Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 23, 2012

FBI renews broad Internet surveillance push – The FBI is renewing its request for new Internet surveillance laws, saying technological advances hinder surveillance and warning that companies should be required to build in back doors for police.

The innocence of Android fans – For over two years I was seduced by the tremendous potential of Google’s Open Source mobile operating system. Until I finally realized many of Android’s redeeming features were perverted by the lies of false prophets.

Facebook still a haven for criminals – Facebook posting can lead to big trouble with the law. And despite all the publicity surrounding the issue, there are real-world examples every day.

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Five Alternatives to Apple’s iOS 6 Maps – Apple Maps for iOS 6 causing you headaches? If you’re one of the afflicted, here’s a list of map app alternatives and workarounds to tide you over until either Apple rectifies these issues or Google releases (and Apple approves) a downloadable version of its iOS mapping tool.

Nestle Adds GPS Trackers to Candy Bars in UK Promotion – It’s akin to a golden ticket that finds you! Creepy or innovative? You make the call.

Girl makes Facebook party invite public, riot police called – A Dutch girl forgets to make a Facebook party invitation private. So 4,000 people turn up, and she has to flee her home.

How to dual-boot Windows 7 with Windows 8 – If you’re not sure if you want to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8, why not run both? Learn how to do it in a few simple steps.

Windows 8 makes ‘Windows’ make sense – Windows is about to undergo the biggest change it has ever attempted. Windows 8 isn’t the PC-centric product it has been since its inception. It is a multiplatform offering that goes farther than anything either Apple or Google has attempted. Recognize, too, that this isn’t a single-step move but a process, likely changing over the next decade, to get to a place we may not yet see clearly.

Wikipedia honcho caught in scandal quits, defends paid edits – High-placed editors at Wikipedia’s U.K. site were caught in a simmering paid-PR scandal. After news broke, one resignation and a little backpedaling has done little to solve the problem.

iPads (and tablets) in K12 – When will we get it together? – An interview with John Martellaro over at the Mac Observer got me thinking…why can’t we get this right?

The return of old school games – As the saying goes, everything old is new again, and this is especially true of gaming.


Microsoft fixes Windows 8 Flash bugs – Microsoft on Friday updated Flash on Windows 8 to protect IE10 users from attacks that may have started months ago. More than a week before, Microsoft had backed away from an earlier position that held it would not patch Flash until late October. Instead, the company promised to update the media player “shortly.”

Protect Your Assets: A Buying Guide to Office Security Systems – We talk frequently about cybersecurity, discussing how to protect your business’s data by using strong passwords, deploying antimalware utilities, and keeping your computers safe with the latest patches and updates. This time, the focus is on premises security, or protecting your business’s physical assets from burglary and vandalism.

When Your PC is Likely Infected – Malware, once it has infected your PC, has a way of protecting itself. It may not want you to install a new antivirus program–or update your current one. So you need to scan your hard drive in a way that gets around the malware. The simplest way to do that is to do the scan outside of Windows.

Cyber attackers target energy companies – Hackers using a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) named Mirage have been engaged in a systematic cyber espionage campaign against a Canadian energy company, a large oil firm in the Philippines and several other entities since at least this April, Dell’s SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit says.

Company News:

Apple wants ban on Samsung products, even more damages – As Apple asks for court order, Samsung complains that ‘patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners.’

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 runs Windows 8 Pro, includes keyboard for $799 – Microsoft wasn’t kidding when it said Windows 8 Pro tablets would cost as much as Ultrabooks.

Kickstarter Aims to Make Gadgets Less of a Gamble – The crowdfunding site wants to reduce the number of project meltdowns by banning product renderings, simulations and bulk sales.

Google’s Motorola goes after Apple maps in new ad – Motorola is rather amused by Apple’s maps problem. And what do you do when you’re amused? Like Samsung, you do an ad.

Webopedia Daily:

Siri – Siri is a built-in “intelligent assistant” that enables Apple iPhone 4S users to speak natural language voice commands in order to operate the smartphone and its apps. Users can speak commands — and receive audible confirmation from Siri — to send messages, place calls, set reminders, operate iTunes and more. Siri can work across multiple iPhone 4S apps as needed in order to accomplish its tasks. Siri also supports extended dictation, enabling users to have their words translated into text for use in e-mail and text messages, Facebook status updates, tweets, note-taking Web searching and similar operations.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The Jetsons Turns Fifty: How the Future Looked in 1962 – Hanna-Barbera’s iconic show has shaped our view of the future for half a century now.

The greatest metal albums of all time – Rolling Stone magazine recently conducted a poll for the greatest heavy metal albums of all time.

How to Use the Telephone, 1917 – Lesson for the internet: Good manners aids communication. (recommended by Michael F.)

The software that stops you smiling in New Jersey – Because the state has invested in facial recognition software, you can’t smile on your New Jersey driver’s license photo. The software is confused by smiling.

The CIA Burglar Who Went Rogue – Douglas Groat thought he understood the risks of his job – until he took on his own employer. (recommended by Michael F.)

Today’s Quote:

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny …’

–    Isaac Asimov

Today’s Free Downloads:

PicEdit 1.80 – PicEdit is a powerful, easy to operate, user-friendly image editing software, support a variety of graphic styles and a variety of effects processing.

YUMI – YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer), is the successor to MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more.



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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 23, 2012

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Having, at long last, got round to trying Ubuntu from a live USB drive, I’m planning to give YUMI a whirl. I think it would be good to have the choice of other distributions of Linux before deciding which, if any to install. Do you have any experience of YUMI?

    Also can I take this opportunity to say to anyone who, like me, has put off dipping a toe into the Linux lake, be not afraid. It really could not be simpler using the Linux Live USB creator. It’s great fun learning to use a new OS, particularly when you know it is not altering anything you’ve already installed in Windows. It’s rather like starting off with a completely uncluttered computer, without all the crapware that OEMs so often foist on us.

    As with so many new experiences at my time of life, I wish I’d done it years ago.

    Thanks for the link, Bill.

    Kind regards

    • Hi John,

      Well – I’m most impressed!! A convert! 🙂

      Best endorsement of Linux I’ve ever read – “I wish I’d done it years ago.” Better you tell them than me. 🙂

      As for YUMI – nope, no experience with this app.



      • John Bent

        Hi Bill,

        Well maybe not quite a convert yet; still very much at the trial stage. My comment was on actually setting up a bootable USB to try out Linux.

        As for YUMI I have now used it to download 5 versions of Linux to my multi-boot flash drive. After each one, it asked if I wanted to add another and provided a link to download the disc image, if required, The whole process was seamless and, when I boot up with the USB drive prioritised, the YUMI GUI is simplicity itself. I have also used YUMI to delete Debian, as it does not suit me. Again, this was completed in seconds.

        The disclaimer in the YUMI EULA might put some people off, but the simple precaution of creating a restore point before installation should allay any fears. For myself I found YUMI to be trouble-free and I’m certain that anyone who knows enough to be interested in Linux, would have no problems in using it.

        Kind regards,