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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Thank You, Everyone

I would like to thank each and everyone who has taken an interest in my blog.

Through this blog, I seem to have helped out some people with their problems with spam and just curiosity. But through it all, I've also been able to solve some of my own problems.

My fake Amazon spam e-mails have stopped, fake YouTube spam e-mails have stopped, and much much more has been solved through the help of this blog. In the beginning, most of my information that I shared on this blog was purely my knowledge and experience but over time, I've found problems that I had no solutions for which required me to search for solutions to the problems and in doing so, I passed down my newly found knowledge onto you guys.

One of the great features of having a Blogger blog is that it allows me to see who is viewing my blog, where they are, what search/website sent them here, and much more valuable information. Most of the people that come to my blog are people that come in search of solutions and information and it makes me glad knowing that I'm contributing to the positive side out there and helping people out with their problems and in the process, stopping scammers from harassing people.

So, I wanted to say thank you to my regulars, if any exist, and thank you to all who have viewed my blog. I pay a small fee for this website every year and don't make any money from it but it's nice to know that people are actually reading and may be listening to what I'm saying. This has been something great for my life in my spare time too. I hope that this website grows and we can have some regulars soon.

If you are a regular, don't be shy! Feel free to post comments to the pages! I want to hear your feedback.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Why Macs "Don't" Get Viruses

Apple used to have tons of ads claiming that Macs "never", or "rarely", receive viruses than PCs do. But many people may wonder why that is. Apple is implying with these commercials that their software is superior and made to withstand viruses which is not the case. Experts and those knowledgeable with computers understand why this really is.

Microsoft has had the majority of the computer industry for decades. Offices, schools, homes, and many more places have PCs and have had more PCs than any other personal computer out there including Apple's Macintosh computers. With that said, scammers have a choice of which computer to attack. They can either create exploits that will attack Macintosh computers, Linux computers, or Windows computers. Since the majority of users use Windows, scammers make software to target computers running Windows. In the last couple of years, Apple has been growing in the marketplace and taking over some of Microsoft's business from Microsoft. More people own Apple computers at home, workplaces are starting to use them more, schools are creating computer labs with Macs in them, and so on and so forth. Now Macs are beginning to see more viruses than previously and it's because more people are going to Mac. Since a majority of the users are heading in that direction, scammers see their opportunity.

A large percentage of the population is fairly computer illiterate or does not fully understand or know about all of the computer attacks. This makes them more vulnerable. Often times, a user will visit a webpage, then click back thinking that they avoided the attack on their computer. The attack already happened and a piece of software has been planted into their computer that was not seen by their anti-virus software. A few days or hours later, a window pops up saying that the computer is infected. The window looks legit, kind of like this one...
Photo courtesy of http://tekbytes.blogspot.com/2010/06/how-to-detect-and-avoid-fake-antivirus.html


The window looks very much like a typical Windows XP window, doesn't it? For a while, windows like this would pop up, and the best way to tell whether or not they were legit was because they didn't match the color scheme of Windows Vista computers, so users would have a better feeling that this was fake. Then when people began moving onto Windows Vista and Windows 7, the windows began looking more like how Windows Vista and 7 windows typically look to fool users. However, users on Windows XP would now be able to tell that this was fake because it wouldn't match their color scheme.

In a nutshell, it's not that Macs don't get viruses, it's that they get less viruses than Windows computers do. Linux is the same way, however, most Linux users will tell you that Linux is a much safe operating system than Windows or Mac are. This is due to how Linux has been built. It's parent, Unix, is even more safer to use than Windows, Mac, and Linux in terms of viruses. The downside is that Unix and Linux cannot run all of the programs that most users would like to run on their personal computers and too complex for other users.

Anyway, that's why Macs don't get viruses. As more people begin heading to Macintosh in the next couple of years, notice how many more Macs will get viruses. Apple attacks PC problems such as the infamous Blue Screen of Death, however, Mac has its own problems too.

In conclusion, don't head over to Mac thinking that you are going to be 100% safe. You will be safer especially if you use good judgement, but you won't be free from scammers' attacks, harmful infections, and software malfunctions.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Minecraft 360 Edition is Getting Creative Mode!

4J Studios confirmed what every Minecraft 360 fan has been waiting for...creative mode!!!

For those unaware, creative mode allows players to have many different capabilities than allowed in regular version. Creative mode is best used for creating maps with lava, diamonds, etc. where YOU want it. This is, at least, what the PC version's creative mode has and what we are hoping 360's creative mode will have.

4J Studios confirmed that this mode would be added in the upcoming, anticipated 1.8.2 version of Minecraft. Bad news is that there is no official release date for 1.8.2 and it may be a while considering how long it took to get 1.8.1.

I'm, admittedly, more of a console gamer than PC due to the high costs of PC's so I've only been able to play Minecraft on Xbox 360 but I understand what it's like to play on PC from videos on YouTube.

This is great news for us! Many of us were disappointed when we bought the game and found that there was no creative mode.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Upcoming Vita Games

These are some upcoming games for the PlayStation Vita.

Most of the gaming that this blog has covered has been about the PS Vita, so it's safe to say that this is information that most readers of this blog may find interesting. These are dates as of today's date which is July 9th, 2012 at 6:13 pm Pacific Standard Time.


My source is classified. No, not really :) My source comes from a local Gamestop store. Apparently, this information is freely given out so that you can take it home. You can visit any Gamestop location to view upcoming dates on any of your favorite systems in a large booklet that most, if not all, carry on their cashier's counter. The employee today must have been really wanting me to pre-order something new for my Vita as I bought Resistance: Burning Skies for my console today.

If you can't see the picture, click on it for a better view. If you still can't see the picture, right-click on the image and select "View Image", then use the "Ctrl" button + the "+/=" button near your "Backspace" button to zoom in. Clicking the button to the left of it, the "-/_" button, plus the "Ctrl" button again will zoom out of the picture.

If for some reason you still can't read the upcoming titles, or to just grab some viewers looking for release dates on Google ;) Here's a complete list copied, by hand, below. First is the release date, then comes the game's name that is being released on said day. Other information like Price, SKU, and other information is on the sheet but less important to most readers.
10/30/12 Assassin's Creed 3 Liberation
01/01/13 Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified
09/18/12 FIFA Soccer 13
10/30/12 LEGO Lord of the Rings
01/01/13 Little Big Planet
08/28/12 Madden NFL 2013
10/30/12 Need for Speed: Most Want (ADMIN'S NOTE: Curious if this is "Wanted" or if it's "Want"; the list simply says "Want" but I wonder if it's a mistake, there wasn't enough room for the end, or if this is the game's actual name)
10/30/12 Persona 4 Golden
01/01/13 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
09/12/12 Ragnarok Odyssey
10/01/12 Silent Hill: BookofMemories
01/01/13 Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
10/23/12 Smart As
03/31/13 Soul Sacrifice
10/30/12 Spy Hunter
01/01/13 Street Fighter x Tekken
10/23/12 Super Monkey Ball: BanSplitz
01/01/13 Warrior's Lair
10/24/12 Zero's Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
All proper credits go to Gamestop for creating this list and freely distributing the list. All proper credits go to the game's respective owners and various production companies. A thanks goes out to the companies and Gamestop for this information.
Some parts of the list had pieces that I did not add that seemed to be extras or indicated special versions of the game such as "Assassin's Creed 3 LiberationSD10/30" was the actual name listed on the paper with "SD10/30" indicating something, but I am almost certain that this will not be part of the game's final name.

Which game(s) are you most excited for? Have you pre-ordered any? Do you intend to pre-order any?

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Amazon's New Phone

Amazon has done considerably well with their Kindle line running a watered down version of Google's Android OS made mostly for reading books according to MSNBC.

A while ago, Amazon began competing with Google on their own system by providing their own app store for Android devices. The thing that boosted Amazon's version near the hype of the Google Play Store (formerly Android Market) was that Amazon offers a paid app for free every day to its users. Amazon went on to create their tablet, the Kindle, which has had much success among consumers.

Now, Amazon is looking to create a phone which is said to also run Android. Amazon is teaming up with Foxconn, a Chinese company, that works with Apple to design products. However, Amazon is said to work with TMS to actually manufacture the phones.

Some aren't too happy with the move saying that Amazon should stick to what they are good at. I have to agree. Amazon is having success with the Kindle mostly because it is great for reading eBooks. But a phone would not be the same size as the Kindle which would eliminate the same want for the device to read on for many consumers. If the phone is the same size as the Kindle or larger, it wouldn't do well at selling because it's supposed to be a phone that people can carry everywhere. What Amazon will have to do is innovate in another way. They should find a way to make their device different from the rest of the other devices on the market. Working with Foxconn may just be what they need as Foxconn may be able to find an area for Amazon's phone to be different from every other phone available.

I was never impressed with the Kindle, so I do have a bit of bias. I never liked the device's custom OS, it didn't have what other tablets had and it was more for active readers which I, admittedly, am not.

But we shall see with the new phone. I remain optimistic until the final device is shown.

What are your thoughts on this? One of the people that commented on the MSNBC article had an interesting thing to say regarding companies moving out of their normal space like Wal-Mart having a phone company. What do you guys think of Amazon's move? Should they stick to what they do best?

Friday, July 6, 2012

July 9th, Did You Lose Internet Connectivity?

On July 9th, 2012, thousands of Americans may lose connectivity to the network. I discussed this about a month ago, if anyone remembers on this blog post.

To recap, the FBI confiscated a bunch of servers from scammers that had stolen a group of DNSes from American computers. Rather than fixing the problem, the FBI continued to let these computers connect to the servers up until this Monday on July 9th, 2012 when they will hut down the servers and your computer might lose access to the web.

Unfortunately, as I stated before, I still am not exactly sure about DNS and everything in between. The best solution that I can give you is to contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) which might be Verizon, Time Warner's Roadrunner, Comcast, or another company and ask them for help in reconnecting to the web. Their customer support should be able to get you back on your feet.

More than likely, I'd say that new computers should not have to worry about this. Of course, if your computer has lost access to the web, you probably can't even view this page.

Best of luck to you from all of us at WIFLI. Any additional information on this would be appreciated so that others can return to their lives. Feel free to leave that information in the comments' section.
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