GeekSpeak for 2009-05-02

Viruses and a Fast "Camera"

Ben, Al and Lyle are joined by Alex Sleeis to get an update on Conficker that nasty computer virus. We also chat about some news of the week and take calls.

Viruses Could Power Devices

A computer virus won’t help your laptop work — but a biological virus could. Tweaking their genes just so could engineer viruses for making the rechargeable lithium ion batteries that power devices such as laptops, iPods and cell phones, researchers report online April 2 in Science.

Conflicker infected critical hospital equipment

Conficker infected critical hospital equipment, expert says
by Elinor Mills

Updated 7:50 a.m. PDT April 24 to specify that the infection was in the U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO—The Conficker worm infected several hundred machines and critical medical equipment in an undisclosed number of U.S. hospitals recently, a security expert said on Thursday in a panel at the RSA security conference.

Little Snitch

Protect your privacy

As soon as you’re connected to the Internet, applications can potentially send whatever information they want to wherever they want.

Sometimes they do this for good reason, on your explicit request. But often they don’t. Little Snitch allows you to intercept these unwanted connection attempts, and lets you decide how to proceed.

World’s First Color E-Paper Mobile Terminal FLEPia

E-Paper Mobile Terminal FLEPia

- Displays up to 260,000 colors; features Bluetooth and high-speed wireless LAN; thin and lightweight -

cell projector phone

This currently Korea-only projector cellphone peeped up its head at CES, and now our friends at PopSci had a chance to play with the Show and its 10-lumen built-in DLP projector.

Spreadtweet

Welcome to Spreadtweet.

It’s Twitter, disguised as a spreadsheet.
Choose between Office OSX, Office 2003 (Windows), and Office 2007 (Windows).

The World's Fastest Camera

Their camera’s “shutter speed” is just a half a billionth of a second, and it can capture over six million images in a second continuously. More [here| http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090429/full/news.2009.412.html]

Star Trek TOS used for Face Mining Technology

What a fantastic set of data to mine!

Tape dispenser doubles up as a 4-port USB hub

A tape dispenser has been added with high-tech elements. It’s been equipped with 4 USB ports which allow the user to connect up to 4 USB gadgets.

This is definitely a great idea. A convergence of a USB 2.0 hub and the self-adhesive tape Dispenser in one! For only $22, you can get it from USBFever.


! Conficker

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! Windows Virus

The Geeks recommend [Free AVG|http://free.avg.com] for virus checking and removal.