Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 12, 2011

10 essential items for onsite tech jobs – Save yourself the aggravation of discovering you don’t have the tools you need when you arrive at a job site. With these items, you’ll be ready for almost anything.

Tired Of Doing Barrel Rolls? 22 Google Easter Eggs You HAVEN’T Heard About – Ranging from Google search fun to dragon slaying and talking Martians, all of these Easter eggs are still around and fully functional, unlike some other hidden Google gems that have disappeared into the gaping Internet abyss (we’re looking at you, Google Maps). Fire up your favorite browser and go check them out for yourself!

What You Should Do to Protect Yourself in the Wake of the Steam Hack – If you’re a user of the popular Steam gaming platform, you’ve likely heard about the hack that potentially compromised passwords and credit card information. Although much of the damage has been done, but there are still things you can do to protect yourself. Here’s a look at your options moving forward.

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Firefox 8 cracks down on add-ons – The new browser won’t let new third-party add-ons run until users give the say-so, and it suggests old ones be disabled.

Adobe Fixes 12 Critical Flaws in Flash – Adobe has released patches for a string of critical vulnerabilities in Flash on all of the major supported platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X and Android. The company is recommending that customers update their machines immediately.

Installing Windows 7 from USB – As netbooks get more popular and optical drives become less and less of an assumption, there are many times when a USB install of an operating system is a far better choice than the old DVD/CD we know and love.

Should I Leave My Computer Turned On 24 Hours A Day? – There has been a lot of debate over the years whether you should power down your computer daily or just leave it “on” all of the time. I’ve always been a firm believer of powering the computer “off” when finished using it at the end of the day. When I was managing a computer network, the standard I had in place required all users to power down their PC’s prior to going home. If I found a PC “on”, then I remotely powered it “off”.

Five effective mobile fitness apps – If you need a little help getting in shape or sticking to a fitness regime, smartphone apps offer a fun, handy, and efficient way to stay on track.

Disable AutoRun to Stop 50% of Windows Malware Threats – According to a biannual Security Intelligence Report from Microsoft, AutoRun—the feature in Windows that automatically executes files when you plug in a USB or connect to a network—accounts for almost half of all malware infections. That’s really damn high.

Financial Records of Millions At Risk After Computershare Insider Copies Data To USB… Then Loses The USB – Computershare, the investor services firm, has filed suit against a former employee it charges with making off with thousands of pages of proprietary company documents, including information on shareholder names, account numbers and financial holdings.

NASA images: Desktop wallpaper from outer space – Some of the best desktop wallpaper available comes from the final frontier, where no one has gone before.

Duqu Attackers Using Word Docs As Attack Vector – As the analysis of the Duqu malware continues to evolve, the picture that’s emerging is becoming more and more intriguing. The latest bits of evidence uncovered show that not only do the attackers create custom files for each individual attack, there is evidence indicating that they might have been working on Duqu in some form since 2007.

Company News:

Apple, Lenovo set for head-on collision in China – Apple appears to be poised to make huge gains in the largest PC market in the world—China—but Chinese personal income as well as Lenovo’s strategy stand in the way.

Facebook on EU data protection laws: we’re already compliant – The European Commission says companies like Facebook need to be subject to European data protection laws. Facebook says it is not worried because it is already compliant with said regulations.

PlayBook has a Flash-filled future; RIM’s worst decision to date? – Now that Flash has had its day in the sun, the PlayBook may now have a chance to quietly sail off into the deathly sunset.

Poor sales of Chromebooks won’t stop Google from promoting Chrome OS – If it weren’t for Android, Google would have a pretty lousy record when it comes to working with hardware manufacturers.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Everything should be open source, says WordPress founder – Can relying on open source technology as the backbone for an entire company really be feasible? WordPress.com’s founder Matt Mullenweg certainly seems to think so. “I believe morally and philosophically that not just software, but everything should be open source,” asserted Mullenweg, while speaking at the GigaOM RoadMap 2011 summit on Thursday evening.

Lifehacker: How to Calibrate Your HDTV and Boost Your Video Quality in 30 Minutes or Less – Most HDTVs ship with default settings that are meant to look good in store showrooms, but more often than not, the default presets don’t take into account how the TV will look in your home, how far away from it you’ll sit, or what the normal lighting in your room will be like when you fire up a new movie or watch the big game. The result: A less-than-perfect picture from the device you spent hundreds of dollars on and spend hours in front of. Thankfully, with the right tools calibrating an HDTV to your viewing style is easy, and you can do it in less than a half-hour.

The FCC’s plan to bring the Internet to the poor – The FCC’s “Connect to Compete” plans on bringing the Internet to the U.S.’s poor.

Zynga to employees: Give back our stock or you’ll be fired – Social-gaming company reportedly offered employees stock rather than higher salaries. But Zynga has apparently had second thoughts about that strategy.

Today’s Quote:

Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.”

–     Mark Twain

Today’s Free Downloads:

Right Click Enhancer 2.2.2 – Right Click Enhancer gives you power to control the ultimate right click menu everyone use every day. Right Click Enhancer allows you to edit your right click menu in the way you want. Now with help of this wonderful tool you can add some good stuffs to your right click context menu.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 12, 2011

  1. Bill,

    AS ALWAYS, I appreciate those link backs from Tech Thoughts!

    Thank you very much!

    Rick

  2. Grr

    Hi Bill,
    the Windows 7 Manager posted in free download is rather a shareware. I also checked their site, and didn’t find any free version.
    The major geek’s link also mentions the same “License: Shareware $39.95”.

    Thanks, Grr

    • Hey Grr,

      Oops! Had my eyes closed on that one.

      Thanks for taking time to point this out – much appreciated.

      Bill

      • Grr

        Welcome Bill…I enjoy reading ur articles and links.

        But as u made a mistake I wouldn’t let you go free…lol

        Looking forward a a nice W7 Manager (free though) in next link..

        Thanks, Grr