Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 13, 2010

Five tips for spotting the signs of malware – Malware has become one of our most challenging security issues — and it isn’t going away any time soon. Learning to recognize the symptoms of an infection will help you preempt malware havoc.

Lab Notes: What’s a ‘Gibibyte,’ Anyway? – If you’ve ever been confused as to why the “actual” capacity of a drive often doesn’t match the advertised capacity, you’re not alone. Here’s why storage capacity is a matter of fuzzy math.

Hacked! How We Got Attacked by Malware Fiends and Survived – It’s one thing to write about hackers, scammers, and malware, as I’ve done for various venues for the last 15 years. It’s quite another to experience the nastiness first hand. This week, it was my turn. Here’s my story.

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11 Infamous Software Bugs – Celebrate ‘Debugging Day’ by remembering these monster problems from the past.

How to Set Up Multiple Monitors – Boost your productivity by adding a second monitor. It’ll provide you with increased screen real estate and boost your efficiency.

12 Ways the Tech Industry Is Screwing You (and How to Fight Back) – You can’t install the apps you want on your smartphone. You can’t play the movies you bought on your PC. You can’t even walk into a store without getting upsold, enrolled, restocked, and recalled. Welcome to the world of tech in 2010, where your phone doesn’t work–and companies tell you that “you’re holding it wrong.” Here’s how to fight back.

Google Instant: 2 Doubts – Speed? Accuracy? Not so much, but occasionally amusing. I don’t mean to be harsh on the Google. I think that its new trick has a lot of potential, especially if it starts keeping tabs on my search behavior and consistently delivering stuff I’ll find useful. I’m just not sure I’m ready to forget about pressing the good ol’ Enter key at the end of every query I make on Google’s site.

Anti-US Hacker Takes Credit for ‘Here You Have’ Worm – A hacker critical of the U.S. war in Iraq has claimed responsibility for the ‘Here you have worm.’

Company News:

Microsoft, Samsung, HP, RIM Plot to Steal iPad’s Thunder – Some of the biggest names in tech are planning their own consumer tablet offerings to compete against the iPad. But it may take a combination of marketing effort, a little luck and killer features for any one of these competitors to produce a game-changing hit. Take a look at what they have planned.

NSS Labs is planning to open an online store for security exploits – Through the Exploit Hub, NSS Labs will allow researchers to buy and sell exploits. According to NSS Labs President Rick Moy, the initial set of buyers will be “known quantities” such as penetration-testing companies and security vendors.

Apple iPad Already Long in the Tooth – I know that may sound crazy. After all, we’re talking about a product that’s been shipping only a few months. But considering the insanely rapid rate of change in mobile devices, the iPad as we know it is quickly becoming a relic.

HP to acquire ArcSight – HP and ArcSight have signed a definitive agreement for HP to acquire ArcSight, a security and compliance management company, for $43.50 per share, or an enterprise value of $1.5 billion.

Off Topic (Sort of):

How Six Memorable Tech Companies Got Their Names – We’ve tracked down the inside scoop on six of tech’s most unforgettable names. Some of them have pretty surprising backstories — like a well-known…

Lady Gaga and the death of sex: An erotic breaker of taboos or an asexual copycat? Camille Paglia, America’s foremost cultural critic, demolishes an icon – Lady Gaga is the first major star of the digital age. Since her rise, she has remained almost continually on tour. Hence, she is a moving target who has escaped serious scrutiny. She is often pictured tottering down the street in some outlandish get-up and fright wig. Most of what she has said about herself has not been independently corroborated… “Music is a lie”, “Art is a lie”, “Gaga is a lie”, and “I profusely lie” have been among Gaga’s pronouncements, but her fans swallow her line whole… (submitted by Dar)

LED bulbs at home: So far, so good – CNET’s Martin LaMonica has been playing around with super-efficient LED bulbs at home. They’re not perfect or cheap, but there’s still a lot to like.

The skinny on Net neutrality (FAQ) – If all the hoopla surrounding Net neutrality rules and regulations has your head spinning, check out this FAQ to get a better understanding of what’s happening.

Today’s Quote:

“No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets.”

–    Edward Abbey

Today’s Free Downloads:

Freemake Video Downloader – Freemake Video Downloader rips videos from YouTube and other Flash-based video sites into the format you want. It’s easy to use, and it supports Web video up to 1080p. Providing no copyrights are violated in the process, it’s hard to imagine a reason not to use it.

Capsa 7 Free a full-featured network traffic monitoring and reporting tool – Capsa Free is a tool for professionals and enthusiasts. A casual home user will not find much use in Capsa Free, though, being free, it doesn’t hurt to check it out. Using it requires either a good knowledge of internet protocols and low level functionality, or a strong desire to learn such things. If most or all of your traffic routes through a single network adapter, you may never see a need to upgrade to the Professional edition, which starts at $549.00.

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