Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 29, 2010

Rescue CDs: Tips for fighting malware – Malware is sophisticated enough to manipulate the host computer’s operating system to help it hide. That’s why rescue CDs are becoming the go-to malware detection and removal technology.

The Best Online Backup Services – Nine out of ten of you probably don’t back up your personal data daily. Chances are excellent that you’ll regret it someday. Given how simple and inexpensive online backup has become, you’ll only have yourself to blame.

Random Tips: Speed Up an Old PC, Rotate Photos, Find Manuals – Resuscitate a slowly deteriorating computer, rotate a photo without special software, find missing tech manuals online.

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Top five TR Dojo episodes of 2010 – 2010 was another amazing year for TR Dojo. We won Gold at the Azbee awards for the second year in a row and we aired our 100th episode. Now, within all those tweaks, tips, and best practices there were a few episodes that really stood out.

Geolocation, mobile devices and Apple top the list of emerging threats – McAfee unveiled its 2011 Threat Predictions report, outlining the top threats that researchers at McAfee Labs foresee for the coming year.

Essential Tools for Business Travelers – Serious road warriors need serious tools. PCWorld blogger Tony Bradley puts in his fair share of travel time, and he’s discovered a few phenomenally useful additions to his productivity arsenal. This week, he shares five life-saving tech tools for staying connected on the go, keeping your laptop fully charged, safeguarding essential data that you carry with you, and more.

Android Tips, Tricks, and Apps from Google – Here’s an assortment of suggestions and ideas for making the most of the Android mobile operating platform, direct from the horse’s mouth.

Tuesday Most Active Day for Malware Distributors, Says SonicWALL – According to the analysis, Trojans tend to peak in September and December, corresponding with the proliferation of back-to-school offers and holiday greeting cards. However while worms spike in December just in time for the holidays. As expected, adware threats peak over September, October, and December, as online advertisers serve up more ads during the holiday season.

Company News:


Apple to Offer iPad 2 in Three Versions: Report – Apple is planning to release three different versions of its update to the popular iPad tablet, according to Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes.

Oracle’s Latest VirtualBox Handles Heavier Workloads – Oracle on Dec. 22 released a new version of its freely available virtual machine distribution software that enables desktop or laptop computers to run several operating systems simultaneously.

AT&T Releases Anti-Texting while Driving Documentary – AT&T yesterday released a 10-minute documentary to educate drivers on the dangers of texting while driving. The film, The Last Text, is part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, and features true life stories of individuals whose lives have been negatively affected by texting while driving.

Skype Video Chat Headed to Apple Devices Next Month? – “Get ready, Apple—the exclusivity of your company’s FaceTime video-chatting service for the iPhone might soon be drawing to a close. And it’s going to take a service as large as Skype to make the first push into Apple’s territory, for rumors are intensifying that the company plans to unveil its own video-chat feature for its mobile apps at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in January.”

Off Topic (Sort of):


Cracked: 5 Silver Linings Now That Identity Theft Ruined Your Life – Looking back on it now, you have to admit that this was bound to happen eventually. Someone has stolen your identity, using nefarious schemes and treachery, yes, but also greatly assisted by some of your shocking personal security habits.

114 rogue security software you don’t want on your computer, how to protect oneself against such threats, and how to clean up after infection – Rogue security software are probably one of the most popular ways for scumbags to swindle money out of computer users. Indeed, it takes just a simple advertisement proclaiming “your computer is infected, clean it now” to trick users into downloading fake anti-viruses. (submitted by Dar)

Cracked: 5 Ways Stores Use Science to Trick You Into Buying Crap – A big chunk of the world economy runs on human weakness. Peer pressure, vanity, insecurity, the fact that we just cannot resist the sight of melted cheese — all of these will make us fork over our cash. And really, we’re fine with that. But what you may not know is that there are some other, much weirder scientific principles that factor into what you buy. You might not know about them, but the people selling you things sure as hell do.

Hackers Attack Criminal Sites, Security Experts to Expose Flaws – A group of hackers attacked and took offline several sites belonging to credit-card sharing groups, security experts and other hacking communities who made mistakes in basic security.

Today’s Quote:


Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”

–   George Bernard Shaw

Today’s Free Downloads: – Just in time for the new year, I’ve added some more variations to the 2011 calendars at There’s a wallet calendar, 2011-2012 academic calendars, and many year-on-one-page calendars including: vertical and horizontal calendars, large print, calendars with holidays in red, months either descending or going across, versions with shaded weekends, a Monday start, and more.

Five fun, free Android games – What better way to while away the hours spent standing in lines, waiting for friends, and traveling on planes, trains, and buses than with some fun, free games?

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 29, 2010

  1. poch

    ‘Rescue CDs: Tips for fighting malware – Malware is sophisticated enough to manipulate the host computer’s operating system to help it hide. That’s why rescue CDs are becoming the go-to malware detection and removal technology.’

    Hey Bill,
    I was able to transfer my disk image into my USB without using Unetbootin. Isn’t that enough? Happy Holidays to all your clan and Canada!

    • Hey Pochp,

      Assuming the image isn’t infected, then your safe. But, what if it’s not infection free.

      Keep in mind that most users do not check images/backups for malware – they need to.

      Happy New Year to you, and your family.