Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 27, 2011

Can You be Cyber-Stalked? The 30-Minute Google Challenge – What traces do you leave on the Web? Two PCWorld editors try to dig up dirt on their coworkers in under 30 minutes. What we uncovered might scare you a bit. Even if you’re a complete goody two-shoes, it’s hard for you to avoid leaving any tracks whatsoever on the Web. That said, we did identify a few precautions that can help you avoid the scrutinizing eyes of a snoop.

Internet myths putting Americans at risk – Americans’ knowledge of Internet security is scattered with misconceptions and fallacies that expose PC users to a slew of online threats, according to G Data Security. The report found that Americans are dangerously out-of-touch with the sophistication of today’s threat landscape.

Is Mozilla’s Firefox 5 a More Stable Browser Than Its Predecessor? – Mozilla looks to solve a myriad of complaints about Firefox 4 crashes with a Firefox 5 update made up mostly of bug fixes.

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Mozilla to enterprise customers: “Drop dead” – The Mozilla Corporation shipped Firefox 5 this week, almost exactly three months after it shipped Firefox 4. Does that seem like an insane tempo? Ha! Fasten your seatbelts, because Mozilla plans to ship Firefox 6 in exactly six weeks, with Firefox 7 six weeks after that, and Firefox 8 … well, you get the idea. Not coincidentally, that release schedule perfectly matches up with browser archrival Google Chrome.

Free Downloads to Make Use of PC Idle Time – Stepping away from your PC? Don’t let it stop working for you–or for a lofty purpose. These eight freebies do everything from backup to scientific research, all while you’re not looking.

How to Embed a YouTube Video – Want to plant a YouTube vid in your Web site, blog, or the like? The process has changed a bit. Here s what you need to know.

USB 3.0: Great Technology, But Hard to Find – USB 3.0 offers data transfer speeds that are five times faster than USB 2.0, so why hasn’t it caught on?

Windows 7 Startup Repair Tool automatically diagnoses and fixes startup problems – In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, Greg Shultz takes a look at the Windows 7 Startup Repair Tool and explains how it works to automatically troubleshoot and repair the operating system.

Company News:

Alas, poor RIM and BlackBerry, we knew them well – Jason Perlow delivers his eulogy for the dearly departed Research in Motion (RIM) and the BlackBerry product line.

Apple: Are TVs really its next big thing? – Apple’s TV prospects are moving to the front of the analyst chatter again—talk surfaces almost quarterly—and signals once again point to a big living room move.

Sony’s Xperia Active will track your wet fingers, pulse – Have an active lifestyle but have yet to find a phone that can keep up? Sony’s new Xperia Active may be your answer.

New Adobe Tools Aim to Enhance Mobile App Making – Adobe is enhancing support for mobile app development with Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 software. Features in both offerings enable the developing and deploying of mobile apps on Android, Apple iOS and RIM’s BlackBerry tablet OS. Developers can leverage a single platform to build apps across multiple mobile operating systems.

Short Story of the Week:

Paul Andrew Russell’s – Rules

Jimmy Swinson never did as he was told. As a child, if his parents told him not to touch something he would go ahead and touch it. At first, Jimmy’s flagrant disregard of the rules, any rules, was a source of amusement. His parents found it funny. Their friends found it funny. However, as Jimmy got older it became less so.

Off Topic (Sort of):

How To Avoid Getting Hit By A Train – Nothing to say about this one. Nil. Nada. Just watch it. Doesn’t take long.

10 flagrant grammar mistakes that make you look stupid – Sending a less-than-perfect e-mail to a friend is one thing; mistakes aren’t really a problem. But if you want to craft an error-free message that reflects your professionalism, be on the lookout for these common grammatical slip-ups.

Death In The Pot – Brief history of food-poisoning, accidental and intentional. Mushrooms a frequent player in both categories. Golden age of poisoners was in the early 19th century, before doctors discovered how to test for arsenic in the body.

Got Twitter? You’ve Been Scored – IMAGINE a world in which we are assigned a number that indicates how influential we are. This number would help determine whether you receive a job, a hotel-room upgrade or free samples at the supermarket. If your influence score is low, you don’t get the promotion, the suite or the complimentary cookies. This is not science fiction. It’s happening to millions of social network users. (submitted by Michael F.)

Today’s Quote:

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.”

–    Lewis Carroll

Today’s Free Downloads:

Shutdown Timer – Shutdown Timer’s name belies its versatility. The application waits for any of a number of trigger conditions, and will execute an operation once it occurs. It can indeed shut down your computer, but it can also lock it, run a script or program you choose, or even wake it from sleep.

SlimCleaner – Who do you listen to about cleaning your PC, checking it for malware, and making it run all-around faster? Free utility SlimCleaner is powered in part by the cloud and community intelligence. This software from Slimware Utilities (makers of SlimComputer and SlimDrivers) includes a variety of modules that will clean your PC, uninstall software, help you decide whether to remove certain programs from running on startup, and more.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 27, 2011

  1. Bill,

    I just want to personally thank you and recognize you for the hard work I know you put into the “Daily Net News”… It is one of my daily reads!