Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 15, 2010

12 Tips to Speed Up Windows 7 – Windows 7 performance blows away Vista’s easily enough, but the truth is it could still be a faster. Software Analyst Michael Muchmore runs down a few of his tips for giving Windows 7 a little more kick. And for the most part, he avoids the easy fixes like, Turn off Aero Effects. It will take you five minutes to read his advice.

Lifehacker: Picrap Offers No Hassle TV Show Streaming in and Outside of the US – If you just want to watch your favorite TV shows and you’re sick of restrictions and messages that inform you you’re outside of the viewing area for the site you’re trying to stream from, Picrap is a hassle-free TV streaming site.

WinPatrol PLUS License Giveaway – WinPatrol 2010 PLUS. To enter the drawing, simply click on “comment”, and enter a name and a valid e-mail (so we can send you the key) in the form.

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Linux infection proves Windows malware monopoly is over – Every time I write about Windows security software, I get a predictable flood of responses from Linux advocates who claim that they don’t need any such protection. Today comes a shining example of why they’re wrong.

Video: Add Copy To and Move To commands to Explorer context menu in Windows 7 – Bill Detwiler shows you how to put the Copy To Folder and Move To Folder commands on the Windows 7 right-click menu with a quick registry edit.

101 Hottest Women in the World clickjack Facebook users – A worm spreads across Facebook disguised as a link to photos of the “101 hottest women in the world”, and hijacking users’ mouse clicks without their knowledge.

Rogue Facebook App on the Loose – Facebook users beware: A new rogue Facebook app is spamming newsfeeds and tricking users into handing over profile access. The link redirects users to a Facebook Page that then prompts users to allow an application called “Teacher nearly kills 13 year old boy. SHOCKING!” access their profile information and permission to post on their wall.

Off Topic (Sort of):

New Tool Helps You Find a Job Through Facebook – Simply Hired, a search engine and recruitment advertising network, recently launched a personalized job search tool that integrates with Facebook to help you find jobs based on the current or previous work titles you list on your Facebook profile. It also lets you browse your friends’ employers and search for job openings at their companies.

Oil Volcano Pressure Too Strong For Containment – It has been estimated by experts that the pressure which blows the oil into the Gulf waters is estimated to be between 20,000 and 70,000 PSI (pounds per square inch). Impossible to control.

Everybody Hates Apple – While Apple will always have a contingent of loyal followers flung far and wide across the technology universe, not everyone views the spawn of the Turtlenecked One quite as favorably as the fanboys. In fact, mention Apple in the deepest, darkest corridors of campuses for these vendors and you may be met with furrowed brows.

Wireless electrical power soon a reality? – Imagine if power could be beamed around a room in the same fashion WiFi signals are transmitted. This may seem far-fetched, but is getting closer to reality.

World Cup Fever sends Internet usage to record levels – World cup fever has hit the Internet, reaching new traffic records for news sites and easily unseating President Obama’s election victory as the busiest online news event.

Today’s Quote:

“Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.”

–    Tom Robbins

Today’s Free Downloads:

Shareaza – Shareaza is a multi-network peer-to-peer ( P2P ) file-sharing client supporting Gnutella2, Gnutella, eDonkey2000 ( eMule ), HTTP, FTP and BitTorrent protocols. Using C++, MFC and ATL, for Windows.

Hotspot Shield – Feeling safe when you connect to a hot spot at cafe, airport, or some other public location? You shouldn’t. There are plenty of potential dangers lurking there, including nearby hackers who may try to sniff your packets, or figure out other ways to snoop at what you’re doing online. Particularly dangerous is if you visit any Web sites and type in your user name and password–they could be hijacked.

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9 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 15, 2010

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  2. Bill your tips on Online Tech Support is adorable.
    I agree with you that Windows 7 is bood but Michael Muchmore tips makes it work better.

  3. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    I hate Facebook. I cancelled my account long ago. Funnily, I still get emails that “Kelly’ or “Sandra” have sent me a message, on Facebook. How did these people get my email address. Probably from Facebook.


    • Hey Mal,

      Kelly and Sandra are probably really cute, you lucky guy!.

      I doubt that the spammers got your address from Facebook, though. The odds are in favor of the spammers connecting with a huge percentage of Facebook members, since “everybody” is on Facebook. Except you and I, and of course like minded people. People who understand the risks that Facebook poses. Not enough people, in my view, but……..



  4. dar

    ‘joeE’ explains:
    What happened here is that a rather obscure irc server program on a
    download server was replaced by a file which would allow local users to
    execute commands with root authority.

    The bottom line: this file *not* part of linux, and honestly, I’d never
    even heard of it before. So the author’s hysterical claims of “many
    linux servers infected” is way overblown.

    The vulnerability requires a naive user with superuser privileges to
    find the download site, download the trojan tarball, install it as root,
    then start it as root. Each one of these steps would have to be taken on
    purpose to create the vulnerability –

    Let’s keep this in perspective. It shows that if you purposely give root
    access to all users on your linux system, users can issue commands with
    root powers.

    This so-called linux vulnerability. being trumpeted and celebrated by
    the microsoft fans, is far cry from the ease of windows virus
    infestation – microsoft windows can be quickly and easily infected just
    by the reading an email message, or a visit to a website.

    The last time I checked, the life expectancy of microsoft windows, if
    connected directly to the internet, is something like 4 minutes before
    it’s compromised. On the other hand, to compromise a linux system, the
    local admin really needs to load his gun and purposefully shoot himself
    in the foot.’

    • Hey Dar,

      I expected to hear from you on this one. Your statement “to compromise a linux system, the local admin really needs to load his gun and purposefully shoot himself in the foot”, says it all. I absolutely agree. Point well made.


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  6. interesting articles, thx!