Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 17, 2010

Browser Add-Ons: Track Prices, Check Grammar, and Blast Web Pages – Try out some practical–and not so practical–add-ons and bookmarklets for Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome.

Top 5 Mistakes Made by Linux First-Timers – If you’re among the legions of new Linux users out there, congratulations on making a smart move! Now that you’re on your way to a lifetime of freedom from high costs, vendor lock-in, constant malware attacks, and the many other disadvantages associated with Windows and Mac OS X, you should be aware of some of the classic mistakes Linux newcomers sometimes make.

Give Windows 7 (or XP) a Vista-Like Sidebar – One of the things I miss about Windows Vista–okay, the only thing I miss about Vista–is the Sidebar. Much as I applaud Microsoft’s decision to liberate its desktop gadgets, to make it so you can position them anywhere you like, did it have to be at the expense of the Sidebar itself?

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Square Privacy Cleaner from NoVirusThanks helps hide your tracks – Square Privacy Cleaner (SPC) is like a lot of other track-hiding apps, offering to remove things like cookies, browsing history, MRU items, and clipboard contents. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera are supported, as are a number of other apps — including Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, MS Office, FlashGet, 7-Zip. Temp and log file cleanup is also supported.

The 17 Most Dangerous Places on the Web – The scariest sites on the Net? They’re not the ones you might suspect. Here’s what to watch for and how to stay safe.

Stuxnet Worm: What You Need to Know – Recent attacks show Stuxnet’s dangerous potential. We examine what it does, how it does it and what you may not know about it.

Human Error Gave Spammers Keys to Microsoft Systems – Microsoft launched an investigation Tuesday, after the problem was first reported in the Register. “We have completed our investigation and found that two misconfigured network hardware devices in a testing lab were compromised due to human error,” Microsoft said Wednesday in a statement. “Those devices have been removed.”

Hacker Attacks Rise Among Business, McAfee Reports – Security specialist McAfee released research finding mid-sized organizations have seen increased attacks on their networks and systems since last year. According to the McAfee report The Security Paradox, more than half of midsize companies surveyed globally have seen more security incidents in the past year, 40 percent have had data breaches and 75 percent believe a serious data breach could put them out of business

Company News:

Invasion of the iPad Killers – Apple has enjoyed nine months or so of a relatively un-crowded marketplace for tablet computers, but that’s about to change. A slate of new tablet computers is moving in, some as early as this month. Here’s a look at a lineup of some of the tablet computers that will soon debut.

Windows Phone 7 Wins Early Accolades – Microsoft’s launch this week of its Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system, and devices that run the OS, won early accolades, but will it be enough to make a dent in Apple iPhone and Google Android’s substantial lead in the smartphone market?

Google Provides Ad Rev Breakdown, Profits Soar – Search giant sees a 32 percent spike in year-over-year profit for the third quarter, fueled by sustained growth in the diversifying advertising business.

Microsoft MED-V Virtualization Tool Hits Beta 2 – Software giant looks to spur enterprise adoption of Windows 7 with the latest release of a virtualization tool aimed at smoothing over incompatibilities if older applications.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Get Remote Tech Support from Your GeekBuddy – Need help? Nothing beats a live human who can remotely connect to your PC 24/7. The new GeekBuddy service is a steal at $50/year.

US eyes Australian Government web plan – THE US Government is reviewing an Australian program that will allow internet service providers to alert customers if their computers are taken over by hackers and could limit online access if people don’t fix the problem. (submitted by Mal C.)

Say What? The Week’s Top Five IT Quotes – Twitter goes after weak signals, IBM and Oracle break bread over Java, Google drives cars, and more.

Sceptical SMEs urged to embrace social media – The Forum of Private Business has urged small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to make greater use of social media after a report revealed more than half of small business owners doubt the value of sites such as Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.

Today’s Quote:

“An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.”

–    Dwight D. Eisenhower

Today’s Free Downloads:

Internet Explorer Backup 2.8 – BackRex Internet Explorer Backup allows you to backup favorites, history, proxy settings, fonts, dialup accounts, autocomplete passwords and cookies. BackRex Internet Explorer Backup can help you to move all your Internet Explorer settings from one computer to another, even if it has a different version of Windows and Internet Explorer installed (for example from In

Giveaway of the Day – 1AVMonitor – 1AVMonitor allows you to remotely monitor your office, your home, and your children. 1AVMonitor publishes a password protected website where users can access live video, photos, and recorded activity, all behind 128-bit encrypted security. The program is available for $59.95, but it will be free for our visitors as a time-limited offer.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 17, 2010

  1. Hi Bill,

    I was reading the article ‘Top 5 Mistakes Made by Linux First-Timers ‘ with interest.

    As you know, I’m solely a Linux Ububtu user now, and I haven’t looked back since changing over from Windows.

    I was initially hesitant about changing over fully but you gave me some great advice and encouragement, and I must say my computing experience has been wonderful ever since.

    I no longer fear viruses. My laptop NEVER freezes, (not once!). Linux Ubuntu is just as easy to use as Windows. It’s simple, where Windows sometimes seems so complicated. It’s blazingly FAST; amazingly so. It’s a great OS. 🙂

    Thanks Bill.

    • Hey Paul,

      I had to laugh, when earlier this week, I read another Blogger’s comments regarding Linux, in which he made the point that that one needs to be better than just an average user to run Linux. The same old, same old bullshit, from someone who has either never run a Linux distro, or who hasn’t run one in years. The end result is, this is harmful advice to his readers who look to him for guidance, and perpetuates the myth that one must be a geek to run Linux.

      As you know, and you make the point well – nothing could be further from the truth.



  2. I’m also literate, Bill. That should read Ubuntu, not Ububtu. LOLOL 🙂

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