Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 24, 2010

The TaskList Gadget makes it easier to troubleshoot running processes – The TaskList utility provides details on the services and DLL modules related to running processes. This free Vista/Windows 7 gadget does the same job — but without the command-line headaches.

New ‘Chuck Norris’ Botnet Hides in Your Router – Czech researchers have uncovered a botnet running on broadband routers and DSL adapters, and not in your PC.

Windows Phone Series 7: What Microsoft Learned from Apple – Microsoft has taken a page out of the Apple playbook for its new mobile OS. It may be the key to the company’s success in the space.

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U.S. Broadband Plan Now Due on March 17 – U.S. communications regulators will unveil on March 17 a blueprint aimed at bringing fast affordable Internet access to more than 90 million Americans being held back by fees and technology.

Apple Pulls More than 5,000 “Sex” Apps – According to new numbers from ChilliFresh, the developer of an offending iPhone app, Apple has pulled more than 5,000 apps for “overtly sexual content.”

Intelligence Slideshow: 40 Fast Facts on Linux – The open source software turned 18 last year, and its maturity is evident to hackers and corporate types alike.

Criminals Hide Payment-Card Skimmers Inside Gas Station Pumps – Wave of recent bank-card skimming incidents demonstrate how sophisticated the scam has become

Phishers Target Blogger.Com Accounts – A new phishing campaign is targeting bloggers on Google’s and blogspot services — driving victims to sites favored by the Avalanche/Zeus group.

Security Slideshow: Identity Fraud on the Rise – 2009 saw yet another record increase in ID fraud among American adults, according to Javelin Research. Small business owners and Millennials seem to have been hit hardest among all demographics.

Off Topic:

Timing of the games: then and now – CNET’s Ina Fried has a look at the technology used to time and score the Winter Games, from analog stopwatches to the latest in high-tech sensors.

More unemployed testing the waters of entrepreneurship – Where are many of these unemployed people going with this unwanted change in their careers? For a growing number, it’s an opportunity to strike out on their own and hopefully, get off the wage-slave treadmill.

We spend more on ‘free’ information than we spend on food – Nick Carr, author of the perception-changing books Does IT Matter? and The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, always has fun shattering conventional wisdom. And in a new post, he takes on one of the most conventional pieces of wisdom around today: that we are awash in “free” information.

Superman debut comic sells for a record-breaking $1M – On Monday, a 1938 debut edition of Action Comics No. 1, which was the first comic book to feature Superman, sold for $1 million.

Today’s Quote:

“Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don’t need to be done”.

–    Andy Rooney

Today’s Free Downloads:

Auslogics Disk Defrag utility – Auslogics Disk Defrag combines useful features, scheduling, automatic defragmentation, and ease of use in a lightweight package.

Two free programs enhance Windows clipboard – You would think a 20-year-old operating system would let you copy and paste more than one item at a time. While the clipboards in Office 2003 and 2007 can store up to 24 text snippets and graphics for later reuse, no such multisave option is built into Windows itself.

Thank goodness software developers have stepped into the breach by providing free programs that extend the Windows clipboard, allowing you to copy dozens of items and paste any of them with a single click or keyboard shortcut.

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