Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 28, 2009

Code breakthrough delivers safer computing – Computer researchers at UNSW and NICTA have achieved a breakthrough in software which will deliver significant increases in security and reliability and has the potential to be a major commercialisation success.

Malware torrent delivered over Google, Yahoo! ad services – End users visiting sites that used the ad syndication services often saw nothing more than a brief flash as the malware-laced ads caused their browsers to open – and then close – a booby-trapped PDF file. But behind the scenes, the payload installed Win32/Alureon, a trojan that drops a backdoor on infected machines.

Lifehacker: Five Best Twitter Clients – Twitter has risen to prominence as the most popular place to share your thoughts in short snippets. If you’re underwhelmed with the Twitter web site and looking for more features, you’ll definitely want to check out the five Twitter clients showcased here.

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Use Google Picasa to Face-Tag Your PhotosPhoto-management freebie Picasa just added a killer feature. Here’s how to get started with it.

Walking Through 40 Years of Hard Disk History – Slide Show: IDEMA, the International Disk Drive and Materials Association, hosted its annual DISKCON conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Sept. 23 and 24. Included as a bonus was a chronological display of history-making hard disk drives assembled by longtime industry analyst and consultant Jim Porter.

Twitter’s $1 Billion Question: Where’d Everyone Go? – Twitter’s latest round of funding could be worth as much as $100 million — but is the service’s “wow factor” starting to wear off?

Protect Your Privacy on Facebook and Twitter – Here’s how to safeguard your identity and your personal data in the age of the social Web.

Off Topic:

Credit Report 101: Clean Up a Poor Report – Do you pay your bills late and submit the minimum payment or less on credit card balances? Have you made it a habit to max out credit cards?

Linux Knowledge Base and Tutorial – Looking for an in-depth and easy-to-understand introduction to Linux? Then look no further! We don’t just show you how to execute a handful of commands and use a few utilities. The Linux Tutorial goes beyond the basics, providing you with the knowledge necessary to get the most out of your Linux system.

Cooker that ‘grows’ meat in your kitchen beats teleporting fridge and two-second clothes cleaner to win design prize – A controversial cooker that ‘grows’ meat and fish by heating animal cells in your kitchen claimed first prize in the Electrolux design competition

When Assessing Risks, Our Emotions Can Lead Us Astray – If you find yourself more concerned about highly publicized dangers that grab your immediate attention such as terrorist attacks, while forgetting about the more mundane threats such as global warming, you’re not alone.

Today’s Quote:

“Law is mind without reason”.

- Aristotle

Today’s Free Downloads:

Hotspot Shield – Public networks (both wired and wireless) are great. After all, what would life be without connecting while at airports, hotels and coffee shops? However, the danger to your personal data exists even if you connect to a fee based open network. Thats why AnchorFree is pleased to offer Hotspot Shield. Our application keeps your Internet connection secure and anonymous on public networks.

HWiNFO32If you want to know absolutely everything there is to know about your hardware, you’d do well to download the free HWiNFO32. This freebie provides an astonishing amount of information about every aspect of your hardware, and it’s extremely easy to use.

Image Inc: Image Compositing Tool – The purpose of this utility is to blend existing images in a very fast and easy way, using a layer mask for transparency. The process is simple … load the base picture followed by a top layer image, then add a mask and the program automatically merges everything together. Ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to use a major graphics application for this task.

TweakVI Basic – No question about it, ff you want to do some serious Windows Vista tweaking and hacking, you need this TweakVI. Microsoft has gone out of its way to make Vista unfriendly to power users; it’s more difficult to tweak than XP is. But this great freebie gives you hundreds of ways to adjust the operating system, tasks that otherwise would be extremely difficult to do.

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