Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 29, 2011

PC World: Best Free Stuff 2011 (Alphabetical List) – Here’s a list of all of the apps described in our Best Free Stuff package, in alphabetical order.

Top 5 Online 2011 Tax Scams – You may not want to think about your taxes until Tax Day on April 18, but online scammers are already plotting to separate you from your tax refund and your identity. Scams for the 2011 tax season include promises of tax credits for charitable donations to disaster relief in Japan, malware-laden Websites optimized for search engines, dangerous e-mail, and so-called ‘likejacking’ techniques found on the social network Facebook.

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DIY: Accounting on a shoestring budget with GnuCash – Takeaway: GnuCash is a free, open source, and cross-platform accounting solution that Jack Wallen says is more reliable than QuickBooks. He discusses GnuCash’s features, as well as two of its drawbacks.

McAfee.com filled with vulnerabilities – Discovering that your site is chock full of security vulnerabilities must be embarrasing for any company, but is surely doubly so when you are a company offering to secure your customers’ websites. According to the e-mail sent to the Full Disclosure mailing list by the YGN Ethical Hacker Group on Monday, this is exactly what happened to McAfee.

New ransomware variant in the wild – A new variant of a piece of ransomware seen in the wild late last year has begun targeting users that made the mistake of landing on the site that serves it via drive by download.

Facebook Traffic Diverted to China Raising Privacy Concerns – Facebook traffic for AT&T customers was routed through Chinese and Korean servers for some unspecified amount of time, raising privacy concerns. Some of the network traffic heading to Facebook’s servers in Palo Alto, Calif., was re-routed to first pass through Chinese and Korean servers, according to Barrett Lyon, a network security expert who flagged the incident on March 22. Lyon suggested in a blog post that it was probably an accident.

Phony SSL Certificates Show Flaws in DNS, Comodo CEO Claims – Despite a Comodo Security partner being compromised and attackers issuing valid digital certificates for domains of Google, Microsoft and others, Comodo CEO and Chief Security Architect Melih Abulhayoglu said the problem wasn’t the fraudulent certificates, but that attackers had control of the DNS infrastructure.

Company News:

 

Cisco to acquire newScale – Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately-held newScale, a provider of software that delivers a service catalog and self-service portal for IT organizations to select and deploy cloud services within their businesses.

Kodak Wins Important Victory in $1 Billion Case Against Apple, RIM – A picture may be worth a 1000 words, but for Eastman Kodak the preview of a picture might be worth $1 billion in a patent battle against Apple and Research in Motion. The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday agreed to review a claim that Apple and RIM devices infringe on a Kodak patent for image previewing.

The New York Times Paywall Goes Live Today – The New York Times online paywall officially goes up Monday around 2 p.m. Eastern. After that you’ll have to pay at least $3.75 per week for unlimited access to the site. The paper is hoping to attract new subscribers by offering the first 4 weeks of any digital-only subscription for 99 cents.

Off Topic (Sort of):

 

More families choose to have funerals webcast – DeShawn Loyd was in a quandary. He was stranded in Florida in the midst of a February snowstorm and had no way to return to his home in Detroit to attend his cousin’s funeral. But thanks to the convenience of technology, he was able to pay his respects. Virtually. (submitted by Michael F.)

10 Ways to Tell You Are Addicted to FaceBook – Facebook is a winner. Just ask the billionaire who created it. It’s easy, it’s fun and all your friends are there. There are game apps, sentimental apps, quiz apps and much more to keep you entertained and occupied. But, how do you know when fun and convenience have crossed over the line to all out addiction? Below are 10 indications that facebook is beginning to take control of your life.

Tablet PCs: Why We Need These Unnecessary Devices – Do you really need a tablet PC for your small business? Probably not, says Brian X. Chen, but people are buying them anyway. Chen speculates on what the appeal is.

Open Text Only Version Of A Webpage In Google Chrome Browser – There are times when you quickly want to go through content in a webpage, in such cases there might be a page which is full of multimedia content, flash animations or ads which makes the page to open slowly on your web browser, it becomes a pain some times when you need to wait for the page to load and render. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

 

Never judge a book by its movie.”

–    J. W. Eagan

Today’s Free Downloads:

 

Universal USB Installer – Universal USB Installer uses a live Linux .iso file to create a bootable flash drive. Flash is much faster than optical media, can be easily written to, and is available on all current PCs. The program supports a huge number of Linux variations, including Ubuntu, Debian, and Puppy.

7 Taskbar Tweaker – This programs enables you to tweak your Windows 7 taskbar. Reorder items within a tab group, close, minimize, change application ID and more.

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