Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 13, 2010

Sophos: The 10 myths of safe web browsing – Web based threats become more sophisticated every day. And hanging on to common misconceptions can compromise security further. The good news is you can reduce your chances of becoming another malware statistic. To get started, download our white paper, “10 Myths of Safe Web Browsing.” (Registration required)

Windows 7 SP1 public beta available for download – For those of you who want to be on the bleeding edge, or just want a chance to take it for a spin, Microsoft has released the first public beta of Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Change Chrome’s channel – We’ll let you in on a little secret–there are actually three versions of Google Chrome. Find out how to jump between them in this handy video how-to.

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EasyBCD 2.0 Makes Dual-Booting Easier, Now Supports Windows 7 – Bootloader tweaking utility EasyBCD makes dual booting between Windows, Linux, and even OS X an easy task, and the latest version updates with support for Windows 7 and newer Ubuntu versions with grub2.

Vulnerability Rate Up in First Half of 2010 – The number of vulnerabilities in the first half of 2010 was close to the number recorded in the whole of 2009.

MultiBootISOs Boots Multiple Operating Systems from a USB Drive – The folks at have created a Windows tool for creating what is basically a GRUB multi-OS bootloader on your USB drive, along with a nice long list of systems that work with it. All you have to do is grab an ISO file of the system you’re adding to your drive, then drop the whole ISO file onto the drive (occasionally with special instructions). 400 tech sites and blogs – a sister site to What’s On My PC;

iPhone 4 Gets ‘Thumbs Down’ from Consumer Reports – CR first said that the iPhone’s reception issues weren’t unique and might not be a major problem, but it has made something of a turnaround from its initial impressions.

LiveUpload Shortens the Journey From Windows Live Photo Gallery to Facebook – Users of Windows Live Photo Gallery can easily upload their photographs and videos to their Facebook albums using LiveUpload to Facebook (free). Facebook’s own photo album tool has been slow and unintuitive, so it’s no surprise to find fixes and improvements to the photo feature of the app-heavy social networking site.

Scammers hack into senator’s Yahoo account – Bob Dvorsky, a Democrat senator for the state of Iowa, is the latest public figure to have had his email system broken into by cybercriminals. Discover what happened, and how scammers tried to defraud the senator’s friends and acquaintances.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Is technology innovation plagued by arrogance and hubris? – Technology disasters are often the result of cocky know-it-alls who neglect to ponder worse case scenarios because they are too arrogant to think their projects will fail. That’s the gist of an interesting Associated Press analysis

Pulling Back the Curtain on Rogue AV Tech Support – We’ve blogged a few times about rogue AV, explaining how search engines have been abused using Black Hat Search Engine Optimization techniques to redirect web surfers to rogue AV websites. Recently, we’ve noticed that the rogue AVs being spread are all equipped with an “Online Support” button.

To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery – The frontier in the battle to defeat student cheating may be here at the testing center of the University of Central Florida. (submitted by Dar)

Darpa’s synthetic blood almost ready for the battlefields – Darpa’s synthetic blood, intended for medical application on the battlefield, is seeking FDA approval.

Microsoft says 74 percent of work PCs still use Windows XP – The latest Microsoft operating system may be selling seven copies a second, but it’s no match for the behemoth Windows XP, still the most popular OS in the world.

Today’s Quote:

“If you can find something everyone agrees on, it’s wrong.”

–     Mo Udall

Today’s Free Downloads:

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.

Themes: Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest – Get in touch with your inner pirate. This package includes three wallpapers based on Pirates of the Caribbean, plus coordinating sounds, cursors, icons, and a screen saver. The screen saver is the most entertaining part of the bundle: Against a backdrop of ships being attacked by a giant octopus, a pirate chest floats around the screen, opening to show movie stills while the movie’s theme music plays in the background.

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