Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 16, 2011

Small But Powerful: 30 Useful Apps Under 2MB – We’ve put together a list of 30 apps that kick ass without taking up a lot of space. Every program in this list can be downloaded for free, and takes up less than 2 megabytes of space.

Can you spot a scam? – ZDNet Australia’s Darren Pauli presents some fabricated examples of phishing emails to illustrate what users need to watch out for in order to protect themselves.

Decipher Svchost processes in Windows with Svchost Viewer – In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, Greg Shultz shows you how to use Svchost Viewer to track down detailed information about any Svchost.exe process running in Windows 7.

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Video: Clean out old files with Windows 7’s Arrange By feature – Bill Detwiler shows you how to weed through your old files with Windows Explorer’s Arrange By feature.

Report Describes Far-Flung Chinese Cyber Espionage Against U.S. Government – The massive campaign of cyber intrusions of U.S. government Web sites by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) now has a name: “Byzantine Hades,” according to a report Thursday by Reuters.

Next Safari version will include do-not-track tool – Safari is the latest of the top four most popular browsers to receive a do-not-track privacy tool. So far, the feature is still being tested by developers, but if everything goes according to plan, it will be included in the next version of Mac OS X (Lion) due to be released in the summer.

10 Linux applications that should be easier to use – The Linux desktop continues to become increasingly user friendly. Yet as Jack Wallen explains, some applications are not nearly as easy to configure and use as they should be.

The Best Home Video-Editing Software – Make masterful home movies out of all your footage, new and old, with the right software. We’ve reviewed eight of the best packages on the market, from Adobe Premiere Elements 9 to iMovie ’11 and more, to help you find the tool that’s best for your needs.

Education, Goverment Sites Still Serving Scammers Months Later – Back in January, Threatpost covered a story originally reported by Julien Sobrier of Zsacaler. Sobrier discovered that the websites of a number of prominent American universities and government institutions had been hijacked and were redirecting fake online stores. As it turns out, some of the sites mentioned in the initial report continue to do so.

Company News:

GFI Software solutions now available through the Intel Hybrid Cloud –  GFI Software has collaborated with Intel to make GFI VIPRE Antivirus, GFI LANguard, GFI EventsManager and GFI EndPointSecurity available through the Intel Hybrid Cloud. SMBs are increasingly aware of the cost savings and efficiencies they can gain by adopting cloud-based IT solutions.

Dell Launches New SMB Server and NAS Options – As part of its ongoing focus on providing enterprise-class technologies to small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), Dell Thursday rolled out two servers as well as a pair of storage solutions meant to meet rigorous customer demands.

Microsoft Shows Off ‘Mango’ for Windows Phone – The software giant trots out its latest pitch to popularize Windows Phone, and also shows a developers kit for PC apps that use Microsoft’s dynamic games controller.

White iPhone 4 Coming Soon, Really – For those keeping track: it’s now been 10 months since the white iPhone 4 was originally supposed to hit the shelves.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Game of Thrones: New HBO series is a feast for geeks – When it comes to pop culture and entertainment, science fiction and fantasy have long been traditional favorites in geek circles. For a lot of geeks, that means this weekend is a big weekend because it is the debut of a modern fantasy favorite coming to life on screen. I’m talking about Game of Thrones, the first book in George R.R. Martin’s series, A Song of Ice and Fire, which debuts Sunday, April 17. (Starts Monday night 9 pm on Sky Atlantic in the UK)

6 Components Of A Winning Complaint Letter – Writing a letter of complaint is an art form and, as any dedicated complainer knows, there are several important elements that must be included to guarantee a result. What is it complainers want? Public Recognition Of Their Grievance. Why? Because it will allow them to take up residence on The Moral High Ground, the most sought after of post codes. (submitted by Dar)

Say goodbye to Homo sapiens … and it’s a good thing – 18 minutes of your time spent well ~ “Our kids are going to be … different”. (submitted by Michael F.)

The End of Content Ownership – Until recently, I derided “the cloud,” insisting that it’s simply an airy label for “the Internet.” When you store stuff or access anything from the cloud, you’re simply tapping into the Internet and touching a far-flung server. Nothing lives above you in the stratus or cirrus vapors over our heads. No, it’s just terrestrial miles and miles (hundreds or even thousands) away and speeding to you at the speed of an electron or, in the case of fiber, light.

Today’s Quote:

There is an evil tendency underlying all our technology – the tendency to do what is reasonable even when it isn’t any good.”

–   Robert Pirsig

Today’s Free Downloads:

Adobe Flash Player Uninstaller – Download and run the Adobe Flash Player Uninstaller to remove all versions of Adobe Flash Player from all browsers on your machine.

MyUninstaller – MyUninstaller is an alternative utility to the standard Add/Remove applet of Windows operating system. It displays the list of all installed application, and allows you to uninstall an application, delete an uninstall entry, and save the list of all installed applications into a text file or HTML file.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 16, 2011

  1. Michael Fisher

    Hi Bill

    re: The Best Home Video-Editing Software
    Can you or your readers recommend a free XP 32-bit program that’s better than Windows Movie Maker ?

    I want to edit/join YouTube clips as effortlessly as possible. I’ve been finding that I can lose the sync between the audio & the image, but that could well be my fault ~ just learning/playing at the moment

    Cheers !