Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 15, 2010

Comodo’s Free PC-Cleaning Utility – If you’d like to blow the cobwebs out of a lethargic PC, a tune-up utility suite such as the free Comodo System Cleaner can do the job well by deleting unused files and fixing the registry—the common source for PC problems. Comodo System Cleaner also packs a few other neat utilities (such as file restoration and disk wiping) that put it on par with the likes of paid tune-up utilities such as AVG PC Tuneup PC 2011 and PC Tools Performance Toolkit 2011, but its overall performance isn’t quite as potent.

IE9 Tweaker is an easy way to customize Internet Explorer 9 – Looking for a way to make a few quick tweaks to your Internet Explorer 9 install? Download IE9 Tweaker from The Windows Club — it’s a small, portable app that provides fast access to a handful of useful adjustments.

Ubuntu 10.10 (“Maverick Meerkat”) Review – Ubuntu 10.10 is at best a stepping-stone release for desktops, \ but on netbooks it’s a much more exciting story.

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50 Percent Of Second-Hand Mobile Phones Contain Personal Data – An experiment gathering a sample of phones sold on eBay found that more than half contained personal messages or photos, and more than 60 percent had phone numbers left on a call log.

BlackBerry bitten by PDF distiller security hole – A serious security flaw in the way Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server processes PDF files could expose businesses to remote code execution attacks, the company warned in an advisory.

The value of your credentials – As surprising as this may sound, earlier this year stolen twitter credentials were valued at almost $1,000. When compared to credit card details that fetch less than $1, why do twitter credentials command such large sums? The following article gives a quick glimpse into stolen credentials market, how they’re bought and sold in underground markets and just how criminals turn them into cash.

10 Ways to Avoid Being IT Support for Friends and Family – Uncle Ben famously told Peter Parker that “with great power comes great responsibility,” but even Spider-Man never had to deal with constant phone calls, text messages, emails, and instant messages asking for a “quick second” of his time to solve a PC related issue. As power users, our family and friends tend to view us as their own personal 24/7 tech support super heroes, minus the obligatory tights.

Company News:

Apple: No Sex or Drugs With Your Rock ‘n’ Roll – Hot off the heels of a controversial sext-censoring patent, Apple is extending its smut-squashing authority into the realm of music.

Quicken Gets a Web-Inspired Overhaul – The 2011 editions of Intuit’s popular personal finance program sport many improvements inspired by Quicken’s online sibling, Mint.com. But perhaps the biggest selling point is a huge increase in the number of financial institutions that let you download transaction data.

HTC’s Windows Phone 7 Shines: Hands-On with the HD7 – Windows Phone 7 is finally here and we got our hands on one of the hottest new handsets, the HTC HD7.

New Mozilla CEO knows mobile, user interface – Mozilla named Gary Kovacs as its new CEO and the appointment highlights how important mobile and user interfaces will be to the future of Firefox.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Web snooping is a dangerous move – Bruce Schneier is a security technologist and author of “Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World.”

Google Earth tackles the universe – Thanks to a partnership with Slooh, Google Earth will now feature a new layer of high-res images of deep space taken by users.

Facebook connects family of man with 100 wives – Acentus Akuku, a famous Kenyan polygamist, dies. Given that he had more than 100 wives, how can the whole family be informed of funeral arrangements and, indeed, of their existence? Enter Facebook.

Tiny Eyetracker watches for sleepy drivers – More innovation in the field of keeping-drivers-awake tech. This time, a dashboard-mounted camera setup that watches a driver’s eyes for drowsiness.

Today’s Quote:

“Pay no attention to what the critics say… Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!”

–    Jean Sibelius

Today’s Free Downloads:

Scare up Some Fun: Halloween Downloads – Ghosts and goblins are everywhere–especially your PC’s screen. (Oh, and there are zombies on your lawn. You might want to take care of that.) Whether Halloween means goofy games, scary screensavers, or a creepy desktop theme to you, PCWorld has just what the mad doctor ordered. We even have the fonts he’d use to write you a prescription for witches’ brew.

Skype 5.0 delivers videoconferencing, Facebook integration – Popular and preeminent VoIP service Skype has wooed its fair share of people with an itch to ditch the landline and an Internet connection, especially those with international contacts. Today, the service is launching its latest update in the hopes of wooing even more customers and keeping the current ones happy. Skype 5.0 features a streamlined interface, Facebok integration, and video conferencing functionality.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 15, 2010

  1. Mal

    Hi Bill,

    Re: 10 Ways to Avoid Being IT Support for Friends and Family

    LOL. I can so relate to this. Being the nice bloke that I am, I won’t take payment from friends for fixing up their problems, it’s always “We will put on a case of beer when you get here”. That’s why I am so choosy about who I help now, coz I just couldn’t handle the constant hangover.

    People’s names come up on my phone when they ring, a lot of them I don’t answer now, lol.

    Cheers

    • Hey Mal,

      I definitely hear ya!

      I have a buddy who I use to visit every Sat afternoon when his kids were teenagers (thank the Lord they’re now adults), and I’d spend 4/5 hours cleaning up that week’s infections (caused by the same teenagers) – drinking beer the whole time. Looking back, I’m amazed I could get anything done given the vast quantities of beer we would put away. Those were the days. LOL!

      Best,

      Bill

  2. definately tons of info to absorb the article you had on about personal info worth more than credit cards was pretty good .