Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 19, 2009

Trojan Uses Commercial Firewall to Block AV Updates – This new dirty trick employs components of a commercial software firewall development kit, called WinpkFilter, the Windows Packet Filter Kit, from NT Kernel Resources.

Ubuntu Linux 9.10 Beta Packs Eye-Catching Updates – Alongside the batch of open-source software updates you’ll find in any new Linux distribution release, the upcoming Ubuntu Linux 9.10, now available in a beta version, includes enhancements around disk encryption, tightened access controls and Web service integration. Take a look at what’s coming in the “Karmic Koala” Ubuntu release.

5 Ways Wireless Carriers Gouge You And How to Fight Back – Cell phone carriers are notorious for slapping consumers with fees and unexpected charges. But if you look carefully at what you’re paying for and figure out what you need, you can keep your monthly bill down.

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How-To: A Guide to Windows 7 Security – Lock down your PC, protect your data, and safeguard your network with Windows 7’s security tools.

BlackViper.com: Windows 7 Service Configurations – To continue my fine tradition of optimizing MS’s latest OS, I have here my findings to date. Before adjusting your service settings, ensure that your system has already installed all updates by “checking now” for any available updates via Windows Update. At this time, it is best for you to ensure that all services are set to the default values before updating your system.

The Cash Factory – This article is a study of one spam email and illustrates the methods employed by today’s cyber criminals to create botnets and conduct mass spam mailings. The methods and techniques used are clearly illegal in nature and have a single aim: to make cyber criminals rich.

Off Topic:

Bracelet controls Internet rage – The Rationalizer is designed for online traders to ensure that they don’t make bad decisions. A wristband designed to pick up bio signals from the subject’s skin communicates wirelessly with an ‘Emobowl’, which changes colour according to their mood, and also displays patterns spinning at different speeds depending on how hyped up they are.

Four Ways to Get Stunning Depth of Field – Everyone loves photos with a sharply defined subject and a blurry, indistinct background. This powerful photographic effect has been used for ages–and its shallow depth of field at work.

Companies seek social media experts to keep online conversation rolling – Calling all wired-in 20-somethings with a flair for Facebook and a talent with Twitter: you can make a career out of your perpetual online presence.

A particle God doesn’t want us to discover – Could the Large Hadron Collider be sabotaging itself from the future, as some physicists say.

Today’s Quote:

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”.

- Thomas A. Edison

Today’s Free Downloads:

NoScript – Javascript is a very useful type of Web programming, but many online attacks exploit it. Use this plug-in to block sites from running JavaScript in Firefox until you explicitly say it’s okay.

Autoruns 9.54 – Autoruns is an extremely powerful tool, which shows you all the programs, devices, drivers, and operation system components which run every time during system boot-up or during user login. This includes all programs that are configured to load under Startup, Run, RunOnce, or under other registry keys.

CDBurnerXP – CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 19, 2009

  1. Pingback: Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 19, 2009 « Bill Mullins … | developer

  2. Bill, nice set of linked articles. I thought I’d respond to the PC World piece regarding wireless bill gouging by adding another tip for reducing cell bills. I actually work for the consumer advocacy division of the company Validas, where we electronically audit and subsequently reduce the average cell bill by 22 percent through our website, http://www.fixmycellbill.com. Put simply, Validas guards against frivolous and unnecessary charges that inflate your cell bill more than it should be for your usage. You can find out for free if fixmycellbill.com can modify your plan to better suit your needs by going to the website.

    For more info, check out Validas in the media, most recently on Fox News at http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/consumer/conlaw/lower_cell_phone_bills_072409 .

    Good luck to everyone reading on lowering your cell bills, particularly in light of this tough economy.

    Dylan
    Consumer Advocacy, fixmycellbill.com