Mobile Security is it Needed?

This the question that BBC click asked this week, and for my really geeky mannerisms computer security intrigues me.

Along with the fact that I have only just recently decided to stick with one security software provider through the good, bad and the ugly. BBC click brought up the fact that we now spend more and more time on mobile devices and the operating systems are getting more powerful with these trends it is only a matter of time before hackers target these devices and they already have with the Google Android and symbian operating systems.

As I started looking around at the solutions for my own phone HTC Hero (Google Android) I really liked the features these software offered from just scanning your phone for rogue applications to also being able to remotely wipe the phone and locate it if its stolen.  All great features but the question became is this security needed?  As its become the normal to have it on a Windows operating system for everyone.

The answer I came to was that it depends on your situation and what you actually using your phone for, for example I only use a handful of applications and all are well known. Not only that I only have my contacts which are sensitive information on my phone in which I would just change my Google and Facebook passwords.

That being said if I was using my mobile device for a company dealing with other sensitive information there would be a need.

So do we need it?

My answer would be not for everyday use, however the security industry needs to be proactive for when there will be a need for it.  As that day will come

The Veteran Review

Well it has to be said I didn’t know anything about this film going into it so it shouldn’t of been difficult to impress because there was no expectations but I was disappointed.  That being said though the film does have its merits and often wonder if it was better off done as some documentary into young gangs in London.

The film starts off with an ex Para called Miller and he is finding it hard to fit back into to civilian life.  Where he finds there isn’t really a need for his skill set in the world he’s been forced into which is normality.  The problem with him though is that he was so good an ex colleague in the Afghan tour meets up with him and says his brother can hook him up with some work.  After a couple of meetings he goes on a surveillance mission in the attempt to help the war effort by stopping arms smuggling into the country, which also pulls on him as he can see what its doing to his estate where he lives.

After that he starts to fall for the target and wants to save her only to find the group he has been working for is just as dodgy as the rest and are out to screw him over, they take the girl and kill her or so that is implied and then he goes on a spree to find her only to lead back to a very suspect ending.

I think that this film is quite well done was it any good though, I am not to convinced I was glad I went on cheap Tuesday’s to see it as it definitely wasn’t a blockbuster.

Professions in World of Warcraft

There are loads of guides out there that suggest that one profession is the better one and how to level them to their most efficient but on my latest venture into the the World of Warcraft something dawned on me.  That one person can have his or her views on professions and they might right for their server at that moment in time.

The beauty of World of Warcraft even though it is a fantasy game it is actually quite close to real life in some respects as it economy in this instance  does change according to the market and its demands.  For example my Warrior Tankstueey I decided to try glyph making and do inscription because we’ve all been there gone to get a glyph and its been like 200g.  Now think of the profit in that I thought to myself, however the glyph market is so up and down as it is something that needs people to start new characters or have new players come into the game.

I have seen in my recent trading of glyphs go from 200g although the way down to 3g hardly covering my costs in some cases where I have been lazy and bought the materials.  The only sure firer way to be successful in my opinion when it comes to making money with professions is to have two gathering professions as people will always need those items to make other stuff.

Don’t get too bogged down in making money as it is only a small part of the game. 

Low Level Warrior Tanking

Now this isn’t a very good start to the new time management however my new idea is a serious of articles to help you out with low level stuff in World of Warcraft because if your like me you will sit there when struggling with a certain part of the game you turn to Google. I have found however it being really useful that there are not many guides for low level you sit there wondering ok they are the moves you use at 80 to 85 but I don’t have them yet.  With that in mind I will aim to sum up everything you need for a new character in a new role.

Like any World of Warcraft character talent trees are important and by the time you are able to enter dungeons where you are going to be tanking for the first time you will have access to this feature of the game. The main thing here is getting the right tree, and as a Warrior Tank you will want to choose protection, and to be honest since the release of the Catalysm its not difficult to work out which tree you want because there are little icons to tell you what tree is specialised to what role.  The next job is where to allocate your points and the truth is, its whatever you think you character needs.  However I have found WOW Popular very useful as it shows the most popular talents,glyphs and gear for a character of whatever type.

So here is the Warrior Protection most popular page however I will point out that the first talent I’d make sure was full would be blood and thunder as this make sure that your rend will be spread with your thunderclap.

Rotation, now I must say that this is quite difficult because out of all the tanks the Warrior has the most diverse moves, however I have found that once you have charge on all stances of which you should be in Defensive whenever tanking. You are looking at charge, rend, thunderclap, then maybe shield slam followed by Heroic Strike.  After that you want to hit thunderclap again as it will refresh the rend and go along that pattern until you learn cleeve and then that will fit in between thunderclap and shield slam.

As for gear you are looking for anything with high amounts of strength and stamina as a Warrior tank holds threat by the amount of physical damage it does.

A little tip though is don’t be too disheartened when you loose aggro because it might not actually be your fault especially at lower levels as I have found when you have melee dps, e.g. paladins, druids and warriors.  Some times they have the wrong trinkets or buffs using and its not really your fault at all, if you find this happening just try your best to hold as much as you can and if all else fails keep your healer out of harms way.

P.S. At the moment anyway Tanks are needed a lot more then any other role so if people are on your back you can leave and they will have to wait longer for another run than you will.  Also remember its only a game so so what if you get wiped out especially when your only just learning the role.  Just remember to have fun.

Also feel free to comment and let me know your findings as I am no way an expert.

Where have I been?

Well the truth is I have been taken over by World of Warcraft again and still haven’t quite got the hang of my time management.  With that being said it has given me some ideas on new material for the blog and plan on sorting out my time in order to produce regular content once more. 

I thought I would post this update and hope to have everything in place ready for Monday so hope to see you soon.

The Murder Exchange by Simon Kernick

One word amazing, I am not going to pretend I am a huge book worm because I am not.  In fact I would go so far to say I probably hate reading and my range of books tend to be autobiographies but I just couldn’t put this book down.

The story is about a guy that does a job that goes badly wrong and you see both sides, being the law and the criminal world trying to solve the same crime.  The style in which the book is written it gives almost a diary account of the day for both sides and you soon get to grips with how everything is interlocked but without giving away anything. 

I felt that it moved at the right pace even to keep me entertained and wanting to read more, no matter where you stop in the book you just compelled to carry on reading wanting to know what happens next. 

Would it be a recommended read?  Hell yes.  Why isn’t the review very good?  Because I have left it a bit late to post this review.  Will I be getting another of Simon Kernick’s books? Yes its already in progress

I give this book 10/10 it is a must read.

Why fix something if it isn’t Broke?

Something that I have always wondered is why on earth do I fiddle with computers so much?  Now I don’t presume to be an expert with them however it is what I did my degree in, and I do consider myself bordering on expert to advance user.  This meaning that I can find my away a PC and also do the odd bit of programming.

When I was sat reflecting on my latest move to Linux and now using Windows 7 that was causing me problems, I slowly realised that maybe I was putting my beloved machine through so much when there was actually no need for it.  Yes we all know now that Windows XP is out of date, but I slow came around to the idea that ok my machine had been upgraded over the years but XP was the operating system that it was built for so why was I trying to force the latest operating systems on?

This question actually made me think it was only because I wanted the latest and greatest software which meant needing a new operating system in the long run.  Part of me thought about what I actually use my PC for now and the more I thought about it the more I realised I didn’t need to upgrade.  So with that I considered my options and remembered I had my original hard drive sat in a box and got it out, and cloned it, like I had done 3 years previous when I upgraded to a bigger hard drive.  Back on Windows XP Media Center what the PC was built to handle.

Going down memory lane at this point looking at the files that were left on the hard drive and realising that when this Hard Drive was removed I was using the PC as my TV.  Since I have got myself a HD TV with a VGA input so I have been watching the TV through that, however as I fiddled with the PC I decided lets go back to 3 or 4 years ago and popped the aerial in to the TV Tuner card on the PC and updated everything.

I was up and running now just needed to sort out my security and I was away, an out of date version of Norton was running on it, now I had been using Kaspersky Pure on the machine with Windows 7 but I must admit I found it a bit of a drag on my system then but I thought no I’ll give it ago.  2 hours later is off replaced with a trial of Norton Internet Security 2011 and straight away I had my computer back running full speed.

Realising ok now I am sat at my PC with everything on I actually need and it hasn’t really changed since, 3 to 4 years ago why did I ever bother changing everything?  The answer is because of the unknown something could possibly be better, but the truth is this searching around for something better isn’t necessarily the best thing.

Now just have to wait for World of Warcraft to download.

Faster Review

Something struck me when sitting down to write this review that all my movie reviews are all kind of the same with the same sort of outcome and unfortunately this one isn’t any different. 

The film starts with the Driver (Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock) in prison and it is his release day.  From the very beginning you get the impression that he is not someone to be messed with and has a mission in mind to complete.  Now this story reminded me of my current book I am reading where by both the criminal world and the Police are looking for the same person.  As a Hitman is after the Driver as well as the law after his first killing.  The Driver you find out in the early going has a list of people that he wants to kill but you don’t understand why he is specifically after the people that is after, as the Police further investigate the chain of killings the story soon unfolds and you are understanding why he is specifically going after the list.

Overall I liked this movie however, the storyline did miss a couple of twist and turns which would of made it that little bit better.  That being said I did think that the movie lived up to what was advertised and what was extra surprising all of us that went to watch this movie enjoyed it.  So overall I would give this movie 6/10 just because I felt they could do more with it however that poor score isn’t to say it wasn’t enjoyable and worth watching.

Maxthon complaint to Microsoft

On this rare occasion I am going to stick up for Microsoft here.  As part of an anti-trust court case with the European Union Microsoft was to produce something for the European Market that meant they would give users the choice of what browser they used, instead of using Windows to unfairly gain market share in the Browser Wars.

After loosing the court case Microsoft put in place something that would list the top 5 browsers that are used on the web, and would be reviewed every 6 months to make sure those stats were correct.  Then they also added a further 7 browsers as an option if you scrolled side ways. 

Now Maxthon is complaining that they hold a bigger market share than Safari for the Windows platform and that statistics aren’t right. In the fact that the ones that are being analysed are ones in which do not distinguish between the two different operating systems Mac and Windows.

Ok this is business and any help that one browser can get in order to get a bigger share of the market is understandable however I sat reading this laughing at the fact Microsoft are already giving them a helping hand by having Maxthon’s browser already on the ballet box.  I can’t see why you’d want to complain to much, ok your not on the first page but at the same time you are still on there getting your name out there to more people then you already would normal.

Source: Computer World

The Importance of Commenting on other Blogs

This is something that I really didn’t get if I’m honest for the first couple of years in blogging, because I was thinking to myself that blogging is just airing your views on something anyways so what use is it commenting on others blog?

One main reason for that view was the fact that majority of people that are really in to their blogging tend to use no follow, which means that search engines don’t follow links in comments thus making it so the search engine bot doesn’t move from their site to yours.  The no follow is good in some respects because the more links you have going from your site or blog means the less time the search engine has to stay on your site.  This also means that your not increasing your competitors rating so they end up going higher up in the search engine listings.  At this time of blogging if I’m honest I knew I was small time and thought I needed to some how increase my web presence using search engines, and maybe commenting wasn’t worth the time if they weren’t going to be followed links.

Second time around and fresh start in blogging I started to think what about comments there has to be something in the way everyone who’s anyone in blogging will tell you comments are important, so as I was producing content I was always thinking about comments, due to the fact blogging is fundamentally unless for news on a company or an actually news company opinion that maybe comments can be useful on other blogs. 

So I went over to Google and did a few blog searches about some of my reviews and a few other articles and left a few not many, but ones that I thought were valid points.  Putting my website address in as an attribute and then a direct link to the exact content relevant to the post.

What happened next was ok wasn’t really getting any following on links from search engines but people were visiting my site on the exact link I had posted, and luckily for me the author of that blog allowed my content link.  So if your serious about blogging and want to increase your presence on the net one of the most important thing and easiest to do is commenting.

So if your a blogger and have something relevant to any of my content please don’t hesitate to comment or any with a view for that matter.

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