Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 23, 2009

Can You Afford to Use Free Antivirus?Over on the Security Watch blog, Larry Seltzer wonders whether a recent Symantec quote is right, and it’s dangerous to rely on free antivirus software. Aren’t those free tools just upsell opportunities to get you to spend money on the real security software?

Microsoft confirms Windows 7 family pack – Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed that it does plan to offer a “family pack” for Windows 7 that can be used on up to three PCs. The software maker acknowledged the move as part of a blog entry Tuesday afternoon. However, it still isn’t saying how much it will charge for the family pack, which allows three installations of the home premium version of Windows 7.

Erin Andrews peephole video: Hackers exploit interest to spread malware – Glamorous female sports reporter Erin Andrews has taken legal action to force websites to remove video footage taken without her permission, but that isn’t stopping hackers exploiting interest. Beware of visiting pages claiming to contain the footage of Ms Andrews undressing.

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10 ways you might be breaking the law with your computer – For many years, the Internet was the “final frontier,” operating largely unregulated — in part because of the jurisdictional nightmare involved in trying to enforce laws when communications crossed not just state lines but also national boundaries. That was then; this is now.

Women and Video Games – There’s been a recent “paradigm shift” and all of a sudden women are buying video games. What happened? Wii Fit. And sales are through the roof.

Which is more secure – Internet Explorer or Firefox?Guest blogger Chet Wisniewski examines the two giants of the web browsing world, and tries to determine – is one safer than the other?

Twitter: A Growing Security Minefield – As Twitter becomes more mainstream, the microblogging service is also becoming a bigger target for malware and scams.

Lifehacker: How to Troubleshoot a Flaky Internet Connection – You’re zooming down the information superhighway getting things done when your usually-trusty browser throws up the dreaded “Server not found” message. Argh! Now what?

Potential Vulnerability in Acrobat, Reader and Flash – Adobe has acknowledged reports of a “potential vulnerability” in Adobe Acrobat, Reader and Flash. Acrobat and Reader 9.1.2, the current version, and Flash Players 9 and 10 are at issue. They say they are investigating.

Tips to speed up defrag operations in Windows XP – A simple way to speed up a defrag operation in Microsoft Windows XP is to restart the system before you launch the Defrag application. This allows the operating system to clear out the swap/paging file (may require a change in configuration for ultimate effect) and to reset it to the default size. This lets Defrag focus strictly on the necessary data on the hard disk, without having to stop and manage a huge swap file loaded with unneeded data.

The 10 faces of computer malware – The complexity of today’s IT environment makes it easy for computer malware to exist, even flourish. Being informed about what’s out there is a good first step to avoid problems.

Technology Is a Young Person’s Game – In his latest column, Editor in Chief Lance Ulanoff shows remarkable wisdom for one so young! Don’t trust your own tech usage habits, he says, because kids are the ones who direct the tech industry. Sorry old people, but Lance says you’re irrelevant–go back to streaming Law & Order reruns on Hulu, or whatever your were doing.

Off Topic:

10 Apollo-Era Technologies Used Today – The coolest technologies that the moon landing gave us – that we still use today.

Cars not worth their price – The cost of these vehicles will have you steering your finances in the wrong direction.

Why are crime rates dropping? – Crime rates have dropped dramatically in major cities across the US, despite a worsening economy. What’s behind this trend? Could improving technology have something to do with it?

Mother who cried rape after meeting man on dating website is jailed for two years – Jennifer Day, 34, who made the false allegation against former boyfriend Andrew Saxby after a row, was told by the judge that she had undermined efforts to treat genuine rape victims fairly and sympathetically.

Today’s Free Downloads:

Motherboard MonitorIs your PC getting toasty? Is your CPU getting charred and your motherboard melting? Okay, I’m exaggerating, but if your components are reaching a potentially damaging temperature, Motherboard Monitor can let you know. This free program monitors and reports on the temperatures inside your PC case using the built-in sensors on the processor and motherboard.

MetatOGGer Automatically Identifies, Tags Your MP3s and More – Free application MetatOGGer is an advanced MP3 (and OGG Vorbis, FLAC, Speex, Musepack, Windows Media, WavPack, and Monkey’s Audio) tag editor that can automatically tag your music by creating audio fingerprints and comparing them with online database, MusicBrainz.

Freeraser Makes Sure Your Files Are Gone for Good – This freebie deletes and shreds files to protect your privacy.

TuneUp – iTunes users frustrated by mislabeled songs and tags will find TuneUp Companion a big help. It’s a plug-in that lives side by side with iTunes.

iTunes Folder Watch – Adding music to the iTunes library can be tedious, but you can automate that process with a free utility called iTunes Folder Watch,

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7 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 23, 2009

  1. Mr. Mullins,
    Every day I boggle at these collections you post for us — what a wonderful resource you’re providing!

    • Bill Mullins

      Thanks TechPaul,

      I figure if I have to read it, my regular readers might like to read it as well. Ha!

      I’m glad you find it valuable.

      Bill

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  3. ‘Tips to speed up defrag operations in Windows XP – A simple way to speed up a defrag operation in Microsoft Windows XP is to restart the system before you launch the Defrag application. This allows the operating system to clear out the swap/paging file (may require a change in configuration for ultimate effect) and to reset it to the default size. This lets Defrag focus strictly on the necessary data on the hard disk, without having to stop and manage a huge swap file loaded with unneeded data.’

    A simple but very useful tip Bill.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Pochp,

      Its interesting how simple procedures can have significant results on a Windows machine. it always amazes me.

      Bill

  4. good article i enjoy