Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 17, 2011

Quick Tip: Get more Send To choices in Windows Explorer with one keystroke – With one simple keystroke a user can get many more choices for where to send a file when using Windows Explorer

Quick Tip: Create a new partition with Windows 7 tool – Use the Disk Management Tool in Microsoft Windows 7 to add a partition to a hard disk volume so you can create a new logical drive.

Facebook apps now allowed to harvest users’ address and mobile phone number – The latest step that Facebook took in the long process of eroding our privacy expectations happened on Friday. The social network announced on their Developer Blog that from now on, developers of Facebook applications will be able to collect the current address and mobile phone number from the users that give their permission.

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High Profile Education, Government Sites Hacked – Hacked sitesThe Web sites of some of the nation’s top universities were discovered to be serving up links to bogus online stores offering everything from popular software by Microsoft to student visas and Viagra, according to a report from security firm zScaler. Portions of Websites belonging to Harvard University, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University were found to be redirecting visitors to phony online Web “stores,” using multiple languages, that claim to sell software and other goods at discounted prices.

The Clock Is Ticking: Give IPv6 a Test Drive – The Internet is running out of IPv4 addresses. Prepare now for World IPv6 Day, the biggest test yet for the Internet routing technology that we ll all one day use.

Best Buy to Buy Back Notebooks, Other Gadgets – Best Buy to launch Buy Back Program this month to help consumers “future-proof” their notebook PC, television, tablet, cell phone, etc. purchases.

Smartphone Security: How to Keep Your Handset Safe – As smartphones grow more powerful than the PCs we used just a decade ago, they increasingly become the target of scam artists. Here’s how to beef up security for your iOS, Android, BlackBerry, or Windows handset.

Tech-challenged SMBs: Learn To Help Yourself – The tech consultant may still be the small business owner’s best friend, but with the help of easy-to-use do-it-yourself online tools, owners can learn to do a number of IT chores for themselves.

Company News:


HP WebOS Tablet Now Super Likely for Feb. 9 – The expectation that Hewlett-Packard will finally introduce a WebOS-running tablet (or tablets) at its planned Feb. 9 event was all but confirmed by Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP’s Personal Systems Group, during a recent television interview.

IBM, Samsung Partner on Mobile Chips – IBM and Samsung are partnering on chip technology for smartphones and other electronics, the companies announced.

Google Chrome to drop H.264 support; roadblock to HTML5? – Just when you thought the World Wide Web was cruising smoothly toward a standards-compliant HTML5 Promised Land, Google decided to break away and head into uncharted territory.

Off Topic (Sort of):


99% of Pregnant Women in US Test Positive for Multiple Chemicals Including Banned Ones, Study Suggests – The bodies of virtually all U.S. pregnant women carry multiple chemicals, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products such as non-stick cookware, processed foods and personal care products, according to a new study from UCSF. The study marks the first time that the number of chemicals to which pregnant women are exposed has been counted. (submitted by Michael F)

Why and How I Switched to a Standing Desk – Lifehacker founding editor Gina Trapani recently decided to take the plunge that she’s written about others taking, and, after a few days and some adjustments, is digging her new standing work setup. Here’s how she, and others like her, made the transition.

Say What? Top Five IT Quotes of the Week – Android versus iPhone security, a move to stop Wikileaks, trusted identities and more.

I, for one, welcome our Linux Penguin, Jeopardy Overlords – “I’ll take evil, science-fiction computers for $2,000,” Alex. OK, we’re not quite there yet, but in the early going, IBM’s Watson supercomputer beat Jeopardy super-champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a practice round. And, what is Watson running? Linux, of course.

Today’s Quote:


Nothing can so alienate a voter from the political system as backing a winning candidate.”

Mark B. Cohen

Today’s Free Downloads:


ObjectDock – ObjectDock combines some of the best of OS X’s and Windows launch features into one interface. It could quite easily become your preferred way to work and is well worth checking out.

Anonymizer Nevercookie – Worried about your Internet privacy? You should be, especially because of the latest Internet danger, so-called “evercookies.” Evercookies store cookie data in multiple ways on a browser so that cookie tracking information can’t be easily deleted. (Cookies, as you probably know, are bits of data on your hard disk that can be used to trace your Internet habits, although they can also be used to remember your login information at Web sites.)

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