Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 18, 2010

PCWorld’s Fantastic Freebies 2010: All-Time Greats – In the 15 years of PC World’s Best Free Stuff articles, some freebies come up time and time again. Here are the ones that meet the gold standard.

Wi-Fi key-cracking kits sold in China mean free Internet – Kits that crack WEP and guess WPA keys are popular despite hacking laws. Dodgy salesmen in China are making money from long-known weaknesses in a Wi-Fi encryption standard, by selling network key-cracking kits for the average user.

Hotmail update takes aim at Google – Microsoft is hoping a major update will improve Hotmail’s image and allow the free Web mail service to be considered a serious rival to Gmail.

Facebook Users Warned of Sexy ‘Candid Camera Prank’ Attack – Security firms warn of a new Facebook attack tricking users into downloading a video player that’s actually adware, and maybe worse.

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Force your browser to always start in private mode – Google goes “Incognito,” Microsoft’s is “InPrivate,” the other browsers call it “Private Mode,” and colloquially it’s known as “porn mode.” Whatever you call the tracks-free way to browse, watch this how-to video to force your favorite browser to always start with its privacy protocols activated.

Peppermint OS Primer: A Linux Flavor for the Masses – Peppermint, which is ready to use out of the box, is a Linux-based operating system that is cloud- and Web-application-centric. Its developers say it is sleek, easy to use and “insanely fast.”

Tracking Web users without using cookies – EFF paper shows how sites can track visitors by collating version numbers, screen resolutions, and other data modern browsers provide.

Help Develop a Web of Trust – The fight is on and there are things you can do to protect yourself on the internet. One of the options to help protect you when browsing the internet is an online FREE service called the Web of Trust (WOT).

What’s the Harm in McAfee SiteAdvisor? – The IT security side of me says that any tool that prevents people from stumbling upon bad sites and malicious downloads is a good thing but, the webmaster side of me says that any tool that is not moderated well and does not update frequently is bad for websites and thus bad for the Internet.

Software License Giveaway: SYNCING.NET – SYNCING.NET is a Business Class program which enables users to sync their Microsoft Outlook data on multiple computers. Contacts, calendars, notes, tasks, email, and Outlook features will be displayed the same on all your synchronized computers.

How to Buy a Netbook – The netbook market is new, and constantly in flux. In this netbook buying guide, we explain what models are available to you today.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Pics: New species from ‘Lost World’ unveiled – A veritable menagerie of new species are unveiled, including a new kangaroo, a frog that changes its nose size, and a multicolored pigeon.

Video: No more traffic jams with WOOPY-FLY – The Woopy-Fly, a sort of paraglider/trike/ultralight hybrid shown on the world stage at Aero Friedrichshafen this April, 2010, in Germany, has a wing that folds for storage like a paraglider — because it’s inflatable. (submitted by Dar)

Video: George Carlin: You have no choice – “The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice … you don’t.” (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents.”

–    Sir Winston Churchill

Today’s Free Downloads:

FastStone Photo Resizer – FastStone Phone Resizer doesn’t have a fancy interface, but if you have a bunch of image files that you want to work on, you’ll find it tremendously useful.

Avast Free Antivirus – Avast Free 5, an A-list freeware antivirus app, provides the same steadfast protection of well-known, pricier antivirus programs. Avast is remarkable for both its effectiveness and arguably providing the most complete free antivirus on the market.

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7 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 18, 2010

  1. Bill,

    You are too good to all of us! Thank you for including me on the Daily Net News.


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Rick,

      Always a pleasure to highlight your thoughtful article.

      Have a good one.


  2. Thank you for the link and the list of worthwhile reads.


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Jason,,

      Always a pleasure to highlight a thoughtful and informative article.


  3. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    Just a quick note on Avast. It is pretty good, but there are so many bells and whistles on the latest version. Could be confusing for the newbies.


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Mal,

      That’ the reason I stick with MS Security essentials on my personal machine. No bell, no whistles, will not do my grocery shopping, or clean my bathtub. But it sure as hell stops malware – dead.



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