Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 27, 2012

How to Test a Laptop in the Store – You need a new laptop. In the store, you see three different models that might work, but you don’t know how to decide on the best one for you (not the best one for the salesperson). These sets of quick and simple in-store performance tests will separate the winners from the posers, and lead you to a decision you can feel good about.

Mozilla Sets End of Firefox Windows XP Support – Next month’s Firefox 12 will be the last version of Mozilla’s browser to run on early editions of Windows XP and the 12-year-old Windows 2000. Starting with Firefox 13, the browser’s minimum requirements will be XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). Firefox 13 will not work on Windows 2000, Windows XP RTM (release to manufacturing, the original mid-2001 build) or XP SP1.

Facebook teaches users how to remove adware (video) – Facebook has released a video warning its users about adware. The social networking giant explains how to get rid of the malware from your computer and how to cleanup your Facebook account.

High school expels student for tweeting f-word – An Indiana high school expels a student for a silly, profane tweet, even though it seems to have been sent at 2:30 a.m. The school suggests that it may track all of its students’ tweets, regardless of what time or where they were sent.

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New US counter-terrorism guidelines can hold data on citizens for years – Last week, US counter-terrorism officials were granted permission to increase the period of time they can retain information about citizens, even if those citizens aren’t tied to terrorism.

Fake eBay identity confirmation message hitting inboxes – Ebay users are once again targeted with fake notifications asking them to “confirm their identity”. The link points to a spoofed eBay login page. The victims are first asked to type in their login credentials, and then urged to answer their security question and enter their email address. Finally, they are redirected to the real eBay website, while the information inserted in the bogus site is sent to the phishers that set it up.

Apple ‘Must Fix’ iPad Battery Issue, Study Warns – Apple ‘must fix’ the new iPad’s battery charging indicator issue or face a costly replacement of the batteries.

Free online tool teaches IT security procedures – AVG Technologies launched SMB BootCamp, a free, online tool to help SMBs demonstrate to customers that their company is seriously committed to following AVG’s recommended IT security procedures.

Verizon Data Breach Report Offers Scary Truths About Security – The Verizon study finds that the best way to prevent data breaches is not expensive or new, but rather simple. The fact that businesses don’t adhere to good security practices is more frightening than the breaches themselves.

LulzSec hacks Military Singles – LulzSec is back. The hacktivist group has hacked and exposed 170,937 accounts belonging to U.S. military members looking for a date. Is this the start of another 50 days of “lulz”?

Company News:

Adobe Gaining Digital Marketing Momentum – Adobe’s digital marketing business continues to thrive, as evidenced by its 30 percent year-over-year growth. Last week’s Adobe Digital Marketing Summit represented the pinnacle of what Adobe has accomplished in its digital marketing push.

Does VMware Have a Real Future? – Price is a big weakness when every player in the virtualization market is offering a good-enough free option. Of course, VMware will say its rivals’ commoditized virtualization hypervisors aren’t nearly as good as its polished programs. That may be so, but it doesn’t really matter when what the competition is offering for free is good enough. That’s a deal that’s awfully tough to beat.

D-Link Network Switches Connect SMBs with IPv6 – D-Link readies small businesses for the future with IPv6 support, managed switch capabilities and energy-saving features.

HTC Shutting Down Sense Backup Services – HTC plans to shut down its cloud backup services on April 30 in preparation for the launch of “new and improved services,” it said on its website.

Webopedia Daily:

Joomla open source CMS – Joomla! is a free and open source content management system (CMS) designed to assist users in building websites and other online applications. The Joomla open source CMS, which is offered under the General Public License (GPL) version 2.0, is a continuation of the work of the development team that unanimously resigned from the Mambo project in August 2005 (see “fork”). Joomla version 1.0 is derived from Mambo but includes many additional bug fixes and security patches.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Israel Law Requires Magazines to Disclose Photoshopped Models – A law passed Monday in Israel requires publications to disclose when models have been Photoshopped to appear thinner and bans ads from using underweight models, or models with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of lower than 18.5.

Digital Mailbox Services off to the Races in Australia – On Monday, Australia Post began soliciting people to sign up for its Australia Post Digital Mailbox, a web-based application for receiving bills and a storage “vault” for important items such as tax documents and passport copies.

The world of social media arrests and prosecutions – What happens when a tweet or Facebook page becomes of interest to the law?

Paper vs digital: Why you can’t flog a dead encyclopaedia – We’re living through the closing chapter of paper and the printed word – and we shouldn’t mourn their passing.

Top 5 April Fools’ Day photo pranks – I’m usually an April Fools’ Day scrooge (when you have kids, it gets old quick). But a few photo-related jokesters had me cracking a smile.

Today’s Quote:

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

–    Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s Free Downloads:

AVG LinkScanner – Verifies the safety of web pages you visit, and of links returned from web searches. AVG LinkScanner is up and running immediately from the moment of installation.

FrostWire 5.3.4 – FrostWire is a peer-to-peer file sharing program for the Gnutella and BitTorrent protocols. FrostWire is written in Java, and is a fork of LimeWire, another popular Gnutella client.


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