Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 29, 2010

The Beginner’s Guide to PC Backup – You know you’re supposed to back up your data, but you don’t. If you’re just not sure how to get started, our overview of the options will help.

Stupid Geek Tricks: Compare Your Browser’s Memory Usage with Google Chrome – Ever tried to figure out exactly how much memory Google Chrome or Internet Explorer is using? Since they each show up a bunch of times in Task Manager, it’s not so easy! Here’s the quick and easy way to compare them.

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Chrome extensions: Potential cracks in the armor? – Chrome is one of the most secure Web browsers right “out of the box” due to sandboxing. Understanding that, cybercriminals are turning to a different attack vector, aftermarket extensions.

More Than 40 Percent Of U.K. Users Say They Have Been Fraud Victims – More than one-third of victims say they were never reimbursed by their banks.

Two plus ways to transfer files via FTP in Windows – Alan Norton explains two-plus methods for transferring files via FTP using tools already provided by Microsoft Windows 7 that you may not know about.

Facebook Safety: A Primer – Your participation in social networking can be turned against you – here’s how to make friends safely.

New Threat: Undetectable Facebook Scams – Facebook, with its millions of users, has become a major target for online crooks who try to use malicious apps for everything from phishing to spam to a first step toward installing more dangerous malware onto your PC.

3, 2, 1 action! Record your Windows screen – There are likely a dozen reasons for a person to record the goings-on of his or her computer screen – such as a product demo, tutorial, or even a cry for help. Whatever your impetus, you’ll need tools of the trade, such as the four we’ve picked out here.

IE6: The Browser That Wouldn’t Die: Like it or Not, Internet Explorer 6 Lives on in Corporate IT – Despite repeated calls to stop using Internet Explorer 6, the browser continues to hold a market share similar to, or even higher than, more advanced browsers such as Safari and Chrome.

HP to Buy Palm in $1.2 Billion Deal – Move would see HP, the PC, enterprise technology and IT services giant, snapping up ailing mobile device pioneer Palm, gaining its Pre line of smartphones, its webOS software and assorted mobile IP.

Malware Campaign Relies on Unfixed PDF Flaw – Several security companies today warned of a major malware campaign that tries to dupe users into opening rigged PDFs that exploit an unpatched design flaw in the format. Users who open the attack PDFs are infected with a variant of a Windows worm known as “Auraax” or “Emold.”

Off Topic:

Gallery: Hubble’s greatest hits – 20th anniversary – Here are some of greatest discoveries and spectacular images from the orbiting space observatory which is about the size of a school bus.

Sony Debuts 3D Sound for Home Theaters – It’s not only TVs that can offer a 3D experience at home–Sony’s new 5.1 speaker system promises to brings aural enjoyment in multiple dimensions.

Can Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx” lure the social crowd? – This Thursday Canonical will release the next incarnation of Ubuntu, version 10.04, codenamed “Lucid Lynx.” This release does something that no other OS has done and integrates “social” right into the OS.

Digitally deprived kids face bleak future – Children in the UK without access to the internet will earn less money and become a burden to the country, according to a new report. Children that don’t get access to the internet could cost the UK billions of pounds.

Today’s Quote:

“The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.”

-    Thomas Szasz

Today’s Free Downloads:

VLC - The free self-contained media player of choice finally makes it to version 1.0.0 with a host of new features.

Agent Ransack (32-bit version) – Agent Ransack allows you to create customized searches that go well beyond basic Windows searches. Its most powerful features are aimed at programmers and other techies.

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