Posted in Social Networking

Logging on to Facebook causes employee to be fired

This is one of the most shocking pieces of news I’ve heard in the recent past. An employee of a Swiss insurance agency called in sick, and was later fired since she logged in to Facebook on her iPhone while at home. Something smells fishy here. Maybe the company was looking for an excuse to fire the employee. It’s also interesting that a co-worker alerted the company of the Facebook activity. So, it appears that it is perfectly acceptable for an employee to log on to Facebook from work, but not from home when sick? Ludicrous. I wonder what the…

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Kutcher has almost 2 million followers – 1,995,884 followers for Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) on Twitter ??

ashton kutcher (aplusk) on Twitter. Obviously this looks like a bug or someone just ran a megascript, but check this screenshot out (not doctored). Taken at 10:41 p.m. PDT Almost 2 million followers …

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Posted in Cell phones

Official Gmail Blog: A new mobile Gmail experience for iPhone and Android

Google recently announced a new look for the GMail client on the iPhone (and Android). The new interface is pretty intuitive, and pleasing to the eye. However, since GMail supports free IMAP, I use the built-in email client to check my email. The new architecture involves more usage of the internal database on the iPhone to cache data. This reduces the number of calls to the server, which is more than handy when on EDGE or 3G. According to their blog, they’ve even implemented some HTML5 features. Related Link: Official Gmail Blog: A new mobile Gmail experience for iPhone and…

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Conficker Worm Exposes IT Policies (or Laziness or Ignorance) Worldwide

The April Fools’ Worm, or Conficker has been in the news for a few weeks now. This is one of the few times since Y2K that a date was important. People around the world braced for April 1, 2009 – the worm was supposed to wake up and cause havoc of epic proportions. That never happened. Maybe the author(s) were waiting till people’s defenses were lowered. Maybe it woke up early and no one knows what it’s doing (the sheer possibilities send a shiver down my spine). It’s not like this came out of the blue. The author(s) took advantage…

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Posted in hardware

Computer Shuts Down Within Seconds of Booting (Fixed!)

Last weekend, I was watching an online video, when my custom-built desktop machine suddenly shut down. I attempted to boot it up, and it shut down within 5 seconds. It was apparent that it was a hardware problem. The lack of POST beep pretty much confirmed this. A lot of forum-surfing led me to believe that one or both of my RAM sticks were fried. I unseated both RAM sticks and booted the machine. There was a lot of beeping (expected due to missing RAM), but it shut down within a few seconds. RAM wasn’t the issue. Other suggestions on…

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