Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 18, 2010

The best Chrome extensions, according to the Google Chrome team – Apparently, the Google Chrome team has been circulating a list of awesome Chrome extensions around Google, and everyone there liked it so much that they published it on the Official Google Blog. You can see the whole list there, but here are a few picks I wholeheartedly agreed with.

Mozilla disables password-stealing Firefox add-on – Mozilla has disabled and added to a block list a Firefox add-on that stole log-in information when users visited Web sites, the company says. The software, called Mozilla Sniffer, had been downloaded about 1,800 times in the approximately five weeks it was available on addons.

What to do with passwords once you create them – Cryptography expert Bruce Schneier used to write his passwords down on a slip of paper and keep it in his wallet. Today, he uses a free Windows password-storage tool called Password Safe that he designed five years ago and released into the open-source community. But Schneier still recommends the paper method for people who don’t have their computers with them at all times.

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Your Internet Profile: And What You Should Know About It – Everyone who uses the Internet creates a “profile” of information about themselves. For example, when I Google my name I would expect to see results that refer to my blog and the many posts I’ve made, and it does. However, it also provides a roadmap of my career from the time soon after the Internet started. Did I publish an autobiography of myself? No.

FLIQLO – Flip Style Clock Screensaver – As long as I have been using the computer, I have always been fascinated with the various types of clocks that can be installed on the computer that are replications of real clocks. Recently I came across another clock to add to my collection, called FLIQLO. FLIQLO is the replication of the old flip style clocks and is installed on your PC, as a screensaver.

Password stealers and Conficker top June malware – June proved to be another hot month for malware with by a surge in attacks by a password-stealing bot and the return of old nemesis Conficker, according to a report released Tuesday by security software maker Sunbelt.

RIM to Apple: Bull – In a strongly worded statement, RIM, maker of the BlackBerry, refutes Steve Jobs’ press conference claim that all smartphones, including the BlackBerry, have antenna problems.

Researcher: Photos from your gadget can leak your location – At Next HOPE hacker conference, researcher shows how he scanned photo links posted to Twitter and extracted exact latitude and longitude coordinates embedded in the photos.

New Virus Targets Industrial Secrets – Security experts believe the virus appears to be the kind of threat they have worried about for years — malicious software designed to infiltrate the systems used to run factories and parts of the critical infrastructure.

Why anti-malware software doesn’t always work – Everyone should know by now that they need anti-malware protection and that it needs to be kept up-to-date. But did you know that your computer can still get infected with malware?

Off Topic (Sort of):

G.I. smash! Army tests HULC robotic exoskeleton – Lockheed Martin’s HULC robot suit can give soldiers superhuman strength. Lockheed Martin has received a $1.1 million contract to test its next-generation HULC exoskeleton that can give troops superhuman strength and endurance, as well as reduce injuries from heavy loads.

15 of the Dumbest Criminals – It’s fairly obvious that the vast majority of criminals aren’t exactly what you’d call intelligent people. So, it takes quite a bit for somebody to be called a particularly dumb criminal, and these are 15 of the very dumbest.

Most Published Research Findings Are False – “It can be proven that most claimed research findings are false,” says Dr. John Ioannidis of the Tufts-New England Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. In a paper published in the journal PLoS Medicine, Dr Ioannidis explains that there is an increasing concern in the scientific community that most current published research findings are false. (submitted by Dar)

Eisenhower on the Opportunity Cost of Defense Spending – Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“No man remains quite what he was, when he recognizes himself.”

–     Thomas Mann

Today’s Free Downloads:

System Spec – System Spec is a free utility that displays exhaustive information about your system, including details on memory usage, CPU speed, options and features your graphic card supports (or doesn’t), and much more. It also includes access to a wide range of system functions: for example, you can bring up any Control Panel module, or eject a CD.

Acronis Drive Monitor – Your hard disk is a time bomb, waiting to go off. If you’re lucky, like most people, it will never detonate. But if you’re unlucky, like some people, you could lose all of your files, works, and applications, with no warning when your hard disk crashes. Acronis Drive Monitor promises to give you warning before that crash, so that you can take action before you’re hit with disaster.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 18, 2010

  1. Mister Reiner

    Thanks for including me in your tech thoughts today. 🙂