Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 29, 2011

10 things you should still do to every Windows PC – There are at least 10 things you should take a few minutes to do to every new Windows PC to get it ready for daily use. Don’t let your back-to-school PC drag your first semester down.

Browser Wars: Chrome vs IE9 vs Firefox – It seems like a new browser ships every week, always bringing some minor upgrades and some minor incompatibilities. Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox are still the big players, but Opera and Safari can’t be ignored. has tested all the latest versions and declared a winner of the browser wars. At least for this week.

How to Set Up a Small Business Wireless Network – We lay out all the main points you need to consider before you start building a wireless network for your small business.

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OS X Lion: Macs are no longer beginner-friendly – OS X Lion brings major security updates and glossy new features to the table, but drastic interface changes may be a big problem for less tech-savvy users.

Reports: Tea Party leader arrested on piracy charges – Anthony Trinca, 61, is accused of selling versions of Microsoft Office, Windows, Adobe Photoshop, and Rosetta Stone language programs that were counterfeit, news site TG Daily reported today, one of several outlets to write about it. Trinca, president of the Grand Strand Tea Party, was arrested on Tuesday after someone to whom he allegedly sold software resold some of it and refused to give a refund when a buyer insisted it was pirated, according to the police report.

BT commanded to block site linking to pirated content – The verdict is in: British Telecom must block users from accessing the Newzbin 2 website, an aggregator of links to pirated movies and other content. The ruling could provide a much needed precedent for future suits initiated by the artistic content industry, since this is the first time that an ISP has been ordered to comply with their requests by a court of law.

Windows 7/Vista Home Networking Setup and Options – Not everyone has upgraded to Windows 7; some home networks still rely on XP and even Vista. We look at the steps you need to take to setup networking in both Vista and Windows 7

Updatable firmware could be the new target for hackers – So, other than bricking batteries (something that a mischievous hacker might be happy doing), what else can be done? Well, Miller thinks that this could be used to install malware onto a system in such a way that it would survive a total disk wipe and BIOS reflash – persistent malware that could only be eradicated through reflashing the affected component.

Company News:

Norman antimalware appliance built on Linux platform – Norman announced the latest version of its Network Protection (NNP) antimalware appliance, which improves protection against persistent IT infrastructure security attacks.

AVG releases Premium Security– AVG announced Premium Security, the Internet security solution that surveys the Web for incidents of stolen identity. It includes AVG Identity Alert, AVG Internet Security and AVG Quick Tune. By monitoring a user’s e-mail address and debit and credit card numbers – the three primary elements of an online identity – the system notifies the user if personal details appear somewhere they shouldn’t.

Web app security scanner Netsparker 2.0 released – Netsparker can crawl, attack and identify vulnerabilities in all custom web applications regardless of the platform and the technology it’s built on, just like an actual attacker.

Nintendo Dropping 3DS Price to $170 – Nintendo on Thursday said it will drop the price of its hand- held 3DS console from $249.99 to $169.99 in the U.S., starting August 12.

Amidst Returns, Logitech Dropping Google TV Revue Price to $99 – More people are returning Logitech Revue set-top boxes for Google TV than buying them, so Logitech will drop the price from $249 to $99.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Infographic: The Coming Data Boom – We all know that we are creating more and more data, but once you move past GB into petabytes, metabytes, and hyperbytes, things get a little hard to visualize. This graphic does a good job of putting the data boom into perspective.

On Pseudonymity, Privacy and Responsibility on Google+ – The code that Google applies, the rules they set up now in the software, are going to influence our right to speak out now and in the future. It is imperative that we impress upon Google the importance of providing users with the same rights (and responsibilities) as exist in the society that nurtured Google and brought about its success.

MS-DOS Turns 30: PCMag’s Original Interview with Bill Gates – One of the cool things about working at PCMag is that we have access to 29 years of great tech coverage. So when MS-DOS turned 30, we decided to go back and see what a very young, very smart Bill Gates had to say about his creation. Check out our full interview.

New Dirt On Dry Cleaners – Why is vinaigrette so hard to get out? Why do women’s shirts cost so much more to clean than men’s? Why do so many buttons fall off? Baffled by erratic and expensive service, toxic chemicals, customers turn to washable clothes.

What did the RSA breach end up costing EMC? – In its earnings call for the second quarter of the running year, the company has revealed that it has spent $66 millions for investigating the attack, hardening their systems and working with customers (transaction monitoring, SecurID token replacements) to implement their remediation programs.

Today’s Quote:

Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again”

–     André Gide

Today’s Free Downloads:

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 29, 2011

  1. Dave B.

    RE: Updatable firmware could be the new target for hackers;

    I’m surprised this hasn’t become popular already, with the increase in windows based BIOS flash utilities being provided by OEM’s for end users to easilly install a BIOS update you’d think the bad guys would be all over it.