Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 14, 2009

Image-eating worm warning – A rogue program that allows cyber-criminals to create a worm disguised as an image file that actually destroys pictures on your hard disk has been spotted on the web.

Lifehacker: Digsby Joins the Dark Side, Uses Your PC to Make Money – The popular Digsby instant messenger client not only bundles half a dozen “optional” crapware applications, it’s also using your computer to crawl the web, do stock market research, and more. It’s time to uninstall. *

* Read “The Danger in Not Reading EULAS”, on this site.

Opera 10 Beta 3 released – Using Opera Turbo technology, the third beta of Opera 10 promises improvements in stability and performance, according to the company.

NiftyClicks: Backup, Web Design and Free Music – Andrew Lock, host of Help! My Business Sucks, shares more cool online tools. Take a look at what Mozy, RedAlt, ColorSchemeDesigner and AudioMicro can do for you.

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Ask the Wi-Fi Guru: – This month, Guru uses different scenarios to look at the common issues of extending and bridging Wi-Fi connections.

Eight Million Gamers Suffered From Computer Virus – A group of 11 people stole and sold personal details on more than 8 million gamers across 1,200 Websites.

Sex, Videos, Friends, Games Hot With Kids Online – Symantec says among the top searches conducted by kids are for videos, social networks, games, and porn.

Uninstalling Symantec – Several times we have come across computers with Symantec protection with passwords. If you come across this and want to uninstall the application, you can bypass the password by doing a simple registry change …

Play Microsoft’s FREE Game – Are You Certifiable? You are just minutes away from playing “Are You Certifiable?” Hundreds of Microsoft certification-like questions await. Compete against friends, or for a top spot on the leaderboard. You may have a high tech IQ, but “Are YOU Certifiable?”

IE 8 is an “Important” Update, Yes, But I Don’t Want It – Manage Windows Updates prompts.

Microsoft Inks Nokia Partnership to Take on RIM – The alliance reportedly involves plans to make Microsoft’s Office suite of applications available on devices made by the world’s top cell phone manufacturer.

Culture of cheap: How discount PCs cost consumers – The American obsession with low-priced products cramps innovation, speeds the decline of successful industries and alters our expectations of quality – leaving computer makers to compete on price instead of innovation. You get what you pay for. Almost.

Off Topic:

Binaural Beats for Lucid Dreaming – Binaural beats dramatically improve your ability to wake up in dreams and explore different levels of conscious reality. I highly recommend them for lucid dreamers and other altered states explorers.

Genetic mutation may be why some people need less sleep than others – Margaret Thatcher famously got by on four hours a night as Prime Minister, while George W. Bush wanted at least eight. The differing need for sleep extends even to those with countries to run.

Contempt of cop: From Wikipedia – “Contempt of cop” is law enforcement jargon in the United States for behavior by citizens towards law enforcement officers that the officers perceive as disrespectful or insufficiently deferential to their authority.

Beluga whale saves drowning diver as she sank, paralysed by cramp – A Beluga whale has saved the life of a diver by raising her to the surface after she was paralysed by cramps.

Today’s Free Downloads:

Duplicate File Finder – Most people are unaware of how many duplicate files there are cluttering their hard disks. Duplicate File Finder can reclaim all that wasted disk space by simply deleting duplicate files.

BatteryCare – Designed to optimize the usage and performance your laptop’s battery, BatteryCare monitors the discharge cycles, helps increase autonomy and improves it’s lifetime.

VirtualBox – Need to run Windows on your Mac? Check out VirtualBox, free virtualization software that lets you run Windows, or just about any operating system without the need to reboot.

Cooliris for iPhone 1.5 – The gorgeous-looking Cooliris lets you quickly search for images on Google, Flickr, Yahoo, SmugMug, and DeviantArt by swiping through the results with your finger.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 14, 2009

  1. Pingback: Posts about Technology as of August 14, 2009 | Daily News Headlines

  2. ‘Lifehacker: Digsby Joins the Dark Side, Uses Your PC to Make Money – The popular Digsby instant messenger client not only bundles half a dozen “optional” crapware applications, it’s also using your computer to crawl the web, do stock market research, and more. It’s time to uninstall. *’

    Great alert again Bill.

  3. asmkrt

    Today’s Free Downloads: —-

    i found duplicate finder 2009 the most advance version in the market for windows systems…