Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 31, 2009

Three Free TV-Streaming Apps – Ditch your keyboard, lean back, and start streaming your favorite shows directly from the Internet with these free apps—and your PC’s media remote.

92 per cent of all email is spam – Spam Spam now accounts for 92 per cent of all emails and is growing at a rate of 117 billion emails a day, according to a new report. Computer security firm McAfee has described the growing onslaught of spam over the last three months as alarming.

How to hijack ‘every iPhone in the world – If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off. Quickly. …… mostly invisible SMS bursts that can give a hacker complete power over any of the smart phone’s functions. That includes dialing the phone, visiting Web sites, turning on the device’s camera and microphone and, most importantly, sending more text messages to further propagate a mass-gadget hijacking.

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Revitalize Your PC With Windows’ Utilities – Computers get slower with age. And as we add programs and updates, sometimes little ‘quirks’ develop. The older our machines get and the more we use them, the worse these things become.

Firefox approaches 1 billion downloads – Mozilla’s Firefox browser is expected to pass the one billion download milestone this weekend. To mark the occasion Firefox has launched a dedicated website,, which will go live on 3 August. A Twitter account has also been set-up to count down to the milestone.

Windows 7 first look: More than just ‘Vista, fixed’ – After 10 days of installing and testing the final release of Microsoft’s new operating system on a wide range of desktop and notebook configurations, I continue to be impressed by the many small but meaningful changes — and several large ones — that give Windows 7 its own identity.

Lifehacker: Bypass Cellphone Voicemail Instructions with One Star Pound – Next time your call goes to voicemail, there’s no reason to contend with the insufferable 15-second instructional that precedes the beep. Here’s how to skip ahead and leave your message in peace without wasting precious minutes

Kaminsky Warns of SSL VulnerabilitiesThe famed security researcher sounds the alarm on a new threat that could undermine the trust of secure Web transactions. Should we be worried?

Never Use Hotmail, Inactive Webmail As Your Secondary Email Account – Registering for an account at any web site almost always requires an email address, and some people use a secondary address they don’t care about instead of their real email address to avoid spam. If you do this, be very careful.

At Black Hat: Hackers 1, Security Experts 0 – High profile security experts presenting at this week’s Black Hat conference find themselves on the defensive after hackers successfully broke into their servers. The incident shows that even the best security experts should have their architectures and practices checked and double checked.

The 500 worst passwords of all time…and how to avoid them – We all have lots of Internet passwords, and about half of them are not difficult to guess. Here are the 500 worst passwords of all time — and how to avoid them.

Off Topic:

Four resume tips for older workers – IT CareerPeople aged 55 and older are twice as likely to experience age barriers in employment, than any other discrimination. Career blogger Toni Bowers offers some resume tips on how older workers can get around this issue.

Marketing Tips: Go Viral, Virus Protection, Social Media – This week, Andrew Lock looks at a viral video that takes United Airlines to task for lousy customer service, reveals the winner of his Magical Marketing Experience, offers social media and anti-virus tips and shares a marketing lesson from Delta Airlines.

Cheerleader Sues School, Coach After Illicit Facebook Log-In – A high school cheerleader is suing after her coach forced her to give up her Facebook account login information, and her account’s contents were shared widely with school officials.

Pick-up Lines for Math Geeks and Nerds: e.g. – “I can figure out the square root of any number in less than 10 seconds. What? You don’t believe me? Well, then, let’s try it with your phone number”.

Today’s Free Downloads:

MarketBrowser – Get world class charting on your computer in seconds with MarketBrowser. Check portfolio performance instantly with the at-a-glance toolbar. Quickly run studies like moving averages, spreads and oscillators.

Klok 1 – A simple a well-designed, easy-to-use time sheet app that lets you quickly add projects and how long it took you to complete them. Create reports to see how much work you’ve performed.

Spybot Search & Destroy – Though its name sounds like bad dialog from a 60’s sci-fi flick, Spybot Search & Destroy is a good program to have around for those trying times when you think someone is lurking behind the browser curtain tracking your every Web move. Fire it up and it’ll spot all sorts of tracking cookies and the like, then remove them if you choose to do so.

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One response to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 31, 2009

  1. ‘Never Use Hotmail, Inactive Webmail As Your Secondary Email Account – Registering for an account at any web site almost always requires an email address, and some people use a secondary address they don’t care about instead of their real email address to avoid spam. If you do this, be very careful.’

    A very useful tip Bill.
    So many Hotmail accts. have been hijacked because it comes with 50G free file storage.