Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 27, 2010

Scientist Infects Himself With a Computer Virus – The University of Reading’s Dr. Mark Gasson has an unusual distinction: he’s the first human to become infected with a computer virus. After corrupting a small electronic chip with the malware, the British scientist inserted the device into his hand and was able to pass on the virus to external systems.

Tour Facebook’s new privacy settings (screenshots) – Once again, Facebook has changed its privacy settings. Like the last time this happened, Wednesday’s improvements are still a mixed bag, but a better one: they are generally easier to use but not as simple as they could be. There are a couple of curve balls thrown in, too. In this screenshot tour, we’ll show you what’s new–and what to watch out for.

Why Do We Trust Google More Than Facebook? – Google has a lot more data on us than Facebook, but there’s nary a fuss. I say Google is the new Microsoft and in many cases they are even worse.

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Google Patches ‘High Risk’ Chrome Flaws – Google has pushed out another automatic Chrome browser update to fix multiple security issues that could expose users to hacker attacks. Google Chrome 5.0.375.55, available for Windows, Mac and Linux, addresses at least two “high risk” vulnerabilities and several security-related denial-of-service crashes.

Extract troubleshooting info from Windows XP BSOD error messages – When a Stop error occurs, the GUI is replaced by a DOS-like blue screen with a cryptic error message followed by a code number. This screen is affectionately referred to as the Blue Screen of Death, or BSOD for short. I’m going to show you how to analyze BSODs and extract the relevant troubleshooting information.

Amazing: Sony’s paper-thin ‘rollable’ flexible OLED display – A prototype Sony OLED display is flexible enough to roll around a No. 2 pencil. Don’t believe it? Watch this video.

A new syndrome for you: Social media remorse – We have all at one time said something we’ve regretted. This can be enough of a problem if you say it to a few people within hearing distance, but with social media tools at our disposal, a momentary slip of the tongue (or keyboard) can reach far more people. In other words, new technology is making it easy for people to embarrass themselves the world over.

Media Temple Web Hosting Suffers DDoS Attack – Media Temple, Web hosting provider for Adobe, ABC, Sony, NBC, Time, Volkswagen, and Starbucks, was hit with a sophisticated distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

Save 50 percent on Norton 360 today – This offer is good for today only and ends at 11:59 PDT Thursday, May 27, 2010.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Slow web one of UK’s biggest frustrations – Having a slow web connection is one the biggest daily annoyances faced by people in the UK, a study claims. More than 40 per cent of people consider not being able to get access to fast broadband services as being their biggest daily frustration, according to an O2 study.

BP gushes poetic – They’re at it again! New animation. (submitted by Dar)

The ingredients of success – Leaders often ask if there’s some kind of formula for success. In this blog John McKee provides a proven approach that he says can work for anyone.

Women more likely to snoop on spouse – More than 13 per cent of women spy on their husbands by checking their texts and emails, according to research. Suspicious and nosey British women are more likely to spy on their husbands by checking their phones, emails and internet history, researchers have found.

Study Claims Cognitive Functions Increased through Casual Gaming – Video games are good for you and can make you smarter! It is now a proven fact. Or at least one study seems to think so. A six-month-long study that focused on U.S. consumers age 50 and older shows a link between casual gaming and significant cognitive increase.

Today’s Quote:

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

–    Jimmy Dean

Today’s Free Downloads:

Nitro PDF Reader Provides Advanced PDF Tools for Free – Want to create PDF files from plain documents, annotate and fill in existing PDFs, extract images, and leave notes for any PDF reader? Nitro PDF Reader does all that, and it’s a free download.

Spybot Search & Destroy – Though its name sounds like bad dialog from a 60’s sci-fi flick, Spybot Search & Destroy is a good program to have around for those trying times when you think someone is lurking behind the browser curtain tracking your every Web move. Fire it up and it’ll spot all sorts of tracking cookies and the like, then remove them if you choose to do so.

Password Hash – This excellent tool lets you use a single password at your end but achieve the safety of generating a unique and robust password at each site.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 27, 2010

  1. Bill,
    Very interesting article on the RFID implant being infected with a virus. There are potential risks, as pointed out by the scientist, that imbedded pace makers, defibrillators, and medication injectors will be infected and malfunction. If I squint a little, I could even see a criminal blackmailing someone to avoid a life threatening virus…very scary stuff.
    Paul Lubic

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Paul,

      No squinting required. I’ve had some discussions with industry people, and others, already on this issue, and I kid you not, there is talk of an expanding anti-malware industry designed specifically to address this un/real threat.

      I know which stocks my $$ are going into. lol

      I’m currently writing an article where the premise is, “Before long we’ll be asking people what AV software they’re running before we’ll shake hands.” A little bit satirical – but not by much.

      Bill