Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 18, 2010

Take a closer look at ReadyBoost features in Windows 7 – ReadyBoost is a still a part of the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, so Greg Shultz examines its features in more detail.

MySpace User Data For Sale – Social networking just became a little riskier to your privacy. Information from MySpace is now for sale to third parties ranging from academics and analysts to marketers.

Google’s Game Changing Chrome Translator – After years of lackluster translation services from various companies, Google is finally doing things right.

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A Very Cool Web App to Search for Flickr Photos – Tag Galaxy is an Adobe Flash based (3D) – 3 Dimensional web site that allows you search Flickr (online photo management and sharing website) for graphic content.

This Reader Question Is A Doozie – Average Joe Asks, “What are the basics we should employ?”

Twitter Becomes More Proactive About Phishing – Twitter recently introduced its own anti-phishing service designed to protect its users from these types of attacks.

Hacker Disables Over 100 Cars Remotely – More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control earlier this month, after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.

FBI, Feds collect Facebook, social media data: Why are you surprised? – The biggest surprise: Social networking users are surprised by any of this government activity.

Zeus Trojan Now Has Hardware Licensing Scheme – The authors of the Zeus bot client, perhaps the most popular and pervasive piece of malware of its kind right now, have taken an extraordinary step to protect their creation: inserting a hardware-based licensing scheme into the Trojan.

Microsoft Virtual PC Flaw Lets Hackers Bypass Windows Defenses – An exploit writer at Core Security Technologies has discovered a serious vulnerability that exposes users of Microsoft’s Virtual PC virtualization software to malicious hacker attacks.

Chatroulette Is 89% Male, 47% American, And 13% Perverts – Among the highlights: 1) You are more likely to encounter a webcam featuring no person at all than one featuring a solo female and 2) 1 in 8 spins yield something R-rated (or worse).

Off Topic:

10 reasons why your boss tunes you out – Your boss may have a good reason for ignoring your input — and it may have nothing to do with you. BNET’s Steve Tobak pinpoints some of the reasons why you might sometimes get snubbed.

You May want to try This: Roasted Laptop – A few weeks ago I was chatting with a co-worker about his broken Playstation 3. He’d read threads online about how the fault he has may be a common one, where many online suggest slamming the motherboard in the oven for a bit to ‘reflow’ the solder. Many reports online say this works… (submitted by Dar).

Cogs and Ink: Steampunk Tattoo Designs that Wow – From the simplest clockwork and gears, to complex depictions of Victorian era mecha, steampunk tattoos run the gamut from pretty decorations to mobile masterpieces. Here are 9 of the most intricate and gorgeous examples of steampunk style body art. (submitted by Dar).

Today’s Quote:

“Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.”

–      Mitchell Kapor

Today’s Free Downloads:

Rizone Security Restore Rolls Your Security Settings Back to Defaults – Get your PC’s security settings back to basics with freebie Rizone Security Restore.

Windows Movie Maker – With Movie Maker 2, you can create, edit, and share your home movies. You create movies with drag-and-drop commands, and you can edit your footage so you highlight only the best scenes. Then you can share your movie via the Web, e-mail, or CD; you can also save your movie back to the video tape in your camera to play back on a TV or on the camera itself.

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