Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 9, 2009

Ransomware hits three browsers – Security researchers have discovered ransom-demanding malware that targets the Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera browsers. Ransomware is malicious software that attempts to elicit money from the victim by placing a pop-up message on the screen until a fee is paid to remove it.

Kids are changing their online habits will adults change too?

Wine Announcement: The Wine development release 1.1.27 is now available. What’s new in this release (see below for details):

New version of the Gecko engine.

New GSM 06.10 codec support.

Improved support for the disk volume APIs.

Support for XShm pixmaps for better performance.

Various bug fixes.

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Microsoft Shoots Down “Critical” Windows 7 Bug – Amidst the generally warm feelings over the Windows 7 RTM release was this little blip. Apparently someone discovered a bug that could affect a very small number of people. Microsoft scrambled to get the message out on how critical this bug really is.

Social networking security: What, us worry? – Recent surveys reveal lukewarm concern in the enterprise toward Web 2.0 security risks. In fact, only 3 percent of respondents see their companies “seriously affected” by recent Facebook and Twitter phishing attacks. But do enterprise users understand the real risks?

The 10 most useful Linux commands – Maybe the command line isn’t your favourite place to hang out, but to be an effective Linux admin, you need to be able to wield a few essential commands. These 10 commands are guaranteed to simplify your Linux admin life.

The 25 Best Back-to-School Tech Deals – Get a laptop for $179 and Microsoft office for just $59. Need I say more? You have to check out these deals.

Lifehacker: Top 10 Tricks for Making Your Playlists Rock – If music is part of your everyday work routine, workout, or commute, stuffing your player full of tunes and hitting shuffle just won’t cut it. Scan these 10 tips for improving and expanding your music playlists.

AMD Improves Graphics in New 785G Chipset – AMD may be playing second fiddle to Intel these days, but the company still has big plans and a pretty smart strategy. Part of it involves delivering effective graphics for the broadest set of new Windows 7 users. At the center of this plan is its new 785G Chipset.

Kindle and Other E-Readers – The Software Needs To Improve

Off Topic:

Getting smart about teens: 5 big trends – Seeking meaning? Seeking connectedness? Looking to create a better world through social change? Does this sound like a mid-career manager suffering burnout? Surprise…it’s today’s teen.

6 Ways to Use Your Video Game Skills at the OfficeTired of hearing from others that gaming doesn’t have practical benefits that it’s basically a waste time? Here are 6 ways in which gaming can help at the workplace…where being nimble, aggressive, creative, sedentary (and really good at spotting & terminating a-holes) can be hugely advantageous.

The History of Money – This evolution and history of money is an interesting one. Read how people went from trading pelts to metals and eventually to the fiat systems that we know today.

Ben Stein’s shilling costs him his New York Times gig – The guy with the annoying voice who led a crusade against evolution has lost his job with the Grey Lady after taking a job advertising for a financial services company. Apparently, Ben Stein’s decision to become a pitchman for, a dubious financial services firm, finally put his employer over the edge.

One Trillion Dollars Visualized – Its official, trillion is the new billion. No longer is government spending talked about in terms of a mere ten digits. With the recent flurry of government spending, we are going to need another …

CNN Anchor Rips Into Health Care CEO Who’s Funding Anti-Reform Effort – A CNN anchor today tore down Rick Scott, the founder of an organization that’s been funding anti-health care reform protests and the former CEO of a hospital company that, as Sanchez pointed out, paid $1.7 billion to settle charges of overcharging Medicare and Medicaid.

Before and After Marriage – Humor

The Top 10 Mistakes People Make When Starting A Business – What are the common mistakes that new entrepreneurs make and how can you avoid making them yourself? Here is our top 10 list of mistakes people make when starting a business.

Today’s Free Downloads:

How to convert PDF to Word DOC for free – a comparative test.

Freeware Files – Five Portable Software Suites for your USB Key.

10 Plus Best Free Data Recovery Tools Downloads – If you are a computer professional then you have to be prepared to protect your hard drive data well from unexpected data loss and take back ups.

VLC 1.0 officially released after more than 10 years of work – The open source VLC video player has finally reached version 1.0 after more than a decade of development. The popular media player delivers an extraordinary set of features and can play nearly anything.

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7 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 9, 2009

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  3. Bill,

    The article on “ransomware” has caught my attention and is a new form a malware to me.

    Thanks for the time you take to post these articles.


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Rick,

      You’ve got to hand it to these guys – “creativity” is definitely their calling card.

      Thanks for dropping by.


  4. You’ve got to hand it to these guys – “creativity” is definitely their calling card.

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