Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 2, 2010

Downloads to Lighten Your Laptop – Hacked off about hackers? Reaching too far for Wi-Fi? Drained by low-battery worries? These free and low-cost downloads for your laptop let you stop stressing and enjoy your notebook PC again.

Chrome sandboxes Flash Player – It’s good news for Windows users – Chrome developers have added a Flash Player sandbox to the development channel of the browser, adding to the already present sandboxing capabilities for HTML rendering and JavaScript execution.

Lifehacker: A Comprehensive Guide to Sharing Your Data Across Multi-Booting Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs – We’re platform agnostic at Lifehacker, which is why we love dual and triple-booting our computers. Unfortunately sharing data between operating systems can be a huge headache. Here’s how to stay organized by keeping it all in one place.

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10 Sysinternals tools you shouldn’t be without – The Sysinternals utilities offer a powerful, convenient way to knock out all kinds of Windows tasks. Derek Schauland zeroes in on the ones he finds most useful

10 tips for troubleshooting DNS problems – DNS is one of the most essential services on any Windows network. Active Directory can’t function without DNS, and it’s is also used by any number of other network functions. So it’s critical to troubleshoot DNS problems as fast as possible. Thankfully, the process is usually fairly easy. Here are10 of my favorite DNS troubleshooting techniques.

The golden hour of phishing attacks – Trusteer conducted research into the attack potency and time-to-infection of email phishing attacks. One of their findings was that 50 per cent of phishing victims’ credentials are harvested by cyber criminals within the first 60 minutes of phishing emails being received.

Review: Easeus Todo Backup – Is it possible that a free backup solution is good enough for home and small business use? Most free backup solutions are good for backing up files and folders, but many lack the power to actually restore a system from a major catastrophe. Easeus Todo Backup attempts to break that mold by offering both file and folder backup as well as partition and disk backup so you can restore from either file loss or major disaster.

Quick Tip: Improve your SATA disk performance by converting from IDE to AHCI – In this Windows Quick Tip, Jack Wallen shows you how to improve the performance of a SATA hard drive using a Windows Registry tweak.

Company News:

Game teaches consumers about Internet security concerns – Trend Micro released Titanium Power Up, an online video game designed to challenge negative perceptions of Internet security with unexpected humor and personality.

Fast-boot OS offered in free browser-only version – Splashtop Inc. (formerly DeviceVM) released the first downloadable version of its Linux-based Splashtop instant-on companion operating system for Windows, and also signed a deal with Microsoft to make Bing the default search engine on all Splashtop products. Based on the Google Chromium browser, Splashtop OS (beta) is billed as a lightweight, web-centric OS optimized for notebooks and netbooks.

Verizon to Launch LTE on Dec. 5: Unboxing the Modem – Verizon Wireless today announced that its “4G” LTE network will launch in 38 metro areas and more than 60 U.S. airports on Sunday, December 5, with two modems as the first products to access the high-speed service. We got an early look at one of its first LTE devices.

Adobe Reader X sandbox leaves ‘residual risk – Even as Adobe is touting the new sandbox (Protected Mode) in the newest version of its PDF Reader software, a security researcher says the company’s implementation leaves significant “residual risk” for cyber-attackers to exploit.

Off Topic (Sort of):

FTC: Online Privacy Needs New Approach – In a sweeping report, the Federal Trade Commission called for a stronger approach to protecting online privacy, including a “Do Not Track” mechanism.

Laptop: Clean The Fan – Do not attempt this yourself, please read the disclaimer. This is NOT a definitive maintenance video. (submitted by Dar)

US Army Takes on Taliban With ‘Smart’ Bullets – The US Army is about to deploy to Afghanistan a new type of high-tech gun, the ‘bullets’ for which contain chips that allow them to be guided to explode at precise distances.

What is Wifi Sidejacking? – Sidejacking is slang for “session hijacking,” a technique that lets one user literally steal a fellow Web surfer’s identity through an unsecured WiFi session. You could be surfing your Facebook page when, suddenly, someone else is changing your status, posting messages on your friends’ pages, and simply impersonating you right under your nose! (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one – if he had the power – would be justified in silencing mankind.”

–    John Stuart Mill

Today’s Free Downloads:

Connectify – Connectify lets you turn your laptop into its own hotspot so that others can share your Internet connection. Run the software, and then people within range can use your hotspot to get Internet access.

Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector – If you’re a frequent user of Wi-Fi hotspots, you’ll find Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector invaluable, especially if you need to troubleshoot connections. It finds nearby Wi-Fi networks, gives an extraordinary amount of information about each, manages your Wi-Fi connections, and reports on network performance.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 2, 2010

  1. mrlokinight

    ‘Smart’ US bullets ? Let’s have smart target selection first