nVidia class action lawsuit

Just want to give everyone a heads up on this, as I have seen many of these systems.

A while back a number of laptops, including HP and Dells, that used certain nVidia GPUs started failing. Blame was placed on the lead-free ball grid array used on the chips. After a long legal battle nVidia has begun a replacement/reimbursement program.

If you have a laptop that won’t display anything on the screen, or has a garbled image check out this website to see if your laptop is included: http://www.nvidiasettlement.com/affectedmodels.html

My personal experience with this problem is that manufacturers would only fix these laptops for a very high fee. Most  customers didn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars to fix a defect. Thus, they were stuck with a non-working laptop. So, if you have one of the affected models that is still broken, nVidia’s settlement provides you a chance to finally get some kind of compensation.

– Nomad

Malware Update

-GPU assisted Malware ups the threat level. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/28/gpu_assisted_malware/

-GMail security check-list. http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/help-keep-your-account-safe-with-gmail.html

-Behind the scenes Malware cleaning: http://remove-malware.com/videos/new-video-cleaning-the-client/

-Best Malware Ever? http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9185919/Is_Stuxnet_the_best_malware_ever_

-And finally make sure that you and your users KNOW what your Anti-virus interface looks like. Fake anti-virus programs are rampant. The best defense is still educating the end-user. http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=1452

I’ve also been enjoying a few podcasts over at “The Force Field” if you’re into tech, check it out.

Thanks for reading, check back soon, and be safe out there.

-Nomad