Finds of the Week (January 8, 2012)

Finds of the week is a variety of web sites that I've stumbled over recently that are fun, interesting, or useful.

Wired How-To Wiki
The Wired How-To Wiki is a great site to visit if you have oh, a few hours to kill. Not just a technology how-to, you can find how-to articles and videos in these main categories: Computers, DIY, Food & Drink, Gadgets, Green, iPod & iPhone, Internet, Lifestyle, Photo, Software, Survival, Travel, Video and Work. That's the Main page. You can view all the categories, quite useful if you're looking for something specific. With 500 categories it can be overwhelming. I quickly retreated to the Main page, where the amount of articles and videos is varied but not too numerous.

Atlas Obscura
I've been trying to come up with a way to describe this site for a few weeks now. I decided to use their site description: The Atlas Obscura is the definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world’s most wondrous places. User-generated and editor curated, the Atlas is a collaborative compendium of amazing places that aren't found in your average guidebook. This is what we believe:
There is something new under the sun, every day, all over the world.
Around every corner is something that will surprise you.
Atlas Obscura is for people who still believe in discovery.
We hope that's you.

Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone 7: A mobile showdown
At last, a clear explanation of the current mobile platforms. =)

How To Tie Knots - Animated Knots
I've loved knots since I was a kid. When I came across this site I hit the knot jackpot. The animations here are amazing - easy to understand and follow.
A few useful sections of the site are Basic Knots and the Alphabetical List of knots. Both the Android and the iPhone have apps. The ads are on the nautical side and there's a Knot Store, but I didn't find the ads intrusive.

Prevent Interference From Other Wireless Networks
If you have neighbors close by you may have routers clashing with each other. Here's what to do.


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by Jojo Yee on 9. January 2012 - 7:48  (86856)

Clear, concise and covering many points for a mobile showdown. Better still if the BlackBerry OS had been put together for comparison.

by rhiannon on 10. January 2012 - 4:39  (86919)

I would have liked to see Blackberry included too. =)

by Rohit65 (not verified) on 10. January 2012 - 13:07  (86932)

Here's another take on the topic, this time covering BlackBerry too.

An Introduction To Modern Mobile Operating Systems

by Rohit65 (not verified) on 10. January 2012 - 13:08  (86933)

Sorry, I meant to reply to the previous comment from Jojoyee.

by Jojo Yee on 10. January 2012 - 13:51  (86937)

Thanks Rohit65 for the link. I did come across that good article, also a Tech Treat by Rhiannon here.

by Lis Sparrow (not verified) on 10. January 2012 - 13:53  (86938)

Just checked WirelessNetView winzip with AVG free. It says there are two trojans, is this correct?

by SteveinDallas (not verified) on 10. January 2012 - 14:43  (86940)

PrevX3.0 also found two malicious programs in the zip file.

NOt surprisingly you need to get the licensed version (paid) to clean it up. I have the free version.

MSE found nothing.

Is the PrevX3.0 a marketing ploy? Let's just say I'm not overly concerned about the threat.

by MidnightCowboy on 10. January 2012 - 14:53  (86942)

NirSoft is a 100% trusted software source. Unfortunately, more and more AV's are flagging programs as dangerous for a variety of reasons known mostly only to themselves. :)

I uploaded both the zip file and full installer to Virus Total and as you can see from the results, it is the nature of the program that is causing the detections.

See here from the vendor:

by Lis Sparrow (not verified) on 10. January 2012 - 16:18  (86945)

Thanks I will now try the program

by MidnightCowboy on 10. January 2012 - 17:42  (86948)

I hope you like it. :)

This isn't to suggest that all such detections should be accepted as "false positives" because they may not be. I appreciate this is a difficult and confusing area to deal with but there are a few steps you can take to give a greater guarantee of safety. First is to only download programs from trusted sources such as the vendors own site or say Softpedia. The WOT (Web Of Trust) browser extension will give a good indication of the website status as will URLVoid which scans for malicious code.

Norton keeps a good database of malicious websites too, so switching to their free DNS service adds another layer.

Lastly, scanning downloaded program with Malwarebyes before execution is something I always do myself, in addition to using my resident antivirus for the same purpose.

Assuming you get detections using one or more of these methods, Googling the exact file name detected as a search should reveal enough information to enable you to decide if these are indeed false positives, or an incidence of real malware.

by wimbly (not verified) on 11. January 2012 - 8:35  (86993)

rhiannon, this is unrelated to the current post, but based on some of the fun/crafty sites you've shared here I have one that might be of interest to your readers. It's a free, make it at home with stuff you have around the house, RPG Board Game. The project is the work of two people and it's just something we've poured a lot of ourselves into and enjoy sharing with others. It's really 100% free...honest (you just have to be willing to put it together yourself). Anyway, that's all I'll say here since it would only be appropriate to disclose the site privately.

by rhiannon on 12. January 2012 - 3:11  (87047)

@wimbly; You can contact me through the Site Contact Form.

by wimbly (not verified) on 14. January 2012 - 0:54  (87147)

Done. Thanks.

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