Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 26, 2011

My favorite Linux desktop: Mint 10 – I go through Linux distributions like an elephant does peanuts, but a few of the best stick around. Right now, my favorite Linux desktop is Mint.

Cheat Sheet: 10 Tips and Tricks for Dropbox – With the low, low starting price of absolutely free, and an interface with one of the lowest learning curves in the business, its hard find an argument for why anyone wouldn’t want to give Dropbox a spin. To help get you started, we’ve put together ten tips on how to make one of our favorite cloud-storage solutions even more functional than it already is.

Hacker Writes Easy-to-use Mac Trojan – It’s called the BlackHole RAT (the RAT part is for “remote access Trojan”) and it’s pretty easy to find online in hacking forums, according to Chet Wisniewski a researcher with antivirus vendor Sophos. There’s even a YouTube video demonstration of the program that shows you what it can do.

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Microsoft Issues Fix for Bug in Malware Protection Engine – Microsoft has issued an update to its core malware protection engine that fixes a bug that could allow an attacker to gain Local System privileges on a vulnerable machine if a specific set of odd conditions exist.

Three simple ways to keep Word text together – Word wraps text and breaks text between pages automatically. However, when you want to keep text together, use special characters.

Facebook is not overpopulated: it’s a scam – The same message that they fell for has now be posted on their Wall in order to lure in other users, and they themselves are taken to a page where they are urged to share their mobile phone number and complete a few surveys.

Daily security checklist – Hacking is a 24/7 business, but not everyone can afford 24/7 security managers. This checklist covers tasks you can perform every day to help safeguard your network. (PDF)

77 Features for Windows 7 that Every IT Professional Should Know About – Windows 7 builds on Windows Vista’s positives and eliminates many of the negatives. It adds new functionality, is less resource-hungry, and starts and shuts down noticeably faster. Whether you’re upgrading from Vista or moving up from Windows XP, these 77 tips and tricks, along with other new and enhanced features, deliver improved performance and productivity, better troubleshooting, stronger security, and a whole lot more. FREE Registration is required

Company News:


Thunderbolt:: The Fastest Connection To Your PC Experience – From the company with the fastest processors comes the fastest way to get information in and out of your PC and peripheral devices. At 10 Gbps, Thunderbolt™ technology gives you great responsiveness with high-speed data and display transfers in each direction—at the same time. With a single cable, connecting a PC to multiple devices is simple, making it easy to get and see what you want, when you want it. Thunderbolt technology gives you incredible flexibility; high performance expansion is just a cable away for new and novel uses, now and in the future.

Microsoft pushes new tool to OEMs for preloading more Microsoft software on new PCs – Microsoft has introduced a new tool for its “system builder” OEM partners to help them more quickly and preload more Microsoft software on new PCs.

Google overhauls algorithm, content farms potentially screwed – Google has changed its algorithm to favor “high-quality sites” and cut rankings for sites that “are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites” and “are just not very useful.”

Professional, Yet Homemade, Ads and Business Cards with – For small businesses looking to make a good impression without breaking the bank, lets you access and tailor high-quality stock photography, copy, and design without leaving your browser.

Off Topic (Sort of):


Does Facebook cause friends to fight? – Sigh. It’s happened again and again. Facebook has caused my friends to fight.

Inside IBM’s Watson: The Hardware Muscle Behind the Machine – Watson–the “Jeopardy”-winning supercomputer–showcased the refined capabilities of IBM’s technologically advanced, workload-optimized systems. While Watson’s QA (question-answering) technology was an IBM research breakthrough and will emerge into the market over time, Watson’s other IBM systems are commercially available and in use at companies worldwide today. We take you on a tour of the muscle that powers the machine.

Update: House to Hear Why Google Collected Kids’ Social Sec. Numbers – The co-chairmen of the House Privacy Caucus said Thursday that they have agreed to a hearing to explore why Google solicited partial Social Security numbers for its Doodle 4 Google contest.

Hack-a-mole: Disgruntled Programmer Accused of Sabotaging Arcade Game Classic – Marvin Walter Wimberly, Jr., a sixty one year-old programmer and game board designer has been charged by authorities in Florida with committing computer crimes with the intent to defraud after his employer, game maker Bob’s Space Racers (BSR) uncovered an elaborate scheme in which popular arcade games were programmed to self destruct.

Today’s Quote:


Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.”

–    Mahatma Gandhi

Today’s Free Downloads:


TeamViewer – TeamViewer is an excellent screen-sharing and file-transfer app that can be used to facilitate business collaborations, remotely access a second computer, or help distraught relatives diagnose and cure computer problems. Along with being free for noncorporate use, it gives users precisely the tools they need to share screens securely, send files with a minimum of hassle, control access rights, and even flip which user has control.

VLC Media Player 1.1.7 – VLC Media Player is a long-time open-source favorite, and the latest version is also the first to be out of beta development. It’s not the only option for free video playback, but it’s one of the best, and the feature updates in version 1 make it well worth the upgrade.

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