Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 12, 2009

Windows 7 vs. XP Performance Shoot-Out –  Still a bit apprehensive about upgrading from XP to Windows 7 after the long dark period in Microsoft history that was Vista? Perhaps some good old fashioned performance scores will help change your mind. We took both operating systems for a spin, gauging scores for startup, shutdown, Geekbench, and PCMark 05, among others.

Seven great (and free!) applications for Windows 7 – An OS isn’t much without software to take advantage of it. Here are seven great, free applications for Windows 7.

Google Offers Free Wi-Fi at Airports During the Holidays – Delayed flights and hold-overs won’t tempt you with $10-a-day Wi-Fi this holiday season. That’s because Google has bought out web service at 47 airports through Jan. 15, 2010, and offers it free, assuming you don’t mind a little soft advertising.

Google’s Free Airport Wi-Fi: Five Ways to Protect Yourself – Free Wi-Fi while waiting for your flight sounds like a nice holiday gift, but public hotspots can be insecure. Follow these security tips to keep away hackers and humbugs.

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Online Ad Site Hacked, Rigged to Serve Exploits – A high-profile online advertising Web site has been hacked and rigged to serve multiple exploits to Microsoft Windows users surfing the net with unpatched third party desktop software.

Web Security Flaws Up 10% in 2009 – Almost 80% of more than 3,000 software security flaws publicly reported so far this year have been in Web technologies such as Web servers, applications, plugins and Web browsers. That number is about 10% higher than the number of flaws reported in the same period last year — and nine out of 10 of the flaws were found in commercial code.

Hackers Take Over Hundreds of Facebook Groups – A group of hackers have taken control of hundreds of Facebook groups. The hijacked groups all display the same graphic, and the description has been changed to the announcement of what they have done and what their intentions are.

Google’s ‘Caffeine’ Super Search Is Almost Here – Last August, Google announced a new technical underpinning for its search engine results, called Caffeine – a pretty fundamental move for the search giant’s business. Now, it’s ready to go live.

Facebook Users Beware: New Worm on the Loose – A new variation on an old worm is crawling its way into Facebook. Attackers have released an updated, more intelligent version of the notorious Koobface virus, and anyone could become its next victim. Here’s how it works, and how to keep yourself safe.

Product or Malware? Android Spying App Released – A well known commercial provider of spyware applications for numerous mobile platforms, has recently ported its Mobile Spy app to the Android mobile OS. Just like previous releases of the application, the Android version keeps a detailed log of GPS locations, calls, visited URLs, and incoming/outgoing SMS messages, available at the disposal of the attacker who installed it manually by obtaining physical access to the targeted device.

Off Topic:

Programmer 101: Teach Yourself How to Code – You’ve always wanted to learn how to build software yourself—or just whip up an occasional script—but never knew where to start. Luckily, the web is full of free resources that can turn you into a programmer in no time.

Apple iTunes TV Pitch: Another Nail in Cable’s Coffin – Thanks to more affordable options made possible by broadband Internet, the cable TV industry’s practice of offering overpriced, bloated programming packages is on the wane.

Size zero devices: How thin is too thin? – Laptops and phones are getting thinner and thinner. What is the obsession with the size-zero gadget?

When business thinkers go against the grain – Every generation has its share of unconventional, against-the-grain thinkers and leaders who refuse to listen to the naysayers and follow their own instincts. Often, they fail, but some break through, and when they do, it results in smarter solutions for all.

Today’s Quote:

“Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don’t need to be done”.

Andy Rooney

Today’s Free Downloads:

Riva FLV Encoder – There’s little reason to complain when it comes to Riva FLV Encoder. It works quite well within its purview, and it is free. For standard l aspect ratio video, the program will load and converts many formats just fine.

Free YouTube to MP3 Converter – The minor quibbles we have with Free YouTube to MP3 Converter have nothing to do with its functionality. This effective freeware is ready to go right out of the box, but can be easily customized by the user.

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