Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 14, 2009

Just a few hours ago Secunia issued an advisory on a “Highly Critical” vulnerability in Firefox 3.5No patch is available from the vendor and an exploit has been posted online.

An early look at Office 2010Microsoft has released a Technical Preview of its Office 2010 Professional suite. Here are some of the new and improved features you can expect to see in it.

SMS botnet warningText Security experts are warning of the rise of a botnet of mobile phones, infecting other handsets via text message. Known as the Sexy Space or Sexy View worm, an SMS message promises the recipient ‘sexy’ pictures.

XP to Windows 7 Upgrade ScenarioYes, it can be done via the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010.

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On the eve of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft is warning users about a flaw in Microsoft Office Web Components that is under attack – Microsoft is warning of limited attacks targeting a vulnerability in Microsoft Office Components. The warning comes the day before Patch Tuesday, which this month is slated to include fixes to a number of critical vulnerabilities.

DDoS Cyberwarfare Hurts Us AllA distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack has been in the news in recent days due to attacks against the U.S. government — with fingers pointed at North Korea. There are a few basic truths people forget when it comes to information warfare …

The Next Hacking Frontier: Your Brain? – Some scientists worry that when new technology enabling the use of thoughts to operate a computer or wheelchair goes wireless, it could become subject to “brain” hacking.

Survey: 60 Percent of Firms Will Skip Windows 7 – Six in 10 companies in a survey plan to skip the purchase of Microsoft Corp’s Windows 7 computer operating system, many of them to pinch pennies and others over concern about compatibility with their existing applications.

Research: A Day In the Life of A Spamming Bot – ESET researchers discover that a Waledac-infected bot spams out 150,000 messages a day.

Business licensees to get final Windows 7 release in JulyMicrosoft officials have said the company expects to release Windows 7 to manufacturing before the end of this month. But they have been less forthcoming about when users will be able to get their hands on the product.

Text Message Scammers Quietly Prey On Regional Banks – A new form of phishing sends regional bank members a text message pretending to be from their bank.

Chrome OS: It matters or it’s irrelevant – Google has finally announced its long-expected operating system, the Chrome OS. Here’s what we know about it, plus both why it matters and why it could turn out to be irrelevant.

How to Crack the Account Password on Any Operating System – Computer passwords are like locks on doors – they keep honest people honest. If someone wishes to gain access to your laptop or computer, a simple login password will not stop them.

Off Topic:

A Drug That Could Give You Perfect Visual Memory – Imagine if you could look at something once and remember it forever. You would never have to ask for directions again. Now a group of scientists has isolated a protein that mega-boosts your ability to remember what you see.

Could You Have Passed the 8th Grade in 1895?Take a Look: This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 from Salina, KS. USA.

Free University Lectures – computer science.

5 Ways to Get Bigger and Stronger: Without Lifting a Weight – Few men believe it, but you don’t need barbells, dumbbells, or machines to build muscle; in fact, weight-training equipment often inhibits the process.

Genetic mutation makes those brown eyes blue – Scientists find that blue-eyed individuals have a single, common ancestor.

Today’s Free Downloads:

The Free GOOD Software List – If you want software that works, doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, contains no spyware and just plain doesn’t suck – you’re at the right place.

Defraggler is a free file defragmentation tool – It differs from other defrag tools on the market, by enabling you to quickly and simply defrag the files you want to, without having to process the whole drive.

The Best Free Apps for Your Windows Mobile Device – Despite the flurry of attention surrounding the iPhone and other new mobile phone platforms, Windows Mobile still has a widespread distribution and capacity for customization.

Convert for Windows – Convert is a free and easy to use unit conversion program that will convert the most popular units of distance, temperature, volume, time, speed, mass, power, density, pressure, energy and many others, including the ability to create custom conversions! Printable Medical Forms! Certificates on CD! – If you’re a fan of, you know what a great resource the site is for families, businesses, schools, and more.

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