The Data Retention Laws Are Here

Now that the data retention laws are in force in Australia it is important that we all understand the implications , what they are collecting and what you can do. Here are some links to help make sense of all this: Attorney Generals Dept – Data Retention Data Retention Laws – What You Need To Know Data Retention D-Day Is Here Here are some links that may help you circumvent the data retention laws Dodging Data Retention How To Legally Circumvent The Data Retention    

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Looking To Stream Overseas Content

You may travel overseas and want to access content on tv , streamed over the internet , that has been blocked for viewing outside of the country. Here are some links that may help you overcome these restrictions: The Always Up-to-Date Guide to Streaming Blocked Content Overseas The Lifehacker Guide To Streaming Blocked Overseas Content

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The Heartbleed Vulnerability & What You Need to Do & Is Your Password Gone

Many would have heard about the Heartbleed security issue affecting many popular websites . This ” security bug ” enables “badguys” to read user names and passwords that are stored on the websites server memory. This a major security nightmare. So should you race in and change your password: No , only change your password if you know the site you use was vulnerable  Only if the site you use has been patched  If you race in and change your password and the site has not been patched you have just given out your password again. How do you know if the site you use was vulnerable? Check out this list from Mashable and you can check individual sites here  More information on Heartbleed can be found here 

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Put A DVD On Your Computer

We have all had a DVD or a video file that we would like to store on a hard disk , iPhone or iPad , or make a backup copy ( especially if you have children). This is not a promotion for piracy as you should not copy what you don’t own. HandBrake  is a free video transcoder. HandBrake will get the video from a variety of sources, including a DVD, and a DVD image, and grabs audio from sources as well, including MPEG audio tracks.  You’ll can then output this digital file in a variety of formats, suitable to play on many devices and you can even select individual chapters. Handbrake  is extremely customisable for it’s output. If you want to learn more about HandBrake  check out this article from Maclife How To Encode Like a Pro With Handbrake How To Rip A DVD With VLC Convert Videos Fast With Handbrake   Handbrake Tips For DVD… Read More

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The New iTunes

The new iTunes ( version 11 ) is out now and is a big change and a welcome update to the old version. It is available for both Windows and Apple computers. There is a much cleaner look to it as you can see from the image below and there is a lot more cloud integration.  To learn more about the new iTunes check out the links below Lifehacker – How To Use iTunes 11 CNet iTunes 11 Tips And Tricks Macworld – Hands On With iTunes 11

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