Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 14, 2011

IE9 FAQ: how to install, uninstall, and tweak the final release – Microsoft released the final version of Internet Explorer 9 four weeks ago. Since then, I’ve been responding to a steady stream of questions from readers.

Quick Tip: Shrink the size used by Windows 7 System Restore – Jack Wallen shows you how to shrink the maximum size allowed for system restore, so you can get back space on a hard drive, when space is at a premium.

What Is the .NET Framework, and Why Do I Need It? – In a perfect world, you wouldn’t need .NET Framework. The makers of all your crucial applications would have the time and resources to fully patch together their applications into self-contained packages, because developing for Windows would be an intuitive, mostly high-level process that independent developers could nail down in fairly quick order. So nobody besides developers would need a package like .NET, which provides applications with an orderly way to access databases, web services, and other communication tools.

Tech Thoughts Daily Tech News 2 servers breached, source code presumed copied – Automattic – the web development corporation behind – has suffered a root break-in and a compromise of several of their servers.

Flock Folds – I’ve never been a fan of Flock, the ‘social’ web browser. Personally, I’ve long argued that Flock is little more than an overlay. At first Flock was an overlay of social add-ons to Firefox, then it moved to Chrome. Now it’s moving to the graveyard of bad ideas.

Breaking Dawn Attack: What You Need to Know to Avoid Getting Bit – A new attack is spreading its way across Facebook, targeting fans of the epic vampire series Twilight. The clickjacking scam demonstrates just how easy it is to spread malware socially–especially if the bait is a phenomenon like Twilight that has such a devoted fanbase.

Firewall Security Issue Raised in Report Angers Vendors – A test by NSS Labs that found firewalls from five vendors are subject in one way or another to remote exploit by hackers has ignited furious response from vendors Fortinet and SonicWall.

U.S. authorities hijack botnet by substituting C&C servers – The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI have been granted by the federal court the permission to substitute the C&C servers of the massive Coreflood botnet with servers of their own that will be sending out “kill” commands to the infected computers every time they reboot.

“Request rejected” spam campaign leads to fake AV – A spam email campaign carrying a malicious attachment designed to download and run a fake AV solution on the recipient’s computer is currently hitting inboxes around the world.

Company News:


Voxbone, Jajah Create Service That Localizes International Calling – Voxbone has collaborated with Jajah to develop a value-added telecommunications service that makes international calling simple and affordable. The International Favorites service, which Jajah provides for mobile customers of O2 in the United Kingdom, offers a subscriber a virtual overseas number so friends and family abroad can call at local rates. As part of the new service, Voxbone supplies an international “Call Me” number that directly reaches a customer’s mobile phone.

Flink: The safest way to share your personal life – real privacy for real relationships Flink12 allows you to create individual groups of twelve people or Flinks for your friends, family, or coworkers. These Flinks allow you to communicate in a discreet way, sharing professional information with coworkers and personal information with friends and family. These groups of twelve are ideal for sharing different information for different types of relationships. Sign up for your free Flink12 account now!

The OPSWAT Certification Program Attracts Symantec, Norman, Kaspersky and Others – OPSWAT announced today that the OPSWAT Certification Program has been launched to replace the former OESIS OK program. With over 300 certified products from prominent security application vendors, OPSWAT Certification is the industry standard interoperability program, and best of all – it’s free.

Self-wiping hard drives from Toshiba – Toshiba announces a family of self-encrypting hard disk drives (HDDs) engineered to automatically invalidate protected data when connected to an unknown host.

Off Topic (Sort of):


They Don’t Want You…They Want Your Data – People may be at the center of the consumer social networking and enterprise social software phenomenon, but the current competitive environment is really about the behavioral data you bring with you.

Your boss could be a sociopath. No, really – An author says that as many as 4% of the population are conscienceless sociopaths and many of them are managers.

Federal ban on marijuana results in inefficient industry, report says – Marijuana is considered the nation’s largest cash crop, with an estimated production value of $40 billion annually. At that scale, energy savings are significant: California’s indoor cultivation alone results in a carbon emissions equivalent of putting an additional 1 million cars on the road for a year. It’s an interesting catch-22: if an industry is out of sight, can it really be regulated?

Five Big Problems With the New Privacy Bill of Rights – The new Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights aims to protect your privacy from evil data brokers. Unfortunately, it contains more wrongs than rights.

Today’s Quote:


The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him and show your distrust.”

–   Henry L. Stimson

Today’s Free Downloads:


Boxee – Just think…the video content of the Web on your big TV. I’ve seen only one system that’s free (as in both speech and beer) and doesn’t seem to restrict where you get content: Boxee. Boxee will play the music and movies you have on your own hard drive. But it will also play content from services like Netflix, YouTube, Shoutcast,, Flickr, Picasa, CNN and lots more. It’ll pull in video podcasts and if you want a podcast Boxee doesn’t offer, you simply add the URL of the feed.

Flagfox – Flagfox is an extension that displays a flag icon indicating the current webserver’s physical location. Knowing where you’re connected to adds an extra layer of awareness to your browsing and can be useful to indicate the native languages and legal jurisdictions that may apply. Additional information can be obtained via a multitude of external lookups and users can add their own custom actions. All actions can be added to the flag icon’s context menu and set to icon click or keyboard shortcuts for quick access. (suggested by Michael F.)

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