Monthly Archives: January 2007

The article is right: this is scary because it could happen to anyone.

Matt, a 16-year-old kid in Arizona, was accused of 9 counts of possession of child pornography, probably downloaded to his computer via spyware.

“The computer had accessed a ‘Yahoo’ account where there was child pornography,” Andrew Thomas, Maricopa County district attorney said. “That was the basis for the search warrants issued by a court.” Yet, the evidence submitted by the Phoenix police department did not identify a specific user. Matt’s clean reputation, his good grades and protective family could not stand up to the cold fact that child porn was on that computer. The police and the district attorney had the incriminating photos from the Bandys’ computer and the prosecutors were determined to send Matt away.

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“They didn’t care that I denied it, they just kept on asking me and kept on thinking that I did it,” [Matt] said. “They just had it built in their mind that this kid is guilty, and we’re going to make sure that he’s convicted. No matter what the means are.”

The Bandy family contends that [the prosecutor] was on a mission and that his desire to convict was so strong that he ignored important evidence — like the fact that Matthew passed a lie detector test. The fact that the test indicated that Matt was telling the truth wasn’t taken into account.

And that’s when the Bandy family really began to fight back. They hired two polygraph examiners who confirmed Matthew was telling the truth. Then they ordered two psychiatric evaluations which concluded that Matthew had no perverted tendencies.

Matt was cleared of those 9 counts, and ultimately went free, but his life is now changed forever.

What’s scary is that Matt probably had a MUCH better chance of being cleared since he’s a 16-year-old kid. What happens if an innocent adult’s computer were hacked or had some bad spyware on it? That person would probably have been wrongly jailed for life. That’s really scary!

Windows Home Server. Must Buy.

Home Server is where your family will store all of its important files. All music, video, photos, documents and even some software will sit on the Home Server, and all the computers in the home will be able to access it over your network (wired or wireless) as if they were on the computers themselves. You will even be able to access your files over the internet (don’t worry, everything is protected), and the killer feature: Home Server streams to the Xbox 360 and other Media Center Extenders.

Home Server also keeps your computers protected from disaster, by backing up every byte of data on every computer in the home. It can take an unlimited amount of storage space, backing up to internal and external hard drives the entire contents of every PC, not once, but twice, letting you restore files or entire PCs immediately. It even stores versions of files, so you can roll back that important spreadsheet to how it looked two weeks ago, or undo four days of awful video editing by your talentless sibling.

There are three primary purposes of Home Server:

  • Automated Computer Backup – Home Server will sit in the middle of your house and completely backup the entire hard drives of every computer connected to it, automatically. Lose anything, even an entire computer, and you will be able to restore it. You will even be able to restore older versions of files, taking advantage of a valuable feature in Windows Vista.
  • Access Everything From Anywhere – With a Home Server, you will be able to access all of your files from any computer, inside or outside your home, as well as accessing your home computers from outside the home. You will centrally store your files to make them easier to access at all times.
  • Grows With You – Home Server will be designed to make it easier for users to expand its capabilities, especially making it easy to add more hard drives.

What’s even better is that Home Server will be available for purchase in conjunction with an HP server, giving you the software and hardware in one package. (The rumors are that the server and software will be sold for around $500, but I think that’s a low estimate.)
I can’t wait for this to come out. Personally, I like this more than the “storage in the sky” idea. With this, I own the actual server that my data lives on, not Google, Microsoft, or whoever created the storage service. To me, having full control of the server on which my data lives well outweighs the negatives of being more susceptible to power outages and having to pay to replace dead components.
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