Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 13, 2012

Full-Featured Free Antivirus: avast! Free Antivirus 7 – The latest virus protection from avast!, Free Antivirus 7, performs very well indeed. Automatic sandboxing keeps suspicious programs from doing harm, with unusual bonus features like Web reputation reporting and built-in remote assistance. Find out all about it in our full review.

How to download your Facebook account – Do you want to download your entire Facebook account? There are two methods to do this. There’s the official way and the unofficial way. You can choose one or the other, or both.

Paul’s Home Computing Blog License Giveaway Contest: Bitdefender Antivirus Security – To enter the giveaway contest to win a free license, simply add a comment at the end of this article. On March 17, 2012, all comments will be added to the online List Randomizer, and the first 5 names that come up, will win a free license for Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012.

Hack networks in style with the Transparency Grenade and the Pwn Plug – Patrick Lambert describes two innovative tools that can be used by pen testers — but also by those with more nefarious plans. Here are two gadgets IT pros should know about.

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What’s the Better Buy: a Consumer or a Business Laptop? – We give you six tips on how to shop a maker’s business site for your next laptop and four things to consider when checking out its consumer laptops.

Hands-On with 3D Printing – If you’re thinking that there may be a 3D printer in your immediate future, the Buildatron 2 (available in kit form or assembled), is good place to start. Cheaper than the first HP mono laser, the Buildatron 2 is one of the first affordable 3D printers. Join us as we go hands on!

Android ROM Roundup – Android ROM RoundupIf you have an Android phone or tablet, it’s easy to install a custom operating system that’s more appropriate for your needs than the stock Android OS. However, while rooting your Android phone is simple, selecting the right custom ROM can be challenging.

When it comes to demanding Facebook passwords, there needs to be a law protecting consumers – I call on our Congress to do something useful for a change. Pass a law making it illegal to demand access to any personal login credentials for any online account.

How to Overclock Your Graphics Card – Today, even midrange graphics cards are generally fast enough to pump out buttery-smooth frame rates in cutting-edge games at all but the highest resolutions. If your current graphics card is serving you well, and you’re just looking for a little something extra to increase performance, overclocking may be the better way to go. And it will certainly be more affordable.

Facebook throws up roadblock for Google-hosted blogs – Facebook has started throwing a CAPTCHA prompt for all Google Blogger blog links. This means that when you want to share a link, or any link hosted by Google Blogger, Facebook won’t immediately let you do so. Instead, you’ll be prompted to verify that you are certainly a human and not a bot.

“Official” Fedora Linux Remix for Raspberry Pi arrives – It took several weeks longer than planned, but the “recommended” Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi, the credit-card sized computer that retails for $35, Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix is finally ready to run.

Company News:

Oracle Updates Its Linux Kernel With New Advanced File System – Oracle has updated the kernel of its Linux distribution to take advantage of the latest Linux advances, the company announced Tuesday.

Apple TV, Google TV … Could We Soon See Intel TV? – Computer companies have had limited success in television so far, but Intel is pitching media companies on a new Web-based TV service, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Google Pays Apple 1 Billion to Be Search Default – We all know that there is a lot of money in search, but Google’s huge payment to Apple shows just how much. The company can afford to pay a billion dollars to be the default search provider on iOS and Mac OS devices. I have to think there is some value in the Apple customers themselves–generally affluent, influential, and young. I doubt Google would pay the same premium for BlackBerry users.

Class-Action Suit Claims False Advertising for Apple’s Siri – A New York man alleges that the voice-activated digital assistant on the iPhone 4S doesn’t do nearly as much as Apple portrays it doing in various ads and online marketing material.

Webopedia Daily:

Steganography – The art and science of hiding information by embedding messages within other, seemingly harmless messages. Steganography works by replacing bits of useless or unused data in regular computer files (such as graphics, sound, text, HTML, or even floppy disks ) with bits of different, invisible information. This hidden information can be plain text, cipher text, or even images.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Understanding Your Camera’s ISO Control – I get a lot of questions about ISO–many photographers don’t seem to understand exactly what it does. Your camera’s ISO control determines how sensitive the camera’s sensor is to light. On most cameras, ISO starts at 100 and goes up from there; the higher the number, the more sensitive the sensor will be. Of course, that begs the question: Why wouldn’t you always just leave the ISO as high as it can go all the time?

Stay Informed: Enemies of the Internet List – Poor reporting by mainstream media outlets has led to misinformation about Reporters Without Borders’ “Enemies of the Internet” list.

Man hid transmitter under wife’s bed, police say – A husband stands accused of placing a transmitter beneath his wife’s bed, as he wanted to know if she was having sex.

Kim Dotcom: Megaupload Users Include ‘High-Ranking’ U.S. Officials – The Megaupload founder tells TorrentFreak that among the many people seeking to recover files from the shuttered site are various government officials.

10 Reasons Actions Speak Louder Than Words – If you ever wondered if you’re paid to talk about doing things rather than actually do them, you’re not alone. Many businesses suffer from the same ailment – stifling innovation by running good ideas through the ringer. Hours of meetings about the same topics and endless email chains can kill good ideas before they ever get off the ground.

Today’s Quote:

A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time.”

–     Alfred E. Wiggam

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10 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 13, 2012

  1. 3D printing is the future – very near future actually.

  2. Chris Allen

    Re: Man leaves transmitter under wife’s bed.

    You can call me paranoid but I sometimes used to leave a voice activated recording machine hidden in my house when I’d invited a group of friends around. I’d then make an excuse to pop out to the local shops for half an hour. I’d review the tape later in order to gain information. Actually, if there were guys and girls present and the guys all left the house for a short time it was a good way to find out which girl fancied which guy! Sometimes a little extra knowledge is a good thing to have – even if it’s not acted on.



    • Hey Chris,

      Oh, I don’t think you’d find many who would find that paranoid.

      We all have a natural curiosity when it comes to wondering what twists and turns a conversation might take if/when we temporarily absent ourselves. Given the technology we have available, it seems to me to be a “natural” to take a run at satisfying that curiosity. 🙂

      Especially, the guy/girl thing. Wished we’d had the means back in the day. 🙂



  3. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    “Given the technology we have available, it seems to me to be a “natural” to take a run at satisfying that curiosity.”

    Are you really sure you’d want to know? And how would your friends feel if they found out they’d been spied on? They might not view it as harmless fun. To me this comes under the heading “be careful what you wish for”. I don’t subscribe to the belief that because something is possible, it is necessarily desirable.

    Kind regards

    • Hi John,

      Ah, morality raises its ugly head. 🙂

      Your point is well made – “how would your friends feel if they found out they’d been spied on?”. I’m sure, more than a few perpetrators have had an up close experience with a closed fist.



  4. delenn13

    I am with John on this one.

    how would your friends feel if they found out they’d been spied on? They might not view it as harmless fun.

    Or better yet, how would YOU feel if you found out you had been spied on by YOUR friends? Friends=trust..Or so I thought?

    • Hey Delenn13,

      I have techie friends where everything is wired.

      It’s more common than you might think (in the younger set), to activate a voice recorder app on a smart phone (in a Bar for example) – seen it a hundred times, and ……. Spying (unless it’s done with malicious intent), doesn’t seem come into it.



    • Chris Allen

      I learnt a very long time ago that trusted friends can sometimes be the ones who turn out to be the worst enemies. Spying with malicious intent is really not on. Listening to a conversation recorded in my abscence sometimes revealed the truth behind certain matters or revealed hidden agendas. I wish I could blindly trust people but experience tells me that I can’t always do that.