Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 2, 2012

Five Things You Should Never Do on Facebook (or Anywhere Else) – What you say and do online can land you in divorce court, the unemployment line, or prison. Check out these five real-life tales of social media woe.

Create a conference call on the go with CrowdCall – Using a simple app, you can create a conference call with up to 20 people from your Android or iPhone — for free.

UK government plans widespread web monitoring – The British government is planning to give itself the power to monitor phone calls, texts, emails and website visits, in a move that has outraged privacy campaigners.

How effective is antivirus software on smartphones? – Patrick Lambert looks at the limited usefulness of smartphone antivirus apps. Should you bother with it?

10+ Windows 7 services you may not need – If you evaluate your organization’s need for certain Windows 7 services, you may find that a number of them can be safely disabled.

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Thinking of learning a new language? Why not check out these starter packs from Babbel on your mobile device – Travel, work, or personal advancement are some of the primary reasons for wanting to pick up or brush up on a language other than your native one. For these purposes and more, Babbel’s free language packs for mobile are a great place to start your efforts.

Seven essential tricks for Pinterest – From hiding comments to pinning a Web page without a photo, these tips will help even the most addicted Pinterest user.

Desktop Wallpaper: Endangered species – There are over 1000 endangered species of wildlife tracked by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. This photo gallery provides you with just a taste of the plants and animals on that list. Images from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

Five Things Microsoft Should Fix in Windows 8 to Prevent another ‘Vista’ – Windows 8 marches on toward its inevitable release–not yet confirmed, but expected sometime in early fall. Judging by the Windows 8 Consumer Preview release, though, the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system has some fatal flaws that could turn it into another “Windows Vista” scenario, and cause users to cling to Windows 7 as they’ve clung to Windows XP.

Kelihos Botnet Still at Work, Security Experts Say – While Kaspersky, Dell and others may have disrupted the Kelihos, experts with Seculert and Damballa say cyber-criminals are still spreading the botnet.

Most 2011 Cyberattacks Called ‘Avoidable’ – Default or simple passwords, ineffective or nonexistent firewalls offered easy targets for security breaches, a Verizon report finds.

Symform – Much as large computing projects can make use of your free CPU cycles, Symform leverages your free hard drive space and that of others into a secure, encrypted online storage service. Quite clever actually, and even better–it’s free.

Free 30 day Trial of Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect: The Citrix Alternative – If your version of Citrix Presentation Server / XenApp is nearing end of life, or you’re just looking for a remote desktop services tool that’s far less costly and complex than Citrix, give PowerTerm WebConnect a shot with this free 30 day trial

Company News:

RIM’s BlackBerry Is Dying: 10 Ways to Save It – Things have been looking grim for Research In Motion and its BlackBerry brand for quite a while. And time appears to be quickly running out on the company. However, all is not lost: There are ways for RIM to become relevant again. But it has to be open to making a number of changes if it is to become a force in the mobile space.

IBM to Help Research and Develop ‘Exascale’ Supercomputing Telescope – What has millions of antennas, is hypothetically 10,000 times faster than today’s radio devices, will produce upwards of 100 times as much data per year as the Large Hadron Collier and study the beginning of time itself?

Samsung, NTT DoCoMo Chip Group Abandon Planned LTE Chip Joint Venture – NTT DoCoMo said Monday a planned joint venture with Samsung Electronics, Fujitsu, NEC and other Japanese companies to design and sell chips for high-speed mobile networks based on the LTE (Long Term Evolution) standard has been abandoned.

RIM Cuts Prices in India to Preserve Market – Struggling after earnings fall short and competition heightens, Rim makes an aggressive move to boost sales in the world’s second-biggest mobile phone market.

Webopedia Daily:

Phishing – The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. The e-mail directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user’s information.

Off Topic (Sort of):

25 Years of IBM’s OS/2: The Birth, Death and Afterlife of a Legendary Operating System – How the next-generation operating system that was supposed to change everything didn’t — and then refused to die.

10 reasons NOT to block social networking at work – Jack Wallen says employees should have access to social networking sites at work. See if you agree with his reasoning and take our poll to let us know where you stand.

I Want To Be Alone: The Rise And Rise Of Solo Living – “During the past half-century, our species has embarked on a remarkable social experiment. For the first time, great numbers of people – at all ages, in all places, of every political persuasion – have begun living alone”

5 Important Facts About Near-Field Communications – Using NFC as a “digital wallet” for payments is quick and easy for consumers, but the technology still faces some major security issues.

Today’s Quote:

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.”

–   Indira Gandhi

Today’s Free Downloads:

Chromium 20.0.1 – Chromium is an open source web browser that was designed in order to provide for all users a safer, faster, and more stable way to experience the web.

VidCoder 1.3.2 – VidCoder is a DVD/Blu-ray ripping and video transcoding application for Windows. It uses HandBrake as its encoding engine. Calling directly into the HandBrake library gives it a more rich UI than the official HandBrake Windows GUI.



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7 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 2, 2012

  1. John Bent

    Re:UK government plans widespread web monitoring

    Hi Bill,

    As you’ll gather I’m doing a bit of catching up. When I read this in Sunday’s paper I seriously thought it was an April Fools’ joke, spot the joke story being an annual game we amuse ourselves with here. After all nothing like that could happen in dear old Blighty could it?

    Oh yes it could; except it didn’t. It was jumped on so hard it very rapidly changed from becoming a proposed bill to a consultation document. Not that it’s gone away but I suspect when it does raise its head again it will get its arse kicked from here to next Tuesday.

    I should have remembered that, when the US sneezes, the UK catches a cold.

    Kind regards

    PS. “Arse”; so much saltier than “ass” don’t you think?

    • Hi John,

      Yes – I see what you mean. 🙂

      Another “let’s kick the hell out of civil rights” trail balloon. I expected, that outrage would be the response as it was here several months ago, when the same balloon was floated. The identical, and pathetic backtracking “a consultation document”, was employed here to keep the government’s arse out of the fire. And yes, I’m kind of partial to “arse” – so much more expressive than the plebeian “ass”. 🙂

      We shouldn’t be complacent though – it takes a whole lot of effort to kill a snake. And, the U.S. political area (which impact the U.K. and Canada alike), is a virtual snake pit.