Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 19, 2010

Tighten Your PC’s Security With Free Encrypt Stick – Feature-laden security utility Encrypt Stick runs from a flash drive and installs no software on your PC.

The Top 100 Web Sites of 2010 – Hey! It’s PCMag’s annual Top 100 Web Sites story. We pored through more than 600 sites to choose the top 50 Classic and Top 50 undiscovered sites in the categories of Apps, Fun, Info, News, Shopping, Social, and Tech.

Google Android Game Doubles as Spy App – Security researchers are sending up a flare to warn Google Android users about a video game that can be used to track and monitor their movements.

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How do I calibrate my computer display’s best color settings?– The  amount of time you spend staring at the pixels that monitor generates, calibration should be something you do at least once. It is not a difficult process and Microsoft Windows 7 includes built-in applications that make the process really simple.

Facebook Warns of Clickjacking Scam – A disguised button causes unsuspecting poll-takers to share unwittingly — including their money.

Seven maintenance tips to optimize Mac performance – Vincent Danen offers his top seven tips to keep your Mac healthy and running optimally. Here are his recommended tools and best practices.

DDoS extortion-themed scam circulating – Symantec has intercepted a scam attempt, relying on scare tactics in order to trick domain owners into transferring virtual money, or face a distributed denial of service attack against their web site.

Adobe to Issue Emergency Fixes for Reader and Flash – Adobe on Thursday will release a fix for a recently publicized critical flaw in its Reader and Acrobat applications. The patches are emergency, out-of-cycle fixes, and Adobe also plans to patch a flaw in its Flash player software.

New Firefox iFrame Bug Bypasses URL Protections – There is a bug in Mozilla’s flagship Firefox browser related to the way the browser handles obfuscated URLs in iFrames. However, a Mozilla official said the bug poses “very low” risk to users.

Company News:

Employees admit they would steal data when leaving a job – Employees openly admit they would take company data, including customer data and product plans, when leaving a job, according to Harris Interactive. The online survey probed 1,594 full- and part-time employees and contractors in the United States and Great Britain about their attitudes toward accessing and viewing of company-owned data.

Dell Streak tablet: Unboxing and comparison photos – The Dell Streak is technically an Android tablet — one of the first to hit the market — but it’s actually a lot more like a smartphone. Take a look in our full unboxing and comparison gallery.

InFocus Announces Two Interactive Projectors – The InFocus IN3914 and IN3916 project images that teachers, students, and others can interact with up to 40 feet away.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Lifehacker: Where to Get the Best Free Education Online – Whether you’re a student looking for supplemental learning or you’re in the workforce but thirsty for knowledge, you don’t have to drop thousands of dollars in tuition to enjoy a top-notch education from some of the best schools in the world.

Lab Notes: HDTV Hassles – We’ve been doing a ton of HDTV testing to gear up for the holiday shopping season, and we ve noticed that many HDTVs include a new white balance calibration option. This trend is causing headaches for our analysts. How will it affect consumers?

Apple really is becoming Microsoft – If you’re looking for another datacenter commentary for today, this isn’t it, because this is completely off topic. But my experience at the Apple store today just really merited some comment.

At Lower Merion schools, webcam spying on students was no crime – School officials in Pennsylvania’s Lower Merion School District will not face criminal charges for activating a tracking feature on school-issued webcams that allowed them to capture about 56,000 images of unsuspecting students and their families at home.

Students beware: Heavy laptop usage leads to bad posture, physical pain – Feel like a slave to your laptop? That “addiction” can hurt you in ways beyond affecting your social life.

Today’s Quote:

“Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.”

–    Will Rogers

Today’s Free Downloads:

UltraVNC (32-bit version) – My family has a dangerous habit of blindly clicking through software installs and downloading all kinds of junk from the Internet. Luckily for them, I can repair the damage anytime from my home or office using the free UltraVNC remote control software. – Free Back to School and Labor Day Printables.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 19, 2010

  1. ‘Apple really is becoming Microsoft – If you’re looking for another datacenter commentary for today, this isn’t it, because this is completely off topic. But my experience at the Apple store today just really merited some comment.’

    Thank you for vindicating that Microsoft is also evil.

  2. Hey Bill, this might convince you more:

    Zero-day Windows bug problem worse than first thought, says expert
    ‘Most every Windows application’ at risk, says Slovenian security firm that’s working with Microsoft on fix