Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 21, 2010

Free backup utility outshines Windows 7’s built-in disk imager – When I compared Windows 7’s disk-imaging function with the disk imager in the free Easeus Todo Backup from Chengdu Yiwo Tech Development, the third-party backup app came out on top in every category.

To Fight Scammers, Russia Cracks Down on .ru Domain – Starting April 1, anyone who registers a .ru domain will need to provide a copy of their passport or, for businesses, legal registration papers. Right now, domains can be set up with no verification — a practice that has allowed scammers to quickly set up .ru domains under bogus names.

ZeuS botnet code keeps getting better… for criminals – New capabilities are strengthening the ZeuS botnet, which criminals use to steal financial credentials and execute unauthorized transactions in online banking, automated clearing house (ACH) networks and payroll systems. The latest version of this cybercrime toolkit, which starts at about $3,000, offers a $10,000 module that can let attackers completely take control of a compromised PC.

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Seagate ‘Cuda XT, 2TB and 6G SATA For Your Por…err Movies – One of the more interesting hard drives to hit the scene recently is the Seagate Barracuda XT. Its 2TB capacity, 64MB of cache, and 7200 RPM spindle speed will automatically pique the interest of many enthusiast and file hogs

Smoking guns, dark secrets spilled in YouTube-Viacom filings – It can’t be good news for YouTube’s $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit when plaintiff Viacom unearthed one YouTube founder telling another: “‘jawed, please stop putting stolen videos on the site.” But YouTube says that Viacom itself paid 18 different marketers to upload material to YouTube… and from Kinko’s, no less.

Bad BitDefender Update Clobbers Windows PCs – A bad BitDefender antivirus update has caused 64-bit Windows machines to become unusable.

Facebook Considers ‘Panic Button’ for Kids in UK – Officials of the social network met with British officials to discuss adding a single-click connection to child protective services and other safety resource

Microsoft Winning Fans Early with Internet Explorer 9 Preview – Preliminary feedback and reports on Microsoft’s IE9 Platform Preview seem promising for the next-generation Web browser.

Off Topic:

Pitch Imperfect: 10 Lousy Celebrity Endorsements – A roundup of the worst celebrity product endorsements, including tech companies that really should have known better.

What Facial Hair Best Attracts the Ladies? – As we celebrate Mustache March by paying homage to the greatest fuzz this side of Tom Selleck’s upper lip, let us not forget about the whiskers that roam elsewhere on a man’s face. And most importantly, what women think about them.

Court says NO to child porn charges over ‘Sexting’ – A Pennsylvania appellate court upheld a preliminary injunction on Wednesday barring local prosecutors from filing felony child porn charges against a teenage girl who took a partially nude photo of herself with her cell phone.

OMG Zombies! A Survival Flowchart – Will You Survive The Undead Apocalypse? (submitted by Dar).

What 200MB looked like in 1970 – Stick that in your laptop.

Today’s Quote:

“Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled”.

–     Michael Crichton

Today’s Free Downloads:

PingInfoView – Nirsoft’s PingInfoView2 is a small and handy utility that network managers, Web site administrators, developers, and even regular folks can use to ping multiple host names and IP addresses and display all the results in one table.

YouTube Downloader – This simple freeware application works pretty well, given how basic the interface is. It has two main features: to download FLV files from YouTube, and to convert them to most major formats.

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One response to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 21, 2010

  1. dar

    re-zeus
    praise be to Bill Gates,eh?