Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 25, 2009

Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala : A Guided Tour – It’s set to be the biggest and best release of Ubuntu so far and it impresses right from the get-go with an impressive installer, fast boot times, new artwork and a whole lot more. Meet quite possibly the best operating system on the planet – Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala!

Energy Sector in Danger of Cyberattack: Video – A former Department of Homeland Security official is warning that the nation’s energy grid could be opening itself up to crippling cyberattacks. Greg Garcia, former Assistant Secretary of Cyber Security for Homeland Security, told Ziff-Davis Enterprise in an exclusive video interview that the energy industry’s move to embrace so-called “smart grid” technology could allow hackers to disrupt our critical infrastructure in new and very dangerous ways.

Hardware Makers Laud Microsoft Windows 7 – Computer hardware makers and component manufacturers are just as excited about Windows 7 as Microsoft itself, talking up the benefits and introducing promotions designed to help sell the OS with their individual hardware offerings into the consumer and business markets.

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Adopt Windows 7 for Security’s Sake – Microsoft added security features to the latest operating system that provide data mobility, secure remote connectivity and application installation controls. These features, along with security improvements made in Windows XP and Vista, are good justifications for recommending Windows 7.

Microsoft starts selling PCs online – In a twist, Microsoft has started selling computers and third-party software via its online store.

China Expands Cyberspying in U.S., Report Says – Congressional Advisory Panel in Washington Cites Apparent Campaign by Beijing to Steal Information From American Firms.

Experts See Forecast Worsen For Cybercrime – Bad guys becoming more organized, sophisticated, law enforcement officials say.

Off Topic:

How Much Electricity Does It Take to Run the Web – Ever wonder exactly how much electricity it takes to run the Internet? All those Tweets, e-mails, and YouTube videos aren’t powered by magic fairy dust, it takes electricity, and lots of it, to store and spread this content. US Infrastructure (magazine) decided to examine the stats, and then put together the beautiful inforgraphic.

Space: The Final Junkyard – Since 1957, when the USSR launched Sputnik 1 into orbit, thousands of satellites have been launched into space. Whilst some of them are operational, many have failed over time remaining in orbit as floating junk… and potentially devastating debris.

8 things you need to know about Windows 8 – It’s no surprise that Microsoft has been working on Windows 8 for a while, moving from general planning to more in-depth discussions in the spring; earlier this month the Windows team finalized the key scenarios. We round up what we already know about Windows 8.

Today’s Quote:

“Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit”.

W. Somerset Maugham

Today’s Free Downloads:

PortableApps Suite (Standard Edition) – PortableApps Suite takes an old-school approach to mobile computing. Instead of hosting programs online, PortableApps is a comprehensive application suite that fits onto and runs from almost any device with at least 512 MB of space.

Portable Skype – Portable Skype allows you to keep in touch with your friends everywhere you go – You can talk to anyone over the Internet for free with Skype, and you’ll always be able to do that. There are some other useful things you can do on Skype that aren’t free (but they’re pretty cheap, actually)

FREE Internet Threat Widget – Help protect people in your network by alerting them to malicious web properties before they visit them. Add Trend Micro’s free Threat Widget to your website, company intranet, Facebook page and more.

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10 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 25, 2009

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  4. Dave K

    Re Trend Micro’s Free Internet Threat Widget: I click on Share but nothing happens. I’ve tried Firefox and IE8 to no effect. Their loss, I guess. 😦

  5. Anna

    Good Job!Thnx!

  6. Dave K

    My bad. I have too much security. It sometimes gets in the way of things working. I withdraw my earlier comment.

  7. I’d like to give the new Ubuntu a test drive. The old Ubuntu os’s lacked in features and were really plain. Of course for coders and programmers the plainer the better. Its nice to have an improving alternative to the tech needy Windows os.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Dave,

      Ubuntu 9.10 will be released for download on October 29. Definitely on my download list.


  8. Thanks! I have a second laptop with a clean hd and I’m gonna install it on that one and play around with it. Thanks Bill!

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