Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 24, 2010

Build a $200 Linux PC – If you need a second or third computer but money is tight, you don’t need to buy a full system. You can build a surprisingly speedy Linux PC that will excel at everyday tasks, and cost less than $200.

8 Best And Free Open-Source Software For Small Businesses – Sometimes, business owners and managers buy expensive softwares for office needs but what they don’t know that in most cases they can find a free software which is available for unlimited time usage.

Certified Lies: Big Brother In Your Browser – You probably feel safe when you see the padlock on your browser window indicating secure communication with your bank or e-mail account. You probably think your users are safe if they are accessing your network over your SSL VPN. Is Big Brother spying on you? Before I’m done showing you these surveillance products, you will probably be ticked for both security and privacy reasons.

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10 ways to avoid viruses and spyware – Oh, the deck is stacked. Don’t think for a minute it’s not. As a technology professional responsible for securing office networks, workstations, and servers from viruses, spyware, adware, Trojans, and other malware infections, I can tell you that the situation is only getting worse.

ESET Threat Blog: New malicious LNKs – Having implemented generic detection of the CVE-2010-2568 vulnerability used to propagate the now infamous Win32/Stuxnet, ESET has identified not one but two new malware families that exploit the same vulnerability. This vulnerability allows code execution through malicious LNK (shortcut) files.

Which eBook Reader to Buy? – Here’s what you need to know if you’re diving into digital books, along with reviews of top ebook readers that go beyond the Kindle and the Nook.

Locating Your Software License Keys – In the event you cannot locate your product keys or licenses, there are several FREE solutions (listed below) that may be helpful; however, it is important that you take advantage of them prior to your PC becoming inoperable.

Hands On With the New Google Image Search – Try a Google Image search today and you’ll notice something—actually virtually everything—is very different. We took the new image finding interface for a spin.

Open Source Gains Respect From Mainstream Vendors – A decade ago, there were big question marks around how open source – in particular, Linux – would fit into business and consumer markets, but those question marks have mostly vanished to show a clear market for open source solutions.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Australian Governments Secret Plans To Spy On Web Surfers – The federal government has censored approximately 90 per cent of a secret document outlining its controversial plans to snoop on Australians’ web surfing, obtained under freedom of information (FoI) laws, out of fear the document could cause “premature unnecessary debate”.

Scientific American: Left-sided Cancer – Blame your bed and TV? – Curiously, the cancer rate is 10 percent higher in the left breast than in the right. This left-side bias holds true for both men and women and it also applies to the skin cancer melanoma. Researchers Örjan Hallberg and Ollie Johansson, writing in the June issue of the journal Pathophysiology, suggest a surprising explanation that not only points to a common cause for both cancers, it may change your sleeping habits. (submitted by Dar)

Scientists create an invisibility cloak made of glass – Michigan Tech researchers have created an invisibility cloak made of glass. Experts say invisibility cloaks will be here by 2039.

Classic game characters: then and now – Traditional wisdom suggests that fictional superstars never change. Bugs Bunny, Homer Simpson and Superman, for example, have endured for decades with more or less the same appearance. The same can’t be said for videogame characters, though.

TheHealthRanger – BP Fish Oil Plus: YouTube puppet satire. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see.”

–   Bernard M. Baruch

Today’s Free Downloads:

Panda Cloud Antivirus – Panda Cloud Antivirus is the first free cloud-based antivirus thin-client. It consists of a lightweight antivirus agent that is connected in real-time to PandaLabs’ online Collective Intelligence servers to protect faster against the newest malware variants while barely impacting PC performance.

TrueCrypt – There’s no killer feature update to TrueCrypt 7, but the latest revision to the popular open-source and free encryption program debuts some new features and security enhancements that make it worth the upgrade.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 24, 2010

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill

    “10 ways to avoid viruses and spyware”.

    In the comments following this article are a large number decrying No-Script. Do you have any thoughts on this?

    Kind regards


    • Hi John,

      Yes, I do actually.

      I rarely read the comments on TechRepublic articles, and here’s why. Most comments on these articles come from the same group of uneducated, ignorant trolls. Frankly, I find these people despicable. They are generally a group of no-nothings who, in my experience, are shallow, and, despite their buzzword comments, have inadequate technical knowledge. For example, to compare AdBlock to NoScript, exhibits a complete lack of understand as to how malware is delivered via the Internet.

      NoScript provides the user with full control over JavaScript which, along with whitelisting, raises the level of security inside a browser very significantly. I have yet to meet a security professional, who didn’t recommend NoScript as a must have browser add-on.

      Google “NoScript “sucks” and you’ll get 2 returns. I think that speaks for itself.