Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 8, 2010

10 handy Firefox about:config hacks – If you really want to fine-tune your Firefox functionality, you have to roll up your sleeves and tinker with the about:config page.

Linux distro Jolicloud: the future of Netbooks? – If Netbooks have a future it will be through operating environments like this.

Malware Infection: Your Odds – Ever wonder what the odds are that your computer will be infected with malware (viruses, worms, trojan horses and other nasty things)? The incidence of malware infections is increasing at an alarming rate; one reason is the increase in malware itself and another is the lack of good computer security practices among most computer users.

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Research: Weird Works When It Comes to Passwords – Researchers at Microsoft and Harvard University warn that popular passwords pose a bigger risk to online security than weak ones and suggest that many tools to enforce strong passwords actually steer users to choices that are easy to guess.

Spy software? 10 other ways to keep your socially-networked kids safe – Spy software, now being offered to monitor kid behavior on social networks, is a bad idea – from both a software and parenting perspective, mostly because the software is ineffective in real-world scenarios and often becomes a substitute for real parenting.

99% of people can’t watch this video more than 25 seconds – What type of video could be so awful that most people will be unable to watch it for a mere half a minute? Will I be able to bear it, or will I fall by the wayside like the other 99+% of people have? On top of that, a couple of my friends on Facebook have mentioned this video to me.

Firefox 4.0 beta download scam on Twitter – A Twitter update hash-tagged “Firefox” spotted by Sunbelt offers a unique opportunity: follow the offered shortened link to download a cracked Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or a key generator for it.

Security in Focus: Five Scary Black Hat Threats – Black Hat has traditionally been where consultants, vendors and researchers gather to talk about new security vulnerabilities, exploits and hacking techniques. This year was no exception. Here are five big topics featured at this year’s event.

Private Web Browsing Is Mostly A Failure – Features in the four major browsers designed to cloak users’ browser history often don’t work as billed, according to a research paper that warns that users may get a false sense of security when using the built-in privacy settings.

Company News:

Best Buy Leaks Pics of its Own iPad clone – Best Buy is hoping to jump on the tablet bandwagon with a device of its own, the company’s CTO Robert Stephens has teased.

Acer makes the shoddiest laptops, according to IT professionals – TechRepublic recently polled its audience of IT professionals about which vendors make the best and worst laptops. One thing was nearly unanimous: Acer makes the worst.

AOL can’t shake decade-long malaise – The online pioneer is once again on the comeback trail. CNET looks back at the mistakes, lawsuits, and changing tides that crushed its dominance.

Report: RIM to let Saudis monitor BlackBerry data – BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has decided to allow the government of Saudi Arabia access to BlackBerry users’ messages, in order to avoid a ban on the device in the country.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Insanely Epic Baseball Catch – This is what you call a nice recovery…

No leniency for man who printed racist fliers – A former state computer technician convicted of programming thousands of racist fliers through printers in the Attorney General’s Office lost his bid for a lenient sentence yesterday when he refused to own up to the crime. (submitted by Dar)

By The Numbers: Our Very Connected, Always-On World – Our world is getting more connected and that in itself is changing the way we live, work, communicate and share. Here is a visual representation of our connected planet, by the numbers.

iPod Causes 17 Accidents a Day in the UK – Apple’s iPod has been singled out as the reason for more than 17 accidents per day in the UK. The situation has been dubbed “iPod Oblivion”: people so “into” what’s playing on their iPod that they ignore the world around them, necessarily leading to accidents.

How Fast Will Your Internet Be In 2020? – Congress is debating America’s broadband network with more urgency. How quickly can the U.S. catch up with other world technology leaders?

Today’s Quote:

“Saying what we think gives us a wider conversational range than saying what we know.”

–    Cullen Hightower

Today’s Free Downloads:

Advanced SystemCare Free – This utility offers a one-stop-shop for cleaning and maintaining your computer for better overall system performance. The interface is very simple, featuring only a few buttons, which makes it easy to get down to cleaning immediately (in fact, it automatically runs on start-up) and doesn’t confuse you with multiple steps.

Glary Utilities – This powerful application offers extensive utilities to improve your system’s performance and protect your privacy. Glary Utilities’ well-organized interface allows users to easily choose from several tools. It cleans unwanted junk files and removes invalid and broken shortcuts, freeing up valuable disk space.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 8, 2010

  1. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    I was lucky to get a free licence for Advanced System Care. I really like it, it’s a no brainer, just hit the Care button and it takes care of the rest. Has some other great tools worth checking out too.