Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 30, 2010

Thwart Antivirus-Crippling Malware by Changing File Extensions – Certain annoying types of malware stop your antivirus program from running (stopping you from removing the malware). If it’s of the less intelligent variety, you can outsmart the virus by changing your antivirus apps’ file extension to something besides .exe.

Lifehacker: The Cleverest Ways to Use Dropbox That You’re Not Using – Free utility Dropbox is great at syncing files between computers, but it has a lot more potential than just that. Here’s a handful of clever ways you can use Dropbox that you may not have thought of.

Ubuntu 10.04 (“Lucid Lynx”) Review: Linux Even More for the Masses – One of the most user-friendly of all Linux distros takes some major steps toward broader-based popularity, with considerable success.

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Learn How To Get More Out Of Your Browser – This article describes how to get more out of Internet Explorer with the use of bookmarks (“Favorites” ), and tabs. Though Internet Explorer 7 debuted some time ago, the basic lessons are the same for the current version, IE 8; and the principles apply to other Web browsers, such as Firefox, as well.

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T: Six Cores on a Shoestring Budget – AMD offers six-cores at a palatable price–and performance isn’t too bad, either.

Storm Worm Reappears – Slightly revamped version of original malware used by the infamous Storm botnet being actively spammed — and spreading.

WordPress Sites Hacked, Again! – Zscaler found that 87 percent of hosts infected with malicious iFrames or JavaScript are running WordPress.

Twitter Name Recognition High, Actual Usage Low – In 2008, only 5% of Americans had ever heard of Twitter. By 2010, that number was 87%. Facebook’s current awareness is at 88%. The stark difference is in usage numbers. A whopping 41% of Americans have a Facebook page, while only 7% use Twitter.

Off Topic:

Browser Protection: The Next Generation – The Web Browsers and ISP’s of the future will behave like the “Deflector Shields” of Star Trek, protecting our computers against malware and scripting attacks.

Canadians healthier, live longer than Americans – Canadians are healthier and live longer than Americans to a “striking” degree, a health investigator says after conducting an analysis of both countries. The most dramatic differences kick in for people 40-plus, just when they need health care, said David Feeny, senior investigator at the Centre for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente Northwest in Portland, Ore.

Dear Parrot Whisperer, I Have This Parrot That… – Even hand-hatched parrots have the instincts of a wild animal. Advice for someone who wants a parrot. (submitted by dar)

Polaroid instant cameras are back (for real): Introducing the Polaroid 300 – Polaroid fans have been through the wringer. First the company went bankrupt, then it got acquired.

The iPad Song – To the tune of The Zephyr Song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.”

–    E. B. White

Today’s Free Downloads:

SkyOrb – From any location in space, SkyOrb calculates the positions of planets, sun, and moon, as well as the rise and set times of the object’s satellites. It quickly does 3D rendering of views from space.

LocalCooling – Finally, here’s a way not to get your PC cleaner, but to help keep the earth cleaner. This clever little freebie helps you save electricity when using your PC, and in that way makes your PC contribute less to global warming. It will also cut your energy bills as well.

FotoMorph 10.1.1 – Amaze your friends and family with unbelievable transformations. FotoMorph lets you make incredible morphs in minutes.

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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 30, 2010

  1. Dave

    RE: Polarois 300, in case anyones considering one of these, it’s not a Polaroid, it’s a rebadged Fujifilm Instax Mini 7 which you can get for about 30 bucks cheaper.

  2. Dave

    I’m always lookin out for the best deal 🙂

  3. Dave

    Not really, can’t figure out why 😉

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Dave,

      Then in that case, I’ll have to take you shopping as a form of protection. I’m a sucker for all this new stuff – except for the Ipad. lol