Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 7, 2012

AnyMeeting Now Makes Online Meetings Free and Simple – Online meetings are great tools, but some options are costly and some are complicated. AnyMeeting Now is neither and you don’t even have to register to use the service.

How Do I Back Up? – Not backing up is as crazy as not updating your antivirus software–or not wearing a seatbelt. You’re begging for disaster. There are many techniques, strategies, and programs for backing up your files. I’m not going to even try covering all the bases here. I’ll just hit the most important issues and make some recommendations.

AV-Test Rates Over 40 Android Antivirus Products – Only seven mobile security apps detected most of the malware thrown at them, according to independent research lab Av-test.org.

Adobe Patches Flash Player for Second Time in 20 Days - Adobe today patched a pair of critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player and told IT administrators to apply the update within 30 days.

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Make Your Tech Life Easier: Load Apps and Docs at Startup, Chrome Tips – Here’s how to set up Windows 7 and Vista to load specific applications and documents at startup, and how to troubleshoot Google Chrome’s bookmark syncing.

Finding an Alternative to the Free Picnik Photo Editor – Here are some free photo editors you can use now that Google has decided to retire Picnik.

Google Patches 14 ‘High-risk’ Bugs in Chrome – Google doled out a bounty record of $47,500 to those who reported the bugs, including two in Adobe Flash Player.

eBook: Solving Common IT Security Problems – Securing an IT infrastructure can be a time-consuming task that leaves little time for the security emergencies that arise in the course of doing business. Download this eBook for practical security advice on dealing with stolen laptops, securing wireless networks, encrypting sensitive data, keeping executives’ PC secure, and more. (Registration required)

Anonymous Takes Down Security Firm’s Website, Vows to Fight on After Arrests - Hackers claiming to belong to the Anonymous hacking collective early Wednesday defaced Panda Security’s PandaLabs website in apparent response to arrests.

Check your hardware for Windows 8 compatibility – Ready or not, Windows 8 is coming fast. Microsoft has set up a Web site to check compatibility with your current hardware and software. The Compatibility Center for Windows 8 is a simple-to-use Web site to check whether your favorite hardware or software will work with the next version of Windows. Here’s how to use it.

Company News:

Why Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Strategy Is Failing – Microsoft has been trying desperately over the years to catch up with both Apple’s iOS and iPhone and Google’s Android, but is now finding itself losing ground at an alarming rate. According to one research firm, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 vendor partners sold just 2.7 million devices in the fourth quarter of 2011. Apple sold more than 37 million iPhones during the same period. eWEEK examines what Microsoft and its partners have done wrong.

NETGEAR Updates Small Biz Network Security – The new ProSecure 3.0 firmware provides application firewall capabilities for small organizations with as few as five users.

Ubuntu Linux 12.04 One-Ups Windows and Mac, Shuttleworth Says – The fruition of three years’ labor, ‘Precise Pangolin’ offers significant desktop innovation, according to Canonical’s founder.

ManageEngine Beefs Up MSP Center Plus with Amazon S3 Backup – ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today announced Amazon S3 backup and recovery services for MSP Center Plus, its agent-based network monitoring software. Delivered via API-level integration with CloudBerry Lab Online Backup software, the new feature gives MSPs an easy to use and highly reliable cloud-based option for backing up and recovering customers’ remote Windows servers and desktops.

Webopedia Daily:

Cloud database – A database accessible to clients from the cloud and delivered to users on demand via the Internet from a cloud database provider’s servers. Also referred to as Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), cloud databases can use cloud computing to achieve optimized scaling, high availability, multi-tenancy and effective resource allocation.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Alan Turing: Exhibition offers rare glimpse of the man behind the enigma – British mathematician Alan Turing is known as the father of modern computing. Decades before the onset of the information age, Turing conceived what he called a “universal machine”, laying the groundwork for today’s PCs and smartphones. Yesterday, a new exhibition celebrating the life of Turing was launched at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, UK.

Can the Internet Be Made Trustworthy? – Speaking at RSA Conference 2012, the CEO of Qualys points to SSL flaws, malware in third-party ads, and insecure browsers as signs that the Internet needs a fundamental overhaul of trustworthiness.

Know Your Malware – If your antivirus truly did nothing but fight viruses, you’d be in big trouble. Fortunately, “antivirus” is a catch-all term for software that protects against all kinds of malicious software.Here’s a quick primer on the many types of malware your software should protect you from.

Sabu’s sordid story detailed in FBI indictment – Hector Xavier Monsegur may have portrayed the exploits of Anonymous and LulzSec as a glamorous fight against “the man”, but the dark criminal realities of their exploits were exposed in his indictment. It appears he wasn’t just in it for the lulz.

Sopa Author Back With More Invasive Bill Masquerading as Anti Child Porn – SOPA author Lamar Smith (R-TX, pictured above) has been quietly pushing through Congress another, even more invasive online surveillance bill than SOPA, and he will probably get his way.

Ford Taking a Slow Road to Self-Driving Cars - What’s the most important component in a self-driving car? The driver, a top executive at Ford said recently.

Today’s Quote:

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.”

-     P. J. O’Rourke

Today’s Free Downloads:

System Information for Windows (SIW) – SIW is probably the most comprehensive free system analyzer you’ll find anywhere. It gives you a complete rundown of all your hardware and software, your system setup, your audio and video codecs, your motherboard, network cards, systems slots–and that’s just the beginning. It also includes real-time monitors for things such as network, RAM, and CPU use.

Skype 5.8.0.158 – Skype is free and simple software that will enable you to make free calls anywhere in the world in minutes. Just download it, register, and within minutes you can plug in your PC headset and call your friends on Skype.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 7, 2012

  1. pmshah

    I am not surprised that Microsoft’s Window’s mobile policy is failing. More than a decade ago Compaq had announced iPaq pda with Linux operating system. Immediately MS got on to their case and made them switch to Win CE by threatening to raise prices on OEM versions of Windows & Office for the desktop and laptops.. On the other hand they gave in to them such that Win CE became too expensive for the Japanese manufacturers who abandoned it altogether. I recollect having seen Siemens AND Casio mobile phone incorporating Win CE. The latter was specifically designed for the Hong Kong market . (Hutchison Max) I believe. In fact subsequently Compaq even came out with a Win CE based compact and very well performing GSM phone. Unfortunately due to limitations of available technology wireless internet access was not possible.

    Had MS not been so bullying types perhaps others would not have been so aggressive in finding alternatives.