Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 2, 2011

Local Twitter users capture raid on bin Laden – Even before U.S. special forces succeeded in their mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden earlier today, Twitter users were recording a rough outline of the events to come. Sohaib Athar happened to be in Abbottabad, Pakistan, about 10 hours ago. Athar heard the helicopters used during the raid. He shared updates live on Twitter, according to the microblogging service’s timestamps. And he’s likely to be a footnote in history as a result.

Open Source to Go: 50 Portable Apps – Travel a lot and tired of using computers that don’t have your favorite open source apps installed? Check out this list of the top 50 portable open source apps.

Flash Drive 101: Copying Files, Removing Viruses – Learn some basic flash-drive survival skills, like how to copy files to a USB drive and protect a drive from viruses.

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Total cost of Epsilon breach could reach $4 billion – The total cost of the Epsilon breach – including forensic audits and monitoring, fines, litigation and lost business for provider and customers – could eventually run as high as $3 billion to $4 billion, according to CyberFactors, given that the compromised e-mail addresses could be used by hackers and phishers to gain access to sites that contain consumers’ personal information.

Users get messages with offers of “free Facebook credits” –  These trick users into running a malicious JavaScript. The infected user is lead to a website – which probably offers the malware distributor some pay per click revenue. The malicious script sends out more “free Facebook credits” messages and the cycle starts again. The attack starts in several ways but always includes messages from a compromised friend account.

OpenBSD 4.9 released – OpenBSD 4.9 is here. To get the files for this release either order a CDROM or check out one of the FTP pages for a list of mirrors.

10 cool add-ins for Office 2007 and 2010 – Add-ins let you enhance your Office apps so they can do more things — and do things better. Susan Harkins combed through the vast sea of Office add-ins to produce this list of winners.

How Hackers Can Shut Down A Website – Do anything in huge orders of magnitude beyond what the systems were designed for and they crash. McDonald’s noontime rush for burgers would be devastated by the arrival of six busloads of tourists all at once. Now imagine getting thousands—or millions—of computers to hit the same web site all at once. The servers simply overload and must shut down. The site has just been hit with a DDoS: Distributed Denial of Service attack.

25 Essential Apps for Travelers – Techland’s Doug Aamoth selects the apps you’ll rely on to make that dinner, day trip, road trip cruise, or month-long vacation even better. (submitted by Michael F.)

Company News:

Microsoft Breaks Records But Not With Windows 7 – Microsoft’s continual parade of record revenues and earnings reports has become almost a sure thing, but one usual cash driver is missing from its third fiscal quarter results this time around — Windows 7.

Cisco Aims to Go Beyond Good Enough Networking – Cisco is now taking aim at the ‘good enough’ mentality when it comes to networking. Executives from Cisco stressed that the modern demands of video and collaboration cannot be effectively met by the ‘good enough’ approach.

Yahoo Finds Delicious Buyer: YouTube founders set to acquire bookmarking service – Yahoo sent out notices to delicious users yesterday notifying them of the new ownership change. “To continue using Delicious, you must agree to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks to AVOS,” Yahoo stated in its email to users. “After a transition period and after your bookmarks are transferred, you will be subject to the AVOS terms of service and privacy policy.”

Off Topic (Sort of):

Help Keep the Pressure on Sony: FSF – We asked you to email Sony CEO Howard Stringer during our last call to action and Sony responded by shutting off his email address. Many of you then sent emails to the next email address we posted, Nicole Seligman, Sony Executive VP and General Counsel. Your action was effective — it was an important part of the overall public pressure put on Sony to back off. And back off they did. (submitted by Dar)

American Civil War Images to Ashokan Farewell – Ken Burns used “Ashokan Farewell” in his mini-series documentary “The Civil War”. This is a collection of images from the American Civil War shown to that music.

The Destruction of Economic Facts – Renowned Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto argues that the financial crisis wasn’t just about finance—it was about a staggering lack of knowledge

Firefox overhaul – Firefox’s engine overhaul should improve graphics and JavaScript performance, in time for Firefox 5’s June release.

Today’s Quote:

“Not to know what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child”

–    Cicero

Today’s Free Downloads:

GParted Live: A Boot Disk ISO You Can’t Afford to Be Without – If you ever need to partition or edit the partitions on your hard drives without an existing OS on the computer, then GParted Live should be in your PC toolbox. The free GParted Live is based on a live version of Linux, (i.e. one that will boot from a disc or USB drive), and the Gnome Partition Editor, a.k.a. GPartEd, or more commonly GParted. GParted Live boots quickly, and handles virtually any partition type, including nearly all Linux, OS X, and Windows types.

Windows Essentials Codec Pack 3.5 – With Windows Essentials Codec Pack you should be able to play 99% of all movies and music files that you download off the internet, stay up to date with the latest Codecs with the Audio / Video Codec Update Service, and eliminate the many conflicts and error caused by using multiple codecs to decode the same file types.

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