Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 11, 2012

Malware Removal Guide for Windows – This guide will help you clean your computer of malware. If you think your computer is infected with a virus or some other malicious software, you may want to use this guide.

How to Run Android Apps on Your PC – The BlueStacks Android App Player lets you run Android apps on your PC. We explain how to install it, how to transfer apps from your Android smartphone, and how to run them on a Windows system.

An awesome tool for customizing the Windows 7 Logon screen wallpaper – Greg Shultz shows you how to use the free Windows 7 Logon Background Changer to customize your user experience.

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iCalcy – The iPhone Calculator for Windows – Looking for a replacement for the Windows calculator? Well, I found one, called iCalcy, that looks just like the calculator that you will find on the iPhone (iPod). Best part of this is that you can carry this one around on your flash drive.

CIA website brought down – were Anonymous attackers responsible? – The CIA’s website was brought down for some hours last night by what appears to have been an internet distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

How to Unblock Blocked Websites – Governments, schools, and businesses sometimes block websites in an attempt to reduce distractions, conserve bandwidth, or censor content. If you’re willing to risk circumventing such limitations, here’s how to do it.

Chrome 17, faster than ever, more secure than ever – Google’s popular Chrome Web browser just keeps getting faster and more secure with every release.

Tor anonymity project looks to help Iranians sidestep Net ban – Tor’s “obfsproxy” technology would make encrypted data look innocuous and let it dodge government censors. That could help citizens in Iran reach blocked sites as antigovernment protests reportedly loom.

Does Apple lull Mac owners into a false sense of security? – Is Apple recklessly lulling Mac OS X owners into a false sense of security, or is the company right to downplay the risks from threats? PC Pro’s Davey Winder believes the company is using hyperbole to cover up the fact that the platform is under attack and that users are at risk.

Company News:

MasterCard and Silver Tail Systems combat online fraud – By combining Silver Tail Systems’ technology with MasterCard’s payments experience and insights, merchants will be better equipped to spot malware or robotic (“bots”) activity originating from personal computers or smart phones attacking their online payments systems.

Eolas loses landmark Web patent case – The idea that someone could actually own a patent on the Web may sounds ridiculous to you. Alas, in these days of intellectual property (IP) lawsuits, it isn’t only possible, it’s actually happened. For years, Eolas has been successfully suing major companies like Microsoft for violation of its Web patents. So when Eolas went after Amazon, Google, Yahoo and other Internet powers for running Website with “interactive” features such as streaming video it was no laughing matter. But, in a victory against software patents, a jury in the U.S. District Court in East Texas, ruled against Eolas.

Google: Bug Bounty Program Has Made Users Safer – In the 15 months since Google began offering rewards to researchers who report vulnerabilities in its Web applications, the company has paid out more than $400,000 in bug bounties. That’s a lot of money, even for Google, and the company is counting the program as a huge success.

Facebook admits it needs to fight scams more efficiently – Facebook has changed its stance when it comes to removing scams and hoaxes. The social networking giant is working on a system to keep track of the offending images that keep going viral.

Why BlackBerry, RIM Are Losing Juice in the Enterprise – Research In Motion and the company’s ubiquitous BlackBerry devices were the enterprise’s favorite product. RIM also had success providing much-needed services. But nowadays, it can’t get any love.

Off Topic (Sort of):

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes – Below are 20 common grammar mistakes I see routinely, not only in editorial queries and submissions, but in print: in HR manuals, blogs, magazines, newspapers, trade journals, and even best selling novels. If it makes you feel any better, I’ve made each of these mistakes a hundred times, and I know some of the best authors in history have lived to see these very toadstools appear in print. Let’s hope you can learn from some of their more famous mistakes.

Is it Okay to Use an HDTV as a Computer Monitor? – Imagining running your computer through a big 32-inch monitor is pretty exciting, but it’s not necessarily all it’s cracked up to be. Consider two key points to help you make your choice: what you use your computer for and the video outputs available on your computer. Let’s start by taking a look at your primary usage.

VIDEO: Boston Police hits back at Anonymous with sarcasm – Anonymous is proud of saying that an idea can’t be arrested or killed, but it seems like the Boston Police Department has thought of one way of fighting back: sarcasm.

Today’s Quote:

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.

-     Mark Twain

Today’s Free Downloads:

Intel Chipset Device Software – Run this easy to use Intel Driver Update Utility and it will “automatically” tell you if you need to update your chipset INF file, and if so, will prompt you to install and you are done. This will save you a lot of time not only on your chipset download but the most common files needed for your system.

NirLauncher 1.11.44 – NirLauncher is a package of more than 100 portable freeware utilities for Windows, all of them developed for NirSoft Web site during the last few years.

Fusion 2.2 – The program allows merging several images of the same scene in one. You can merge photos taken with the same exposure or images taken with different exposures.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 11, 2012

  1. Bill,

    Thank you for the link back on iCalcy…

    Rick

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