Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 29, 2009

Yes, Ubuntu can absolutely be the default Windows alternative – and I don’t just mean for geeks. I mean a real, viable alternative to Windows for many users despite the apparent quality of both Windows 7 and Server 2008.

PandaLabs: Blackhat SEO Aggressively Targets Halloween Related Keywords – Cyber criminals behind the Rogueware epidemic have been hard at work in poisoning search results to increase traffic to their campaign sites.

Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus Software – Avira AntiVir Personal offers great, thorough protection and top-notch scan speed, but some nontechies might find its interface frustrating.

Trust the Cloud? Americans Say No Way – Americans don’t trust cloud storage for their confidential data, with identity theft ranking as their top security concern, according to a twice-yearly survey by network security consulting firm Unisys.

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Experts See Forecast Worsen for Cybercrime – Law enforcement agencies can count a few recent victories against cybercriminals, but agents say the battle against them isn’t getting any easier. Highly organized cybercriminals are using increasingly sophisticated tools and methods that make them hard to trace, said Keith Mularski, supervisory special agent with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Division.

US Government may need to limit Internet use during flu pandemic, GAO says – The US GAO believes the government may need to block high-bandwidth sites to limit Internet congestion during a pandemic. Is it the right strategy?

Lifehacker: Set Up Windows Home Server to Automate Your Backups and Corral Your Media – It’s that time of year, when colder weather and dreary conditions keep us inside more often than not. That also makes it a perfect time to set up a home backup and media server to streamline your digital life.

Malware ads served from Gizmodo – Popular gadget blog Gizmodo has acknowledged falling victim to an “elaborate scam” that served malicious ads for scareware (fake anti-virus) to its readers.

Off Topic:

What Happens to Your Facebook After You Die? – Facebook is quietly offering a fix to one of the social-networking service’s most awkward loose ends — what happens to user profiles after they die.

Stressful jobs that pay badly – High stress and a meager paycheck are just another day at the office for fundraisers, therapists and probation officers. Here are 15 of the most overworked and underpaid professions out there according to those surveyed by PayScale.com.

Intel’s Next-Gen Memory Closer To Reality - Researchers are two steps closer to creating a mass-market version of technology called phase-change memory that could change how computers of the future are put together.

Today’s Quote:

“Experts agree that the best type of computer for your individual needs is one that comes on the market about two days after you actually purchase some other computer”.

- Dave Barry

Today’s Free Downloads:

Five must-have Firefox add-ons – One of the great things about Firefox are the thousands of free add-ons.

Free PDF to Word Converter – Free PDF to Word Converter is an easy to use utility that does swift conversions from PDF to Word. You just need to add the file which you intend to convert into the program and click Convert. It is that easy! This program will create an exact copy of the PDF file. It will retain all graphics, fonts and formatting.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 29, 2009

  1. Hey Bill,
    Listing your Top Twelve was a great idea.
    Reassuring.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Pochp,

      Thanks. Seeing what others are downloading, as you suggest, can be very reassuring.

      Bill

  2. Dave K

    I liked Avira so much that I paid for it to get more frequent updates and lose the popups. I began using it because Avast caused my Vista PC to lock up on occasions, but it still works fine on my XP laptop.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Dave,

      Thanks – I have heard of some problems with Avast on Vista. It really is a great application.

      Bill