Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 30, 2009

Can You Hear Me Now? iPod Volume Restrictions On The Way – iPods in Europe are about to get a lot more quiet? Regulators have released a new set of standards governing how loud portable music players can go, and that means the default max volume is going take a big dip from where it currently sits.

AV-Comparatives picks 7 anti-malware winners – AV-Comparatives’ August 2009 report has been released. There are two unsurprising winners and one amusing one.

Moore’s Law: no end in sight for processing power doubling – Intel CTO says Moore’s Law, in which processing capabilities double every two years — will be in force for many decades to come.

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This Week’s Top 10 Spyware Threats (The Threat Level remains at Elevated) – Some things to look out for this week are the following. There are a couple of spam campaigns: a Zeus Trojan in spam campaign under guise of a notice from the IRS. Subject line: “Notice of Underreported Income.” And a Facebook worm hijacks wall posts. It arrives as a message containing a malicious link with text: “lmao! I can’t stop laughing at you in this pic when did you do this?” Watch out for these!

Lifehacker: Microsoft Security Essentials Free Antivirus App Leaves Beta – We took a first look at Microsoft Security Essentials, the free antivirus application from Microsoft, back in June, but today Microsoft Security Essentials has left beta and is ready for your PC.

Stop Windows from Rebooting After Automatic Updates – Automated system updates: good. Automated rebooting to apply those updates: bad. Very, very bad. Here’s how to stop it from happening.

IT Security: Maxims for the ages – Steve Gibson in his latest Security Now podcast mentions one person’s quest to enlighten the rest of us about managing security. To me, his words ring true.

Can you upgrade an old XP PC to Windows 7? Should you? – How old is too old? I had a chance to think about this question twice over the weekend. Once while pondering my fifty-something birthday (as of today, I am the same age as Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons combined), and the other while deciding whether to upgrade my friend Lisa’s four-year-old Sony notebook to Windows 7.

Off Topic:

Evolution of Microsoft Windows: 1985 – 2009 – It all began in Plaza Hotel, New York City on the 10th of November 1983. Two Microsoft founders Paul Allen and Bill Gates officially announced their corporation’s first and next-generation graphical user interface operating system – Microsoft Windows.

Are you 00 or Oh no? MI6 puts test for would-be spies online our mission, should you choose to accept it, is to complete the quiz below – without peeking at the answers. If you pass, you might be suited to a job at MI6.

The empathy jolt – Empathy…can’t get it but know you need it to move forward?

Lifehacker: How to Choose the Fastest Line at the Market – One of the more frustrating parts of grocery shopping is waiting in line, and determining which line will get you through the quickest somehow becomes a big deal. Blogger and math teacher Dan Meyer drops a little science on this common dilemma.

Today’s Quote:

“We as a society chose to get more connected, and one of the perils of doing that is, the more connected you are with everyone, the more connected you are with malicious people as well”.

– Microsoft security manager Scott Culp

Today’s Free Downloads:

Microsoft Security EssentialsMicrosoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

Get a Visual Overview of Your Firefox Browsing History – Enter History Tree, a Firefox add-on that gives you a visual overview of your browsing history. You can view this history as either a tree (hence the name) or a grid of site thumbnails. Click the image at right to see an example of the former.

QTTabBar – QTTabBar is a add-in for Windows Explorer that adds tabs and several other features to the Explorer interface. With it, you’ll be able to quickly switch between folders by simply clicking a tab, as well as being able to perform some basic functions with new icons across the top of Explorer.

Blaze – Blaze helps you more quickly start programs, and a whole lot more. When Blaze recognizes that you’re doing something with a repetitive pattern–such as typing a sequence of numbers or moving files that all have the same word in the name–it offers to automate the task for you

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 30, 2009

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  2. ‘AV-Comparatives picks 7 anti-malware winners – AV-Comparatives’ August 2009 report has been released. There are two unsurprising winners and one amusing one.’

    Hey Bill,
    This is a bit disappointing- 2 of our favorites
    weren’t mentioned.
    Anyway, those mentioned were old pros.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Pochp,

      There are literally 100’s of AV applications, so one has to wonder just why we see the same ones rated continuously. I have my own views as to why this happens, but I’ll keep those reasons private until I write an article on this issue.


  3. I think I know why too Bill 🙂