Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 20, 2012

Lifehacker: How to Crack a Wi-Fi Password – Cracking Wi-Fi passwords isn’t a trivial process, but it isn’t difficult. Learn how it works so you can learn how to protect yourself.

Design fail! Our top 10 PC product peeves – What were they thinking?! Some technology is so annoyingly designed, we have to think manufacturers have outright contempt for customers.

VLC 2.0.4 – A new update to VLC Media Player improves YouTube and Vimeo streams, adds Opus support, and upgrades Blu-Ray disc support, as well as fixing more than 100 bugs.

Move Your Stuff From One Cloud Based File Storage Service To Another With Backup Box – I happened across this service called Backup Box that gives you the ability to backup and transfer files (and folders) from one cloud based file storage site to another.  For example, let’s say you want to move from Dropbox to Box, then Backup Box is a service that can make the transfer happen in a seamless manner. You can also use Backup Box to schedule and automate backing up files from one service to another.

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10 reasons why Ubuntu 12.10 desktop blows away Windows 8 – Ubuntu 12.10 has arrived, and Windows 8 is just around the corner. Jack Wallen says there’s no contest between the two.

Hybrid hard drives: How they work, why they matter – Hybrid hard drives promise the speed of SSDs with the capacities of mechanical drives. Let’s look at their technology… and performance.

ISP Piracy Warnings Launching Within Weeks – The “Copyright Alert System,” which will provide notices to consumers if their ISP suspects there is illegal downloading going on, will start “in the coming weeks.

Internet Crime:Awareness Is Key – By now we all know that Internet crime is rampant on the web, and that most of the crime is aimed at us, the Internet computer users. I’ve stated many times that in order to avoid phishing scams and schemes, computer users must be suspicious of all messages sent to them and to obey their “gut” feeling if they have the slightest hesitation to click.

Refuting Microsoft’s claim of Surface display superiority – Microsoft is telling customers that its new tablet’s display is sharper than the iPad 3. “Not so fast” says an internationally recognized research scientist specializing in display technology.

Instagram Translates Twitter Mentions for Easier Sharing – Have you ever shared a photo from Instagram to Twitter, only to realize that the person you @mentioned in your caption has a different username on Twitter than they do on Instagram..

Capitol Hill Rhetoric Takes Aim at Wrong Cybersecurity Targets – Defense secretary Leon Panetta couldn’t resist, could he? He couldn’t fight the urge to dig deep into the information security cliché handbook and yank out that old chestnut about a Cyber Pearl Harbor. Seriously, is there a more cringe-inducing, FUD-filled phrase than Cyber Pearl Harbor? Never mind that it’s offensive to the families of those who fell on that date, but it raises the questions of whether the leader of the United States Department of Defense is so disengaged from reality that he decides that’s the best crutch to lean on? Or does he just need a new speech writer? Enough questions; how about some answers.

Dear America: Enough with the China-bashing already – China is playing spy games? Prove it with real facts and actions, otherwise, stop thinking and behaving like you’re the greatest country in the world.

Android “Key Lime Pie” likely revealed 10/29 – The next installment in Google’s mobile operating system is expected to be revealed on October 29. The search giant has sent around invitations to an event in New York City on that date, and all the speculation is that it will be the launching pad for the new Android firmware.


Warning: Here are three emails you don’t want to see in your inbox – Spammers are disguising their emails to pretend to come from YouTube, Google and LinkedIn.

New Android Trojan Found in Google Play – FakeLookout.A steals sensitive personal information from Android devices and transmits it to a remote FTP server, mobile security firm TrustGo Mobile said Thursday.

Steam Gaming Platform Vulnerable to Remote Exploits; 50 Million at Risk – More than 50 million users of the Steam gaming and media distribution platform are at risk for remote compromise because of weaknesses in the platform’s URL protocol handler, a pair of researchers at ReVuln wrote in a paper released this week.

42% of lost mobiles have no security in place to protect data, says report – Out of those who reported that they had lost devices, 42% had no security measures in place, and one in five contained access to work-related documents or email. Young, male Londoners, you’re the worst when it comes to losing stuff, but take heart: you’re the best at making sure your lost gadgets are secured.

Company News:’s Marketing Cloud adds 20 social analytics vendors – Salesforce’s Marketing Cloud ecosystem expands to include social analytics vendors to enable more insights from a single dashboard.

Pinterest drives more than window shopping – By this point, most people know that Pinterest creates a massive amount of Internet referral traffic; in fact, the social pinboard recently surpassed Yahoo to become the fourth largest driver of traffic in the world. That’s a lot of window shopping!

Apple begins work on $68m Oregon data center – Work on the iPhone and iPad maker’s new Oregon data center is set to begin, powering more than 150 million iCloud users.

Google considers mobile patent antitrust settlement, report says – The search giant is deciding whether it should settle with the FTC over the agency’s claim that Google refused to grant industry-standard patents to rivals, says a report.

Webopedia Daily:

Off-page optimization – In search engine optimization, off-page optimization refers to factors that have an effect on your Web site or Web page listing in natural search results. These factors are off-site in that they are not controlled by you or the coding on your page. Examples of off-page optimization include things such as link popularity and page rank.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Three of The Easiest Ways to Manipulate People into Doing What You Want – You can do a lot of things to be more persuasive, from learning better ways to communicate to more shady manipulation techniques. Here are some of the easiest (and possibly evil) ways to get someone to say “yes.”

Top court debates police powers for text message eavesdropping – Canada’s top judges pushed the Crown on Monday to explain why giving police the ability to eavesdrop on text messages with a general warrant wouldn’t be handing them too much power. Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin asked Crown attorney Croft Michaelson how long a surveillance leash police should be allowed in asking service providers like Telus to release a customer’s future text messages to them. (recommended by RedNightHawk)

How to not be a jerk on the Internet – I’ve been a technology blogger for more than six years—four of them right here at PC World. And in that time I’ve developed a pretty thick skin. I’ve had to, because I’m often on the receiving end of incredibly mean, nasty, and insulting emails and post comments.

The lights over your head are about to get smart – Bridgelux is building a new kind of lighting that turns your ceiling into a network of smart devices. CEO Bill Watkins has bet his first-class seat on it.

Today’s Quote:

I’m as pure as the driven slush.”

–     Tallulah Bankhead

Today’s Free Downloads:

Right Click Enhancer – Right Click Enhancer gives you power to control the ultimate right click menu everyone use every day. Right Click Enhancer allows you to edit your right click menu in the way you want. Now with help of this wonderful tool you can add some good stuffs to your right click context menu.

SIV (System Information Viewer) 4.33 – SIV by Ray Hinchliffe. ‘System Information Viewer’ is a general Windows utility for displaying lots of useful Windows, Network and hardware info.



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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 20, 2012

  1. I Love ubuntu 12.10 🙂