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TV news an endangered species?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday December 31, 2008 )

Results from a survey published last week show that the Internet is taking an ever increasing slice of attention when it comes to news… and television news is being the hardest hit. (more…)


What is spear phishing?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday December 27, 2008 )

While the term has been around since at least 2006, I hadn’t heard it before and I guess that others haven’t either. So what is “spear phishing”? (more…)


IE users – get ready for critical update

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday December 16, 2008 )

Microsoft has announced an update for a critical flaw in Internet Explorer will be released 1PM Wednesday USA Eastern Time (early morning Thursday Australian time). (more…)


Internet filtering – Australians fight back

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday December 10, 2008 )

Australia’s Communications Minister has started blogging and his first post didn’t meet with much of a warm welcome. In fact, hundreds of Australians have blasted him about the government’s plans to censor the Internet through its ‘Clean Feed’ program. (more…)


Lycos who?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday December 2, 2008 )

Lycos Europe appears to be on the chopping block. I always get a twinge of nostalgia when these old online names crop up and it also gets me thinking on the definition of success in the online world. (more…)


Cyberchondria and online health info

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday November 30, 2008 )

I’m a little hesitant to dig too deep when researching health information on the web as a sniffle and a sore throat can wind up being ebola. (more…)


Print magazines going purely online

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday November 22, 2008 )

In the mid-90’s I used to salivate over the prospect of the next issue of my favourite tech magazines coming out with their bonus cd’s of software goodies, but I haven’t bought a magazine of any description now for at least 5 years; preferring to get my industry news online – it’s fresher and cheaper. (more…)


Digg for Google?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday November 21, 2008 )

I was logged into my Google account this afternoon and after running a search noticed a few icons next to all the results representing interesting new(?) features; one a “Digg” type voting function. (more…)


Host zapped, spam drops globally

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday November 15, 2008 )

It’s often said that relatively few parties are involved with the majority of the world’s spam – that is the spammers themselves and the hosting services who harbor them (where botnets aren’t involved). A US web host recently had its plug pulled for its alleged spam friendly practices – and the resulting drop in spam was dramatic. (more…)


Australian government to censor web

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday November 1, 2008 )

While Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are moving towards safeguarding online freedom of speech and privacy, the Australian government is preparing to block “undesirable” online content from reaching Australian users. (more…)