Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 31, 2011

Two Easy Mouse-Click Shortcuts You Need to Learn – Regular Hassle-Free PC readers know of my fondness for keyboard shortcuts. But let’s not overlook the mouse, which is just as capable of saving you precious seconds while you work.

The state of the internet: Summing up 2010 – A graphical representation of the Internet in 2010. Take a look at how email, social media, websites and blogs changed over the last year. (submitted by Michael F.)

Netflix Rates Broadband Providers by Bandwidth – Have you wondered how your Internet Service Provider stacks up against the competition when it comes to delivering streaming video to your home?

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Microsoft Windows MHTML XSS vulnerability – A vulnerability has been reported in Microsoft Windows, which can be exploited by malicious people to conduct cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks, according to Secunia.

New Firefox Feature Blocks Behavioral Ads – The feature will allow users to configure their Firefox browser to tell websites and advertisers that they would like to opt-out of any advertising based on their behavior, Alex Fowler [cq] wrote in his blog post. The user’s preference is communicated to websites and third party ad servers using a new “Do Not Track HTTP header”, which is sent with every click or page view in Firefox.

EFF exposes extensive FBI violations – Of the nearly 800 violations reported to the IOB, over one-third involved FBI violation of rules governing internal oversight of intelligence investigations: nearly one-third involved FBI abuse, misuse, or careless use of the Bureau’s National Security Letter authority; and almost one-fifth involved an FBI violation of the Constitution, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or other laws governing criminal investigations or intelligence gathering activities.

Get Internet Access When Your Government Shuts It Down – Does your government have an Internet kill-switch? Read our guide to Guerrilla Networking and be prepared for when the lines get cut.

Company News:


WikiLeaks’ ISP to Anonymize All Traffic to Circumvent Data Retention Law – In advance of the Swedish government implementing a law that would require all telecommunication providers to store customer data, WikiLeaks’ ISP Bahnhof said it will anonymize all customer traffic by default.

Samsung May Be Apple’s First Real Mobile Competitor: Analysts – While Apple revolutionized the mobile industry, Samsung chugged away in the background. Now it’s poised to become Apple’s first real competitor.

Off Topic (Sort of):


Vegas Casinos Face New Threat: Database Hackers – Crooks going after casinos’ valuable player rewards databases, experts worry casinos ill-equipped to secure them

5 Scientific Reasons The Dark Side Will Always Win – The Rebels got lucky. Han, Luke, Leia, that Nib-Nub guy who flew with Lando, all of them should have been death-starred hard in the face by the Empire — and not just because of the Empire’s superior numbers and technology. Darth Vader and his underlings planned every last subtle detail, right down to the color of the spaceships and Vader’s own robot voice, according to what science says works.

5 Terrifying Online Trends (Invented By the News Media) – It’s easy to forget that there is a whole world of middle-aged and elderly people out there who have at best a basic understanding of what the Internet even is. If you’re selling news, you’ll find out pretty fast that there is much more profit in keeping people scared of whatever they’re already scared of. It works very well, whether it’s communists or gang members or heavy metal devil-worship music.

Today’s Quote:


The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

Today’s Free Downloads:


Windows Live Writer – Windows Live Writer 11 fills a product niche I didn’t know existed: Offline blog post production tool. The program is in essence a light word processor and design app you can use to write the contents of blog posts and make them pretty. Live Writer 11 comes bundled in the free Windows Live Essentials suite (though you can install Live Writer 11 by itself, skipping the seven other bundled apps and browser toolbar, if you want).

DVDStyler – DVDStyler accepts any unprotected video file format under the sun. Simply drag and drop or browse for your AVI, MP4, WMV (or whatever) unprotected videos, and put them where you want on the DVD. I liked how straightforward DVDStyler is to use. Set each video file as its own Title (like an episode on a TV on DVD disc), or set each one up as a Chapter within a single Title (like how a movie on DVD is divided into chapters).

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 31, 2011

  1. MrLokiNight

    Hi Bill ~ thanks for your blogs ~ always interesting. I had a look at Windows Live Writer & it’s not for me, but it reminded me of a question I’d like answered…

    When I’m writing a blog comment I can’t always tell if I should be using HTML tags, bbcode or perhaps a.n.other formatting ‘language’. Is there a way for FireFox to detect the one I should use in a particular comment writing box ?


    • Hey Nightjar,

      Windows Live Writer is a very cool blogging tool (I use it every day), but for any other purposes, I’d have to agree – it has limited scope.

      My experience with comment HTML tags has been (and this may not be a definitive answer), that tagging is limited to the site’s specifics. For example, WordPress generally allows comment tags, but the specific tags are restricted to those that are supported by the site theme, (depending on the style sheets), and are noted below the comment box.

      I don’t know of any way to have Firefox determine allowable comment tags.



  2. MrLokiNight

    Hi Bill ~ thank you

    I’m going to give BBCodeXtra 0.3.2 a try:

    “…compatible with Mozilla FireFox and Seamonkey, which adds to the context menu new commands to insert BBCode/Html/XHtml codes in an easy and fast way”

    [Though I can’t at the moment see how to figure out which context menu item to use when I don’t know what a particular site uses ~ maybe it’s trial & error]


    • Thanks Michael,

      You’ve just introduced me to a new area. This is very interesting, and I’ve just installed BBCodeXtra 0.3.2 to get a feel for this.