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Searching for Evil: Spot the scam

Security researcher Ross Anderson gives a talk on how a search engine can be used to shed light on the various evils that lurk on the Web. It starts off slow, but picks up when he gets to the "Can you spot the scam?" game that he plays with each Web site. (If you're in a hurry, skip ahead to a little past the 20 minute mark...

How do you drop on the background of an Explorer window when it is in details view?

When you set your Explorer to Details view, it can become tricky to drop an item onto the window background (in order to move it into the folder) because Details view sets full row select (starting in Windows Vista). This helps users of tablets and touch screens, because it increases the size of the target when dragging and dropping into ...

Programming means that sometimes you have to snap two blocks together

Part of the challenge of programming (and for some people, the reason why programming is fun in the first place) is looking at the building blocks provided to you and deciding how to assemble them to build something new. After all, if everything you wanted a program to do already existed ready-made, it wouldn't be called programming any more. ...
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A burglar tells you the best place to hide your money

Jeffrey Strain chats with a former burglar and learns the best place to hide money. ("The bank," responds the former burglar. Oh, the best place to hide money in the house...) A month later, the follow-up article discussed the worst places to hide money (that sound like good ideas but aren't...

When giving a presentation with a diagram, pretend the diagram doesn't exist

::Wendy:: suggested enabling a means of displaying pictures on the blog without messing up the display of the whole post. Actually, I've simply given up on the pretty diagrams since everybody seems to hate them. You may have noticed that I've been using ASCII art instead. It's certainly easier for me to write, though it's also a bit uglier...
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