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Home & SOHO Users Guide to PC Security November 8, 2007

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On Wednesday 3rd October 2007 at 11am, the CTC will be conducting its penultimate FREE Cyber Safety Workshop for 2007. A special thankyou must go to the NSW Attorney General’s Crime Prevention Unit and the auDA Foundation for funding these workshops throughout 2007. Also, in support of these workshops, the CTC has prepared a free pamphlet titled “Home & SOHO Users Guide to PC Security”, which should help users better understand what is required to keep their computers safe from preying eyes when on the Internet.

Last week we covered some of the exciting work the Thursday class did over the past few weeks with OpenOffice V2.2.1. Well the good news is, on the 15th September 2007 Sun Microsystems released the latest version (V2.3) of this most popular program and according to the experts it should be immediately downloaded and installed on all computers running earlier versions of OpenOffice (or Microsoft Office). The latest version contains more enhancements and better security, which will only get better now that it has the support of IBM. This support includes providing 35 IBM programmers to the OpenOffice project.

Another piece of news involves Qualcomm and Mozilla. Qualcomm, a world-leader in Wireless Business Solutions and the previous owners of one of world’s most popular email program i.e. Eudora, has now passed the rights to this program over to the Open Source Community i.e. Mozilla.  Mozilla are the producers of another popular email program, Thunderbird. It is now hoped, we will see in the not to distant future, a new revolutionary email program that combines the best features of Eudora and Thunderbird into one new and very exciting package. In addition, Mozilla also produce the very popular web-browser FireFox, which now has been downloaded more than 300 million times. Currently, FireFox V3 is in beta meaning, it should not be too long before it is released to the general public.   

Finally, some ICT Professionals believe that with the release of new Quad-Core CPUs (Central Processing Units) from Intel and AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) and with the upcoming release of Eight-Core processors in 2008, the current generation of Intel Dual-Core processors could be destined for lower-cost computers, replacing the less powerful and less popular Celeron processors. 

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