Archive for the ‘internet’ Category

Techie Tip of the Week: Beware of Viruses and Trojans like DNSChanger

Friday, July 6th, 2012

20120707-132219.jpgYou may have heard the news — the trojan DNSChanger is set to wreak havoc on the Internet this coming Monday.

I think this is a good time to remind everyone that they should have up-to-date anti-malware programs installed and activated on their machines — and, yes, this means Mac users, too!

Stanford people can go to the Essential Stanford Software website ( to download and install the Sophos anti-malware tool.

More information on the DNSChanger trojan can be found at:

Techie Tip of the Week: Search Engines other than Google, Yahoo!, and Bing

Friday, June 29th, 2012

searchGoogle and Bing are far the biggest and most comprehensive search engines. But there are other, lesser known search engines that are also quite useful.

Today’s tip covers some of the rest of the search tools to which you might want to avail yourself.  (Note: this is by no means a comprehensive list!)

General Search Engines

  • (
    A general search engine where users can ask questions in everyday, natural language, as well as traditional keyword searching to get the results desired
  • Delicious (
    A social boomarking search engine – search web pages that other human beings have bookmarked!
  • Duck Duck Go (
    A general search engine with a simplified look and feel

Blog Search Engines – Search Blog Postings

  • IceRocket (
    Another web-based news aggregator for reading syndicated feeds using RSS or Atom
  • Technorati (
    An Internet search engine for searching blogs, Technorati indexes hundreds of millions of blogs and over hundreds of millions of pieces of tagged social media – Technorati is considered the “Google” of blog search engines


Human-Answered Questions

  • Answers (
    Presents aggregated content from other reference websites as well as from a wiki – users can improve answers provide
  • eHow (
    An online knowledge resource with more than 337,000 articles and videos offering step-by-step instructions on “how to do just about everything.” eHow content is created by both professional experts and amateur members and covers a wide variety of topics organized into a hierarchy of categories
  • LifeHacker (
    A blog devoted to coming up with ways of improving life and using software
  • Yahoo! Answers (
    A community-driven knowledge market website that allows users to both submit questions to be answered and answer questions asked by other users
  • Mahalo Answers (
    A community-driven knowledge market website that allows users to both submit questions to be answered and answer questions asked by other users
  • LinkedIn Answers (
    Get a fast and accurate answer to your business question, and answer questions to share your knowledge and help your network.

Machine-Answered Questions

  • Wolfram Alpha (
    Enter your question or calculation, and Wolfram|Alpha uses its built-in algorithms and a growing collection of data to compute the answer
  • True Knowledge/Evi (
    The True Knowledge/Evi answer engine is a technology capable of answering questions put to it on any topic (available for both desktop computers and the Android phone).
  • Siri (
    Siri is a personal assistant and knowledge navigator which works as an application for Apple’s iOS.