Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 16, 2009

Five Best Online Backup Tools – Local backup is a useful and necessary part of securing your data against catastrophe, but with the advent of broadband and inexpensive online storage, you’ve got little reason to not back up critical files to the cloud as well.

How To: Make Windows 7 Play Nice With All Your Gadgets Generally speaking, upgrading to Windows 7 is a no-brainer. “But what about my gadgets?” you might ask, eyes watering slightly, “will they be OK?” Yes, yes they will. Here’s how to make Windows 7 play nice with all your favorite toys.

Automatically Copy Selected Text with AutoCopy – Best Firefox add-on ever? Maybe not, but it’s definitely in the top 10. Copying text has never been easier.

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Protect Your PCs from Windows 7’s Zero-Day Exploit – A new zero-day bug has hit Windows 7. Here’s how to keep it from harming your PCs.

Facebook Invasion: Beware of New ‘Smart’ Worm – Hot on the heels of a reported hijacking of hundreds of Facebook groups, a new variation on an old worm is crawling its way into the social network’s walls.

Bing’s Tweaks Include Facebook, Twitter, Wolfram Alpha – In addition to incorporating results from Wolfram Alpha, a “computational engine” that provides a definitive numerical answer to a search query, the revamped Bing offers a more robust video page and more intensive search in categories such as local events and cities. And in a nod to the importance of social networking, Microsoft has also incorporated Facebook and Twitter into Bing.

Kaspersky Unveils Antivirus for Mac – It is wrong to think that a Mac operating system is safe from malware. “Since 2005, there has been a marked increase in the number of vulnerabilities in the Mac OS which can be used to conduct an attack via the Internet,” said Gun Suk Ling, managing director for Kaspersky Lab, Southeast Asia.

Off Topic:

Top 20 Tech Underdogs – A countdown of the top 20 products and technologies that try harder.

Top vehicles to avoid buying – These well-known cars break down the most often and cost a fortune to get repaired.

AMD Phenom II Breaks 7GHz Barrier – 7.08GHz. That’s the record-shattering speed an AMD Phenom II processor was overclocked to using a massive amount of liquid helium.

Today’s Quote:

“I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image”.

Stephen Hawking

Today’s Free Downloads:

Spybot Search & Destroy – Spybot Search & Destroy is a good program to have around for those trying times when you think someone is lurking behind the browser curtain tracking your every Web move. Fire it up and it’ll spot all sorts of tracking cookies and the like, then remove them if you choose to do so.

TrueCrypt – When you encrypt files on your hard disk, sometimes you want to prevent others from discovering that the files even exist. Truecrypt use strong encryption when it creates encrypted volumes, and it creates hidden volumes that are indistinguishable from random data.

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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 16, 2009

  1. Pingback: Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 16, 2009 « Bill Mullins … | Write What

  2. ‘“I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image”.’

    And God created us in His own image 🙂