Did you know Mac OS X Yosemite is secretly stealing your keystrokes?

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You might think I’m aggrandizing a trivial issue or creating a sensational headline so I can drive traffic to my blog.  But to be honest with you – this isn’t about me or my blog.  It’s about you.  It’s about your friends and your family.

Don’t get me wrong, Mac OS X Yosemite is a beautiful operating system. The new, diaphanous, frosted window frames are lovely and the flat UI is svelte and sexy.  But beautiful comes at a cost and in this case Apple is furtively compromising your privacy.

Have you ever heard of a wild animal called the Slow Loris?  It is unequivocally one of the cutest animals on earth yet it is still capable of giving humans anaphylactic shock.

This is what Apple is doing with Yosemite.  The exterior is beautiful but the insides are deadly.

Let me show you what’s going on.

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How to disable autoplay in Windows 8.1

Dropbox autoload window

The first time Autoplay perks up and asks me what I want to do when I connect my USB drive or attach my smartphone, I’m cool.  It’s only when it keeps asking me that I start to become bilious.

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Give the Recycle Bin a makeover or get rid of it!

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The lowly Recycle Bin has been with Windows for ages but it’s time for a change…

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How to unsubscribe from unwanted emails

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According to a recent whitepaper compiled by Darya Gudkova and Nadezhda Demidova (PDF) from SecureList at Kaspersky, Spam traffic accounted for 68.6% of all email traffic from April through June.  This is up 2.2 percentage points from the previous quarter.  The report also shows that most SPAM is sourced from the US and sent out to other countries.

That’s embarrassing to admit… the US is culpable for spamming the world.  <shudder>

So SPAM is definitely an issue.  I wonder if anyone ever approximated the dollars being wasted by employee hours devoted to deleting spam?  How many annual work hours are eroded because employees spend time deleting Viagra ads, refinancing mortgage emails, fake emails with URGENT & CONFIDENTIAL in the subject and ghoulish gimmicks to protect your computer from viruses?

I don’t know… I really don’t – but one thing I do know:

Spam sucks and today we’re going to kick its ass.  Come with me.

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WSCC is the bomb

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If you’re an IT administrator or just a guy who wants to garner as much information as possible from your computer, then you need to grab the Windows System Control Center (WSCC) right now.

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