Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 28, 2010

Freeware Files: Five Unexpected Automation Apps for Windows! – There are a ton of apps out there that you can use to automate something you do on your PC. I mean, that’s the central conceit of software development as a whole, correct? To somehow ease the time burden it takes one to do a particular task in what would otherwise be a manual, labor-intensive process?

Pentagon: Let Us Secure Your Network or Face Wild West Alone – Companies that operate critical infrastructures and do not voluntarily allow the federal government to install monitoring software on their networks to detect possible cyber attacks would face the “wild” internet on their own and place us all at risk…

6 things Microsoft needs to do before I’ll take Windows seriously – Security in the Windows world is, well, a joke. And I’m not just talking about XP. I’m talking Vista and yes, even Microsoft’s darling Windows 7. Basically put, in the hurricane of spyware, malware, adware, trojans, and viruses that is the World Wide Web, taking Windows out into that storm is like driving a convertible in the deluge with all the doors propped wide open and the top down. (submitted by Dar)

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Microsoft Researchers Propose Privacy Sensor ‘Widget’ – Researchers from Microsoft have come up with a sensor widget concept that provides alerts and lets users control and monitor exactly what other users see from their webcams, microphones, and other live data streams.

Linux Mint 9: A Fresh Spin on Ubuntu – What’s the big deal about Linux Mint and why is it so popular among Linux users? It’s because that it includes a number of improvements and tweaks that aren’t set up out-of-the-box in the base Ubuntu distribution.

REVIEW: Emsisoft Anti-Malware 5.0 – In testing Emsisoft Anti-Malware is good at finding viruses but poor at cleaning them up; worse, it IDs too many legit apps as malware.

6 Privacy Fixes Facebook Must Make – Facebook is in trouble, but the solution isn’t particularly complicated. Here are a handful of ways Zuckerberg and Co. can get out of the headlines by letting users retake control of their privacy.

Microsoft warns on Windows 7 upgrade tool – Parallels, known for using virtualization to solve consumer problems, thought it had a surefire new use for its technology. There was only one problem: the way the product works runs afoul of Microsoft’s license rules, at least for most users.

Anti-Clickjacking Defenses ‘Busted’ In Top Websites – New research easily bypasses popular frame-busting technique.

Easy Online Backup – Backup that saves your files off-site is one cloud computing service everyone should consider. Here are a handful of our most recent online backup reviews.

The Foolproof method for remembering passwords? – Even if you develop a great lineup of passwords, that being ones you can actually remember, your success is fleeting. This is because you are always being instructed to regularly change your passwords. I’m beginning to wonder if passwords are worth the effort.

Seven antivirus solutions for Windows Mobile and Symbian – If you’re using a Windows Mobile or Symbian device, you’re no stranger to the risk of viruses or malware on your handset. Here are seven mobile antivirus solutions to consider.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Are we living in the future now? – With multi-touch displays everywhere we look, and now flexible displays, are we truly living in the future?

What if we all got electric cars? – Right now there are a few thousand electric cars, Houseman said, but with the Nissan Leaf — which has a waiting list of 130,000 — the Chevy Volt and other new models coming, we could have several hundred thousand electric cars and hybrids by this time next year.

Web TV gadgets through the ages (images) – We take a look at where Internet-enabled television has been in the past few years.

Take a People-Free Photo in a Crowded Place – You’re at a popular location and you really would love a photo of the place without all the people in the way. Looks like you’re out of luck and you should just buy a postcard, right? Not with this clever trick.

Today’s Quote:

“What would I do if I had only six months to live? I’d type faster.”

-     Isaac Asimov

Today’s Free Downloads:

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Animals – Animals is a Windows 7 theme that wildlife lovers will appreciate. It includes a wallpaper slide show with ten high-quality animal photos (dolphins, leopards, a cute wolf cub, and so on) and replaces your boring Windows alert tones with animal calls that will really get your attention.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 28, 2010

  1. ‘Giveaway of the Day – Cleanse Uninstaller Pro 6.5 – Cleanse Uninstaller Pro is the advanced uninstaller that finds and removes even the most stubborn software. Using the Auto Find uninstall software function all you have to do is drag and drop the program’s icon you want to uninstall onto Cleanse Uninstallers icon and Cleanse will Auto Find the program in the uninstall list and start the advanced uninstall process. (Offer expires 12 am PT).’

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