Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 26, 2010

Wi-Fi Analyzer Finds the Best Hotspots and Improves Your Home Network – Wi-Fi Analyzer can scan nearby wireless access points and show which spot has the best signal and least traffic. That’s neat on its own, but the free app can also help you boost your home wireless network.

24 Killer Portable Apps For Your USB Flash Drive – My flash drive works pretty hard, so I’ve spent a lot of time gathering a reliable, powerful set of portable tools that allow me to work hard and play hard, even if I can’t do it on my own PC. Here are two dozen apps that I always have at the ready.

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Steve Jobs: iPhone 4 Antenna Problem a “Non Issue,” You’re Holding it Wrong – Having recpetion woes with your new iPhone 4? Don’t blame the device, you’re just doing it wrong, suggests Steve Jobs and the rest of the Cupertino gang, who dismissed the reception complaints as a “non-issue.”

First Look at Windows Live Essential Beta’s New Social Features – Yesterday, Microsoft dropped the new Windows Live Essentials beta, adding tons of new publishing and web service options to their suite of consumer desktop applications. Here’s a look what’s changed in the beta and how the new apps stack up.

This Week in Security: Patchapalooza, iOS 4 and the Irrelevance of Full Disclosure – This week was one of the ones that my colleague Ryan Naraine often refers to as a Patchapalooza, with each day bringing a new set of fixes for Firefox, Opera, the iPhone or some other device or application. And it didn’t even include Microsoft or Adobe. Go figure. The week also included the revelation of a major flaw in Firefox and the approval of a new cybersecurity bill in Washington. Read on for the full week in review.

Southern Cities Have High Malware Rates – An analysis of more than one million malware infections in the United States shows Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama have the highest malware infection rates in the United States.

Devil Is In The Details: DHS Monitoring Web & “Wrong” Words – DHS will monitor more U.S. citizens on the Internet, the feds may have the power to pull the plug on the Web, and certain words automatically incriminate you if used in emails. It’s been a busy week, eroding away at privacy. The devil in the details of censorship.

Facebook ‘likejacking’ spam scams continues – The new external “like” feature has created an entire new movement of Facebook spam scams and has put the social network right back into a spot where it’s comfortable: being reactive to security.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The 10 most annoying programs on the Internet – Let’s face it: Some software is just plain aggravating. Here’s a list of one editor’s picks.

Personal Finance: Canadian Common Sense – With the G8 and G20 summits being hosted in Canada this week, we’re taking a moment to recognize the relative economic success that Canada has enjoyed over the past five years, in stark contrast to the debt debacles that are consuming nations around the world.

Exposed: Farmers Who Get Billions Yet Never Plowed a Field – Billions in tax dollars go to frauds who have never plowed a field. How did the system get so corrupt?

10 Beers That Go Great With Breakfast – I know what some of you are thinking. Beer for breakfast, Who does that? But the true advocate of craft beer knows there is nothing quite like waking up on a Sunday morning, making scrambled eggs and bacon and cracking open 22 ounces of your favorite brew.

Today’s Quote:

“Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.”

-   Rex Stout

Today’s Free Downloads:

Fresh Diagnose – This diagnostic tool gives you tons of information about every element of your system, such as your CPU, memory (virtual, physical, and swap-file), display drivers, virtual devices, and interrupt-request list. The system information for each category shows up quickly, and most of the benchmarks run smoothly, even when you have other applications running.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.46 – Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a surprisingly effective freeware antimalware tool. It’s a relatively speedy malware remover, with the quick scan taking about 8 minutes even with other high-resource programs running. The heuristics engine proved on multiple computers during empirical testing that it was capable of determining the difference between false positives and dangerous apps.

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8 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 26, 2010

  1. Marcus

    Re the 24 killer portable apps Bill, I don’t like Filezilla.

    It has a security flaw.

    I prefer winscp, which allows sftp encryption.

  2. Marcus

    Which obviously isn’t portable tho…lol

  3. dar

    mmm, sunrise beer
    FYI, prof Bill & gentle readers:

    “Brewing beer is neither complicated nor expensive…
    It’s the responsibility of the brewer to make it as complicated and expensive as their wifes [sic] will allow.”

    9 Serious DIY Beer-Brewing Rigs

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/print-this/4323694

    http://zz.gd/8f7b3c

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  5. Dave B

    RE: 10 most annoying programs;

    Hey look, my favorite (norton) made the list :)