Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 24, 2010

19 Tips Every Windows 7 User Needs to Know – Your OS drives your whole PC experience, so it’s your job as an enthusiast to keep it in a high state of tune.

10 cool registry edits and tweaks for Windows XP – Here are a few Windows XP registry edits you can use to make adjustments that go beyond simple Control Panel settings

10 obscure antivirus tools worth checking out – Viruses come and go. Some of them are simply annoyances, but others are nasty little bits of malicious single-minded code that want to take down your machine or take away your data. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools out there that can help you deal with the problem. Some of those tools are well known: Symantec, McAfee, Norton. But you can also find tools that will serve you at a fraction of the cost or a fraction of the CPU processes.

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The Changes at Facebook: The Good, The Bad and The Very Ugly – With its most recent changes, Facebook is aiming for a more social and accessible web. But at what cost to privacy?

Google even knows what you’re thinking – They know who you friends are, where you live, where you work, where you are spending your free time. They know about your health, your love life, your political leanings. They even know what you are thinking about,” Marlinspike added, warning that the company has found a way to control the terms of the privacy debate by offering what he described as fake anonymization.

McAfee Antivirus Troubles Linger – McAfee is going to take some heat for some time over this antivirus signature snafu that sent tens of thousands of Windows XP into a continual reboot loop. And at least one rival is using the incident to capture some McAfee convents.

How Criminals Hide Malware from Search Bots – Computer criminals are taking steps to block search engines bots from indexing legitimate Web pages that have been hacked and booby-trapped with hostile code.

1.5 Million Facebook Credentials For Sale – A hacker named Kirllos has a rare deal for anyone who wants to spam, steal or scam on Facebook: an unprecedented number of user accounts offered at rock-bottom prices.

Off Topic:

Our Tech-Savvy Supreme Court – The Supreme Court justices are a bright bunch. But chances are you’re not going to see them at next January’s CES show or ever watch them on a Web video demonstrating how to create apps for the iPhone. That much was driven home, it seems, during today’s oral arguments in the case City of Ontario v. Quon. (submitted by Dar)

10 Secrets You Should Know Before Setting Foot On A Car Lot view! – Step-by-step list helps you dominate negotiations and get a lower price than you ever imagined.

Hangover Cures: Myth, Legend, and Fact – Hangovers rank right up there with drunk dialing your angry ex as one of the least pleasant drinking-related side effects. Stave off a hangover with these before and after tips—and skip the hangover myths.

Can cyberattacks usurp U.S. superpower status? – Cybersecurity could rip away the superpower status of the U.S., argues a CBS News report. Do you buy that?

THIS BLOG POST WAS NOT MACHINE GENERATED – On Helping Bloggers Overcome Writer’s Block. (submitted by Dar)

Smart meters will tap into your home network, says report – Smart meters will increasingly be in the middle of home area networking, according to a report by Pike Research. This home network-grid integration means there will be an increasing number of applications. Ultimately, smart thermostats, energy displays, appliances and home management tools will be connected.

Today’s Quote:

“I didn’t really say everything I said.”

–    Yogi Berra

Today’s Free Downloads:

BB FlashBack Express Free Edition – This easy-to-use free screen recorder creates compact, high quality movies for tutorials, demos and presentations. Record screen, sound and webcam. Easy sharing with quick upload to Youtube and other video hosting sites.

Flash Video Downloader for Firefox – Download YouTube and other videos to your system in a simple way. We offer you a new fast and simple way to download videos from different sites, like YouTube or MySpace Video.

SpywareBlaster 4.3 – SpywareBlaster doesn’t scan for and clean spyware–it prevents it from being installed in the first place.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 24, 2010

  1. Mike Mullins

    Re: McAfee Antivirus Troubles Linger…

    What next Sunbelt?

    A free VIPRE license for parents of tsunami and earthquake victims?

    How low can you go?

    How low WILL you go?

    I will never buy anything from a company that uses such unethical tactics to push its wares!

    You DISGUST me!

    Mike Mullins (no relation to Bill)

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Mike,

      I think we’re seeing some “kick ’em when they’re down” syndrome. Not a very attractive way to transact business.

      I suspect there may be some unintended consequences, yet.


    • Naomi Wells

      I wouldn’t go quite so far as to put Sunbelt’s attempt to capitalize on McAfee’s misfortune by deliberately trying to poach their customers in the same basket as touting for sales by publicizing a free license offer to natural disaster victims’ families, but I can see where you’re coming from, and I do consider it to be in *extremely* poor taste.

      Such behaviour is unacceptable to me, and to my employer. VIPRE’s performance is, ATM and IMO, mediocre at best, but no matter how good it becomes in the future, by their own actions Sunbelt has permanently scratched it off our consideration list.

  2. ‘SpywareBlaster 4.3 – SpywareBlaster doesn’t scan for and clean spyware–it prevents it from being installed in the first place.’

    Hey Bill,
    I tried installing AVG Link Scanner but MS Security Essentials blocked it. This Blaster will be an excellent sub. Thanks.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Pochp,

      I think you’ll find it useful. Especially since there is no draw against system resources.

      Good to hear from you.