Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 11, 2010

24 Great Open Source Apps for Admins & Technicians – If you’re in the same boat as me, hopefully you’re already utilizing some open source options. If not, I’ve put together this list of two dozen great applications that I can depend on to keep things running smoothly on my office LAN and customer systems as well.

24 Killer Portable Apps For Your USB Flash Drive – My flash drive works pretty hard, so I’ve spent a lot of time gathering a reliable, powerful set of portable tools that allow me to work hard and play hard, even if I can’t do it on my own PC. Here are two dozen apps that I always have at the ready.

The 5 Best Free Online Photo Editors Reviewed and Compared – Let’s face it: Photoshop ain’t cheap. And, worse, Photoshop is a kind of software—much like most kinds of software—that only works offline. If you’ve purchased it (or any other graphics-editing program, for that matter), yet you don’t have it installed on the system you’re currently working with, you’re out of luck. No photo editing for you.

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Lifehacker: What’s the Difference Between Viruses, Trojans, Worms, and Other Malware? – Lifehacker’s tech-savvy readers are the first people on speed-dial when it’s time to heal an infected PC, but how much do you really know about viruses, spyware, scareware, trojans, and worms? Here’s a helpful guide to understanding all the different types of malware.

Lessons from the AT&T/iPad Hack – This attack shows that no device and its supporting services – even the mighty Apple – are immune to compromise. Here are a couple of thoughts about this attack and how it relates to enterprise security, Apple’s position in the market and lessons for security solution providers. ….. it’s simply unreasonable to think that any platform or software is infallible.

The Government is reportedly considering tracking what Australians do online – THE Federal Government is considering forcing internet providers like Telstra and Optus to keep records of what their customers do online. The records could include people’s web browsing history and emails and be held for several years, according to technology website ZDNet. (submitted by Malcolm C.)

Malware Watch: This week’s spreading scareware – This week’s Malware Watch reviews five currently spreading malware/scareware campaigns, including two recent cases of digital devices shipped with malware on their memory cards.

Flash Player 10.1 Final Accelerates Your Graphics, Available for Download – Adobe Flash Player 10.1 is now available for download, for crisper and better HD video playback. Flash Player offers up full graphics hardware acceleration for the high-definition H.264 video standard.

Why Google Backed Down on Home Page Backgrounds – Google pulled the plug on its newly busy home page Thursday. It turns out though, a growing user backlash was only part of the problem.

Microsoft: We’ll be running 85 to 90 percent of our apps in the cloud this decade – Just over a month ago, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent a memo to a few key execs inside the company, asking them when Microsoft was going to be “all in” with the cloud and moving its own, internally-developed apps there. Here’s the Microsoft CIO’s game plan for doing so.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Is The TV Industry Ripping Consumers Off? – Consumers are being asked to replace not just TVs, but also receivers, HDMI cables and even DVD and Blu-ray players. The new specification for TV and HDMI is so different from the last one that you can’t use a single thing in your current system, down to even the cables, if you want 3D and Internet capabilities.

BP’s ‘brilliant’ board table solutions: video – Spilling coffee is NOT the same with an oil spill.. retarded marketing. (submitted by Dar)

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Five Things Old Media Still Doesn’t Get About The Web – The New York Times and many other mainstream publications prove time and time again that this “new-fangled internet thing” is beyond their comprehension. From paywalls to piracy “concerns” they demonstrate that their desperation is clouding their judgment.

Microsoft spreading Internet Explorer in Africa under new guise! – “The software, known as Microsoft Internet Explorer Eight (IE8), enables users to take full control over who can and cannot track their activities, ensure adequate peace and security; and provide regular update of personal information.” The above quote is from a news article that I sighted on Myjoyonline, Ghana’s leading news site. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.”

–    Judith Martin, (Miss Manners)

Today’s Free Downloads:

Vector Flower Patterns Theme – If you want to dress up your desktop with some original artwork rather than canned Microsoft themes, give Vector Flower Patterns a try. This pleasant Windows theme provides five high-quality floral wallpapers and turns your window borders a nice rose color.

SUPERAntiSpyware 4.39.1002 Final – Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 11, 2010

  1. Awesome, the 24 great open source apps are a great addition to my bag o’ tricks. Once again you manage to enlighten and inform.

  2. Louis Gordon Jr

    You da man Bill