Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 3, 2009

The first seven things you’ll try in Windows 7 – Get your feet wet with these new features.

Lifehacker: The Human’s Guide to Running Google Chrome OS – Two weeks ago Google released the source code of their upcoming Chrome OS operating system, and thanks to some fast and hard-working developers, you don’t have to be a coder to try it out. Let’s take a look at how to take Chromium OS out for a spin without typing make or build.

Data from MS Shows Password Attack Focus – Microsoft released data collected from an FTP-server honeypot, showing that attempts to guess passwords continue to focus on the low-hanging fruit: passwords with an average length of eight characters, with “password” and “123456” being the most common.

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Google lets publishers limit free news access – Google has said that online news publications will be able to limit the number of free articles surfers can access using its services. The move is seen as a concession to organisations such as News Corp, which plans to introduce paywalls on many of its sites and which has recently referred to Google and other news aggregation services as “parasites”.

Rogue Gallery Helps ID Scam Software – Lavasoft today launched a new online database of known rogue antivirus software.

10 things that can go wrong when you upgrade your operating system – Upgrading to a new operating system – whether it’s one personal computer at home or an office full of workstations – can be a stressful experience. You do it to take advantage of new features or to be able to run new applications, but you approach it with trepidation because you know there are always things that can go wrong.

Bing’s Cool New Search Tools: A Visual Tour – As Microsoft continues to tweak its search engine, here’s how you can make the most of Bing’s latest tools and enhancements.

Prevx: We were wrong about Windows 7 bug – Security firm Prevx has apologised to Microsoft for blaming updates for Windows 7 for causing the operating system to crash.

McAfee Labs is reporting a new and versatile variant of the Koobface worm – Like some other recent malware, this attack uses Google Reader to host the malware. The user sees a phony YouTube video. Clicking on it redirects the user to a malicious site disguised as a Facebook Help Center Warnings page with, ironically, tips for avoiding Koobface.

Fake H1N1 (Swine Flu) alerts lead to malware – Malicious hackers are using fake alerts around H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccines to trick end users into installing malware on Windows computers, according to warnings issued by computer security firms.

Off Topic:

Intel’s New Concept CPU: 48 Cores On A Single Chip – Forget four, six, or eight cores; a new concept chip from Intel could drastically change how you use your PC.

Top Searches of 2009: The Most Popular Questions – People typed some amusing questions into search engines this year. Here’s a look at some of 2009’s most common queries.

Ninety percent still don’t trust the cloud – Amazon Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels broadly outlines the benefits of a cloud-based infrastructure. Are you ready to jump on the cloud bandwagon?

Today’s Quote:

“The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.”

–      Thomas Sowell

Today’s Free Downloads:

BitTorrent – The BitTorrent protocol has become extremely popular for file-sharing of all types, whether it be games, movies, software, or music. If you’re looking to get started with torrent downloads, this software is an excellent place to begin, because it’s easier to use than other clients. You get full controls over your download, including pausing, resuming, moving downloads up and down your queue, and so on.

OffiSync – Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make a mash-up of Microsoft Office and Google Docs, using Office’s great editing tools and Google Docs’s online storage and collaboration? With OffiSync, that’s exactly what you can do.

BatteryBar – BatteryBar shows you in a bar on your Taskbar exactly how much time you have left on your battery, and how much battery life you’ve already used. You can have it display battery life either as a percentage of battery life remaining, or how much time you have remaining.

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

  1. geovanny

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  2. Nice selection, thanks to share this list here.