Network Walkman

According to a CNET report, Sony Electronics will soon begin selling two hard-drive music players this fall which, combined with its new Connect music download service, will hopefully introduce fresh competition to the media devices market.

The devices will apparently use Sony’s ATRAC3 music format but will also have the added advantage of being able to play MP3, WAV and WMA audio formats.

(X,Y,Z) with WiFi

GPS too expensive to use? Ready to do more with your WiFi card? Apparently, a free software application from Place Lab can help provide accuracy to within 20 to 30 metres.

Read the article at the New Scientist

Search Engine Wars

Microsoft’s long awaited relaunch of the MSN Search Site appears to be slowly taking shape. Yesterday, the MSN Search site began sporting a new interface mimicking the simple Google style approach. However, the search results continue to be driven by Overture.

Browser Helper Objects

Why should you be concerned of Browser Helper Objects (BHOs)? A Browser Helper Object, or BHO, is just a small program that runs automatically every time you start your Internet browser. Usually, a BHO is installed on your system by another software program. (Source: BHODemon 1.0)

A recent incident covered by SANS indicates that certain BHOs are designed to be malicious in nature and are even capable of logging keystrokes when a user visits a site of choice (e.g. financial sites).

With the increasing amount of spyware, we now have to ensure that the BHOs are beneficial. For example, the popular Google toolbar is often considered to be a helpful BHO.

With Windows XP Service Pack 2, you can now easily view the various BHOs that are installed with or without your permission. However, if you’re looking for a tool that will ease the identification of BHOs in other operating systems, check out BHODemon 1.0.

Download BHODemon 1.0

Konfabulator

Konfabulator is a great tool to play with if you have a Mac running OS X 10.2 or higher. Sadly, the only reason I heard about it now is because Apple is creating quite a rutcuss on the new dashboard that they’re set to release in OS X 10.4 (Tiger).

Either way, in my opinion Apple’s immitation of the original product, should only be considered a form of praise to the developers of Konfabulator.

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