Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 13, 2012

Facebook opens up more user data – Facebook has today improved users’ ability to see what information the company is holding about them – but hasn’t gone far enough, according to privacy campaigners.

Instagram, Facebook Deal Sparks Privacy and Quality Concerns – Instagram sold to Facebook for $1 billion, irking longtime users–here’s how to gather up your photos and run.

Installing Windows and Linux On the Same Computer – You can pick from many versions of Linux, but I’ll confine my instructions here to Ubuntu. It’s popular, it’s powerful, and it plays well with Windows.

How to Try Windows 8 on Your iPad – With $25, an iPad and a bit of curiosity, you can try Windows 8 on a tablet right now.

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Is online banking like playing Russian Roulette? – Four out of ten consumers suspect they are playing with fire conducting financial transactions online, according to Entersekt. The study of 1,000 people, found that while the individuals questioned love it, rely on it, and aren’t willing to give it up, 41% are convinced their accounts will be breached in the future, making it comparable to playing Russian Roulette! With 53% either directly affected by, or knowing someone that has fallen victim to card fraud, their fears may be well founded.

HSBC customers under phishing attack – Customers of HSBC, one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world, are currently being targeted with a fake warning of account suspension. The email claims that someone tried to access the user’s account and failed, and that the bank suspended the account in order to protect the customer.

Facebook Before Kindergarten? – Technically, you’re not allowed on Facebook if you’re under 13. Not so for these kindergartners. Yes, I said kindergartners. Here are some other interesting facts from the data collected by Survey Sampling International.

Map and troubleshoot your USB ports with Microsoft USB View – After some deep investigation, Greg Shultz came across a Windows 7 compatible version of the old Windows utility USB View.

Make Search Engines Love Your Site With This SEO Software – It’s not enough to have a great product or service anymore. You also need a great website and to get noticed by search engines. We look at software that shows you the ins and outs of the almighty SEO.

Six tips for a paperless lifestyle – According to The Economist, the average American consumes almost eight 40-foot trees per year in paper. Even if you’re not environmentally minded, reducing the amount of paper you consume has many benefits, including saving money and reducing clutter. To help you get on the path to living a paperless lifestyle, here are six tips to consider:

Company News:

Rumor Has It: Google Drive On Its Way – Google Drive, Google’s answer to Dropbox, could appear in the next few weeks. One could guess how this will affect the competition, but what’s more interesting is how it will impact Google’s own products. Here are some possibilities.

Instagram’s $Billion Sale Powered by Ubuntu Linux – Instagram’s back-end is powered by Ubuntu 11.04 running on EC2. That’s right, though Canonical itself is not a billion dollar company, but it is the core foundation of a company that is. Amazon of course provides a quick way for companies to have scalable infrastructure and with Ubuntu, Instagram’s engineers found the OS base that worked for them to build massive success.

Splashtop’s new app lets developers run Metro apps on an iPad – If you’re developing Metro apps for Windows 8, how do you test touch features? One option is to use a new app called Win8 Metro Testbed, which allows an iPad to access a Windows 8 machine over a network. The remote connection is surprisingly responsive.

India hires Microsoft in ‘largest cloud deployment ever’ – India has hired Microsoft to roll-out student cloud email services to 7 million students in the country; thought to be the world’s largest cloud deployment to date.

Webopedia Daily:

Swivel Chair Interface – Swivel chair is a slang term for a common interface work-around that involves manually entering data into one system and then entering the same data into another system. The term is derived from the practice of the user turning from one system to another using a swivel chair. The swivel chair interface can be eliminated with better network management and unified interfaces and data integration.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The iPhone elite – The fact is, many iPhone users consider themselves a cut above the rest. They sneer at unresponsive Android devices and guffaw at Windows Phone 7′s lack of apps. When they buy an iPhone, they’re buying into a way of life and an elevated, entitled echelon of society — but it’s Apple’s fault, not theirs.

Use This Body Language Cheat Sheet to Decode Common Non-Verbal Cues – Body language accounts for most of how we communicate and so it’s helpful to know what certain cues can mean to gain a better understanding of what people are telling you.

The history of supercomputers - If you thought that desktop PCs have scaled a lot in the last 30 years, get this: the world’s fastest supercomputer is 3.3 billion times faster than the first.

Government riddled with “unacceptable IT” says tech chief – One of the UK government’s most senior IT bosses has said that government hasn’t “come nearly far enough” in its battle against wasting money on technology.

Anonymous wants to take down the Great Firewall of China – The countless attacks on Chinese websites were apparently just a warm up. Anonymous wants to take down the Internet censorship system known as the Great Firewall of China.

Today’s Quote:

Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work.”

-    Author Unknown

Today’s Free Downloads:

TrackMania Nations Forever – TrackMania Nations Forever is one of the slickest and most polished freeware games I have seen. This racing game has an extremely simple interface. The complexity and beauty of TrackMania comes in the tracks–there are 65 included in the game, of varying complexity.

Surf Anonymous Free – Surf Anonymous Free is the most advanced and reliable software for Internet users who want to ensure that their sessions and all online activities are secure and private. For instance, it is used to protect your sensitive data such as bank account information, private photos from being stolen and pried, or visit those websites, blogs and forums that once blocked you.

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