Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 3, 2010

Top free troubleshooting tools for Windows – These seven handy tools help you diagnose and cure a wide range of Windows ills, and they’re all free for the downloading

Microsoft Security Essentials: Free, So What’s the Catch? – The program provides real-time protection against spyware, viruses, worms, Trojans, and other malicious software — and stacks up well to its paid competitors.

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Comodo CEO Challenges Symantec in an Industry First Look at “Paid vs. Free” Security Software: Proposed Study to Negate Misinformation that Free is NOT Good Enough – Comodo announced a market challenge to Symantec to undertake a comparison of free versus paid Internet security software product testing to determine which product can protect the end-user better. CEO and chief security architect, Melih Abdulhayoglu, has taken a firm stance with Symantec and other software marketers who insist that high-priced security software is superior to free software products on the market.

Study Examines Security Risks of Social Media – The U.S. is among the countries least inclined to embrace Web 2.0 applications such as social media and content-sharing tools to drive sales and brand awareness, according to a new survey commissioned by security software vendor McAfee.

Zeus Malware Purveyors Target Symbian, BlackBerry Devices – Cyber-crooks are targeting Symbian and BlackBerry mobile devices in an attempt to beat multifactor authentication security schemes used by some banks.

Porn studios to subpoena accused file sharers – A law firm in West Virginia will demand that ISPs hand over the records of customers accused of violating the copyrights of porn studios.

Zeus Botnet Bust Shows Malware is All about Money – Authorities in the United States, along with law enforcement partners around the world, issued indictments and swooped down to arrest dozens in connection with a malware scam used to steal millions of dollars from victims’ bank accounts. The charges against the Zeus botnet operation show just how pervasive the malware threat is, and how lucrative it can be for cyber criminals.

Company News:

Mozilla CTO: Why Firefox wins over Chrome – There are some people that believe that Google’s Chrome is winning the browser war for the fastest and possibly best browser — Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich is not one of them.

Enterprise Mobility: BlackBerry PlayBook Is RIM’s Big Enterprise Maneuver into Tablet Computing – Research In Motion introduced the BlackBerry PlayBook, a tablet computer that represents RIM’s big move to stand up to the success of the Apple iPad and Android-based devices, such as the Dell Streak, by reconnecting with its core customer base: enterprise users.

Skype Wants to Connect to the Office – Hoping to make inroads into big businesses, Skype joined on Wednesday with Avaya, a major seller of corporate phone systems. As part of the deal, Avaya will integrate Skype into its bundle of products for customers in the United States.

The Most Powerful Laptop Available? Dell’s Precision M6500 – If you’re looking for power in a laptop, you’ve found it–the Dell Precision M6500 is about as powerful as modern desktop replacement laptops get. The M6500 has a number of features that you won’t find anywhere else: support for up to four memory DIMM slots (holding up to 32GB of RAM); over 1TB of hard-drive storage space; and a 17-inch, 1920-by-1200-pixel screen.

Off Topic (Sort of):

20 off-the-wall emails from the technically clueless – End users sometimes ask the strangest questions. Here are 20 bizarre emails from users that either don’t have a clue or didn’t take the time to search before hitting send.

How to Install and Play Duke Nukem 3D on Your PC – Want to warm up for Duke Nukem Forever by playing its 1996 predecessor? You don’t need to dust off your Pentium 1 rig. Here’s how to get the old title running on a modern Windows PC.

Warning: Google Chrome Apparently Removing Key Privacy Feature – Last March, in Why I’m Switching to the Google Chrome Browser (New Privacy Enhancements), I enthusiastically endorsed Google’s Chrome browser, and explained why I have switched to it from Mozilla Firefox. I hope I’m not forced to reverse that decision. But I am quite concerned about a new development. (submitted by Dar)

Is Google’s WebP image format the right approach? – Google is launching a new web format for images called WebP this week that aims to provide faster images for the web. While I personally believe that it’s a great idea to have faster images, having a new image format might not be the right way to go either. There are hundreds of millions (billions?) of jpeg images on the web today that will likely never be converted to a different format.

Today’s Quote:

“Foolish writers and readers are created for each other.”

–    Horace Walpole

Today’s Free Downloads:

Wise Disk Cleaner Free 5.62 – Remove junk files from your system and free up disk space, defrag and optimize your hard drives.

Camfrog Video Chat – If you’re sick of hopping from one chatware program to another, looking for the perfect mix of video, audio, and text socializing, CamFrog might be what you’re looking for.

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