Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 23, 2012

Free tool reveals all about Facebook app privacy – For those bewildered by the privacy issues surrounding Facebook apps – and let’s face it, who isn’t? – there’s a new FCC-endorsed service available to rate them. Research firm PrivacyChoice says its Privacyscore for Facebook makes clear which apps protect users’ privacy and which don’t, and tells users if they’ll be tracked, and by whom.

HijackThis – This sniffer/cleanup utility searches autorun items, processes, services, and the Windows registry for the kinds of entries and activities that hackers use to invade and infect your system.

The Danger of Tinkering with Windows Too Much – Windows works best when you leave it alone. Sometimes it’s best to resist the urge to tweak the operating system — especially if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t – If you’re looking for a way to get online anonymously and securely, then TorVPN is for you. It encrypts network activity and hides your IP addresses so you can stealthily browse without a worry in the world.

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New Tool ‘Gmail Meter’ Tells You About Your Email Use – The new Gmail Meter will tell you how many people sent you emails, how many you sent, and even how quickly you responded. It is a cool tool for monitoring your personal email metrics, although the idea of this data finding its way into your employer’s hands might scare you a little bit.

Tor-hidden online narcotics store, ‘The Farmer’s Market’, brought down in multinational sting – Eight men have been arrested for running a secret online store that sold more than $1 million worth of narcotics. It’s alleged that the gang hid its tracks by operating on the Tor network.

Don’t Lose the Internet in July! FBI Repeats DNSChanger Warning – The temporary fix that allows computers still infected with the malware to continue surfing the Internet is going to be shut down on July 9, the feds have warned again

More troubleshooting with Microsoft USB View and other USB utilities – Greg Shultz takes a closer look at USB troubleshooting and answers questions raised by readers.

Only 4% of IT staff trust users: free security toolkit now available – User education is of course a great idea, but we all know how hard it is to get the messages across in a clear and memorable way. Sophos launches a free education toolkit to help the poor IT guys who are responsible for user education.

Judge Refuses to Toss Anti-Poaching Case Against Apple, Google – Several top tech firms – including Apple, Google, and Intel – failed this week in their bid to have an anti-poaching antitrust case against them thrown out.

Company News:

Adobe’s Creative Cloud: All the Creative Software You’ll Ever Want – The creative-software giant is releasing all of its wares plus a bunch of new services as a $49.99-a-month smorgasbord.

Qualcomm: Demand for Snapdragon Outstripping Supply – The mobile chip maker is getting plenty of design wins for its 28nm, dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip but doesn’t have the foundry capacity to make enough of them.

10 Factors to Determine Microsoft’s Long-Term Success – There was once a time when Microsoft couldn’t be beaten in the technology market. But those days are long gone. Still, there are several factors at play that could determine the company’s chances of long-term success or failure.

HP, Microsoft Update Converged Data Center System – Hewlett-Packard on April 19 unveiled a slate of new data center products that integrate directly with Microsoft’s new System Center 2012, which was released to general availability on April 17.

Rumors Swirl of Smaller iPad, Which Jobs Detested – There’s a constantly spinning mill of rumors about Apple products, most of which turn out to be untrue. What’s unusual this week is that talk has revived of a smaller iPad model, an idea company founder Steve Jobs derided publicly a year before he died.

Webopedia Daily:

Burp – Slang term used to describe the resetting of any computer equipment to restore network functionality, such as the router. The term burp is also used to describe a router losing a packet (may also be called a network burp or hiccup).

Off Topic (Sort of):

A dope promotional item – It’s on practically every corner these days, even more than 7-11s, but it seems like you can’t walk two blocks without walking past a medical marijuana dispensary, at least in California.

Nokia’s Impending Doom – Does anyone think that sitting on Windows Phone OS forever is going to change anything? Will Nokia just continue to hang its hat on the OS when it is becoming more and more apparent that it has no buzz, no karma, or apps, for that matter? It has to drop this OS and go with the Android as fast as it can.

CISPA debate rages on in the US, what’s all the fuss about? – A new law being debated in the US is causing concern among privacy advocates. The law is designed to encourage information sharing to thwart cybercrime, yet even the White House is expressing concerns over the privacy implications of the bill.

Senate Passes Bill Requiring Black Boxes in All New Cars – Starting in 2015, all new commercial automobiles will be equipped with Event Data Recorders.

Billionaires Back Ambitious Asteroid-Mining Venture – A new venture backed by director James Cameron and Google’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt seeks to accomplish something straight out of science fiction—the mining of asteroids for raw materials like iron and nickel.

Today’s Quote:

Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”

-     Sir Winston Churchill

Today’s Free Downloads:

Windows Repair – Tweaking.com – Windows Repair is an all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including registry errors and file permissions as well as issues with Internet Explorer, Windows Update, Windows Firewall and more.

USB Image Tool – USB Image Tool can create images of USB flash drives and MP3 players, that are mounted as USB drives. It allows you switch between images with different music styles on your MP3 Player or to make an exact backup image of your USB Stick.

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