The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #584: January 31, 2011

Content summary: Diary note: next FIR Live on Feb 19 with Paul Gillin and Eric Schwartzman; listener comments discussion; News That Fits: social media and its role in events in Tunisia and Egypt: discussion, Michael Netzley reports from Singapore, the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop, Edelman Trust Barometer 2011 published, Dan York reports on Facebook security and more, Pollstream promo, Mark Story reports from Washington DC; music from Simon Campbell and the Very Very Bad Men. Get FIR: Download the…

How to protect your blog from viruses, backdoor Trojans and other nasty stuff

If you’ve ever been hit with a virus on your computer, you know how difficult it can be to thoroughly clean the machine, even when you have security software that does all the heavy work. Take that picture and apply it to your blog and you have a migraine-inducing situation, precisely what I’ve experienced during this past week with an iframe virus and a malware attack involving a backdoor Trojan that temporarily created some havoc on this WordPress blog until…

Windows boot-up made faster with Soluto

Watching BBC Click on TV yesterday, I was interested to find out more about soluto.com that was mentioned on the show. This is a program for Windows that claims to dramatically speed up the boot time of your computer so that it doesn’t load programs or services that aren’t necessary when the computer is preparing itself for your use, and so makes the PC ready for you to use much more quickly. I installed it and made some choices on…

You can try and stop it but the Jinn is out

With the TV news full of images and sounds of serious civil unrest in Egypt, it’s fascinating to see how social media tools and channels – especially Twitter and social networking sites such as Facebook – have been enabling Egyptian citizens to rapidly broadcast images and sounds that parallel what the mainstream media is doing. This BBC video report by reporter Adam Mynott published this morning is an excellent summary of what’s happening, even as the latest news talks of…

Eric Schwartzman, Paul Gillin to discuss social media and B2B Feb 19 on FIR Live

FIR Live #21 Saturday, February 19, 2011 10am PST / 1pm EST / 6pm GMT Participate or listen in Tech journalist and author Paul Gillin and Eric Schwartzman – PR counsellor, podcaster and occasional FIR correspondent – have teamed up to write Social Marketing to the Business Customer, the only book we’re aware of dedicated entirely to social marketing in the business-to-business world.  Paul and Eric will join us on February 19 for our first FIR Live of 2011 to…

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