Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 4, 2009

Patch Tuesday heads-up: Five ‘critical’ bulletins on tap - Microsoft’s September batch of security updates will include fixes for a multiple “critical” vulnerabilities affecting the Windows operating system. In all, the software maker will release five bulletins with patches for a range of flaws that could expose users to remote code execution attacks.

Browser Speed Tests: Chrome 4.0 and Opera 10 Take On All Challengers – Opera 10 final is out, Chrome just turned one year old, and Firefox 3.5 has settled into stability. It’s time once again to break out the timers and speed test today’s web browsers.

Picasa 3 – The new version of Picasa keeps what’s good about the old and adds some killer new capabilities like retouching and movie editing.

What To Do When Scareware Strikes – Don’t panic, you can avoid infections.

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Microsoft granted stay of Word injunction – Microsoft has been granted a stay of an injunction in a patent-infringement case that would have required the software giant to stop selling Word in its current form by next month.

AT&T customers speak out over poor service – Following yesterday’s piece on how the iPhone (or, more specifically, iPhone users) are strangling the AT&T network, I’ve been hit by a deluge of emails from customers giving me their side of the story.

How to make sense of digital video files – CNET’s Donald Bell walks you through the basics of how digital video files work, including information on codecs, video containers, and bit rate.

Spam’s Hidden Victims: Mobile Users – Spam costs organizations $712 per employee/per year, but that doesn’t even include enterprise mobile users.

Be Careful With Your Search Results – Researcher finds 123,000 links being used to aid black hat SEO campaign.

California Wildfires Search Results Lead To Malware – Attack may be part of a larger campaign that poisons search results for multiple current news topics.

Blu-ray Drives in PCs? Fuggetaboutit – Blu-ray drives will never become standard equipment in consumer PCs. Here s why.

AppScout: Windows 7 Will Boot in as Little as 11 Seconds? – For those of us whose production machines still run Windows XP the improved performance of Microsoft’s new operating system is a nice surprise. Find out how Windows 7 managed to boot up in as little as 11-seconds.

Security Expert Proves Hacking The Grid Is A Snap – Working with $500 worth of equipment, IOActive researcher takes control of smart meters.

Off Topic:

No, The Internet Is Not More Popular Than Sex – A survey released by Intel on Monday says that more people would be willing to give up sex than be without Internet access. It’s interesting, but it’s just not true.

How to Apologize Like a Man – “I’m sorry.” Two simple words, and yet two of the hardest to say. We easily utter them in response to trivial matters like accidentally jostling a stranger on the subway or giving the cashier the wrong change. Yet in important matters and to those who mean the most to us, we can find ourselves practically choking on the words. (Thanks to Glenn Taggart)

Estimate Distances with Your Arm and This Rule of Thumb – Quick anatomy lesson: the distance between your eyes is one-tenth the length of your arm. This is important, because it helps you estimate the distance between yourself and any object of reasonably known size to a rather accurate degree.

Happy Birthday Internet – The ‘Net turns 40 today: on this day in 1969, Arpanet was born at UCLA.

Today’s Free Downloads:

eCalc Calculator – This seriously spiffy new number-cruncher includes Programmer, Statistic, and Scientific modes, and comes with handy templates for figuring stuff like mortgage payments and gas mileage.

RZ Free Burner – RZ Free Burner is a free and easy to use burner software, it can be used to burn data files on any writeable disc, burn ISO files, burn AudioCD from wav audios, and burn Video DVD from hard disk DVD movie folder.

LockBox for iPhone – Store and protect sensitive info such as passwords, pin numbers, and private notes on your iPhone or iPod Touch. All data is encrypted and protected by your secret code, so only you have access to it, even if you let your friends borrow your phone to make a call or browse online.

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One response to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 4, 2009

  1. hannan

    How to applogize like a man ??
    Interesting ,Have you condsidered about how to accept applogize from a man as a woman ???
    A joke !!
    But there are many interesting reviews in your blog .I add it in my folder