Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 8, 2011

How I nearly got scammed on Facebook – So there I was browsing through my e-mail while sucking down the first coffee of the morning yesterday, when I came across a distress message from an old industry contact. We had just reconnected on Facebook. For reasons that will soon become apparent, I’m changing her name in this account to Jane.

The 5 Best Open Source Graphics Programs – You don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive, over-powered graphics software to create promotional materials for your small business. We’ve got five open source programs to get the job done.

5 Image-Editing Tips to Improve Any Photo – Before you start fixing the big things in your photos, look at the little things. Once you’ve fixed the little things — and they can make a big difference to the quality of your images — it’s time to work on the “big ticket fixes.” These aren’t difficult to do, and they do make a huge difference to your photos.

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Video: Five free must-have Android apps – Bill Detwiler shows you five, free Andriod apps that made blogger Jack Wallen’s “must-have” list.

Privacy violations by popular mobile apps under investigation – An ongoing grand-jury investigation has revealed that many mobile applications could be sending various user information to advertising networks without the users’ knowledge and permission.

Windows 7 Troubleshooting Tips – This Microsoft white paper will tell you all you need to know about the new troubleshooting tools that are bundled with Windows 7 and provide you with the knowledge to quickly figure out what’s happening “under the hood” on a Windows 7 computer. The selected tools described in this Microsoft white paper are a subset of the tools available on Windows 7; the focus is on timely troubleshooting of the operating system and software applications. (Registration required)

Cain & Abel 4.9.40 released – Cain & Abel is a password recovery tool for Microsoft operating systems. It allows easy recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords using dictionary and brute force attacks, decoding scrambled passwords, revealing password boxes, uncovering cached passwords and analyzing routing protocols.

Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4: Still Free, Still Useful – Ever wonder exactly what is being sent across your network? No, I don’t mean Web sites, movies, yada, yada…I mean in the detailed sense–the packets that comprise the lowest level of network traffic and which programs are sending them. If the answer is yes, Network Monitor 3.4– a free utility from Microsoft–is all you need to find out what’s flowing back and forth.

Smartphone users feel more secure than PC users – Many users feel more secure using smartphones to surf the Internet than PCs, and a majority consider the risk of losing personal data higher on computers than on smartphones, according to Kaspersky Lab. The new findings highlight a dangerous misconception with regards to smartphone protection and demonstrate security software is less common on mobile devices than it is on PCs.

Company News:

 

Conseal Security Launches Conseal CD to Provide Robust Protection for CD Data – Conseal Security, the provider of solutions to secure data on the move, today expanded its range of data security solutions with the launch of Conseal CD, the first cloud-based solution for securing data and managing access to information stored on optical media.

Building on Conseal’s popular Conseal USB solution and with a focus on securing data on the move, Conseal CD applies cloud-based protection to any writable CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc − both write-once and re-writable − allowing the creator to encrypt the disc and its contents, control access to the information stored on it and implement strong policies for how and where data on approved removable media is accessed.

Intel Debuts 10 Core Xeon E7 – Overall, Intel’s new E7 family consists of 18 processors that fit two-, four-, and eight-socket servers. Additionally, they are expandable to servers with as many as 256 sockets, Intel said. In fact, a single E7 processor system can replace as many as 18 dual-core CPUs, the company claims.

Dell plots cloud build-out; $1 billion investment this year – The move comes as Dell enters a public cloud computing race. Enterprises are ready for cloud deployments and now Dell and Hewlett-Packard are making up for lost time as a public cloud option. IBM also outlined its next-generation cloud plans on Thursday.

HTC: Quietly brilliant to the top of the heap – The recent revelation that HTC has passed industry giant Nokia in market cap was an eye-opener for many who follow the mobile segment. The company has quite a few Android handsets in the market place, but to pass Nokia is an incredible feat in just a few years. HTC has ridden Android to the top of the heap, and the predicted continuation of the platform to dominate is going to bring HTC right along with it.

Off Topic (Sort of):

 

Gamers make good employees – Gamers are often stereotyped as lazy, unmotivated slackers. However, a recent article suggests that gamers might actually be learning skills in their online worlds that make them great employees.

The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide – For the 22nd edition the Guide has been comprehensively reviewed and updated. It contains a wide range of authoritative advice – from birth to death, from first aid, general nursing, hygiene and the prevention of disease, to the treatment of injuries and diseases. The recommended measures for prevention and treatment can be safely carried out by an intelligent layman. The Guide is available for download in 15 parts using Acrobat PDF format, and can be dowloaded using the links listed below. Adobe Acrobat reader will be required to open these files

IT: He-Man Woman-Hater’s Club – More than ever, women in IT feel that they’re well behind male counterparts with respect to salary and opportunity for advancement, according to a survey from CareerBuilder. And salary figures and position-status standings reported by male and female workers back up this contention. The upshot: There’s still a long way to go, baby.

Qatar to Shade Stadiums with Giant Roving Artificial Clouds – The initial cost for the project will run about $500,000 per “cloud.” But, according to the design team at Qatar U, the price tag might decrease upon launching commercial versions of the tech. They foresee personal clouds used at beaches and parking lots and summoned by mobile phone. So, if you find yourself in Qatar and feeling overwhelmed by the elements, you simply send a text and a little floating platform will hover above to offer some respite.

Today’s Quote:

 

A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.”

–   George Bernard Shaw

Today’s Free Downloads:

 

Skype 5.3.32.108 Final – Skype is free and simple software that will enable you to make free calls anywhere in the world in minutes. Just download it, register, and within minutes you can plug in your PC headset and call your friends on Skype.

Comodo Dragon 10.0.0.2 – A Chromium technology-based Browser that offers you all of Chrome’s features PLUS the unparalleled level of security and privacy you only get from Comodo. Including a greater level of privacy than Chromium technology offers.

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