Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 30, 2010

Tech Secrets: 21 Things ‘They’ Don t Want You to Know – Eavesdropping Webcams, spying ISPs, toxic PCs, and more. Here are 21 dangers that the industry is hiding from you–and what you can do about them.

Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP – PowerToys add fun and functionality to the Windows experience. What are they? PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released. PowerToys are for Windows XP only and will not work with Windows Vista.

Apple Mega Patch Covers 88 Mac OS X Vulnerabilities – Apple today released one of its biggest Mac OS X security updates in recent memory, covering a whopping 88 documented vulnerabilities. The Mac OS X v10.6.3 update, which is considered “critical,” covers flaws that could lead to remote code execution, information disclosure and denial-of-service attacks.

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Video: Give XCopy a graphical interface with this free download – Many Windows power users were more than a little annoyed when Xcopy was deprecated in Windows Vista in favor of RoboCopy–especially those with lots of scripts that made use of Xcopy. Bill Detwiler shows you how to download, install, and use TechRepublic’s free graphical interface for Windows XCopy.

Microsoft to release emergency out-of-band IE patch – Are you still using Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7? If so, listen up. Microsoft is about to release an emergency patch to protect users against a zero day vulnerability that is being actively exploited by hackers.

FarmVille virus hoax warning – Fans of Facebook game FarmVille are being warned not to send a virus warning to fellow players as it is a hoax.

What to Do When You Lose Your Tech Gear – When your cell phone, laptop, or other gear goes missing, these essential tips will improve your odds of recovering it – or ensure that the lost item won’t come back to haunt you.

Big Issue site back online after attack – The website of The Big Issue is back online after cybercriminals hijacked the site to operate a phishing scam.

Off Topic:

Best Buy Charging Consumers To ‘Sync’ 3D Glasses – Best Buy’s service to “sync” your 3D glasses to your 3D HDTV sounds fishy, according to a recent report.

Facebook’s privacy changes: When will it go too far (and will you even notice)? – Much of what you need to know about Facebook’s proposed privacy changes boils down to timing: Friday, 3:04 p.m. PDT. Why is the timing important? That’s when you typically roll out news you don’t want folks to pay a lot of attention to.

Why a poor user interface can make users happy – Can a poor user interface actually be a selling point for a product? For financial information services company Bloomberg, it can.

Urban affordability may be an optical illusion – Little houses little cars, and living intown are all elements in an affordable lifestyle. But how many people really want to live that way?

Today’s Quote:

“Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is the landmark of an authoritarian regime”.

–     Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

Today’s Free Downloads: Easter Printables – There are literally hundreds of Easter-themed printables to choose from at the sites, for people who celebrate the holiday for religious reasons as well as those who enjoy the bunnies, chicks, and egg hunts. (Or both!)

Win7codecs – When dealing with codecs, more does not equal better. Having the least amount on your system is the best configuration. This is exactly what these packages will do for you. You will no longer be restricted to using a specific player. Windows Media Player and Media Center will be able to play all your files.

x64 Components 2.5.1 – The latest release contains a 64bit settings application which enables the user to choose a different splitters ‘on the fly’ for specific filetypes. The application will also allow you to choose from 10 different speaker configurations from ‘same as input’ and all the way up to full 7.1 channel output.

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