Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 28, 2010

10 things you should know about moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 – Jumping from Windows XP to Windows 7 will require some specialized knowledge. Here are some pointers for those taking that route.

How to share ridiculously large files (the video) – My CNET colleague Tom Merritt has taken it upon himself to present some of the highlights from that how-to guide in video form, so you can absorb its knowledge through moving images instead.

Share and sync – We show you free apps for moving, backing up, and synchronizing files and folders securely with little muss and fuss.

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8 Layers of Security Every Computer Should Have – Every time you connect to the Internet, you are putting your computer — and the information stored there — at risk. The best way to set up computer security is through layering. Even if one area of protection is only 75 percent effective, the increasing layers will close all the holes. Those layers should include the following:

Rogue Toolbars Serve Up Facebook Phishing Pages (SUNBELT) – Toolbars that offer special features can deliver a nasty sting, researchers say.

Big Content: stopping P2P should be “main focus” of IP czar – The new “IP czar” in the White House has just gotten an earful on how to do her job from big rights holders. It includes a single-minded focus on “online copyright theft” and an embrace of filtering, deep packet inspection, throttling, and site blocking.

Who REALLY owns the Most Popular Websites Online? – The world’s biggest sites are owned by some major corporations/companies. This article reveals some surprising findings.

Idiot users still intentionally opening, clicking on spam – There’s a certain group of Internet users who are still opening spam, and nearly half of them are doing it intentionally. They’re responding to it, clicking links, and even forwarding it around, too. Is it any wonder IT admins think that we are our own worst enemies?

Latest Commodore 64 incarnation hopes what’s old is new again – The Commodore name is so beloved that it’s continually being resurrected, including an attempt to make it the moniker for a line of gaming desktops.

Video: Create and configure Windows 7 HomeGroup – Bill Detwiler provides a brief tutorial on setting up a Windows 7 homegroup and using it to share files.

Microsoft Explores Microblogging App for Enterprise – Microsoft is exploring the idea of microblogging within an enterprise context, with its Office Labs group testing an application now called OfficeTalk. Like Twitter, OfficeTalk allows users to follow and read messages from other users, post their own messages, and create a profile.

Off Topic:

Lifehacker: Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Making Your Stuff Last LongerTop 10 Tips and Tricks for Making Your Stuff Last LongerWe live in a disposable world, but just because things weren’t made to last doesn’t mean you can’t make them. These 10 tips and tricks will help you squeeze more life from your batteries, appliances, flowers, razor blades, and more.

All the aircraft carriers of the world…[Pic] – This graphic illustrates America’s aircraft carriers, and those of the rest of the world. Each icon is an accurate depiction of the flight deck of the ship as seen from above, all to a common scale.

Can’t take care of your elderly relatives? Buy a bot – A research project in Europe is bringing together a multidisciplinary team to create a robot, wearable smart sensor system, and alarm-and-reporting system in the hopes that together they’ll enable more elderly people to live independently for longer.

You know you’ve got issues if your skivvies start texting – SIMsystem, hailed as the world’s first electronic underpants, are being rolled out across Australia’s largest state–New South Wales–following what have been deemed successful trials.

Today’s Quote:

“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

–     George Orwell, “Animal Farm”

Today’s Free Downloads:

iVisit 4.0 beta 18 – With help from apps like iVisit, face-to-face video messaging and conferencing is poised to become a part of daily life. It’s a free unified communications solution that combines a host of tools–all via peer-to-peer network technology.

WinHtmlDump: HTML Web page viewer (without using a Web browser)WinHtmlDump is a useful tool to view the HTML code for a dubious site. It displays the html code of a Web page, whereas it is blocked by a Web browser (e.g. secure sites (https) with Internet Explorer).

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 28, 2010

  1. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    Just in relation to the 8 layers of security article.

    I noticed a comment on that site that says most malware that gets downloaded these days is keyloggers, that is interesting. It mentioned something called Co-Defender, free for IE and Firefox. Looks like it does the same job as KeyScrambler. Have you had any experience with CoDefender. It has a great right up on


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Mal,

      Well, don’t believe everything you read; particularly in comments. The most prevalent form of malware (currently), is a backdoor Trojan which automatically connects to a cybercriminal server. Much more powerful and efficient than a Keylogger. This is the primary reason (but not the only reason), that I mentioned a week or so ago, (FREE License for LayerView Windows Network Analyzer), that I check my open ports regularly when I’m on the net, and watch for unusual Internet activity constantly.

      I haven’t had any personal experience with CoDefender, although I am aware of it. I’ve heard good reports, but I’ll stick with KeyScrambler and Zemana for now. Still, since you’ve mentioned it, it bears further investigation and I thank you for bringing it up.