Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 19, 2009

Fixing Security Flaws Isn’t Just Microsoft’s Responsibility – Microsoft gets hit hard with criticisms of its inability to adequately protect its users. But a recent study from the SANS Institute indicates users and software developers may also be at fault. It’s time for IT managers and individual users to take responsibility for updating and patching all their applications and operating systems in a timely manner.

Microsoft offers consumers tips for safe computing – It is only right that Microsoft offers guidance about how to run Windows safely. But how effective is the company’s advice?

Lifehacker: Ubuntu 9.10 Will Have Slicker Boot-Up, Software Store – Ubuntu has released the sixth alpha of its Linux distribution, and it firms up two of the five features we want to see in Ubuntu; a faster, graphical boot-up sequence, and an integrated software store.

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Norton Internet Security 2010 – Symantec is betting heavily that program behavior is the future battlefront of security and is making a big push in its 2010 security program lineup with a behavioral engine called Quorum. Take a tour of Norton Internet Security 2010 in this slideshow.

Smart Grid Security May Spur IPv6 AdoptionCisco Systems says the need to make the electricity grid smarter, efficient and secure requires greater capabilities that than the current address protocol, IPv4, affords. For security and scalability, Cisco believes the next-generation power grid requires IPv6 as its address standard.

Twitter Now Makes Phone Calls – Developers keep coming up with new ways to leverage the popular microblogging service.

Do Not Buy Anything Until You Read This – Here it is, our boiled down list of our Readers’ Choices for the best in tech products, manufacturers and services. Print it, put it in your pocket and be sure to refer to it the next time you go technology shopping.

Microsoft to Offer Windows 7 to Students for $29.99 – It’s an awesome deal and if you’re a student, you should snap it up right away. What more is there to say?

Lenovo Debuts Atom-Based All-in-One PC – On Thursday, Lenovo announced the availability of a new, Atom-based, widescreen all-in-one nettop PC with an 18.5-inch screen.

Remote exploit released for Windows Vista SMB2 worm hole – A team of security researchers have created a reliable remote exploit capable of spawning a worm through an unpatched security hole in Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

Off Topic:

Build Computers in School! – Want to save some money and give kids a better understanding of computers? Have them build their own.

10 Craziest Things That Fell From the Sky: Explained – The annals of history are full of tales of strange objects falling from the sky. In honor of the release of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs we present a list of the 10 craziest things to rain down on humanity from the heavens.

Author Dan Brown’s 20 Worst Sentences – If Dan Brown’s new novel The Lost Symbol is anything like his previous works, it will not go down well with the critics. Famously, comedian Stewart Lee mocked him for using the sentence “The famous man looked at the red cup” in his bestselling The Da Vinci Code.

WTF! Only 2.8% Of Oklahoma HS Students Pass Citizenship Test – The Oklahoma Council of Public Affair, a conservative public policy research organization commissioned a study aimed at determining the level of basic civics knowledge of Oklahoma High School students. To their dismay the study revealed that only 23% of students knew that our first President was George Washington.

Today’s Quote:

“An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know, and what you don’t”.

–   Anatole France

Today’s Free Downloads:

CurrPorts – CurrPorts will display the list of all currently opened TCP/IP and UDP ports on your PC. For each port in the list, information about the process that opened the port is also displayed, including the process name, full path of the process, version information of the process (product name, file description), the time that the process was created, and the user that created it.

MozillaCacheView – MozillaCacheView is a small utility that reads the cache folder of Firefox/Mozilla/Netscape Web browsers, and displays the list of all files currently stored in the cache. For each cache file, the following information is displayed: URL, content type, file size, last modified time, last fetched time, expiration time, fetch count, and server name.

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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 19, 2009

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  3. ‘Author Dan Brown’s 20 Worst Sentences – If Dan Brown’s new novel The Lost Symbol is anything like his previous works, it will not go down well with the critics. Famously, comedian Stewart Lee mocked him for using the sentence “The famous man looked at the red cup” in his bestselling The Da Vinci Code.’

    Hey Bill,
    I can surely use this since I like studying Brown.
    Great piece.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Pochp,

      Brown really is a lazy writer. But hey, he has a lot more money than me so it seems to be working for him. Lol!


  4. Hey Bill,
    Watch out man. He’s the fav of my writing coach
    that’s why I’m studying him -lol
    Anyway, it’s fun to see that you can be sarcastic.

  5. Suat Sezgin

    thank you.Great Post.