Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 7, 2011

Mac App Store already cracked – The Mac App Store debuted yesterday, and it seems that a flaw has been found that allows you to get paid applications for free. Logan of AppInstect published a tutorial on how to do it. – Install the latest Snow Leopard update (10.6.6). Sign into the new App Store (in your dock). …….

Lifehacker: FreeOCR Is a No-Hassle Scan-to-Text Converter for Windows – Your scanner probably came with OCR software. Chances are, though, it’s both awkward and space-hogging. FreeOCR is an slim, efficient app that has just four main buttons, and performs well at converting scanned images and PDFs into edit-ready text.

My first status scam spreads virally on Facebook – Sophos is warning Facebook users about the latest survey scam which is spreading virally across the social network. Messages claiming to share the users’ first ever Facebook status updates are being posted on users’ walls by a rogue application.

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Microsoft to patch three vulnerabilities in Windows – As usual, the bulletin release is scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month, January 11th, at 10:00 a.m. The first bulletin affects Windows Vista and is rated Important. The second bulletin affects all supported versions of Windows and is rated Critical.

Drupal 7 Updates Open Source CMS – Open Source content management system users are getting a New Year’s present this week with the release of Drupal 7. The latest release of Drupal comes after three years of development. With Drupal 7, developers have added multiple improvements to the user, developer and enterprise experience. Drupal is a modular system and with the 7.0 release, a number of popular modules that had been outside of the core system are now integrated into the main release.

My 10 favorite Office tips of the year – During 2010, Susan Harkins wrote more than 200 tips to help Office users and the techs who support them. To wrap up the year, she’s selected 10 of the ones she (and TR members) liked the most,

50,000 stolen iTunes accounts for sale in China – Some 50,000 iTunes accounts – each associated with an active credit card and some guaranteed to work for at least 12 hours before getting deactivated – are currently being auctioned off on TaoBao, the Chinese equivalent of eBay, for as little as 1 yuan (¢15) per account.

Why Your Small Business Website Doesn’t Sell Products – The reasons range from not providing a “conversion path” – a call to action and easy path to perform the action – to not being dynamic enough, to not be easily findable on the Web. Below are some very common reasons SMB Web sites fail to attract customers and how to avoid falling prey to them.”

Malware in fake White House e-card steals data – Official-looking holiday e-greeting downloads Zeus malware, and secretly downloads PDFs and Microsoft Word and Excel documents to a server in Belarus.

Company News:

Microsoft Shows ARM-Based Windows, Surface 2, New Laptops at CES – Microsoft’s Jan. 5 press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show centered on the company’s announcement that the next version of Windows will support SoC (system-on-a-chip) architecture, in particular ARM-based systems from partners such as Qualcomm, Nvidia and Texas Instruments.

In 500 Billion Words, New Window on Culture – With little fanfare, Google has made a mammoth database culled from nearly 5.2 million digitized books available to the public for free downloads and online searches, opening a new landscape of possibilities for research and education in the humanities. (submitted by Dar)

Apple Mac App Store Opens With More Than 1,000 Products – After several months of speculation and anticipation, Apple opened the Mac App Store giving users access to more than 1,000 free and paid applications, including games, productivity tools, and time-sinks.

Android Honeycomb: A Detailed Tour of Google’s Tablet OS – Google’s new Android Honeycomb OS will offer a whole new kind of tablet experience. Here’s the lowdown on what it’s all about and what it’ll bring to the table.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The Big Deal Products of CES 2011 (So Far) – From seriously fast phones and tablets to better 3D TVs and PCs, here are the 13 products that will make a significant difference this year

Create your own Classic Start Menu in Windows 7 – In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, Greg Shultz shows you how to create your own Classic Start Menu in Microsoft Windows 7 right alongside of the operating system’s new Start Menu.

10 things to consider when working with people from a non-U.S. Background – Working effectively with associates from other countries requires an awareness of potential misunderstandings. Calvin Sun offers some advice on how to make sure communications go smoothly.

Today’s Quote:

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.”

–     Benjamin Disraeli

Today’s Free Downloads:

ChromePlus – Like Chrome, ChromePlus is free and does everything Chrome does, but it also gives you useful features like Mouse Gestures, Super Drag, a Download Manager, enhanced bookmarks, an IE tab, and more.

Lookout keeps an eye on your phone – Lookout Mobile Security has become a darling of the Android app world, although the hype isn’t without good reason. Lookout offers enough solid security features to make it a must-have app. It comes with a free phone locator service that can be upgraded to include remote wipe and remote lock options, as well as online backup for your contacts and anti-malware scans.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 7, 2011

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  3. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    The piece on working with people from non English- speaking backgrounds was very interesting. One of the most-quoted examples is JFK’s “ich bin ein berliner”, which was either correct or not depending on who you talk to. People’s readiness to criticise those in high office without troubling themselves to find out the facts chimes very well with your quote from Benjamin Disraeli – “How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.”

    Kind regards

    • Hi John,

      Some years back, I was in business with a family from the Middle East. I can assure you, it took considerable effort to adjust to their social mores and business ethics. Very interesting experience.



  4. John Bent

    Sorry – forgot to subscribe. J