Monday morning links serving: The October 5th edition

Microsoft Security Essentials: The Big Questions
Microsoft’s free Security Essentials is all set to blow the anti-virus software industry apart, offering what the Redmond giant suggests is a ‘high-quality, free, excellent anti-malware product.’

15 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter
15 great podcasts that will make you a smarter, more well rounded, and better informed person.

Why You Can’t Get Decent Earphones for Less Than $100
Crappy earbuds are killing music. It’s true. The problem is that good earbuds, like speakers, aren’t cheap. Here’s why.

Wi-Fi signals used to see through walls
The researchers say that the variation of radio signals in a wireless network can reveal the movements of people behind closed doors or even a wall.

Computer Makers Aim to Banish Boot-Up Time
In the time it takes your computer to boot up, you can probably make some toast or a cup of tea before the thing is ready to use. In the near future, you may not even have time to check your watch.

An Engineer’s Guide to Bandwidth
Web app developers spend most of our time not thinking about how data is actually transmitted through the bowels of the network stack. Abstractions at the application layer let us pretend that networks read and write whole messages as smooth streams of bytes. Generally this is a good thing. But knowing what’s going underneath is crucial to performance tuning and application design.


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