Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 13, 2012

15 Windows Utilities You Can’t Live Without – Despite the move (real or hyped) towards Web-based applications, there are still a few hundred million of us using Windows PCs running actual software. These 15 utilities are little gems of code that will help you get the most out of your Windows system.

Microsoft to Patch ‘Hacker’s Playground’ – Next week’s regular security update will address at least 14 vulnerabilities, including four in Internet Explorer and some for enterprise services.

The best free IT tools for cheapskate admins – Jack Wallen lists 11 free applications that can be useful to any IT admin adhering to a strict budget. From antivirus software to a backup utility and more, we’ve got you covered.

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How to Dual Boot Windows 7 and 8 – Want to try Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows 8, without losing your Windows 7 system? Installing Windows 8 in dual-boot mode is a snap with our guide.

Play In the Dark with Skyrim – The first official expansion pack for Skyrim, Dawnguard adds some amusing spice to the sprawling game, but doesn’t completely justify its relatively high cost. Check out our review for all the details.

5 Tips for Outsourcing Work Online – Whether you’re a solo entrepreneur or own a small business with multiple employees, outsourcing work can help you save money and be competitive. We outline five tips for successful outsourcing online.

How Will Google Handle YouTube Copyright Violations in Search Results? – Google’s new search algorithm penalty process for sites found to have a massive number of copyright complaints against them comes with one important caveat: It doesn’t appear to have any bearing on YouTube-related copyright violations. In other words, Google isn’t going to penalize its own property should the domain rack up a number of copyright complaints.

Raspberry Pi: Essential add-ons for modders and everyday users – Want to get the most out of your $40 Raspberry Pi? Be sure to check out these accessories that’ll let you do everything from controlling robots to using the Pi on the move.

25 Awesome Gadgets for $50 or Less – We scoured the Web for the best deals on 25 gadgets you might actually want to buy. All you have to do is sit back and click through the slideshow.

Tips for Photographing Birds – Perhaps you’ve noticed something about photographing wildlife: It’s really hard. The main problem, of course, is that animals will, almost without exception, fail to pose on cue. In fact, they refuse to take any direction from you at all. And if you thought it was hard to take a photo of a cat or a dog or a moose, just try to photograph birds. In the past, I’ve given some advice for shooting wildlife and pets, but this week let’s zero in on tips for capturing our feathered buddies.

Google Olympics Doodles Imaginative, Interactive – In case you missed any of the 17 Google doodles featured on its homepage that have accompanied the Games, here’s a rewind.


Ransom Malware Warning Issued by FBI – The malware causing the damage is called Reveton, a drive-by attack incorporating the Citadel bank Trojan platform that has caused a largely unnoticed toll of misery since the beginning of 2012.

New financial malware targeting banks avoids AV detection – Tilon is a financial malware that employs the “Man in the Browser” (MitB) approach. It injects itself into the browser (it has an impressive list of supported browsers – Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and probably others) and then fully controls the traffic from the browser to the web server, and vice versa.

Researchers Lift Lid on Government-Distributed Cyber-Spy Trojans – After pro-democracy activists in Bahrain were hit by email attacks that would have installed spyware, a spreading investigation reveals more details about corporate-made Trojans sold to governments.

Security Tips from Bruce Schneier – In an in-depth interview with eSecurityPlanet, Schenier explained his view on cloud encryption, which isn’t particularly positive. He also detailed some of his own best practices for security and answered the question of which operating system, browser and anti-virus vendor is best.

Swiss Scientists Develop Algorithm to Sniff out the Source of Malware and Spam Attacks – Swiss scientists have developed an algorithm that can be used to locate spammers as well as the source of a computer virus or malware.

Company News:

Windows Server Hyper-V Now Supports FreeBSD – Microsoft and partners NetApp and Citrix have announced the availability of FreeBSD support for Windows Server Hyper-V. This collaboration, announced at BSDCAN 2012 in May, will help more customers adopt virtualization and move toward cloud computing, said Doug Mahugh, a senior technical evangelist at Microsoft Open Technologies, in an Aug. 9 blog post.

Tenable Network Security updates vulnerability management solution – Tenable Network Security announced SecurityCenter Continuous View, a vulnerability management solution that provides real-time, continuous vulnerability, configuration, and compliance management capabilities for emerging technologies like mobile devices, cloud-based services, social applications, and virtual systems.

Barnes & Noble Cuts Prices on Nook Tablets – You can now save anywhere from $20 to $50 off the old price, depending on which Barnes & Noble Nook tablet you’re interested in.

Coud-based security service for iOS devices – Websense released the new TRITON Mobile Security solution, a cloud-based security service for iOS devices on wireless mobile networks. It combines four key elements for effective unified mobile security: content-aware data security, industry-leading web security, malicious app protection and mobile device management (MDM).

Motorola to Cut 4,000 Employees as It Focuses on High-end Devices – Motorola Mobility is cutting 4,000 employees as the company shifts its emphasis from feature phones to focus on high-end devices, the company said late Sunday.

Webopedia Daily:

Power Line Networking – Power line networking uses power line communications (PLC) to connect computers using existing power outlets in the home, essentially transforming every electrical outlet in the building into a network connection. Power line networking is one of the cheapest forms of home networking and has a low start-up cost and minimal IT workload. And despite using power outlets it also will not have an adverse effect on home electric bills. Power line networks can transmit phone calls and faxes as well as Internet services over regular electrical wiring.

Off Topic (Sort of):

10 things I’ve learned from working in IT – I’ve been a part of the IT industry (in one capacity or another) for nearly 20 years now. During those years, I’ve seen all sorts of trends, thoughts, and events come and go like the wind. I’ve experienced people with a vast range of skills and interests, and I’ve seen and heard dog and pony shows from more companies than I care to remember. While I’ve held my post(s) within the IT industry, I’ve learned a few random things about the industry itself that I wanted to share with all the good readers of TechRepublic. So hold onto your seat, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

More than half of employees fail to protect their data – A ComRes poll revealed that while 71% of employees have been able to see or read what someone is working on over their shoulder, 53% do not always take precautions to protect consumer’s private, confidential and sensitive information that they are working on from being overlooked – either in the office or in public places such as coffee shops, trains and aeroplanes.

Animate Household Objects With Microsoft’s KinEtre – In 1991, the animators at Disney showed us a fantastic vision of tea kettles and clocks singing and dancing alongside human characters in the animated film Beauty and the Beast. Now that dream-like scenario has moved just a step closer to reality thanks to the efforts of researchers at Microsoft U.K. and their work on a system called KinEtre.

The evolving nature of hacktivism – A recent Anonymous video admits that they’ve been fairly quiet lately. From an American and Western European perspective, this is somewhat true. In 2010, Anonymous built a reputation with Operation Payback. Since then, there have been various campaigns that have been global in nature—such as the DDoS attack that followed the closure of Megaupload.

The State of Small-Business Optimism – The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small-Business Index sheds light on changing small business spending patterns, which seem to correlate with levels of optimism.

Today’s Quote:

“Conscience is what makes a boy tell his mother before his sister does.”

–       Evan Esar

Today’s Free Downloads:

Free YouTube Download – YouTube video downloading tools come and go, and most of them are not really that good. They’re slow cumbersome, and so mired in banner advertising and pop-ups that it’s easy to give them up. But one free tool that stands out from the crowd in a really big way and makes downloading YouTube videos a delight is Free YouTube Download.

PhotoFiltre 7.0.1 – PhotoFiltre Studio is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it. It is simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning curve. The toolbar, giving you access to the standard filters with just a few clicks, gives PhotoFiltre Studio a robust look. PhotoFiltre Studio also has layer manager (with Alpha channel), advanced brushes, nozzles (or tubes), red eye corrector, batch module and lot of other powerful tools.



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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 13, 2012

  1. delenn13

    If my teakettle and clock starts dancing..I am so outa my kitchen… Thanks for the “birdy” photo tips too.

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