Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 25, 2010

Freeware Files: 5 Free Apps to Replace Microsoft Office – Microsoft Office: Can’t live with it, can’t live with… ok, so that’s not entirely true. A number of you likely live without the Microsoft Office suite and, for that, I commend you. That’s not because there’s anything wrong with Office per se; it’s a pricing thing.

Iran Was Prime Target of SCADA Worm – Computers in Iran have been hardest hit by a dangerous computer worm that tries to steal information from industrial control systems. According to data compiled by Symantec, nearly 60 percent of all systems infected by the worm are located in Iran. Indonesia and India have also been hard-hit by the malicious software, known as Stuxnet.

Shortened URLs Drive Need for New Security – A new MessageLabs report from Symantec highlights the growing threat posed by attackers exploiting shortened URLs to lead unsuspecting users to malicious Web sites or spam content.

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Safari’s autofill is risky business – The autofill option in Apple Safari–and possibly Google Chrome–can expose personal data without the user’s consent. It’s recommended that Safari and Chrome users disable the autofill feature until further notice.

Don’t Fall for the Latest Online Scams: 10 ways to dodge the high-tech criminals – Cyber crooks are coming up with more and more ways to use the web to run their scams and cheat unsuspecting people out of their money. Fortunately, with just a few easy steps, you can fight back and keep your hard-earned cash out of the hands of these criminals.

We’re running out of internet addresses – Don’t panic, but we’re running out of internet addresses. Not domain names — those website names that you see at the top of this page and which always start with some semblance of “http://” and www. But, according to statements from prominent internet thinkers this week, we may run out of internet protocol — or IP — addresses in less than a year.

Microsoft: IE8 barred 1 billion malware downloads – Antimalware efforts might be paying off, as Microsoft reports that the browser’s SmartScreen Filter has stopped 1 billion malware downloads since its launch.

Stopping Spam – While we may never be able to completely eradicate spam, you can significantly reduce the amount of spam you receive. Read on for some common (and not-so-common)-sense ways to protect your inbox and your peace of mind.

NSA, Pentagon officials linked to child porn – Boston Globe reports dozens of NSA, DARPA, and other Pentagon workers downloaded child porn, a federal crime, but not all were prosecuted.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Anyway you slice it, doesn’t a 6 Blade razor feel excessive? – It has come to our attention that ShaveMate, in its efforts to break into a stubble market dominated by Schick and Gillette, has recently introduced the ShaveMate Titan 6, which has six blades.

From Deceptive Boardrooms to Closed-Minded Thinking – How The Fatally Flawed Medical System Killed More Americans with Just One Drug than the Entire Vietnam War. (submitted by Dar)

Amiga: 25 Years Later – Twenty-five years ago today, a new personal computer was unveiled at a black-tie, celebrity-studded gala at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York’s Lincoln Center. It debuted to rave reviews and great expectations–heck, InfoWorld said it might be the “third milestone” in personal computing after the Apple II and the IBM PC.

The World’s Happiest and Unhappiest Countries (Infographic) – Researchers say countries are happier because of the society and culture around them. The corporate world learned that lesson long ago. A new study conducted by researchers at Gallup surveyed thousands of respondents over 150 countries, between 2005 and 2009, in an attempt to measure two types of well being.

Unwanted H1N1 Vaccines Are HAZMAT – at least 40 million doses, are being disposed of accordingly. Being burnt in hazmat processing facilities with mercury scrubbers to keep this neurotoxin out of our environment… (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.”

–    Samuel Johnson

Today’s Free Downloads:

Giveaway of the Day: 3D Formula 1 Screensaver – This extremely realistic F1 Racing 3D Screensaver is a real treat for all the people who like speed and fast cars. The graphics, animation, sound effects and music are absolutely outstanding! See the world’s best racing action on your own desktop!

Hamster batch converts your video files for free – Like many of the apps in this category, Hamster Free Video Converter utilizes the open source FFmpeg to handle video conversion. Unlike a lot of others, it’s got a simple, easy-to-use interface which even the most casual users should be able to manage.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 25, 2010

  1. Weinberger

    hey guys, any chance of getting this in RSS?