Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 20, 2010

Five great Firefox privacy add-ons – It’s getting more and more difficult to protect your privacy on the Web. Just as we’re invited to share our thoughts and experiences with friends, family, and the universe, there’s somebody recording it all and looking to make a buck from it, legally or otherwise. The key is to find the right balance between the Web’s convenience and your security.

Critical bug in 40 different Windows apps – Metasploit’s HD Moore was in the midst of researching the recently patched LNK (Windows shortcut) vulnerability when he stumbled upon a serious problem that exposes more than 40 different Windows software programs to remote code execution attacks.

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Facebook launches “Places,” geo-location service that’s both cool and creepy – It was perhaps the worst kept secret since, well, Apple’s iPhone 4. Facebook today is announcing a new feature, called Places, that allows users to share their locations with friends – and allows their friends to be updated in real-time.

Top 10 most dangerous celebrity searches – Cameron Diaz has replaced Jessica Biel as the most dangerous celebrity to search for on the Web, according to security company McAfee.

The 50 Greatest Technological Creations of the Past 25 Years – The last 25 years have brought some of the greatest inventions man has ever seen. From DVDs to MP3s, take a look back at the greatest technological inventions of the past quarter-decade—and be happy you weren’t born in the ’60s.

New ICQ worm spreads like fire – A new worm is targeting ICQ users, but apart from spreading itself by taking control of the ICQ application of the victim to send out more of the same messages and a file transfer request for an executable called snatch.exe, so far the worm does not appear to damage affected computers in any major way.

Google CEO’s social media warning; Impending information armageddon? – Google CEO Eric Schmidt warns of the consequences of social media and networks, and the vast amount of personal data that users put out there on the Web. Is privacy dead?

Rogue AV uses legitimate uninstallers to cripple computers – The fact that some rogue AV solutions try to prevent the real ones from doing their job is widely known in the security community, but CoreGuard Antivirus – a “popular” fake AV solution – has been spotted utilizing legitimate software uninstallers to trick users into uninstalling their legitimate security software.

Company News:

Will the McAfee/Intel combination reshape the security sector? – Time will tell if the acquisition is good news or not for McAfee and Intel’s users, partners, employees and shareholders; but I agree that it is clearly elevating the importance of IT security to new heights within the computing industry. This by itself is great news. As we have been saying all along, security has to be a pillar in next generation computing.

Google Tablet with Chrome OS Would Be a Bad Match – Google’s Chrome oeprating system isn’t ready for tablets, but Android, which is shaking up the smartphone world, may be.

Will Bit-Patterned Media Change the Hard Drive Landscape? – Toshiba claims its latest breakthroughs will allow hard drives astonishing aerial densities of up to 2.5 Tb per square inch–nearly five times what today’s drives can achieve.

VisionTek Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card: A Notch Above a Regular NIC? – Do you need a special network card for online gaming? The Killer 2100 makes some big promises, but leaves us with mixed feelings–and results.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Biplane & RC Airplane Midair Collision [vid] – The FAA has confirmed it is investigating a midair collision between a biplane and what appears to be a large-scale radio-controlled model on Aug. 14. (submitted by Dar)

Lifehacker: Is the Multiple-Monitor Productivity Boost a Myth? – I’ve always heard that multiple monitors were supposed to boost your productivity, but this post on rebuilding your attention span mentions, in passing, a second monitor myth. So what’s the deal? Do multiple monitors boost productivity or not?

Can walk-while-you-work innovations save the health of desk workers? – With the world moving toward more desk jobs and obesity rates rising, one possible remedy could be the walk-while-you-work approach.

Ubuntu’s two big advantages over Windows and Mac – I’ve been using the latest version (10.04) of Ubuntu Linux since April and there’s a lot to like about it. Today I want to talk about two significant advantages that Ubuntu has over Windows 7 and Mac OS X.

Downgrading your computer: Why less is more – In fact, there are very good reasons for downgrading your desktop or laptop system, some of which can save you money in the long term. Most people don’t even need all of the bells and whistles their new system comes with; they may have been lured in with the mantra “more is better” without realizing that more costs more–even after the purchase is complete.

Today’s Quote:

“A committee can make a decision that is dumber than any of its members.”

–   David Coblitz

Today’s Free Downloads:

Sandboxie – When you browse the Web, changes occur to your computer system. Some harmless, like recording the addresses of Web sites you have visited, so the browser can help you complete a Web address that you type in. Some more harmful, like the unsolicited installation of malware. When you use Sandboxie to protect your browsing session, it catches all these changes just as the browser is about to apply them into your computer system.

DropMyRights – The beauty of this utility is you can log on as an administrator, and still lock down select applications. DropMyRights literally drops the rights of an application from unrestricted to normal, constrained, or untrusted. It neither adds overhead nor slows down your applications. It simply blocks them from performing certain security-breaking functions.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 20, 2010

  1. ‘Ubuntu’s two big advantages over Windows and Mac – I’ve been using the latest version (10.04) of Ubuntu Linux since April and there’s a lot to like about it. Today I want to talk about two significant advantages that Ubuntu has over Windows 7 and Mac OS X.’

    Security-wise, Ubuntu is really way ahead of Windows and OS X. But as I’ve written in one of my articles, if you like using and experimenting safety apps like I do, (and many other things) you can’t do that with Ubuntu. It’s just like you suddenly downgraded your system which is what the article below is suggesting we do!

    ‘Downgrading your computer: Why less is more – In fact, there are very good reasons for downgrading your desktop or laptop system, some of which can save you money in the long term. Most people don’t even need all of the bells and whistles their new system comes with; they may have been lured in with the mantra “more is better” without realizing that more costs more–even after the purchase is complete.’

    • Hey Pochp,

      I’m not sure why you would need to experiment on Ubuntu with “safety apps”, when safety on Ubuntu is a non-issue. I don’t see how you can equate this with downgrading your system – it’s the opposite.

      I think most people are sold systems that are far beyond their needs. I’ve said many times here, that I use an old 1 GH XP Pro machine for testing applications, and it is virtually as fast on the Internet, for example, as my quad core Windows 7 machines. Unless one is into gaming, updating is just a waste of money.

      Bill

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