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How To Watch ABC.com Episodes in Google Chrome

ABC has a fairly unique player for their shows, and requires a plugin from Movenetworks.  Unfortunately, that plugin is not supported in Chrome.  You get an error message from ABC saying to use IE/Firefox or Firefox/Safari on the Mac.

So we tried capturing and modifying the javascript, even downloading the movenetwork exe file and using a variety of tricks, and….it just ain’t going to happen.  :-( By the way, a trick we tried which didn’t work, was changing Chrome’s user-agent information (saying it was IE or Firefox) but it didn’t work.

SUGGESTIONS
1. Search for your favorite ABC shows, and find other sites which might be hosting them.  For example, LOST, Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty can be watched in Chrome at http://www.tv-video.net/

Other Yes’s: Blinkx.com has some episodes which work (via megavideo.com (yea!)) but some they point you back to abc.com (boo!).

Some No’s: Among other media sites with (supposedly) full episodes, the following sites point you back to ABC so won’t work: television.aol.com, hulu.com, truveo.com, sidereel.com, and fancast.com.  

2. Keep an eye for improvements in Google  Chrome.  They have noted this problem at code.google.com in this Error Report (Issue 6502).

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Conficker Virus - April 1st or Not?

Hmmm.  There are so many viruses out there.  We’ve heard estimates of 40,000 new viruses every DAY.  This one gets the publicity.  So far, we haven’t seen anyone with it.  There was a patch issued in December…and a window of time between Oct-Dec where millions of Chinese pc’s got infected.  In December, there was “panic in the news pages” about this virus.  It is now on the third version.  We do not rate it that serious, though a patch can be installed (the December one).  Essentially, it’s a problem for those who are infected now but don’t know it.

The issue for businesses is that the virus is network aware and can attack other pc’s and server on a LAN (so this includes pc’s connected remotely by VPN).

The Basic Strategy is to

1. Scan for the virus
Can use Bitdefender’s QuickScan Their Press Release here.
Or use Symantec’s Cleaning Tool

2. Put on the Microsoft patch.

Patch: Conficker Patch downloads from Microsoft.

Main Conficker Information from Microsoft.

Free AntiVirus Scan 1
Free AntiVirus Scan 2(from Bitdefender)