Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 14, 2010

94 more secret Windows shortcuts – Last week the blogosphere went temporarily insane over a silly Windows shortcut that someone decided to dub “God Mode.” There are at least 39 GUIDs that do similar things.

Attention Windows XP users: Update Flash Player now – Microsoft has shipped a security advisory with an urgent message for Windows XP users: Update your Flash Player immediately.

Google vs. China: Will Yahoo, Microsoft Follow? – Human rights groups are pressuring other tech companies to follow Google’s lead, and not “check their values at the border.”

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Microsoft Malware Protection Center: Some Observations on Rootkits – Getting hit by a live rootkit infection is among the more unfortunate fates that can befall an unsuspecting computer user. A rootkit burrows deep into the system, modifying it at a low-level in order to hide itself and other malware, and from there fights off attempts at deactivation and removal.

Infected PCs Won’t Be Allowed on Facebook – Facebook has joined forces with McAfee to provide discounted security services to all of its 350 million members. But there’s also a security element to Facebook’s decision as well.

Dvorak: The Trouble With Touch Screens – Touch screens were all the rage at this year’s CES, but is the world ready to embrace the technology on its PCs? Is it time to finally ditch the mouse? John Dvorak assesses the situation.

User Logins At New York Bank Hacked – Hackers have stolen the login credentials for more than 8,300 customers of New York’s Suffolk County National Bank after breaching its security and accessing a server that hosted its online banking system.

Your Laptop’s Been Stolen. What Should You Do? – Strategies abound for preventing or at least minimizing the impact of a stolen laptop.

Mal-Bredo A Virus Spreads Via Social Media – Spammers taking advantage of the reputations of global brands to prompt opening of email.

Off Topic:

Microsoft Should Kill Internet Explorer – It’s time for a fresh start with a new browser.

The Many uses of Duct Tape in Alaska – During a private “fly-in” fishing excursion in the Alaskan wilderness, the chartered pilot and fishermen left a cooler and bait in the plane, and a bear smelled it. This is what he did to the plane… (submitted by Dar)

Study: Too much TV may lead to earlier death – The more time you spend watching television, the greater your risk of dying at an earlier age, especially from heart disease, according to a new study.

Today’s Quote:

“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”

–     Albert Einstein

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