Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 10, 2009

Microsoft’s Newest Biggest Bug Patch Ever: Microsoft will use Tuesday Patches to fix two zero-day holes – Microsoft will ship 13 bug patches in next week’s “Patch Tuesday” drop — eight of them rated “critical” — the company’s most severe security ranking. Of those, seven fix problems in Windows, according to Microsoft’s advance notice sent out Thursday. Tuesday also carries a rather dubious distinction: It will fix the largest number of security holes ever, beating out June’s Patch Tuesday record of 31 holes fixed.

Turn Your iPod touch into an iPhone – The new iPod touch does almost everything the iPhone 3GS does, although it doesn’t have a compass or built-in GPS. But it runs almost all of the iPhone’s 75,000-plus applications – most notably, the VoIP apps Skype and iCall. These two apps turn your iPod touch into a phone, as long as you have Wi-Fi signal.

Comcast to Warn PC Users If They’re Infected – Comcast on Thursday launched a new security initiative that will provide in-browser notifications about possible virus infections.

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Lifehacker: FluTracking Helps You Keep an Eye on Swine Flu Outbreaks – FluTracking certainly isn’t the first flu tracking map we’ve shared with you, but it is the easiest to read and packs the most information in. FluTracker allows you to view swine flu-related statistics on a global level or zoom right down to individual cities. The circular markers, a combination of yellow, orange and red, represent the type of cases: suspected and confirmed infections and suspected and confirmed fatalities.

New Adobe PDF flaw under attack; Patch coming Tuesday – Adobe has confirmed a critical, unpatched vulnerability in its PDF Reader/Acrobat software is being exploited by malicious attackers.

McAfee FOCUS 09: Anatomy of a Scareware Scam – McAfee peels back the skin of an infamous scareware company, exposing all the intricate inner workings from publicly available data.

Botnets Behind Most Modern Malware Infections – Command-and-control conduit in most malware makes infected machines bots,

Bahama Botnet Hurts Google, Too – While it’s easy to see how the recently discovered Bahama Botnet is cheating online advertisers out of free traffic and generating fraudulent fees for complicit parked domains and ad networks, it’s important to note that ad providers are being victimized as well.

Off Topic:

Researchers cure snoring with radiofrequency procedure – Researchers say snoring can be successfully treated using radiofrequency ablation, a minimally-invasive procedure that uses heat to shrink the tissue of the soft palate.

The biggest challenge in a one-person IT shop – What do you consider the biggest challenge in a small – or even one-person – IT shop, and how do you handle it?

First clown in space hosts show to save Earth’s water – Wearing a red clown nose, the Canadian founder of Cirque du Soleil hosted an out-of-this-world performance event on Friday, saying he wanted to use his trip as a space tourist to highlight the scarcity of water on Earth.

Car that rides like a motorcycle – Incredible new vehicle can sway, swerve and sashay wildly from side to side.

Today’s Quote:

“History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools”.

Ambrose Bierce

Today’s Free Downloads:

Google Chrome – Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the Web faster, safer, and easier. Use one box for everything–type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and Web pages. Thumbnails of your top sites let you access your favorite pages…

QuickBooks Simple Start Free Edition 2010 – QuickBooks Simple Start is easy-to-use, free accounting software designed to help you manage your small business better. Simple Start makes estimating, invoicing, accepting payments, and keeping track of your finances quick and easy.

Plax Network Suite – Plax Network Suite is an easy to use collection of network tools which give you full control over the online activity of your computer. The Windows Firewall button provides an instant on/off switch for Windows XP Firewall. Plax Network Suite offers the possibility to block all Internet connections by the flick of a button, block all inbound ping connections, display all open TCP/IP and UDP ports, and the mapping to the owning application.

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