Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 9, 2010

The ultimate ‘God Mode’ list: 39 secret Windows 7 shortcuts – For some reason that only the gods of the blogosphere can explain, an old Windows trick took on new life this week. Even Steven Sinofsky got into the act, sending along his own list of secret ‘God mode’ shortcuts to CNET’s Ina Fried. But that’s not all.

Lifehacker: Google’s “Near Me Now” Knows Where You Are, Searches Without Typing – Say you’re standing outside a restaurant and want to quickly look up information about it before committing to it. You could google it by name (and do all that tedious typing), or you could just hit the new “Near me now” link.

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Spammers Pushing Rogues Infiltrate Google Groups – Spammers hawking “fun videos” have been worming their way into Google Groups, the global message board Google built on the skeleton of the old Usenet network. Only, the pages the spammers point victims to, which don’t actually contain videos, come with a nasty surprise: Rogue antivirus apps.

Adobe Reader’s Patch Tuesday – Next Tuesday, Jan. 12, is Microsoft Patch Tuesday. Beyond the usual patches from Microsoft, we will also get a critical update for a piece of software that increasingly plays a role in exploiting desktop systems – the Adobe Reader from Adobe Systems.

Hacker pierces hardware firewalls with web page – On Tuesday, hacker Samy Kamkar demonstrated a way to identify a browser’s geographical location by exploiting weaknesses in many Wi-Fi routers. Now, he’s back with a simple method to penetrate hardware firewalls using little more than some JavaScript embedded in a webpage.

10 common backup mistakes – All of us in IT have been taught from Day One that performing regular backups is critical to an organization’s well being. Yet even seasoned pros sometimes make certain mistakes. Here are a few of the common mistakes I’ve encountered.

Top Facebook, Twitter Hacks From 2009 – Here, in chronological order, are the top 10 security and privacy stories concerning Facebook and Twitter from the past year.

Off Topic:

Will 3D glasses fly in the living room? – With all of the hubbub surrounding 3DTV this week you’d think there’s be more focus on 3D entertainment’s biggest hang-ups: Those clunky glasses.

The Rare-Earth-Metal Bottleneck: China produces most of the world’s rare earth metals, and soon it will need all that it produces – What would happen if the production of laptops, cell phones, and MP3 players suddenly halted? Oh, and no more hybrid electric vehicles and MRI machines? (submitted by Dar)

New Ford Tech Takes Connectivity to the Car – With technology pervading every nook and cranny of our lives, it was only a matter of time before our cars became as well connected as our offices. Ford introduced a new touch-based connected dashboard that includes USB and SD slots, Wi-Fi, 3D map graphics, Twitter and Pandora apps, and a lot more. Maybe at next year’s show we’ll finally see those flying cars we’ve been waiting for.

EU to probe pharma over “false pandemic” – The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is to hold an emergency debate and inquiry this month into the “influence” exerted by drug makers on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global H1N1 flu campaign. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“Life is simpler when you plow around the stumps”.

–    Anonymous

Today’s Free Downloads:

SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition – SuperAntiSpyware, a next generation product with its Multi-Dimensional Scanning and Process Interrogation Technology, will detect spyware and remove over 1,000,000 pests such as Vundo, ZLob, SmitFraud, WinFixer, VirusRay, and VirusHeat.

Cooliris for Firefox – Cooliris (formerly PicLens) instantly transforms your browser into a full-screen, 3D experience for viewing photos and videos on the Web. Photos and videos will come to life via a cinematic presentation that goes well beyond the confines of the traditional browser window.

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