Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 11, 2010

CNET: Enhance your desktop – You can make your desktop easier to navigate and nicer to look at with a little customization. Check out our top downloads for some great enhancements.

How-To: New Rules for Online Living – The technologies that drive our world have become increasingly social, calling for a new set of rules and customs to govern everyday interactions. Here are 25 essential guidelines for life in the social media age.

Ubuntu 10.10 desktop, netbook and server editions released – Ubuntu 10.10, codenamed “Maverick Meerkat”, is now available for download. Ubuntu 10.10 introduces an array of online and offline applications to Ubuntu Desktop Edition with a particular focus on the personal cloud. Ubuntu Netbook Edition users will experience an all-new desktop interface called ‘Unity’ – specifically tuned for smaller screens and computing on the move.

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Brace for Major Microsoft Patches Tuesday – Microsoft will deliver a record 16 security updates next Tuesday to patch a whopping 49 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office and…

Future malware will steal behavioral and relationship patterns – Whenever something of tangible value exist, there will always be those who will try to steal it, says a group of international researchers that recently published a paper on future malware threats. They say that there is the possibility that this kind of malware already exists, only we haven’t spotted it yet. And they are particularly worried about the implications that the mapping of this kind of data would have for the user.

Adobe Rewrites PDF Reader for Security – New “sandbox” design should ward off the frequent hack attacks on the popular software, vendor says. The new Reader design will see core and risky PDF functions such as font rendering, Javascript execution, 3D rendering and image parsing happen within the confines of the application itself, isolating these from the privileges of the operating system.

Rogue Facebook app takes over accounts – A flurry of statuses saying “OMG! Im never going to send another text message again after seeing this!” and “OMG! Im not txtin again now that I have seen this!” and offering a shortened link have been popping up on Facebook during the weekend, and contrary to what we might expect, it wasn’t another survey scheme. This one is far more dangerous, because the user is encouraged to permit a rogue application to access his basic information and data, post to his wall and receive e-mails from it at any time.

Small Business Tips: The Crazy Cost of Inkjet Printer Ink – Ink for inkjet printers costs an outrageous $8,000 a gallon. Not that you would ever buy a gallon of it, but that illustrates how ridiculous the cost is. Is a laser printer a better option? What’s your opinion?

Company News: Leads Pack of New Android App Stores – Google’s Android operating system is so open source, so companies such as, Verizon and Sprint are taking advantage of the platform to offer mobile applications.

Xmarks Bookmark Tool is Back From Brink – Xmarks, a popular tool for sharing bookmarks between browsers, is back from the brink of oblivion according to the company’s Chief Executive Officer James Joaquin. In September the company said it had run out of money and announced Xmarks would be shut down abandoning its two million customers. In a blog post Thursday Joaquin announced the company has multiple offers from companies “ready and willing to take over the service.”

Scrabble Makes Kindle’s Bestseller List – For Amazon’s Kindle the Hasbro game Scrabble is a seven-letter word score – aka – success . In a mere week of sales at the Kindle store the word game Scrabble has zoomed to the top of the bestseller list for paid apps.

Review: EnhanceMySe7en performance maintenance – EnhanceMySe7en solves the problem of keeping Microsoft Windows 7 maintained without having to install multiple applications for different tasks.

Off Topic (Sort of):

New film exploring online security – A new project called “The Gran’ Scam of Things” is in the works. The premise of the short film poses serious questions about online financial abuse by taking a special look at how email based scams affect older generations.

Facebook Groups Prank Shows Problem with Default Opt-In – Facebook held a major press event this week to introduce some significant changes to the site, including Facebook Groups. While the intent of Facebook Groups is to enhance privacy and provide users with more control over how information is shared, the implementation of the concept leaves a little to be desired.

YouTube Downloads, Mashups, Screencasts, and More – YouTube Doubler lets you play two YouTube videos simultaneously. Just plug two video URLs into the corresponding fields, use the ‘Start (seconds)’ fields to choose where on each video’s timeline you want to begin, and get mashing. If you need inspiration, impromptu guitar battles, ominous cat videos, and making fun of Nickelback are pretty good places to start.

Facebook founders put $170,000 into pot – Facebook is a company with some very personal–if public–quirks. Many will be delighted, then, to discover that two of Facebook’s co-founders have not foundered when it comes to their own personal views about marijuana. According to Proposition 19 campaign filings, reported by ABC News, Sean Parker, he of the nasal infractions in “The Social Network,” has donated $100,000 to this California ballot measure that seeks to legalize pot in the state.

Today’s Quote:

“Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.”

–   James F. Byrnes

Today’s Free Downloads:

Windows Double Explorer (Windows 7 only) – Windows Double Explorer is a tiny, free utility that provides two Explorer windows–each with a little more oomph than you get from Windows Explorer. You can view the dual-pane interface stacked or side by side. Important.

Advanced SystemCare Free – This utility offers a one-stop-shop for cleaning and maintaining your computer for better overall system performance. The interface is very simple, featuring only a few buttons, which makes it easy to get down to cleaning immediately (in fact, it automatically runs on start-up) and doesn’t confuse you with multiple steps.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 11, 2010

  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Bill.

    Best Wishes


  2. Marcus

    U – BUN – TU

    User friendly
    Blisteringly fast
    Under the radar
    Technologically advanced
    Unix based

    Make up your own acronym…

    I literally feel like I’ve walked into Shangri-La, that is how good Ubuntu is.

    Bill, what security measures do you recommend?

    Just tighten up Firefox with the add-ons?

    An anti-rootkit device?