Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 31, 2009

Portable Hard Drives: A Terabyte in Your Pocket - The latest portable hard drives have astonishing capacity–and some new features. Here’s what to look for in a miniature storage device.

Seven tips for replacing a firewall - Hardware firewalls are no different from other implements of technology. They have limited lifetimes, and sooner or later they have to be replaced. Making the transition from one firewall to another is at the least a nuisance and at worst a security risk.

Top 10 Security Nightmares of the Decade – Blame the Internet for the latest decade of security lessons. Without it, the terms “phishing,” “cybercrime,” “data breach,” or “botnet” wouldn’t exist. Let’s revisit the top security nightmares of the past ten years, and reflect on what we learned.

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2010: The Year of the Mac? – Apple was a bright spot in 2009 in terms of PC sales, but the signals are mixed as to whether the Mac can grow beyond its niche

Browser Attacks Continue to Evolve - While the security teams at Microsoft, Mozilla and the other browser vendors continue to work on new defenses and exploit mitigations, the state of the art in attacks is continuing to evolve.

Major security myths of 2009 – 2009 is just like any year in at least one way; too many people buy into too many security myths far too easily.

Seven perfectly legal ways to get Windows 7 cheap (or even free) – If you’ve read any reviews of Windows 7, you’ve seen references to its price list, which ranges from $120 for a Home Premium upgrade to $320 for a fully licensed copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. Well, guess what? You don’t have to pay that much.

Off Topic:

10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling – A handy guide for some common spelling errors.

Now Hear This: Apple Wins Appeal in iPod Hearing Loss Lawsuit – A federal appeals court has slapped down a class-action lawsuit that suggested Apple’s to blame for “possible hearing loss” caused by iPod use.

Groups of bacteria shown to power simple machines, turn gears in synchronous movement – Scientists have demonstrated that large groups of bacteria can turn microgears millions of times larger than themselves, showing potential for “smart” biomechanical systems.

The lightbulb of the future? – Silicon Valley’s Luxim has developed a lightbulb the size of a Tic Tac that gives off as much light as a streetlight.

Today’s Quote:

“Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment”.

-     R. Buckminster Fuller

Today’s Free Downloads:

Giveaway of the Day: Aneesoft 3D Flash Gallery 2.0 – Aneesoft 3D Flash Gallery 2.0 is a simple yet powerful flash gallery making software that displays your digital photos in an interactive and elegant 3D photo gallery. This is very useful application for everybody to create a 3D photo gallery for sharing on website, Blogger, MySpace, computer, etc. No Flash skills needed.

gDoc Creator – This free software easily converts Office 2003 and 2007 files to PDF files. It runs as an add-in to Office, and is available from the toolbar. GDoc Creator gives you a great deal of control over your PDF conversion. You can create a single PDF for the entire document or one for each page; you can crop documents and convert the cropped area; you can add a watermark to the PDF; and plenty more.

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