Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 15, 2012

Top 10 Simple Things Every Computer User Should Know How to Do – No matter how tech savvy you are, there are certain things every one of us has to deal with when using a computer—and we don’t always deal with them in the most efficient ways. Here are 10 things that everyone can (and should) learn to keep their computer fast, safe, and easy to use.

Australia: The online devil is in the details – THE debate surrounding the federal government’s proposal to have internet service providers – ISPs – store the computer data of every Australian for up to two years amounts to hysteria, Attorney General Nicola Roxon claims. But legal and industry experts have labelled the spy laws proposed in the 60-page discussion as surveillance “not seen since before the fall of the Berlin Wall”. (recommended by Mal C.)

Five tips for faster Web browsing – If you’re wasting too much time waiting for Web pages to load, give these tips a try. You should see an immediate boost in speed, making your browsing experience faster and more efficient.

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Microsoft SkyDrive vs. Google Drive on Android – Android users looking for a cloud storage and file-syncing solution now have a new option in SkyDrive. But is Microsoft’s offering on a par with the tried-and-true Google Drive?

Breaking the law by hitting back at hackers? – Even if you are a victim of computer crime, you don’t want to end up in court for taking the law into your own hands against hackers.

Easily manage Chrome’s privacy settings from a single screen – Privacy Manager, a Chrome extension, can help you manage all of Chrome’s privacy settings from a single screen.

Are SSDs worth the extra cost? – Your first reaction may be, “Of course not.” But many find it’s justified to pay for the extra performance, typically just for the data that’s worth speeding up. For example, in a datacentre, you might speed up just a database’s working set or, on a personal machine, just the OS and applications. Having the OS or a complex application such as Photoshop pop up in seconds is worth the price of entry.

Desktop Wallpaper: Deep space nebula – The mysterious nebula is arguably the most awe-inspiring cosmological phenomena known. The images published by our friends at NASA reveal the vastness of the universe and make for some mesmerizing desktop wallpaper.

No easy outs for YouTube in Islam video controversy – As violence erupts in the Middle East over controversial video, YouTube’s options boil down to bad and worse.

Google says controversial video will remain on YouTube – A Google spokesperson has confirmed that a controversial video clip about the Islamic prophet Muhammad will remain on YouTube – despite a White House request for Mountain View to “review” the clip.

Supercharge your desktop with Rainmeter widgets – We’ll show you how to get the hang of this powerful and customizable (yet initially confusing) widget wonder and help you make your desktop one of a kind.


Research Shows Half of All Androids Contain Known Vulnerabilities – About half of all Android phones contain at least one vulnerability that could be used to take control of the device, according to new research. Duo Security, which launched a free vulnerability scanning app for Android this summer, said their preliminary data from users shows a huge number of the devices are vulnerable to at least one of the known Android flaws.

Microsoft Intercepts ‘Nitol’ Botnet And 70,000 Malicious Domains – Microsoft has sinkholed yet another botnet: This time, it’s one out of China that also spread via counterfeit software secretly embedded with the malware.

New PDF Attack Targets Aviation Defense Industry – FireEye reported today it had detected a new critical PDF attack targeting the aviation defense industry. Malware Page exploits a stack-based buffer overflow vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader. An attacker would be able to execute code remotely via a crafted argument to the getIcon method of a Collab object, according to the CVE alert.

Tiny Trojan Targets Turkish Users – Cybercrime gang tied to various nefarious and malicious activities now employing a powerful mini-Trojan.

Company News:

Microsoft to deliver final version of Office 2013 RT starting in early November – Microsoft’s Office Home & Student 2013 bundle for ARM-based Windows devices, due to begin rolling out later this year, is slightly different from its x86-based counterpart.

Nokia says it took ‘appropriate action’ for fake-pic debacle – Company says it’s concluded internal inquiry and confirmed “poor judgment” was used in regard to faked picture and video it said were captured by the just-launched Lumia 920.

Microsoft goes mute on Windows Phone 8, angers devs – The next version of Windows Phone is approaching, and Microsoft is looking for preview volunteers.

Adobe: Next Photoshop won’t support Windows XP – Windows XP has been tremendously popular, but support for the 11-year-old operating system is waning. The next Photoshop will require Windows 7 or later.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft join non-profit to promote internet’s awesomeness – Can companies like Facebook, Microsoft and Google fix the dangers of the internet through education, or do we need more legislation involved?

Webopedia Daily:

Say Where – The name of a popular voice-enabled application for the Apple iPhone device. Say Where is a free application that can be used to recognize your speech and input it as text into Web siteswhen using the Safari browser on your iPhone. The application is used to finding locations, directions and maps. For example, users can speak the name of a place, an address, or intersection and the application will show search results from a number of partners including Google Maps, MapQuest and others.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Five genes found to determine face shape – DNA evidence could soon be enough to help law enforcement draw up photofits of criminal suspects, thanks to a new genetic discovery.

Worldwide security infrastructure market will grow 8.4% – While the global economic slowdown has been putting pressure on IT budgets, security is expected to remain a priority through 2016, according to Gartner. Worldwide spending on security is expected to rise to $60 billion in 2012, up 8.4 percent from $55 billion in 2011. Gartner expects this trajectory to continue, reaching $86 billion in 2016.

It’s time to get serious about science – The United States may now risk falling behind in scientific discoveries as other countries increase their science funding. We need to get serious about science. In fact, maybe it’s time for researchers to fight back, to return a comeback for every punch line. (recommended by Michael F.)

Geek Trivia: What was the purpose behind the first Google Doodle? – The first Google Doodle appeared five days before the search engine was officially founded — with a very unconventional purpose in mind.

Today’s Quote:

“The only real menace to our freedoms is our own willingness to supplant the rule of law with ever more elements of a garrison state, [while] the so-called war on terror has become an endless run in a military squirrel cage”

–      Ambassador Chas W. Freeman Jr. (USFS, ret.)

Today’s Free Downloads:

Remote Desktop Manager – Remote Desktop Manager is a small application used to manage all your remote connections. Add, edit, delete, organize or find your remote connection quickly.

FreeRIP 3.9.0 – FreeRIP is an advanced CD to MP3 Converter that comes packed with features. At its core, FreeRIP reads audio from your CDs and allows you to save them to your coumputer in a variety of digital formats including WMA, MP3, Ogg, Wav, or FLAC audio files.



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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 15, 2012

  1. delenn13

    Some freebies for today…

    iCare Data Recovery Standard License Free

    “What does it do?
    Recover files after format

    With unformat ability, iCare Data Recovery Standard has “Format Recovery” option to restore deleted files after format no matter quick format or regular format.
    Quick undelete

    For fresh deleted files, the program is able to restore them fast in just a few seconds.
    Restore original names

    iCare Data Recovery Standard is able to restore lost files with their original file names if you select “Advanced File Recovery” to search lost deleted files.
    Deep Scan Recovery

    Featured with Deep Scan Recovery, this program would start a sector by sector file scanning for every possible file on recovery list.
    Complete Data Rescue Solution

    Delete file recovery, format recovery, damaged file system data recovery, recover files from bad MBR, recover files from lost partition… iCare Data Recovery Standard can do more than you think on data recovery.”

    CollageIt Pro PC Software with a 100% off Discount Coupon Code – Beautiful Collages in Just a Few Clicks

    CollageIt Pro automatically generates collages from your digital photos in just few clicks, using up to 200 images. With CollageIt Pro, there’s no wrestling with how to make it “look right”, since the program is designed to give you the power to create beautiful collages in moments. No matter whether you’re memorializing a vacation, a wedding, birthday party, or special trip, you’ll find that the perfect way to preserve these memories is with a collage made with CollageIt Pro. Real time preview shows you how your collage is coming along, while an array of pre-designed templates means you’ll be able to get up and running with CollageIt Pro in a snap.

    When you use CollageIt Pro, you’ll always enjoy full control over multiple settings, ensuring that your collage will come out exactly as you envisioned it. Set the page size, photo count, margins, rotations, and more. Crop photos to highlight the areas you want to use. Throw in backgrounds, photo frames, and shadows for added impact. When you’re done, save your collage as a JPEG, PNG, PDF, PSD, or other image formats! You can even send your collages to friends and family via email, or post it to Flickr and Facebook!”

    Canning pickled beets today..Laters…

    • Hey Delenn13,

      Very nice choices!

      I’ve downloaded and installed both. Particularly liked the way that iCare Data delivered the license number but then, they make it non-intuitive to find the registration screen. Having to launch an application recovery process before the registration page is presented is not user friendly.

      Still, if this app can live up to it’s claims, I can take the agro. 🙂

      Love beets – but not enough to even think about the work involved (shudder). Good luck with that. 🙂



  2. faro0012

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  3. John Bent

    Hi delenn13,

    Thanks for these two. Always happy to have data recovery software available, probably because I don’t back up as often as I should (I know, Bill, I know!).

    Photo collages are a great way to print out a batch of pictures when you don’t have a tablet to hand round. The missus is talking about asking Santa for one – hope he’s been saving hard.

    Pickled beets sound great; you’ll forget the work when you’re enjoying them :).

    Kind regards