Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 10, 2010

Another Windows 7 Zero-Day Released – Microsoft’s security response team is investigating the release of a new zero-day flaw that exposes Windows 7 users to blue-screen crashes or code execution attacks.

Are Camera Phones Better Than Cheap Cameras? – It’s getting harder to make the case that a stand-alone camera is a must-have device for casual snapshooters.

The Malware Pandemic Takes Hold – If malware were biological, the world would be in the grip of the worst pandemic in history. In 2009, more than 25 million different unique malware programs were identified, more than all the malware programs ever created in all previous years (see the annual report from Panda Labs). That’s a pretty incredible statistic. Malicious programs now outnumber legitimate ones by many orders of magnitude.

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How to Protect Your Smartphone’s Valuable Data – So you just lost your smartphone. It isn’t the end of the world, but it sure feels like it. In addition to the specter of shelling out another couple hundred dollars to replace the hardware, you’re facing the loss of all your contacts, your schedule, your to-do lists, and, oh yeah, the dicey photos you took at the bar last Friday.

How to render SSL useless – In this video from OWASP AppSec Research 2010, Ivan Ristic from Qualys talks about breaking SSL.

iPad`s Future: 10 Reasons Why Apple`s Tablet Won`t Be A Long-Term Success – Apple’s iPad is the subject of some heated debate in the corporate world. On one hand, it’s viewed as a product that must be be respected. Its supporters believe that it revolutionizes the marketplace and will allow employees to be far more productive than they have been in previous years without such a tablet. Detractors couldn’t disagree more.

Investment in open source software on the rise – A survey by Accenture showed that nearly 40 percent of those queried also planned to migrate critical operations to open source systems in the next 12 months. This year could be of critical importance to the open source software industry, with a majority of businesses and organizations in the US and UK expecting to increase investment.

Company News:

Skype files for $100 million IPO – The Internet telephony company plans to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering.

HP Begins CEO Search as Details About Accuser Emerge – HP officials are beginning to search for Mark Hurd’s successor after his abrupt resignation Aug. 6. At the same time, the one-time HP consultant whose sexual harassment charges led to Hurd’s demise was identified as Jodie Fisher, who also has acted in films and television shows.

Google, Verizon unveil proposal – not agreement – to help FCC with Net Neutrality policy – Google and Verizon today revealed a seven-point proposal – not an agreement – to help the FCC craft a broadband policy that keeps the Internet open.

Apple releases 12-core Mac Pro desktop computer – Apple has been busy upgrading nearly all of its computers this year, from the MacBook Pro to the iMac. The latest refresh is in the Mac Pro desktop line with the now-available 12-core edition.

Mozilla to Update Firefox Silently – Taking a page from rival Google’s playbook, Mozilla plans to introduce silent, behind-the-scenes security updating to Firefox 4.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Top 10 Funniest Tech Videos From Around the World – The U.S. hasn’t cornered the market on funny tech ads. This is one virtual world tour you won’t want to miss.

Hot Rod Gals… 2: Rods, bobbers and pretty gals – The Beach Boys – Little Deuce Coupe. (submitted by Dar)

Hawking: It’s outer space or die for humans – Hawking is worried about the way humans are eating up finite resources and commented that our genetic code “carries selfish and aggressive instincts,” which have helped humanity survive so often in times gone by.

Do teenagers hate Facebook? – AlwaysOn founder Tony Perkins talks to “You Are Not a Gadget” author Jaron Lanier about Facebook, and why teenagers may start shunning the social-media platform.

Today’s Quote:

“Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.”

–    Bill Cosby

Today’s Free Downloads: – The number of business card designs at has officially passed the 700 mark! All of the business cards can be downloaded and printed for free in .DOC form.

Adebis Photo Sorter – Adebis Photo Sorter lets you pick a folder filled with unsorted photos, choose a destination folder where you want to sort your pile, then set up date-driven parameters. If you have an unsorted slush pile of photos, Adebis Photo Sorter is a quick and dirty way to get it into some kind of order.

FastStone Image Viewer – FastStone Image Viewer displays pictures lightning-fast and lets you browse through them–but it does much more than that. You can crop, rotate, and resize pictures, and create slide shows. The program also converts images between several different file formats.

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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 10, 2010

  1. I like the new blog layout, Bill. Very clean looking and easier on the eyes for an old guy like me. 🙂

  2. How to render SSL useless – In this video from OWASP AppSec Research 2010, Ivan Ristic from Qualys talks about breaking SSL.

    Hey Bill. The video’s audio is too weak so I didn’t get the message. I’m very interested in SSL since I think it’s giving me problems. Could you tell us if and how rendering SSL useless would be useful for us?