Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 30, 2010

The most popular Windows Blog tips of 2010 – While 2010 was the first full year of Microsoft Windows 7, the previous versions of that operating system still have an integral role to play in many enterprises. Consequently, many of 2010’s most popular Windows Blog tips deal with Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Privacy Alert: 10 Biggest Threats of 2010 – 2010 could go on record as the year the privacy mess hit the proverbial fan. Companies such as Apple, AT&T, Facebook, and Google all got nailed for sharing users’ personal data in big ways, accidentally or otherwise. Police officers were caught tracking people’s movements via cell phones, while Web advertisers tracked surfers’ virtual movements via hard-to-kill cookies. Schools spied on their students, mobile apps spied on their owners, and the feds caught heat for getting a little too personal with their security searches.

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Lifehacker: How Do I Avoid Getting Scammed When Buying or Selling Online? – I was selling stuff online before I entered puberty and have had only one bad transaction (out of hundreds). I believe that’s because most people you’ll encounter are good and honest. Nonetheless, we share a common paranoia of getting conned. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ease your worries and prevent problems from happening, though. Some involve intuition, and others just help to minimize the chances of an issue.

WordPress News: Important Security Update – Version 3.0.4 of WordPress, available immediately through the update page in your dashboard, is a very important update to apply to your sites as soon as possible because it fixes a core security bug in our HTML sanitation library, called KSES. I would rate this release as “critical.”

Android Trojan with botnet capabilities found in the wild – A new, more sophisticated Trojan for Android devices has been spotting lurking on third-party Chinese Android app markets – the first ever piece of Android malware that has the capability to receive instructions from a remote server and thus become part of a botnet.

The 30 Must-Play PC Games of The Decade – No longer is gaming that shameful hobby you mumble in between “hanging out” and “…uh, other stuff.” Now, it’s just something everyone does. In that spirit, we thought it’d be fitting to spotlight some of the games that helped put our favorite past-time on top of the world. So, without further ado, we present the 30 best PC games of the past decade!

Company News:


IBM: Five innovations that will change lives by 2015 – IBM has delivered a series of predictions for technological innovations it says will have broad impact and change lives by 2015. They range from 3-D and holographic technology in cameras and cell phones, to batteries that will power devices by “breathing” air, to recycling the energy produced by the world’s data centers.

Google offers Android tips and tricks – Google released a list of ten tips for those using Android 2.3 (“Gingerbread”) on its Nexus S. The tips, some of which may work on other devices, were accompanied by a list of four keyboard tricks and 14 interesting applications.

45TB of storage in a Linux NAS – Synology released the DS1511+, a five-bay NAS will accept up to two DX510 expansion units for a total of up to 15 drives. Using 3TB drives yields up to 45TB of storage.

Nintendo 3DS Hazardous to Kids? – Those thinking about buying the upcoming Nintendo 3DS for your pre-schooler might want to wait a few years. In advance of its Nintendo World 2011 demo, Nintendo posted a warning that suggests children under the age of six should not use its 3D functions.

Off Topic (Sort of):


Then and Now: How Technology Has Changed Our Lives – Advances in technology have fundamentally changed everyday existence. In recent decades, technology has introduced major changes in the way we live. Here are 11 examples of how things are different–for better or for worse!

2010 Tech Predictions That Struck Out – “Never make predictions, especially about the future,” said (supposedly) Casey Stengel, the New York Yankees manager famous both for winning and for saying zany but pithy things. The five technology mavens cited here should have thought about that before stepping up to the prognostication plate. But predictions are an editorial staple; these were just whiffs instead of home runs.

The 10 Best Hacks of 2010 – 2010 has been a great year for homemade hacks and mods. Not content with rooting phones, modders took to all areas of tech to fiddle, from PC casemods, to farming aids, to clothing. Below are a few of GeekTech’s favorite hacks from over the last year.

2011: The Year of eSports – Ever wonder how people get paid to play video games? Find out why professional gaming, or ‘eSports,’ will be big in 2011.

Today’s Quote:


Procrastination isn’t the problem, it’s the solution. So procrastinate now, don’t put it off.”

–    Ellen DeGeneres

Today’s Free Downloads:


avast! Free Antivirus – Avast Free Antivirus 5 is well designed and generally easy to use. It provides good, all-around malware detection in a speedy, well-designed package. We liked its easy installation process, smooth interface design, and minimal impact on system performance.

FlashCookiesView – Flash cookies, aka “super cookies,” can be used to track your browsing just like normal browser cookies. But Flash cookies will stick around even if you delete your regular browser cookies, and they can’t normally be viewed. The FlashCookiesView tool shines a light on these out-of-the-way files.

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  1. “Flash cookies will stick around even if you delete your regular browser cookies, and they can’t normally be viewed. The FlashCookiesView tool shines a light on these out-of-the-way files.

    how to view this cookies ?