Windows 7 Mobile Device Center not recognizing my phone over USB

I had some issues setting up my increasingly old and decrepit phone with my new machine – I installed the Windows Mobile Device Center, but it refused to recognize my phone when connected by USB. I seemed to be having some other issues at the time, and had an aborted attempt to install the proper …

The Mobile Browsing Experience: Getting Better?

Sandy recently got an iPhone 3G, and I’ve been fairly impressed with the web browsing experience (through Safari) on it. While the JavaScript support is somewhat flaky, the mobile browsing experience on it is close enough to the desktop experience to be acceptable. The responsiveness of the browser is also quite good, at least on …

Getting Rid of 3 1/2″ Floppies (Somewhat Safely)

A few months ago I wrote about getting rid of old hard drives safely, by destroying the data contained on them. I was going through some more old stuff recently, and came across some relics — 3 1/2″ floppy disks. None of them really contain anything sensitive or that I’d want to keep, but at …

Getting Rid of Hard Drives (Safely)

In an effort to reduce clutter at home, we’re trying to get rid of things that we no longer need, or don’t want anymore. For many types of things, this isn’t a problem — box it up and fire it off to Goodwill, the library, e-waste, or other charities. However, certain types of junk require …

The Switchboard is Under Enemy Control

The other day a security bulletin was published and patches released for a vulnerability in DNS — essentially the switchboard protocol of the Internet. This is an interesting case because the exact details of the vulnerability have not yet been released (but are scheduled to be in about a month or so). There’s an article …