Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 31, 2012

It’s World Backup Day! Celebrate by Finally Backing Up Your Stuff – Today is World Backup Day, a holiday that celebrates the task we all know we should be doing, but one that’s way too easy to ignore—until your hard drive starts to grind or your phone decides to go for a swim. Lucky for you, World Backup Day falls on a Saturday this year. You’ve got the time. Now let’s back up that data.

New addictive games that are near impossible to put down – A few games have come out recently that have that perfect mix of challenge and gameplay to eat up all of my playing time.

MasterCard and Visa payment processor compromised, up to 10 million cards stolen – Over 10 million credit cards may have been stolen by criminals who compromised a credit card processing company last month. Read on to find out what happened and what actions you may wish to take to protect yourself.

Sex Tech: Egyptian Porn Censorship, UK Filesharing Travesty, Wikipedia Sex Wars – Under the banner of anti-porn: Egypt’s boldest move to filter the internet, UK violates broadband user privacy, Wikipedia’s rules are bent. All happens where tech meets sex.

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Twitter Shuts Down TweetDeck After Bug Exposes User Accounts – Twitter shut down TweetDeck on Friday, allegedly because of a bug that exposed a number of user accounts without permission, and allowed one user to access them.

The Linux Alternative to Windows 8 – Not everyone will like or want the new Metro interface that’s an unavoidable feature of Windows 8. Plus, Windows XP support is soon to really most sincerely dead. What’s a small business to do? Rethink Linux.

Five invoicing apps for small businesses – A number of decent applications are available to automate your invoicing chores. Here’s a quick rundown of five that are worth checking out.

Targeted domain controller attacks increase 150% – Rather than directly attacking the servers that house the information, the attackers are specifically targeting the domain controllers to gain access to all systems within the company. Because domain controllers store authentication information for everyone at an organization, they have become highly strategic targets for cybercriminals intent on stealing business critical data and conducting protracted attacks.

Foursquare shuts off API for Girls Around Me app – An app that employed Foursquare and Facebook data to show the real-time location of women has raised an uproar and is making people think about how social media exposes them.

Temple Run, Now on Android! – The super addictive arcade-like game Temple Run is now available on Android phones. Read our review to find out whether this first release is ready to buy or too buggy for prime time.

Mac backdoor Trojan embedded inside boobytrapped Word documents – A backdoor Trojan horse, which would allow a remote hacker to access your Mac computer without your knowledge and potentially snoop on your files and activity, has been discovered hidden inside a boobytrapped Word document.

The Good and Bad About Internet Security – IT security pros are doing a better job of dealing with Internet threats, according to an IBM report, as Big Blue has actually seen “surprising improvements.” But as the quality of software has improved, so have attackers’ techniques. Find out what is good and bad in the world of Internet security.

Company News:

Lenovo Launches Mobile App Store for Businesses – Lenovo’s first enterprise app shop–the Lenovo Enterprise App Shop–makes it possible for corporate users to access and use productivity apps on their Lenovo tablet or other Google Android-based tablets.

Yahoo to Implement Do Not Track – Yahoo has decided that it’s now time to start implementing a Do Not Track system across its various Web properties. The company is one of the last large Web content providers to officially commit to using a DNT technology, and Yahoo said that it plans to have the system implemented by early summer.

RIM lost $54 million on four-day global BlackBerry outage – The BlackBerry maker said on Thursday that the global outage which spread across the world over four days cost the company $54 million, revised-down from estimates.

Sprint, Cisco Launch Cloud-Based UC Platform – Sprint and Cisco are launching a cloud-based unified communications bundle for large enterprises. It’s the first of several cloud initiatives Sprint will launch this year.

Webopedia Daily:

Converged Application Platform – The converged application platform (CAP) offers a common scalable architecture that supports telephony, video and data services through a single device. CAPs bring together multiple functions such as voice switching, enterprise routing, firewall and VPN, quality of service, application services, WAN and Wi-Fi access.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Google’s Self-Driving Car Takes Blind Man for a Ride – While most of us can just dream about it, one lucky California man recently got the chance to sit behind the wheel of Google’s revolutionary self-driving car.

Arrested Drunk Guy Sings Bohemian Rhapsody – As musical protests go, this one is pretty entertaining. Robert Wilkinson, of Edson, Alta., was arrested by RCMP last November and placed in the back of a police cruiser. In a video taken by security cameras in the cruiser, Wilkinson, 29, is heard using some choice words to berate the officer for saying he’s intoxicated. Wilkinson then launches into an a cappella version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It’s worth it to listen to his entire song for the boisterous finale: “Nothing really matters – even the RCMP!”

Apple’s supply chain: A profile of a Foxconn factory employee – The Fair Labor Association’s report on Foxconn’s working conditions provides a nice composite sketch of your average Apple supply chain worker.

Is Your Country Among The Safest Or Most Infected? – Did you know that according to our malware analysis data, Finland has the lowest rate of infected computers? And would you guess that Albania has the highest rate: 65% of the computers are infected!

10 Hilarious Google Autocompletes – What are people searching for in Google? Well, if autocomplete is any indication, you might not want to know.

Today’s Quote:

We should every night call ourselves to an account: What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired?”

–    Seneca

Today’s Free Downloads:

Windows 8 Transformation Pack 4.0 – Windows 8 Transformation Pack will convert your XP, Vista or Windows 7 based system to look like Windows 8 and some of its features emulated. You don’t have to purchase Windows 8 or any 3rd-party applications to get Windows 8 UI experiences. This transformation pack will simply make it done for you for free!

Dr. Web LiveCD 6.0.0 – Dr.Web LiveCD will clean your computer of infected and suspicious files, help you copy important information to a removable data storage device or another computer, and then attempt to cure infected objects.

File Shredder 2.50 – File Shredder will remove files from your hard drive without fear they could be recovered. Choose between 5 different shredding algorithms, each one gradually stronger than the previous one. It also has Disk Wiper which uses shredding algorithm to wipe unused disk space.


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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 31, 2012

  1. Michael Fisher

    World backup day? Great! Is there a feature which will enable me to be restored taller & richer? 🙂

    • ROFL!

      As Meatloaf might have said (actually, he did) – “you took the words right out of my mouth”.

      Just in the process of writing a “nasty” backup article, which I’ll post later today.



  2. John Bent

    Re: “Google’s Self-Driving Car Takes Blind Man for a Ride”.

    Hi Bill,

    There’s nothing new in this; seemingly there are loads of them driving around already 🙂

    Kind regards,

    • Hi John,


      Indeed. Big issue here this week as to whether Seniors (65 and up) should have their licenses reduced to a graduated license (restrictions on driving after midnight – limited access to expressways, etc.).

      It will never fly – Seniors are the only bloody people who vote! 🙂