Saturday, February 26, 2005

Protecting your Computer ...

from Viruses, Spam and Other Garbage

You’re checking e-mail on your wireless home network. Or you’re at a neighborhood cafe, wirelessly surfing the Web on your laptop. And in both situations, you could be at risk.

A computer connected to a wireless network is particularly vulnerable to identity thieves, hackers, spyware, worms, and other Internet threats. Because a wireless network broadcasts data over public airwaves, nearby thieves and vandals can see what you’re doing on the Internet and intercept your data.

Here is today's Tip for securing your wireless access point of router from intruders:

Change the Default SSID on Wireless Access Points and Routers

Wi-Fi access points and routers ship with a pre-defined network name (SSID) set by the manufacturer.

The SSID can be accessed from within these products' Web-based or Windows-based configuration utilities. Common examples of pre-defined SSIDs are simple names like "wireless," "netgear," "linksys," or "default." An SSID can be changed at any time, as long as the change is also made on all wireless clients.

To improve the security of your home wireless network, change the SSID to a different name than the default. Here are some recommended do's and dont's, based on best network security practices:

  • Don't use your name, address, birthdate, or other personal information as part of the SSID.
  • Likewise, don't use any of your Windows or Internet Web site passwords.
  • Don't tempt would-be intruders by using tantalizing network names like "SEXY-BOX" or "TOP-SECRET".
  • Do pick an SSID that contains both letters and numbers
  • Do choose a name as long or nearly as long as the maximum length allowed.
  • Do consider changing your SSID every few months.

This is part 2 of the podcasting series.

Friday, February 25, 2005

This Side of the Web Podcast

Released my first Podcast, called This Side of the Web. You can check out my blog for the show and subscribe here.

This podcast is part of the John and Steve Show, a show created by my Brother-In-Law and me. I will release the show under my own name when the two of us don't have anything to post. This Side of the Web is primarily a news and information show with a slight spin on technology. The John and Steve Show is just two guys talking about technology, news, sports and whatever else we can think of.

Join in the fun get an aggregator and come on and listen in.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Close Window with a Javascript Form

Here's the classic script for a Close Window button.

<input name="button" type=button onClick="javascript:self.close();" value="Close Window">

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Podcasting articles for the past 7 days

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Anyone Know How To This??

Anyone know how to achieve this effect - check out the background on the page - if I have a photo to play with, do I add a blur? Zoom in on it? What do I do??

There are a lots ways to do this. Best thing for you to do is to start experimenting. Zoom in on your photo, blur it, colourize it, tint it, etc. Play with the live effects till you get something you like. Remember that you can turn the effects on and off and diff. combinations will give differant results.

The bottom rectangle was probably done on a new layer, a rectangle with a blue fill, then that layers transparency was turned down. Or a darker top rectangle was added, then the alpha was adjusted. Also, Play with the pen tools, shape tools etc. Keywords here - play, experiment, have fun!

Monday, February 21, 2005

Create a Self-Running PDF Slideshow

I found a new tutorial today - about creating & running PDF slideshows created with Photoshop & Elements, as well as the freeware Adobe Album SE

This particulartutorial focuses on the CS aspect, but there's a link to an Elements tutorial (for elements 2) and a way to burn to CD, autorun and distribute your slideshows.

The site tells us that there will be a similar tutorial for Album SE (the freeware edition) coming up later.

Link to the tutorial.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Javascript Forms and Buttons

Here's the oldie but goodie script for a Close Window button:

<input name="button" type=button onClick="javascript:self.close();" value="Close Window">

Wondering if I can replace the "javascript:self...." with some code to enable the script to open a new page when it's clicked?

If you'd want the button to open a new page in the same window, you can use the location.href method. I'm personally a fan of putting stuff like this in functions, rather than cramming all of the code into the input tag like this:

<script type="text/javascript">
function gothere(){

Then, you can use this for your button code:

<input type="button" onclick="gothere();" />