Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 26, 2012

Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 free PC security software ready for download – Microsoft has released a new version of its Security Essentials software for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 PCs.

Facebook Launches Antivirus Marketplace With Free Downloads – Facebook on Wednesday teamed up with several leading antivirus firms to launch an Antivirus Marketplace, which will allow users to download a six-month free trial of the companies’ software. The marketplace is currently offering products from McAfee, Norton, Microsoft, Sophos, and Trend Micro.

15 Free (or Almost Free) Wi-Fi Security Testing Tools – Attempting to “hack” into your own wireless network can help you better understand Wi-Fi security vulnerabilities and how to protect against them.

Google clones Dropbox: lock, stock, and privacy gaffe – Google Drive looks like just another ho-hum Dropbox clone. Same feature set, same market positioning. But was it really necessary for Google to copy the outrageously unfair terms of service.

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If you have something to hide from the government, don’t use Google Drive – Just as with Dropbox, SkyDrive, or any other cloud service provider, if you have something to hide from the government, don’t put it in the cloud. Here’s why.

11% of secondhand hard drives contain personal information, study reveals – Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has discovered that more than one in every ten secondhand hard drives contains recoverable personal information of the original owner. In the case of the hard disks, 11 percent contained personal information. According to the ICO report, 37 percent contained non-personal information, and only 38 percent of devices had been wiped. A further 14 percent of the drives were too damaged to be readable.

Writing fake online reviews? New Google algorithm will catch you out – Changing online sentiment is hard enough. But fraudulently working together to try and control the sentiment about a product or web site is just plain wrong.

3 Software Products Small Businesses Need to Know – Small business analyst Laurie McCabe offers a quick rundown of three software products — AnyMeeting, and Xero — that are well suited to help small businesses.

IDs of 2.5 million dead Americans abused annually, new study shows – Dead or alive, your identity is always at risk: New data shows that fraudsters use the Social Security numbers and other personal data of more than 2 million deceased people in the U.S. annually in order to get credit card and cell phone services each year under phony names.

Google Begins Penalizing Search ‘Over-Optimization’ – Google is making a change to its search algorithm to penalize what the company’s head of Web spam called “over-optimization” and instead favor websites with high-quality content and less refined search-engine optimization.

Company News:

Acer Launches SMB-friendly AC100 Micro Server – The PC and laptop maker rolls out a small server that’s big on data protection and energy- saving features.

Sprint’s network overhaul off to good start, but risks loom – Sprint’s first quarter was solid relative to expectations as the company activated 1.5 million iPhones and said its Network Vision plan is off to a good start. However, the execution risks over the next year are huge.

LANDesk Acquires Data Analytics Company – LANDesk Software, a global leader in systems lifecycle management, endpoint security and IT service management, today announced the acquisition of Managed Planet. The company has unique technologies in the areas of IT asset management, business to business connectors, hardware discovery, reporting and asset analytics.

Report: Microsoft to Unveil Spotify-like Music Service – Code-named Woodstock, Microsoft’s new streaming service will reportedly be playable from a browser, with support for Windows 8, Android, iOS and Xbox 360.

Facebook IPO Could be Delayed Until June – Facebook’s recent acquisition spree could delay the social network’s highly anticipated Wall Street debut until June, according to reports.

Webopedia Daily:

Windows Server 8 Codename – The official codename for the successor to Microsoft’s Windows 7 Server operating system. While the Windows Server 8 codename was initially rumored to be the launch name used for the next generation server OS, Microsoft has since reported that the new server OS will be named Windows Server 2012. The Windows 8 codename is also being used for the desktop version of the operating system, as an official name for the desktop has not yet been announced.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The Man Who Makes The Future – Interview with Marc Andreesen, who at 22 invented early graphical web browser, Mosaic/Netscape, and staged the first dotcom IPO in 1995. Now he’s a big-time venture capitalist. His firm just made $800m on Instagram.

Why Apple Is Winning: Innovation, Opportunity and Execution – Thanks to a combination of anticipation and luck, Apple — which nearly went bankrupt before the last tech boom — is poised for even greater heights if it can continue to out-think, out-innovate and out-execute its competitors. Here are three major forces buoying Apple’s growth and pushing the company forward.

Images Of Earth From Above – There really isn’t much of a theme to tie these 39 photographs together, other than that they were all taken in the air, looking down. But, my, there are some beauties. Worth a few minutes of anyone’s time.

Carl Honoré on Slow Living – In a culture obsessed with speed, the author of In Praise of Slow asks us to take a step back, from slower eating to unhurried thinking – and traces the leisurely history of the slow movement.

Steam Native Linux Client Near? Gabe Newell Trashes Windows 8? – If you’re a Linux buff, you already know how to get Steam working under the scrappy Unix-like operating system using intermediary connectors like Wine, but as any Wine user knows, game performance generally suffers. What about a native Linux client, long rumored but so far a no-show?

Has Physics Made Philosophy And Religion Obsolete? – Yes it has, says Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist, interviewed here. Religion and philosophy struggle to answer fundamental question of why there is something rather than nothing. But physics can explain that perfectly well.

Today’s Quote:

The basic currency of the Internet is human ignorance, and, frankly, our database holds a strong cash position!”

–     Christian Rudder

Today’s Free Downloads:

File Grinder 0.1.2 – File Grinder is a program for batch file renaming, copying and moving, based on file name templates and multiple file format meta-tags, e.g. MP3, OGG, FLAC, FictionBook 2, JPEG etc. It also has a console UI, which makes it easy to use in scripts.

Google Drive 1.0 – Google Drive-keep everything, share anything. Google Drive is everywhere you are—on the web, in your home, at the office and on the go. So wherever you are, your stuff is just…there. Ready to go, ready to share.


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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 26, 2012

  1. Hi Bill

    Re: “Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 free PC security software ready for download” I have just upgraded via “Windows Update” on my win7 64-bit & it stuck an extra green icon in my tray which went away when I rebooted [what IS that green icon supposed to be BTW?]. Great little prog though I wish…

    1] I could set it in the interface to do a scheduled scan more than once a day

    2] I haven’t figured out if it’s possible to make MSSE install definition updates as soon as they’re available. I have windows set to automatically install updates, but the option to check for updates is only once per day at a maximum. I therefore tend to check manually every few hours via the MSSE dialog.

    • Hi Michael,

      I’m running Win 8 almost exclusively and since MSE has been replaced with Windows Defender (really MSE in disguise) on Win 8 (MSE can’t be installed on Win 8), I’m not sure what the disappearing icon is all about. Except to say – when I installed Windows Defender, I had the same disappearing icon experience – a permanent disappearance. Apparently, Microsoft has decided that users no longer need an icon running in the notification area as a reminder that Windows Defender is up and running. Bizarre!

      As for your other 2 points – your experience duplicates mine.



  2. Re: Google Drive 1.0. “Unknown Installer Error”

    • Hi

      You’ll get an error message if you try to download Google Drive when you don’t yet have access. If you receive this error message, go to to get access to Google Drive. You have access if you see a blue Get started button in the top right of your window. It’s possible that you’ll need to add yourself to a waiting list for access to Google Drive. To get added to the waiting list, click the blue Notify me button in the top right of your window.