Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 30, 2010

First look at Windows Home Server – A deep look inside the pre-beta next-generation version of Windows Home Server.

10 Things Netbooks do better than the iPad – Most Netbooks, even low-end ones, now have webcams enabling basic video chat over Skype or any other program. The iPad, however, does not.

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Lifehacker: Crack a Wi-Fi Network’s WEP Password with BackTrack, the Fancy Video Version – Last summer we detailed how to crack a Wi-Fi network’s WEP password using BackTrack. Now video blog Tinkernut revisits the subject with a great video step-by-step of the process.

Download Over 150 Free Advanced PowerPoint Slides to Jazz Up Your Presentations – Microsoft has released a collection of PowerPoint slide sets that show how you can push the envelope in slide design and get away from boring slides.

Survey of Executives Finds a Growing Fear of Cyberattacks – A survey of 600 computing and computer-security executives in 14 countries suggests that attacks on the Internet pose a growing threat to the energy and communication systems that underlie modern society.

Another Bogus Virus Warning Disrupts Facebook – The clever scam had Facebook users sharing and posting the bogus virus alert throughout the social networking site.

New Attack Uses Internet Explorer’s Own Features Against It – Microsoft investigating threat, considering patch, or offering guidance for protection

Off Topic:

Born to run barefoot: Is jogging barefoot a craze or just crazy? – Recent studies suggest humans running barefoot isn’t crazy at all and causes less jarring to the joints than running in sneakers. Less jarring equates to fewer injuries.

Behold The Great Light Bulb Scam! – Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) are showing up everywhere. Traditional light bulbs we’ve all used are about to be a thing of the past. CFLs are another example of good intentions gone bad. It should really be called “Green Insanity”. (submitted by Dar).

Australia’s effort to ban violent games has backfired – Has the Australian government’s most recent attempt at technological book-burning backfired? Last month, the government gave the green light to controversial plans to censor the internet and now fans of computer games have started a political party to protest the censorship of globally best-selling adult games.

Microsoft To Patch Hole In Ozone – Microsoft has announced plans to deliver a half dozen security updates next Tuesday, including patches for Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, and the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer. (submitted by Dar).

DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Scientists Show – Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases. (submitted by Dar).

Today’s Quote:

“History is more or less bunk.”

–     Henry Ford

Today’s Free Downloads:

InstantMask – InstantMask lets you rapidly select which portions of a photo to keep and which to discard, and gives you a perfectly trimmed image with just your subject in a plain white background.

Sikuli Automates Almost Anything with Screenshot Ease – Windows/Mac/Linux: Ever wanted to write a script for some repetitive task, but don’t know how to code? Sikuli makes it possible for pretty much anyone to automate tasks, by telling it what to do with just some screenshots and simple commands.

Giveaway of the Day: Try iCare Data Recovery to take your lost files back! – iCare Data Recovery Software is a unformat, undelete and comprehensive recovery tool to help users recover files from formatted drive like hard disk drive, external hard drive, sd card, memory card, flash drive. Besides unformat, it can bring files back when partition is unreadable, inaccessible, partition deleted, mbr damged, boot sector damaged, virus attacked.

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