Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 21, 2011

Online Bargains: How to Use Groupon and Its Competitors – Group-deal and flash-sale sites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, and Rue La La promise restaurant meals, brand-name goods, and great services at deep discounts. Here’s how to use these sites to your advantage.

iCopy – When you’re setting up a home office, chances are your budget doesn’t include springing for a photocopier. But it may include a scanner and a printer. If so, an open source utility called iCopy can help you get the copy machine you’ve always wanted.

New types of cookies raise online privacy concerns – The advertising industry has led the drive for new, persistent and powerful cookies, with privacy-invasive features for marketing practices and profiling. The EU cyber security Agency ENISA advocates that both the user browser and the origin server must assist informed consent, and that users should be able to easily manage their cookies.

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Black Hat SEO, J.C. Penney, and the New York Times – Link-buying is a Black Hat, i.e. unethical, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) strategy becoming increasingly popular with big businesses.

The Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Tablet – Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Motorola Xoom–tablet PCs are flooding the market. But does anybody need one? We give you five reasons why a tablet is a useful tool.

Hackers Hit Canadian Government Sites – Malicious hackers who may be based in China fooled Canadian tech staff into providing access to government computers. In what the CBC described as an “executive spear-phishing” attempt, hackers used bogus e-mails to pass themselves off as senior executives to IT staff at the two federal departments and request passwords, while other staff received e-mails with virus-laden attachments.

Five Simple Ways To Get More Out of Google Apps – Hear from CIO Jeremy Lawrence, a Google Apps early adopter, on how Google Apps has positively affected his company, his future plans with it, and his top 5 tips to get the most out of it.

Company News:


Microsoft Claims Internet Explorer 9 RC Hits 2 Million Downloads – Microsoft is claiming its Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate has hit 2 million downloads, roughly a week after the company first made the near-final version of its next browser version available to users.

Microsoft’s Bing Bar Includes Facebook, Controversial Feedback Feature – Microsoft’s updated Bing Bar includes some new features, including Facebook integration, as well as the optional feedback feature that sparked trouble with Google.

Off Topic (Sort of):


RollingStone: Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail? – Nobody goes to jail. This is the mantra of the financial-crisis era, one that saw virtually every major bank and financial company on Wall Street embroiled in obscene criminal scandals that impoverished millions and collectively destroyed hundreds of billions, in fact, trillions of dollars of the world’s wealth — and nobody went to jail. Nobody, that is, except Bernie Madoff, a flamboyant and pathological celebrity con artist, whose victims happened to be other rich and famous people. (submitted by Dar)

Do Your Gadget Lights Harm Your Health? – Analysis: Those LED lights are more than annoying; evidence indicates they might be downright dangerous.

If Babies Can’t Learn Through Videos, Can Students? – Surprise, babies learn better through direct human contact. This is not good news for companies that produce video and computer- learning software for the diaper set. Software Analyst Jill Duffy wonders if this fact could also be true for older, in- school learners. Some interesting thoughts and video after the click.

Economies of Scale – Robert Barrows is optimistic about his line of video-screen-enhanced tombstones. Why? Because he thinks the numbers fall in his favor. “When I went to Google and searched for ‘How many people die in the United States everyday?’ there was a figure (I think it was according to the National Association of Funeral Directors) of about 5300 deaths per day, just in the United States. If just one tenth of one percent of the people who died wanted to have a video tombstone, that could result in sales of about five video tombstones per day.” (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:


Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”

–   Groucho Marx

Today’s Free Downloads:


Stalled Printer Repair – Sometimes print jobs get stuck in the queue, and it’s not always obvious why. It could be the result of a driver issue, it could be because you’re using a Wi-Fi connection to the printer, and so forth. Even more vexing, Windows won’t let you delete a stuck print job, which blocks subsequent items from printing. Usually the only solution is a reboot, and no one should have to endure that kind of a hassle just to print a document.

Camfrog Video Chat – If you’re sick of hopping from one chatware program to another, looking for the perfect mix of video, audio, and text socializing, CamFrog might be what you’re looking for.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 21, 2011

  1. kenneth lunkins

    hi bill
    i thought i let you know i had to use a recovery disk to get jolicloud off
    desktop. so i have spend all day yesterday and night tring to get started
    again. i didn’t have a backup disk so you the problems there. but i am crying
    about the lost of school work, and jazz collection. i don’t know how i will
    explain the last of work, and papers i had been working on. maybe they will
    feel sorry for a old man like me. (smile) that ain’t going to happen. but i wanted to take time and thank you for your help. and your still my favorite
    writer! so now back to trying to find all that good protections programs
    that i got from your paper, and writings. what a task!

    thanks you

    kenneth lunkins

  2. John Bent

    Hi Bill

    Re: “Today’s Quote:
    “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”
    – Groucho Marx”

    Any politicians you think this might apply to? In fact can you think of any to which it doesn’t?

    Kind regards
    John Bent
    (I used to be cynical but now it’s not in my interests)