Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 31, 2011

Free Time-Saving Tools: Keyboard Shortcut Apps, Taskbar Pinner – Use Google Toolbar, PhraseExpress, or AutoHotkey to autofill often-used bits of text; Taskbar Items Pinner can pin folders, websites, and other goodies to your Windows 7 taskbar.

HP Producing One Last Batch of TouchPads to Meet Demand – Good news for those who have been trying to get their hands on an HP TouchPad: The company said today that it will produce one last run of TouchPads to meet demand.

Google Apps vs. Office 365 vs. Zoho Docs: Cloud-Based Office Suites Showdown – The battle for supremacy in online productivity suites is raging. We look at the three leading choices–Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365, and Zoho Docs–to determine which is the best.

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Loudtalks push-to-talk free – Turn your phone or tablet into a walkie talkie with this lightning fast free push-to-talk app, which works between Android, Blackberry, PC and Windows Mobile devices. Talk to your contacts privately or join public channels to engage in a hot debate.

Five Good Reasons to Try Mandriva Linux 2011 – With an attractive KDE desktop and more newbie-friendly features, this free operating system could be just the ticket for your business.

The Pros and Cons of Web-Based Operating Systems – Do notebooks that rely on a Web-based OS — like Google’s Chromebook — make sense for small business? We look at the benefits and the challenges of tying your PC to the cloud.

Rogue Google SSL certificate allowed MITM Gmail attacks – The forged certificate has been revoked only yesterday, which means that whoever was behind these attacks had the ability to trick users into believing that they were securely accessing any of the SSL-based Google services for more than a month.

Google, OpenDNS Team Up to Boost Internet Speeds – Google has teamed up with OpenDNS and several content delivery networks (CDNs) for an effort intended to boost Internet speeds.

Nations With Low Malware Rates Have Better ISPs – Countries with good national security teams (CERTs) and diligent ISPs show consistently lower rates of malware infection than those states that adopt a less paternalistic approach to security, a new analysis by Microsoft researchers has suggested. According to statistics drawn from the company’s widely-used Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), the countries which have shown notably lower infection rates of malware are Austria, Finland, Germany, and Japan.

Malicious infections enter 99% of enterprise networks – There is a significant gap in today’s enterprise IT defenses, as advanced malware and targeted attacks are easily evading traditional defenses, such as firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, antivirus, and Web/email gateways, according to FireEye.

Company News:

Facebook pays bug hunters $40,000 in three weeks - The recently introduced Facebook bug bounty program has proved to be a great success, says Joe Sullivan, the company’s chief security officer. The program has already paid out more than $40,000 in only three weeks and one person has already received more than $7,000 for six different issues flagged.

Symantec simplifies backup and recovery – Symantec unveiled the Backup Exec 3600 and NetBackup 5220 enterprise backup appliances to help organizations modernize their backup infrastructures and accelerate new initiatives around virtualization.

A Digital Drawing Tool – Wacom on Tuesday announced the Wacom Inkling, a digital sketch pen geared toward artists and visual thinkers.

VMware vCloud Enables New Global Cloud – VMware is expanding its vCloud program, enabling enterprises to buy and move their virtualized assets across multiple service providers. The vCloud is VMware’s program for service providers to run VMware virtualized clouds. The vCloud program was announced last year and is now expanding to enable virtual machine movement and service purchases across multiple vendors.

Off Topic (Sort of):

I don’t want to live in a world without Microsoft and neither do you – As popular as the notion might be in some circles, a world without Microsoft would make our lives worse, not better.

Buy Now, Pay Now, Pay Later — Are Game Companies Ripping Us Off? – Is the growing use of “Season Passes” to games a smart way for gamers to save money on DLC, or an underhanded way for publishers to charge $90 for their games?

Why Employees Should Surf the Web at Work – Want to work better and feel more mentally refreshed at the office? Then keep surfing the Web and browsing articles from your desk.

Password joke named funniest at Edinburgh Fringe – Stand-up comedian Nick Helm was judged to have the best joke of the festival, beating a number of better-known acts. 10 comedy critics spent two weeks hunting for the best jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe, putting their top 30 shortlist to a public vote.

Today’s Quote:

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.”

-     David Brin

Today’s Free Downloads:

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