Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 24, 2010

Print folder contents – Why Microsoft refuses to give Windows the ability to print the contents of folders is a mystery, but there are several ways to circumvent this limitation–with or without freeware.

24 Killer Portable Apps For Your USB Flash Drive – My flash drive works pretty hard, so I’ve spent a lot of time gathering a reliable, powerful set of portable tools that allow me to work hard and play hard, even if I can’t do it on my own PC. Here are two dozen apps that I always have at the ready.

The Best Tuneup Utilities – The isn’t a collection of every available tune-up utility, but they are some of the top offerings out there. You can rest assured that even the lowest scoring of them will leave your PC in better condition than they found it. Check out the links for full reviews of these PC tune-up utilities that will make your system run like new.

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Hands On with Apple iLife – Apple’s iLife suite ships with every Mac. It’s a collection of photo, video and music-editing software. I’ve used it and especially like iMovie. With version 11, each application gets a significant upgrade. Software analyst Michael Muchmore has a hands-on report.

Windows 8 release in 2012 hinted at by Microsoft Netherlands – There have been rumblings about the arrival of Windows 8 in 2012 as far back as late last year, when bloggers noticed some interesting slides during Microsoft PDC 2009. At the time, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky was pretty quiet about the whole thing, but someone over at Microsoft Netherlands has been a little more loose-lipped.

Teens Still Engaging In Risky Behavior On Social Networks, Study Finds – Teens and parents are becoming more savvy about the use and dangers of social networks, but some teens are still taking unnecessary chances with their privacy, according to a study published today.

Rogue antivirus spoofs Firefox, Google attack warning pages – Security researchers at F-Secure and Websense have discovered cybercriminals pitching rogue antivirus software using a spoofed version of attack warning pages used in Firefox and Google Chrome designed to block users from visiting malicious websites. The phony attack page includes a download link that purports to be a browser update, but instead downloads rogue antivirus software, according to F-Secure.

Google plugs ‘high risk’ Chrome browser holes – Security flaws in Google Chrome can be exploited by malicious people to conduct spoofing attacks, bypass certain security restrictions, and potentially compromise a user’s system.

What Adobe’s New PDF Sandbox Really Means For Attackers – Adobe Reader X’s ‘Protected Mode’ will make PDF attacks tougher to execute, but it can’t stop every threat.

Company News:

Hulu Plus subscription might drop to $4.99 as soon as this week – If you weren’t jumping at subscribing to Hulu Plus because of the $9.99 subscription fee, maybe a 50% price cut will entice you a little more.

Steve Jobs Rips the Competition: Why Apple iPad, iPhone Rule – Apple CEO Steve Jobs went on the offensive during Apple’s most recent earnings call, ripping into the primary competition to Apple’s highly popular iPhone and iPad products. Jobs counted the ways that RIM’s BlackBerry smartphone and Google’s Android mobile operating system just don’t measure up Apple products

RIM Fires Back at Steve Jobs – BlackBerry maker RIM’s co-CEO Jim Balsille responded to Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ critique of RIM’s devices, saying that Jobs’ words made no sense outside of what he called Apple’s “distortion field.”

First look: HP Slate 500 with Windows 7 Professional – After months of waiting, the HP Slate is finally here. I was fortunate enough to get a hands-on look at the Windows 7 Professional-based tablet, and here’s what I found.

Nook color e-reader is coming, report says – A full-color, Google Android-based Nook e-reader is coming to Barnes & Noble soon, according to a new report.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Cracked: 6 Romantic Movie Gestures That Can Get You Prison Time – If there’s one thing that working as undercover assassins and fighting terrorists in tall buildings has taught us, it’s that everything worthy in life can be learned from movies. Unfortunately, though, it’s not quite that simple. When done in real life, many of the tricks used by onscreen singletons to successfully woo potential lovers can get you put away for a long time.

Cracked: 6 Things Everyone Knows About Women (That Aren’t True) – We previously pointed out how some crude, absurd gender stereotypes are in fact proven true by science. But, in the interest of not letting 60s sitcoms have the last word on the differences between men and women, we should point out how many things “everyone knows” about women just plain aren’t true, according to science. Like…

There’s water on the moon — a lot of it – Not only is there more water than NASA scientists first thought, but it’s more accessible, which is a good sign for future human and robotic trips.

The Greatest Tech Battles of All Time – Blu-ray versus HDTV, Farnsworth versus RCA, Tesla versus Edison. This story looks at some of the biggest, baddest tech “disagreements” of all time. How many do you remember, and which sides were you on?

Today’s Quote:

“The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.”

–    Thomas Carlyle

Today’s Free Downloads:

Vallen JPegger: View images and more – Vallen Jpegger is a fast, free, efficient image viewing tool that is capable of displaying virtually any kind of image file as well as music, sound, and other files.

WinUtilities Free Edition – Some of what WinUtilities does–disk defragmenting and cleanup, for example–can be accomplished using the System Tools that come with Windows. But we liked the way the program combined these and other functions into one clean, intuitive interface, making all of the most useful Windows maintenance utilities easy to access.

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