Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 5, 2010

5 Networking Tips and Tricks: Create an Ad-Hoc Wireless Network – What’s the best way to transfer files from one computer to another? You can use a USB thumb drive or an Internet service like Dropbox, but a network connection is almost always the most efficient choice. You might think that both computers need access to a common network to use network sharing, but that’s not actually the case. Thanks to ad-hoc networking (a built-in feature in Windows) any two Wi-Fi-enabled laptops can shares files and play games as though they were on a LAN. Setting up an ad-hoc connection in Windows Vista or 7 is a surprisingly simple affair. We’ll show you how.

Cheap Laptops for Tight Budgets – Just because a laptop is cheap doesn’t mean it has to be ugly. We give you several that are as easy on the eyes as they are on the wallet. Check them out here.

How to prevent drunk Facebook postings – A Web security company and an ad agency create a browser extension designed to prevent you from drunkenly posting that you are, say, in a relationship, with your boss.

Tech Thoughts Daily Tech News 2

Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical MS Office security holes – After last month’s record-breaking security patch release, Microsoft is offering a November respite. The November Patch Tuesday will feature just three bulletins with fixes for a total of 11 documented vulnerabilities. One of the bulletins will be rated “critical,” Microsoft’s highest severity rating.

Customers vote against banks that don’t take security seriously – A report claiming to show that one in ten bank customers have moved banks owing to privacy and security concerns is a clear example of how banks need to start taking responsibility for their online practices. The study also shows that consumers are far from the naive consumers that some marketing experts often think they are.

Attack cause Intuit Web-hosting service outage? – Intuit’s Web-hosting service for small businesses remained inaccessible for several hours today–possibly due to a denial-of-service attack, a customer service representative told CNET.

Linux: Fedora 14 released – The free open source operating system distribution Fedora 14 is now available for download. Fedora 14 includes several new features for developers, system administrators and open source enthusiasts.

Sextortionist hacker caught by FBI – This has not been a good week for perverts on the Internet. First one gets arrested for hacking into e-mail and Facebook accounts of his female victims and sending their compromising pictures to their contacts and friends, and now another one gets nabbed for infecting his victims’ computers with malware that allowed him to listen and watch them in the privacy of their own home.

Company News:

SoliCall Pro has been Launched for Better Sound Quality – November 5, 2010 – SoliCall, a leading provider of software products for improving audio quality in telephony, has released a professional version of its successful softphone add-on product – SoliCall Pro. SoliCall Pro includes all the latest professional algorithms which thus far were available only for large corporations. Another advantage of SoliCall Pro is that it runs on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. For free evaluation version of SoliCall Pro please go here.

California Woman Sues Apple Over iPhone ‘iBrick’ Upgrade – Claims Apple used iOS 4 upgrade to cripple older iPhones to sell more iPhone 4s

First Chrome OS Notebooks Due in November – A Google-branded Chrome OS notebook will be launched by Inventec in November, with Acer and HP following suit thereafter, according to a report.

Microsoft tempts antitrust lawyers with expanded antivirus offering – You want a good, solid, free antivirus program? Microsoft Security Essentials fills the bill nicely. Until recently, you had to download and install this software manually.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Got Rage? – Anger makes you want things more, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. After reading this article, I had to wonder about the motivational aspect of the study. Looking at angry faces makes you angry?

Infographic: How to Explain the Internet to a 19th-Century Street Urchin – Do you know how the internet really works — how you’re able to read this article on a magical glowing rectangle attached to a keyboard? Neither do we. But if you ever have to explain the inner workings of the web to someone even less informed — say, a homeless orphan from the 1800s — you can now feign understanding, thanks to this handy cheat sheet created by flowchart guru Doogie Horner. (submitted by Dar)

What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content – Blog writing tips and articlesHaving been the target of copyright thieves, and working with writers, authors, and photographers on copyright protection and laws for over 25 years, I thought I’d talk a little about what to do when someone steals your content. First, you noticed that I didn’t say “if” someone steals your content. That was on purpose. With the glut of information on the Internet, it’s now a matter of “when” not “if”.

Google CEO: China’s Internet Censorship Will Fail in Time – As more Chinese people going online, China’s censorship will struggle to keep pace, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said.

Favorite IT jokes submitted by the TR community– Senior Editor Sonja Thompson posted the following question on TechRepublic’s Facebook page: “What’s your favorite IT joke?” Here are a few cartoon illustrations of their responses.

Today’s Quote:

The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

–   Ronald Reagan

Today’s Free Downloads:

Colors of Paris Theme – Beautiful Paris, city of lights. Enjoy those lights every time you fire up your computer with the free Colors of Paris Windows 7 desktop theme. This theme contains one (gorgeous) wallpaper, an aerial view of the famous boulevards.

Recipe Cards for Word – Now you can create, print and organize your recipe cards with this free collection of recipe card templates for Microsoft Word. These recipe cards from are a great way to share recipes with friends and family. They are very easy to use, and there are many reasons to save an electronic copy of your recipes.

If you found this article useful, why not subscribe to this Blog via RSS, or email? It’s easy; just click on this link and you’ll never miss another Tech Thoughts article.

Comments Off on Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 5, 2010

Filed under Internet Security Alerts, Tech Net News

Comments are closed.