Maximum number of days between password change : 99999

Number of days of warning before password expires : 7

To disable password aging / expiration for user foo, type command as follows and set:

Minimum Password Age to 0

Maximum Password Age to 99999

Password Inactive to -1

Account Expiration Date to -1

Interactive mode command:

# chage username

OR

# chage -I -1 -m 0 -M 99999 -E -1 username

via Linux turn OFF password expiration / aging.

Search YouTube Videos Without A Browser With Desktube TV

So, I have been searching though the Make Use Of articles and I’ve found another beauty. I enjoy searching through youtube for classic vids but I also like to have a few browser windows open. In Firefox this can get a little painful as the memory footprint goes up with every new tab. A good way to combat this is to not open another tab. Open Desktube!

With all of the things that I do in my browser, the last thing I need is to open yet another tab in an already busy and cluttered browser session. When it comes to YouTube, I personally use the popular video service for four or five different purposes, including embedding interesting video content into my blog, researching information and sometimes just to sit back and watch random and entertaining videos.

To do this, I usually just open up yet another tab in my browser and start doing a YouTube search. However, it would be really useful to have a desktop app to just search YouTube and access everything from the site that I could access from my own YouTube account. Back in 2006, Aibek actually reviewed an app like this called FireAnt, but this and other apps we’ve covered at MUO are mostly intended to download YouTube videos to the local computer.

There are lots of cool desktop video programs out there, such as Hulu Desktop which Stefan covered. But since I spend most of my time pouring through YouTube for cool content, I was really excited to discover Desktube.TV, which is exclusive to only YouTube videos.

via Search YouTube Videos Without A Browser With Desktube TV.

Help protect your system with HostsFile.org

I have three little kids (6, 4 and 2 years) and they’re becoming very tech savvy. Two have Nintentdo DS’s and they all play the original XBOX, the XBOX 360 and the Wii. They are also eager internet users and although I can filter the games and activities on the game consoles quite easily, keeping control of the wild nature of the net is a far more difficult task. I therefore need to have a few tools in my arsenal to keep my kids innocence in tact and ensure that they’re only leaning how to cook master chef style and enjoying some time with Jay and Justine on Play School. That’s where HostsFile.org comes in.

So you think your computer is secure? Think again! Let us tell you why it is not.

The Internet is full of places you don’t want your computer wandering into. Sites that install spyware, adware, viruses, mass-mailers, and worse. Many of these bad sites are well-known to Internet security researchers. Nothing on your computer should be allowed to connect to these known bad sites. Other sites are more of an annoyance. These are sites that slow your web browser down with advertisements or try to track everywhere you go on the web. Then there are hate, gambling, pornography and other “adult” sites. You might think these types of sites are fine if you’re an adult, but these sites are often used as launching platforms for programs that are aimed at taking control of your computer.

Unfortunately, your computer will go anywhere it’s told. Every time you do an innocent web search, you risk going to a new web page that will tell your computer to go to a half-dozen other web sites to get images, scripts, style sheets, cookies, movies, or controls. Maybe the site you originally went to is okay, but what about the other half-dozen your computer just went to without your knowledge?

You need a leash for your computer! Your existing anti-virus and anti-spyware software will have a much better chance of handling threats if yoiu can stop your computer from automatically wandering into the high-risk areas of the Internet.

via HostsFile.org.

So as you can see a quick change to your hosts file will allow you to block parts of the net that you not only don’t want you kids getting into but also things that you don’t want your computer getting into. With help on how to setup, HostsFile.org is a good start to keeping your system clean.

Toby

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