Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 18, 2010

HDClone Free Edition -The Free Edition of HDClone is the ideal tool for moving or cloning contents of entire hard disks, and can be used with any operating system and any filesystem. Since HDClone has its own OS and is self-booting, it can be used even if the installed operating system is damaged.

Mozilla Updates Thunderbird – One day after it released updates for its Firefox web browser, the Mozilla Project has issued versions 3.1.4 and 3.0.8 of Thunderbird, the latest stable and legacy branch updates of its popular open source email client. According to the developers, the latest maintenance updates improve the applications overall stability and address several user experience concerns found in the previous stable branch release.

Video: Add Defragment and Disk Cleanup to Windows right-click menu – Bill Detwiler shows you how to add the Defragment and Disk Cleanup commands to the Windows right-click menu.

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How to Cast Out Wi-Fi Intruders – Home network running a little slow lately? Maybe it’s because your neighbor is slurping connectivity off your Wi-Fi network to download Bit Torrent files. Here’s how to knock him off and protect your wireless home network.

Mozilla Firefox Hits 3.6.10, Firefox 4 Gets New Beta – Open source Web browser maker Mozilla has released a new version of its popular Firefox browser, with the update seemingly designed to close only a single stability issue.

Social engineering definitely a massive threat – One of the most worrying findings was that it doesn’t take a seasoned expert in social engineering to successfully penetrate a company. Inexperienced attackers have easy access to free resources including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Search, and Google Street. These resources, coupled with call centers and customer service departments that are focused on customer satisfaction, were enough to gather valuable information from most targeted companies.

Adobe Cautions Users About Installing Unofficial Reader Patch – Adobe is cautioning its users about installing an unofficial patch for the Reader CoolType.dll bug that was released on Wednesday, saying that although the patch appears to prevent the crash in Reader, installing it could have some unintended consequences.

Company News:

Mobile tracking, remote phone locking and data wiping – Spare Backup launched Spare Mobile Security, a suite of software tools that provide users the means to remotely manage their mobile device. The suite includes five features: Locate my Phone, Message my Phone, Lock my Phone, Remote Audible Alert and Wipe my Phone.

Intel Finds BluRay HDCP Crack – Intel has confirmed Blu-ray HDCP encryption is cracked after admitting a leaked master key is the real deal. High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) copy protection technology is designed to protect high-definition video content as it travels across digital interfaces.

Amazon makes a welcome entry to the Linux market – From a business standpoint it is designed to protect Amazon, and its cloud customers, not just from intruders but from themselves.

Sony unveils trio of new Walkman collections in Japan – Sony churned out and debuted twelve new colorful Walkman models in Japan this week, ranging from budget-friendly to high-end.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Dear XP users: No IE9 for you (Listen up people, XP is dead!) – Yesterday Microsoft unveiled to the masses the beta of its new browser IE9. But this new browser won’t run on the majority of Windows systems currently out there. Is this a problem?

People of the book: The true history of the Koran in America – As usual, the Founders were way ahead of us. They thought hard about how to build a country of many different faiths. And to advance that vision to the fullest, they read the Koran, and studied Islam with a calm intelligence that today’s over-hyped Americans can only begin to imagine. They knew something that we do not. To a remarkable degree, the Koran is not alien to American history — but inside it. (submitted by Dar)

Is Google’s new real-time flight data in Google Earth a gift to terrorists? – I don’t know. Hopefully, it’s not the kind of thing that you don’t know, until you know. You know?

BACK to WORK after THIRTY YEARS [vid] – She uses a typewriter but a colleague tells her to use a computer. Watch what happens. (submitted by Dar)

Say What? – The Week’s Top Five IT Quotes

Today’s Quote:

“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

–    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Today’s Free Downloads:

Gladinet Cloud Desktop Starter Edition – Gladinet Cloud Desktop mounts cloud storage as local folders. Users can access their cloud files in Windows Explorer. Supported storage includes Amazon S3, AT&T Synaptic,, EMC Atmos onLine, FTP, Google Docs, Picasa, and more.

Wubi – Try Ubuntu on your Windows machine without partitioning your hard drive or creating a boot CD.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 18, 2010

  1. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    IE9 won’t work on XP? Who cares. About the only time I use IE is for Windows Updates. Otherwise I use the much more safer Firefox.


    • Hey Mal,

      I spent a few hours this week with IE9 and at the end, I couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about. Microsoft reinvents the Browser? Give me a break!!

      If MS paid me a dollar every time, to use IE9, I still wouldn’t use it. My totally tweaked Firefox beats it hands down. There is NO contest.

      You’re missing nothing.



  2. Jose

    I haven’t tried IE9 but I would never give up FF.
    That said IE is not that bad.


    • Hi Jose,


      I just replied to Mal “If MS paid me a dollar every time, to use IE9, I still wouldnt use it. My totally tweaked Firefox beats it hands down. There is NO contest.”

      I have IE9 installed – played with it for a few hours and can’t understand what all the fuss is about.