Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 11, 2009

Ubuntu 9.10 – Almost Perfect – Ubuntu 9.10 is only days away… and it is spectacular. Here’s a quick look and what makes this the best release of any Linux.

London Stock Exchange dumps Windows for Linux – When it comes to business computer systems, nothing is more mission-critical than the massive trading software systems that underlie stock markets.

Illegal Downloads 150x More Profitable Than Legal Sales – Unlike what most people might think, piracy is not necessarily a bad thing for copyright holders. In fact, German pirate-tracking outfit DigiRights Solutions shows that copyright holders can earn 150 times more money from illicit downloads than from iTunes and other legal stores.

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Adobe Brings To The iPhone – Adobe Systems on Friday introduced a new Photoshop app for iPhone users that lets them edit photos from both their phone and their online library on

Study: 54 Percent of Companies Ban Facebook, Twitter at Work – Planning on firing off a short missive on Twitter or posting an update to your friends on Facebook from the office? Better check the rules of your workplace first.

8 Awesome Mashups Made Possible by APIs – We here at Mashable are big fans of mashup services – it’s our name, after all! And at the heart of almost all of these mashups is a term you’ll see frequently thrown around related to web services: APIs, or application programming interfaces.

Telephone Company is Arm of Govt, Feds Admit in Spy Suit – The Department of Justice has finally admitted it in court papers: the nation’s telecom companies are an arm of the government — at least when it comes to secret spying.

Click Fraud ring nets $ 3 million bucks in just 2 weeks – As long as advertisers pay for clicks, there will be click fraud. And the more people combat it, the more sophisticated the attacks become to get around the defenses that advertisers, search engines, and others put in place.

Off Topic:

A Third of Dinosaur Species May Never Have ExistedYoung dinosaurs weren’t Mini-Me versions of their parents. New evidence suggests dino juveniles went through dramatic physical changes during their journey to adulthood. If that’s the case, many fossils of young dinosaurs (including many T.rex relatives) may have been misidentified as belonging to new species.

Scientists Identify Bacterium that Helps Formation of Gold – Australian scientists have found that the bacterium Cupriavidus metallidurans catalyses the biomineralisation of gold by transforming toxic gold compounds to their metallic form using active cellular mechanism.

Catfight Breaks Out on City Bus … Driver Keeps Driving – Video – The women, who have an all-out brawl on the bus, should have been arrested. Or something. You don’t do this on the bus. Or anywhere, for that matter.

Why France Telecom employees are killing themselves – Suicides at France Telecom SA have company officials worried that cost cutting led to workplace violence and an increase in suicide at the France communications giant. In their suicide notes, some of the 24 victims since February 2008 blame the workplace climate.

The chip that changed the world – When Robert Noyce invented the integrated circuit, even he could never have imagined how it would transform the lives of everyone on the planet.

Today’s Quote:

“Life is rather like a tin of sardines – we’re all of us looking for the key”.

Alan Bennett

Today’s Free Downloads:

KeePass Password Safe – This program offers a simple way to keep track of all your passwords while keeping them safe. It lets you store all of your passwords in a lightweight, simple-to-use database, and encrypts the database so that only you can access it. You can either lock it with a master password or file key.

Windows 7 Firewall Control Free (32-bit version) – Want fine-grained control over the firewall built into Windows 7 and Windows Vista–especially the way it blocks outbound connections? Good luck. Even if you manage to unearth the controls buried deep in Windows menus and applications, you’ll be baffled. Windows 7 Firewall Control Free solves the problem for you.

Pictomio – If you’re looking to create slideshows or carousel-style views of your photos –much like you can see them in Mac OS X Leopard–you’ll want the free Pictomio. It may be the best slideshow and carousel creator you’ll find.

Comodo Firewall Pro – ZoneAlarm may be extremely popular, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the best firewall you can find. Many people believe that Comodo Firewall Pro takes that prize, largely because it was rated as the top firewall by the independent testing site Matousec.

Matousec found that it offered the highest level of “anti-leak” protection–in essence, a measurement of a firewall’s effectiveness. Comodo offers true two-way firewall protection, is extremely configurable, and unlike most other firewalls, gives you a great view into your system and Internet connection as well. It’s free, as well.

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One response to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 11, 2009

  1. Hey Bill,
    I’ll try this since both my OS and free firewall
    are malfunctioning sometimes. Thanks!