Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 9, 2009

Web of Trust extension comes to Chrome – In the newest sign that Chrome’s extensions are becoming practical to use, Web of Trust has released its add-on for Google’s browser.

PhotoSketch: better than sliced bread, Photoshop – This is quite possibly the coolest thing I’ve ever seen a computer do. What if you could draw some stick figures on a screen and somehow magically create a beautiful image montage? Well, it’s possible. A group of students in China have created PhotoSketch, a project that does exactly what I just described: it takes a rough, hand-drawn sketch, scours the web for photos that match, and runs them through an algorithm, stitching it all together. Watch this video presentation, you will not regret it.

WordPress blogs at risk from worm – A worm is circulating that can post malware and spam to some WordPress blogs using outdated versions of the blogging software, according to a post by Matt Mullenweg, founding developer of WordPress.

Windows 7 zero-day reported – A security researcher has said there is a zero-day vulnerability affecting Windows 7 and Vista. The flaw in Windows 7 could allow an attack which would cause a critical system error, or “Blue Screen of Death”, according to researcher Laurent Gaffie. Gaffie wrote in his blog that the flaw lies in a Server Message Block 2 (SMB2) driver.

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Microsoft mulling 128-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 9 – Microsoft is working on 128-bit architecture compatibility with the Windows 8 and Windows 9 kernels. Consequently, the company is also forming relationships with major partners, including Intel, AMD, HP, and IBM.

10 Important Linux Developments Everyone Should Know About – Much too much has happened with Linux in the last 10 years to do anything like a complete job of listing the important events and technological advances surrounding this operating system. But nevertheless, in celebration of our 10th birthday, the Linux zone team looks back and presents to you some major milestones.

Death to PDF: Google Adds Quick View to Search Results – PDFs, the file format often used for “official” documents and typically opened with the frustratingly slow Adobe Reader, are starting to get much more manageable, thanks to companies like Scribd and Docstoc, which make them embeddable, and Google, who has built its own web-based PDF viewer into Gmail and Google Docs.

Hackers Target Xbox Live – Network security issues are now popping up for game console owners.

Attackers Improving SEO to Push Rogue Security Tools – In an analysis of a rogue anti-spyware scam, AVG Technologies noted that just 24 hours after a news event, attackers had already gotten their malicious links into five of the top 10 Google search results. The incident highlights the challenges faced by search engines such as Yahoo, Google and Microsoft Bing.

There are lots of cybersecurity experts. Who do you trust? – Robert Cringely thinks cybersecurity experts are thin on the ground, so we’re all doomed. They’re not. You just have to understand the term “expert” properly. Because you don’t hire one expert, or 1,000.

Nvidia Halting Chipset Development – Nvidia has confirmed that the company has essentially placed its Nforce chipset line on hiatus, given the legal wrangling between itself and Intel.

Off Topic:

ACLU Says Extracting DNA From Suspects Unconstitutional – California’s law requiring the authorities to take a DNA sample from every person arrested on felony accusations was challenged in federal court as an unconstitutional privacy breach.

Cast Away: Five Amazing Stories of Messages in Bottles – When a message in a bottle is discovered on a beach or floating in the ocean, it often feels like something out of a fairy tale….Here are 5 stories of remarkable connections that these messages have brought about.

Astronomers capture spectacular meteor footage (w/ VIDEO) – Astronomers from The University of Western Ontario in London, Canada have released footage of a meteor that was approximately 100 times brighter than a full moon. The meteor lit up the skies of southern Ontario two weeks ago and Western astronomers are now hoping to enlist the help of local residents in recovering one or …….

20 Tattoos You Don’t Want To Get Especially If You’re A Guy – We’re not sure why guys get elaborate, over-the-top tattoos (like these 5 Crazy Ronald Regan Tattoos). We just know the people who get them have serious issues we don’t even want to know about (especially, if you got this Patrick Swayze tattoo).

Oops! Somali Pirates Fire on French Military Ship by Mistake – Somali pirates in two skiffs fired on a French navy vessel early Wednesday after apparently mistaking it for a commercial boat, the French military said. The French ship gave chase and captured five pirates.

Today’s Quote:

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young”.

Henry Ford

Today’s Free Downloads:

PrimoPDF – PrimoPDF converts just about any file type to a PDF, using the print command from the source program the file was created in. In the latest version, the program comes with desktop icon that you can drag and drop files onto for quick conversion, as well as performance improvements and minor changes throughout the program.

IObit Security 360 – IObit Security 360 is an free malware & spyware removal utility that detects, removes the deepest infections, and protects your PC from various of potential spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, bots, worms, and hijackers. With the unique “Dual-Core” engine and the heuristic malware detection, IObit Security 360 detects the most complex and deepest spyware and malware in a very fast and efficient way. IObit Security 360 has a real-time malware protection and frequent automatic updating for prevention of zero-day security threats. IObit Security 360 can work with your Antivirus for a superior PC security.

LimeWire – From its start as a post-Napster clone to its leading role as the quintessential Gnutella client, LimeWire is the highest-profile P2P application. Version 5 re-envisions LimeWire for a Web 2.0 world, with an emphasis on sharing with friends, square buttons with rounded corners, and overall a cleaner interface.

mIRC 6.35 – Internet Relay Chat is not as well-known as ICQ, even though it successfully combines chat and messaging without annoying ads. The IRC network is a virtual meeting place where people from all over the world can meet and talk. With mIRC, you can choose from an unlimited number of existing chat rooms based on personal interests, or you can create your own channels with family and friends.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 9, 2009

  1. freewareelite

    I love your Daily Quotes…

    I can use them to shut my classmates up :)!

  2. ‘WordPress blogs at risk from worm – A worm is circulating that can post malware and spam to some WordPress blogs using outdated versions of the blogging software, according to a post by Matt Mullenweg, founding developer of WordPress.’

    So this was why WP was shortly closed this morning Bill.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Pochp,

      According to WordPress, this does not affect WordPress hosted Blogs – only self hosted. I have to say though, that WordPress is very smug when it comes to discussing vulnerabilities in WordPress hosted Blogs. Their continuous assertion that WordPress hosted Blogs cannot be compromised flies in the face of reality. If the Pentagon can be compromised, it’s ludicrous to insist that WordPress cannot be compromised.

      I’ve had this argument with WordPress, several times.

      To be on the safe side, make sure you regularly backup your Blog.