Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 28 2009

Businesses Fix Computers Instead of Buying New – With a glut of old computers at-the-ready for redeployment, their old users the victims of downsizing, businesses haven’t been eager to invest in new computers or other IT infrastructure. Instead, many of the jobs available these days are in repairing the old technology. And those two trends have driven price down for IT service jobs.

Eight Black Hat Breakthroughs – Security researchers around the globe will convene next week in Las Vegas for the annual Black Hat/Defcon conference. As usual, researchers will unveil a number of new exploit methods, vulnerabilities and proof-of-concepts that are sure to raise a few eyebrows within the infosec community.

Send Photos in Full Resolution from Your iPhone – Even though your iPhone snaps pictures at pretty decent resolutions (2048×1536 from the 3GS, 1600×1200 on previous iPhone versions), your device automatically resizes photos to a measly 800×600 when you go to email them. Here’s how to fix that.

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Adobe ‘zero-day’ flaw is eight months old – The current zero-day attacks against Adobe Flash Player are not quite zero-day after all.

ImgBurn Updates, Adds Advanced Features, Fixes Bugs – ImgBurn is the most popular CD and DVD burning tool among Lifehacker readers, and with the newly released version 2.5, it’s even better.

The Encryption Gap – Things that make us say “hmmm” include these stats: The percentage of respondents to our 2009 Strategic Security Survey who rated encrytion as effective in reducing risk dropped from 57% in 2008 to 48% in 2009. Use of disk, file, and backup media encryption ALL fell year over year by at least five percentage points. Backup encryption usage is down …

Spammers Exploiting Free File Storage On Websites – Automated account creation exploit lets spammers hide behind legitimate file storage services.

The good and bad of security technologies – Businesses are using a variety of technologies to help reduce the impact of threats, prevent breaches and meet compliance — but some of these products are more beneficial than others, according to a new Forrester report released Wednesday that examines the state of network threat mitigation.

Off Topic:

Make Reverse-Engineered KFC at Home – An enjoyable bout of foodie one-upmanship has yielded not only one “reverse-engineered” home recipe of KFC’s 11 herbs and spices, but an improved version of fried chicken that strips out the MSG. Get the napkins ready and see for yourself.

Misreading emails causes offence – Forty-one per cent of workers in Britain say they are regularly offended or are upset by emails sent by colleagues, according to a survey.

40 Fantastic Time-Wasting Web Sites – Sure, you should probably be working. But why bother when you can vaporize hours by checking out these engaging Web sites?

5 Minute Management Course – Lesson 1: A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs …….

Today’s Free Downloads:

Euro Calculator – Convert euros to practically any currency with this program.

STDU Viewer 1.5.275 – STDU Viewer is a document viewer for multiple file formats. The goal of this software is to replace the multiple document viewers with a single simple application.

YouTube Downloader 2.1.7 – This simple freeware application works pretty well, given how basic the interface is. It has two main features: to download FLV files from YouTube, and to convert them to most major formats.

Advanced SystemCare Free 3.3.4 – This utility offers a one-stop-shop for cleaning and maintaining your computer for better overall system performance. The interface is very simple, featuring only a few buttons, which makes it easy to get down to cleaning immediately (in fact, it automatically runs on start-up) and doesn’t confuse you with multiple steps.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 28 2009

  1. Pingback: Posts about Lifehacker as of July 28, 2009 » The Daily Parr

  2. ‘Spammers Exploiting Free File Storage On Websites – Automated account creation exploit lets spammers hide behind legitimate file storage services’

    I suspected long ago that this was the reason why my Win Live hotmail was hijacked- Win Live has a free 50G storage which you must already know Bill.