Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 27, 2012

Toolwiz Time Freeze – Toolwiz Time Freeze is a free instant system protection tool to keep your system safe and always like new. It protects your system from any unwanted changes and malicious activity in low disk level. With a simple click, it puts your actual system under virtual protection on the fly and creates a virtual environment as a copy of the real system, on which you can evaluate applications, watch movies, and perform online activities. It provides higher-level security to computer protection, and greatly improves the efficiency of virtual system

How Facebook’s Timeline is like genital herpes – A film that spoofs the TV ads for Valtrex shows how Facebook’s Timeline tries to dominate your life. But you can manage it. No, really. You can.

MP3 Toolkit – MP3 Toolkit is simple and it works, letting you convert audio files to a number of different types, merge multiple files into one, clip files for ringtones or the like, edit tags, rip files from CD, and record using a microphone. There’s nothing spectacular about it, unless you’re impressed that it’s free.

Desktop Wallpaper: Memorial Day – Monday, May 28, 2012, is Memorial Day in the United States. A day we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

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Absinthe 2.0 Jailbreak Is What’s Wrong with iOS – A tireless collaborative effort by the iOS Jailbreak Dream Team (a group comprised of members from the Chronic-Dev Team and the iPhone Dev Team) has yielded Absinthe 2.0–a jailbreak utility for iOS 5.1.1. While some appreciate being able to break out of Apple’s “walled garden”, the fact that iOS devices can be rooted poses a significant security risk.

Facebook Promoting ‘Close Friends’ Lists – Facebook has begun prominently pushing a feature called “Close Friends,” that allows you to keep close tabs on well, your close friends. Facebook reportedly began promoting the feature this week.

Parents Get New Weapons in War Over Kids’ Phones – Thanks to social networks, bullying is no longer confined to the schoolyard; victims are potentially subject to harassment anytime, anywhere, and from any handheld device.

5 Hidden Gmail Tips and Tricks for Power Users – If you’ve mastered the Gmail basics and are looking to increase your Gmail prowess and productivity, here’s a look at five tips and tricks that will take you to the next level.

Tape Data Storage: An Enterprise IT Workhorse – After 60 years, tape storage continues, despite its naysayers, to more than hold its own throughout enterprise IT. The reasons? Its significant cost advantages, reliability and continued improvement in capacity, speed and ease of use. And now its role is expanding into big data, cloud and HPC operations. Here we set the record straight against the unfounded claims of tape’s obsolescence.

There’s trouble with three major Linux desktop application developers – An old myth is that the Linux desktop doesn’t have the applications most users need, but lately some companies that have long supported Linux are pulling back from the Linux desktop and that’s a worry.

Aged Windows XP Costs 5x More to Manage Than Windows 7 – Microsoft yesterday added ammunition to its increasingly aggressive battle to get users off the nearly-11-year-old Windows XP by citing a company-sponsored report that claims annual support costs for the older OS are more than five times that of Windows 7.

Company News:

BlackBerry maker RIM set to lay off 2,000 – report – Troubled BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is planning a major global restructuring that will include at least 2,000 layoffs worldwide, according to a report. Canada’s Globe and Mail cites “several people close to the company” in reporting the news about the Waterloo, Ontario-based company, which, the Globe and Mail says, has about 16,500 employees globally.

Microsoft’s New TOS to Block Class Action Suits – Microsoft said late Friday that the company has begun changing its user agreements to prevent consumers from filing class-action lawsuits against the company.

Report: Facebook in Talks to Buy Browser-Maker Opera – A new report indicates that Facebook, fresh off its initial public offering, is in talks to acquire web browser maker Opera Software

Report: Groupon Entering Payments Business – Move over, Square, PayPal, Verifone, and all other mobile payments providers: Groupon wants a piece of the pie. According to a report on VentureBeat, Groupon is testing a mobile credit-card reader, much like others in the payments space. Its hook? A 1.8 percent transaction fee and a 15 cent per transaction charge for transactions processed through the terminal, substantially less than what its competitors charge.

Webopedia Daily:

Video Conferencing Software – Video conferencing and Web conferencing software applications enable both point-to-point (two-person) and multipoint (three or more participants) video conferences. In many ways a point-to-point videoconference is similar to a phone call with video of the other participant. Each participant has a video or Web camera, microphone and speakers mounted on his or her computer, and as the two participants speak to one another their voices are carried over the network and delivered to the other’s speakers. Whatever images appear in front of the video camera appear in a window on the other participant’s monitor.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Apocalypse-proof condos already sold out – You can survive the end of the world in this charming nuclear missile silo. The views aren’t great, but there won’t be anything to see outside anyway.

Online advertising: “I’ve seen the future, and it’s awful.” – Jon Kolko goes on an full-scale assault against online advertising in a post for the Austin Center for Design called Advertising Is The Problem. I am no fan of the advertising model myself, but Jon paints a post-apocolyptically grim picture of what’s to come. (recommended by Michael F.)

Apache OpenOffice. Windows Users Dominate Downloads – When Apache OpenOffice 3.4 was released last week — the first OpenOffice release under Apache – I “guessed” that it was likely a better fit for Windows and Mac users than for Linux users. As it turns out, after a week of availability, that’s exactly the case. The Apache OpenOffice project today announced that after a week of availability they have had over 1 million downloads.

Flashing headlights is your Constitutionally protected right – Florida police should no longer be able to ticket drivers who use their headlights to communicate with other drivers, even if it’s to warn them of an upcoming speed trap.

Street Light of the Future Would Provide Wi-Fi, Cell Coverage and More – Think of the V-Pole as a smart street light equipped with an LED light bulb and capable of providing Wi-Fi, improving cellphone service and charging electric cars.

Parent set up fake porn profile in revenge against school official – Frustrated by a school official who allegedly confiscated his son’s iPod, a man — since convicted of ID fraud — sets up a porn profile in the official’s name in attempt to shame him, a report says.

Today’s Quote:

“Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.”

-    Unknown

Today’s Free Downloads:

jGnash 2.9.0 – jGnash is a free personal finance manager with many of the same features as commercially-available software. It was created in order to make tracking your personal finances easy, but also provides the functionality required by advanced users.

Doc Scrubber 1.2 – Microsoft Word (.DOC) files can contain more than just text you see while editing them. Doc Scrubber lets you see that information, and scrub it from files before sending them to others.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 27, 2012

  1. Jerry Chance

    Greetings Bill

    Just wanted to comment on the Toolwiz Time Freeze that you highlight at the start of today’s offerings. It is a really brilliant little program and so easy to use for us non-geeks! Many thanks and keep ‘em coming!

    Best wishes as usual

    Jerry Chance

    • Hi Jerry,

      It’s a keeper – for sure. Been using it for a few days and – it works as advertised.

      Good to get your views on this.

      Best,

      Bill

  2. The news about Groupon is interesting, that is, giving away a free iPod is mighty interesting. But the rate of 1.8% is nothing compared to mPowa’s .25%. And anyway, I won’t be able to use this when I move back to the UK. I’d stick with mPowa (www.mpowa,com) as my first option.

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