Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 7, 2010

The best way to fight viruses? Stop using Windows – You can accuse Microsoft of many things but you can never accuse the company of being short on chutzpah. The latest example of the brazen manner in which the company reacts to problems which it has, in the main, created, is the suggestion by its corporate vice president for trustworthy computing, Scott Charney, that a tax be levied to pay for the inspection and quarantine of infected PCs. (submitted by Dar).

Wave of Ransom Malware Hits Internet – Criminals reused an attack from 2008 to hit the Internet with a huge wave of ransomware in recent weeks, a security company has reported.

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How Much Does Google Know about You? – Has Google become more evil, or is it just the contentious times we live in that makes this sad state of affairs possible? One thing is clear, though: Google is becoming bigger and buying more and more companies that have products or services that I use. (submitted by Dar).

5 Great Extensions To Manage Various Tasks On Google Chrome – From opening a new tab to restoring or saving our session,we perform various tasks in our internet browsers. Sometimes these tasks are present in the browser in an already convenient enough manner to make life easier for the user. But at other times,in the form of extensions and add-ons,third-party developers make these browser tasks easier for us.

Police get Webcam pictures in school spy case – Two IT employees at Lower Merion School District have been put on administrative leave while alleged misuse of Webcams in student laptops is investigated.

Popular Science Puts Entire Scanned Archive Online, Free – Gadget nerds: – Prepare to lose the rest of your day to awesomeness. PopSci, the web-wing of Popular Science magazine, has scanned its entire 137-year archive and put it online for you to read, absolutely free. The archive, made available in partnership with Google Books, even has the original period advertisements.

Ubuntu dumps the brown, introduces new theme and branding – Canonical is overhauling Ubuntu’s branding identity and visual style. The new look includes an updated palette that replaces Ubuntu’s signature brown with orange and aubergine.

Wi-Fi ‘Finders’ Helping Thieves Locate & Steal Your Laptop – Leaving your laptop in the car for any reason, but, if you must, make sure you turn off the Wi-Fi signal first. According to Network World, thieves are using devices meant to locate Wi-Fi networks to detect laptops and steal them. Apparently, just closing the screen won’t prevent your laptop from being detected, either.

Off Topic:

How Much Do THEY Know about You? – John Young, webmaster of Cryptome, a website that covers news on freedom of speech, cryptography, spying, and surveillance, on the Internet as a perfect Police State Surveillance Grid. Video. (submitted by Dar).

Top 10 Tips and Tools for Commuters – U.S. commuters spend an average of 50 minutes in their car each day, and that leaves a lot of room for improvement. Make the most of your commute with these 10 tips.

Cyber Threats Pit Privacy Versus Security – Security experts are torn between just how far the government and the private sector should go to protect critical data from cyber criminals without violating individual rights.

Today’s Quote:

“There’s a whiff of the lynch mob or the lemming migration about any overlarge concentration of like-thinking individuals, no matter how virtuous their cause”.

–    P. J. O’Rourke

Today’s Free Downloads:

FotoSketcher – FotoSketcher turns digital photos into beautiful pencil sketches or paintings in seconds. FotoSketcher can create images that look like they have been hand drawn by the best artists. FotoSketcher is fast, fun, easy and free.

Free Online TV Player – The Internet is awash in video content, both the kind that originates on TV and the kind only intended for online viewing. The amount of content available on the Web makes the hundreds of cable TV channels we’ve all come to expect look like a drop in the entertainment bucket. Free Online TV Player is an easy way to access streaming video in a variety of genres from around the world.

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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 7, 2010

  1. John


    I’m giving Fotosketcher a go, I was looking for something like this last year when I was having to hand draw so many rocks and minerals which is not the easiest thing to do if you have no artistic talent like me. 🙂


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey John,

      You’re going to have to buy a new HD soon – just for the downloads. lol


      • John


        Yeah, I hear you, I have that much stuff on here now I’m wondering when I’m going to have a major conflict and have to reformat.