Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 11, 2012

Create a Kickass, Seamless, Play-Everything Media Center: The Complete Guide – This guide will tell you everything you need to know to create an awesome, customized, do-anything media center with XBMC. And, if you’ve already hopped on the XBMC bandwagon, it’s sure to show you a thing or two you didn’t already know.

This Internet provider pledges to put your privacy first. Always – Step aside, AT&T and Verizon. A new privacy-protecting Internet service and telephone provider still in the planning stages could become the ACLU’s dream and the FBI’s worst nightmare.

Anonymous targets cyber-security legislation – Anonymous has claimed responsibility for downing the websites of USTelecom and Tech America as part of a wider campaign to protest the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011.

Free cheat sheet of 100 Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts – Get your very own Microsoft Windows 8 free downloadable cheat sheet of 100 keyboard shortcuts. The 100 Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts download is in PDF format and is free to download. Print it out and keep it handy when it comes time for you to find out what Windows 8 is all about.

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Web Attacks Use Smart Redirection to Evade URL Security Scanners – Security researchers from antivirus vendor ESET have come across new Web-based malware attacks that try to evade URL security scanners by checking for the presence of mouse cursor movement. The new drive-by download attacks were spotted in the Russian Web space and don’t require user interaction to infect computers with malware.

Print 3D models out of your pictures – Imagine turning your pictures into 3D models. Autodesk recently unveiled two pieces of software that allows users to create 3D objects from photos. We go behind the scenes to bring you the ABCs of 3D printing.

Dropbox App Has Same Account Hijacking Flaw as Facebook – If a popular app is mishandling how sending data is being stored on the mobile device, then other apps are likely to be making the same mistake. It turns out the plist vulnerability recently found in the Facebook app is present in the Dropbox app, as well.

Top Streaming Music Services – AOL Radio, Grooveshark, Jango, Last.Fm, Pandora, Slacker, and Spotify are all major players in the streaming music space, but which of these services are worth a listen? We dissect the available options.

10 Ways to Protect Your Mac – By infecting more than 600,000 Macs worldwide, the Flashback Trojan has proved definitively that the Mac is not immune to viruses. Given this, Mac users need to take a serious look at the security measures they’re taking. Here, a Kaspersky Lab security expert lists the top 10 steps they can take to ensure their Macs are as secure and safe as possible.

How to Avoid 5 Common Small Business Marketing Mistakes – There’s a right way and a wrong way to promote your business. Our marketing expert lists five common mistakes you can easily avoid. Plus more free marketing tips and resources.

Company News:

Microsoft buys Netscape Web patents from AOL to attack Google – Microsoft didn’t just buy AOL’s patents, they bought what was left of its one time fierce Web browser rival Netscape’s intellectual property to use in attacking Google’s Android and Chrome.

RIM Aims to Delight Developers at BlackBerry 10 Jam – BlackBerry 10 Jam, which will be held in conjunction with BlackBerry World in Orlando, Fla., May 1-3, will be the first opportunity for developers to get hands-on time with the tools and have experts there to offer guidance and help. The BlackBerry 10 developer tools include a BlackBerry 10 Native SDK, a BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK, a BlackBerry 10 SDK for Adobe Air and a BlackBerry 10 SDK for Android apps.

Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn Resigns – Best Buy announced today that Brian Dunn has resigned as the company’s CEO and director. The news comes about two weeks after Best Buy announced plans to shut down 50 of its big box stores in fiscal 2013.

ManageEngine Adds Configuration Management to ServiceDesk Plus – ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, announced it is augmenting ServiceDesk Plus, its ITIL-ready help desk software, with new integrated asset management capabilities. ServiceDesk Plus is gaining a configuration management database (CMDB) and several new features including an upgraded service catalog, enhanced self-service portal, automation of common help desk processes and complete integration with other ManageEngine software suites.

eXo Cloud Workspaces Previews Fully Scalable Enterprise Social Intranet – eXo, the user experience platform-as-a-service (UXPaaS) company, today opened access to the public beta of eXo Cloud Workspaces, a new cloud-based service that integrates social business and enterprise collaboration features in a single on-demand offering. The beta release of eXo Cloud Workspaces is offered free of charge, and users can sign up for accounts at http://www.cloud-workspaces.com/

Webopedia Daily:

Big Iron – Slang term used to mean a mainframe, a very large and expensive computer capable of supporting hundreds, or even thousands, of users simultaneously. It is widely believed that the term Big Iron was derived from early mainframes, which were enclosed in room-size metal frames. Slang term used by hackers to describe large, expensive and ultra-fast computers, usually meaning supercomputers.

Off Topic (Sort of):

No Money, No Problems: Canada Considers Completely Digital Currency – The Canadian government introduced plastic bills in November, recently announced it was doing away with pennies and now is looking to go digital.

Sheryl Sandberg Leaves Work at 5:30 Every Day – And You Should Too – Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is familiar with the funny, uncertain feeling that comes with checking out soon after 5:00 to be with family, and although she used to worry about what others thought of her departure time (which is a completely reasonable hour to head home, by the way), she has finally reached a point where she can take off at 5:30 p.m. without the lingering concern of how others are perceiving her. (recommended by Michael F.)

10 most dangerous species of help desk analyst – IT veteran Jeff Dray follows up his hilarious 10+ most dangerous species of help desk caller and 10 most dangerous species of IT manager lists, with this lighthearted look at the people who inhabit the world’s IT help desks.

Why Facebook is a Long-Term Loser – I’m not a huge fan of Facebook, although I admire what the company has done and how it does it, to a point. But the recent purchase of Instagram, the rather dumb junk snapshot site, is an indication that Facebook does not have what it takes to stay in business. Let me explain.

Average Monthly TV Bill Could Reach $200 by 2020 - How much would you be willing to pay to continue watching your favorite television shows? What about double the amount you’re paying now?

Today’s Quote:

You probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.”

-    Olin Miller

Today’s Free Downloads:

Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder – You can use this keyfinder program to find your product key from the Registry. You will need this if you ever have to reinstall Windows.

TrueCrypt – Powerful open source program TrueCrypt (free/donationware) creates encrypted volumes on your computer, or encrypts entire disks–including your system disk. It allows you to create hidden volumes, or even an entire hidden operating system.

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

  1. delenn13

    Re: This Internet provider pledges to put your privacy first. Always –

    And here I thought the government had burned the Constitution. :)