Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 10, 2011

Freemake Video Converter: Still Free, And It Just Gets Better – Freemake Video Converter (and its sister product, Freemake Video Downloader) are products I use regularly, because they do specific things very well. In the case of Freemake Video Converter, that thing is converting videos from one format to another quickly and easily. The fact that it’s free doesn’t hurt, either. There aren’t even any ads, popups or watermarks. Freemake Video Converter’s specialties are converting to many formats, including AVI, MKV, and mobile formats like 3GP and MP4. It can also make files suitable for burning to a DVD or Blu-Ray, and even burn the files itself.

10 power tips for molding Windows 7 to your will – Everybody likes a good Windows 7 tip — something that eliminates an annoyance, streamlines a task, or offers useful customization of a particular feature. This latest roundup of favorite tips from our Microsoft Windows blog ranges from speeding up menus to killing rogue processes to scanning system files and repairing errors.

Recover data files in Windows 7 with Previous Versions – Many IT professionals know about, or have used, a restore point created by System Restore to restore a Windows system to a previous condition after some sort of a disaster. But did you know that in Windows 7 (and to some extent in Vista), the System Restore feature has been expanded in scope so that it now keeps track of, and saves, previous versions of data files that you’ve modified?

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NBC News Twitter account hacked – A group called the “Script Kiddies” claims responsibility for hacking NBC News Twitter account and posting fake news of an attack at Ground Zero.

Is Windows vulnerable to attack by stolen digital certificates? – An Iranian hacker going by the name of ‘Comodohacker’ claims that Windows PCs are vulnerable to attack from malware-loaded updates digitally signed with stolen certificates. Microsoft however says that these claims are not accurate.

Mozilla Releases Field Guide to Do Not Track – Mozilla has released a comprehensive guide to the use and implementation of the Do Not Track technology that’s included in its Firefox browser, in an effort to give developers and advertisers a better handle on how the technology works and how users are taking advantage of it.

Facebook birthday scam – Facebook users are being targeted by a rather unusual scam, warns Sophos. This one lures them in with the offer of a free official Facebook T-shirt as a way to celebrate the social network’s 7th birthday. To get the T-shirt, the user is first required to “Like” the offer, and then to copy his Secondary ID into the offered box and sign up for the offer:

Microsoft Plans No Critical Patches for September – Microsoft plans on issuing just five bulletins in the September edition of Patch Tuesday. The patch, set to come out September 14, will address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Office, and Server Software.

Researchers steal 20GB of corporate emails via doppelganger domains – Typosquatting is a well-known phenomena on the Internet. Most users have – at one point or another – misspelled the URL of the site they wanted to visit and were sometimes faced with sites mimicking legitimate and popular ones in order to perpetrate a survey or a phishing scam.

Microsoft’s Office 365 outages pile up: Growing pains or uptime issues? – Every cloud service stumbles from time to time, but Microsoft needs to string together a few outage-free months to establish its uptime chops.

Company News:

Google acquires Zagat, enters original content business – Google said that Zagat will “be a cornerstone of our local offering.” Zagat is best known for its original reviews and rating service.

Intel: M2M should be common thread among embedded devices – Intel and Wind River representatives discuss the benefits and challenges of M2M opportunities for embedded technologies.

Sony hopes the next TV you buy you’ll wear around your head – The next step in personal viewing is coming, and it’s a lot more immersive than staring down at a portable DVD player or your tablet.

Intel promises Ultrabooks will become Tablet PCs – Intel sees the new Ultrabook evolving into a convertible notebook. It seems the company has forgotten the Tablet PC has been around for a decade.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Top three careers for the ethically challenged IT pro – While current employment stats for IT pros fluctuate, there’s always a niche for those who are not burdened by a sense of ethics or decency.

Sarah Kaminsky: Adolfo Kaminsky, a forger with a mission – Sarah Kaminsky tells the extraordinary story of her father Adolpho and his activity during World War II — using his ingenuity and talent for forgery to save lives. (submitted by Michael F.)

Would you let Al Gore borrow your Facebook and Twitter accounts? – This is what the Climate Reality Project – founded and chaired by Al Gore (Nobel Laureate and former Vice President of the United States, for those of you not keeping up with things) – want. The project is asking that people ‘donate’ their social media accounts for 24 hours so that climate change content can be posted to it over a period of 24 hours.

Microsoft Defends Windows 8 Ribbon Decision – Windows and Windows Live division president Steven Sinofsky took to the Building Windows 8 blog Sept. 2 to defend the choice of including the “ribbon” user interface in the upcoming operating system.

Today’s Quote:

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

–     Bill Cosby

Today’s Free Downloads:

Free Ringtone Maker – Free Ringtone Maker is an extremely simple and handy Windows software for making your own free ringtones. Make Your Own Ringtones in 3 Easy Steps.

PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition – With PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition you are protected against the most nefarious cyber-threats attempting to gain access to your PC and personal information. Going online without protection against the latest fast-spreading virus and worms, such as Netsky, Mytob and MyDoom, can result in infections within minutes.

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