Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 24, 2012

AdjustYourPrivacy Locks Down Your Entire Internet Life from One Page – You can adjust your settings for services like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and other social networks, as well as opt out of people-finding services. It also has links to useful services like previously mentioned AccountKiller and HTTPS Everywhere, so you can really clean up your privacy. Whether you’re looking to clean up a few things here and there or commit internet suicide completely, it’s a great place to start.

Facebook Data Use Policy email sparks security fear amongst some users – Some people are so used to being bombarded with bogus and malicious emails claiming to come from the likes of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter that they don’t believe the legitimate communications they receive any more.

Thanksgiving Day Instagram Pics Break Records – Instagram users were particularly excited to share their culinary adventures yesterday. Perusing some of the Instagram search sites, it appears that many of the Thanksgiving-themed images were either photos of the grub users were about to consume or shots of people with friends and family.

Stay safe holiday shopping online – Ready or not, holiday shopping season is upon us, and many of us will be buying gifts online. We’ve put together some tips to help get you safely through your shopping list.

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Connect your WordPress blog to Facebook – Ryan Boudreaux gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use the SharePress plugin to connect your WordPress blog to Facebook for automatic updating.

Is the Internet down? Troubleshooting network issues – It could be the website that’s down, or the local computer that has some type of connectivity problem. Or, in some cases, it could be somewhere in between, and that’s where things become much harder to diagnose. Let’s look at a couple of tools and services that can be used for just that purpose.

Video: A closer look at Jolla’s Sailfish mobile OS – You may remember another OS known as MeeGo from a while back, which Intel and Nokia officially retired before it even hit the mobile market. And now elements of MeeGo are being resurrected, courtesy of Jolla’s Sailfish OS. According to Jolla, the operating system and accompanying UI is all about speed, multitasking and intuitive interaction.

Go Flex Satellite provides external storage for mobile devices – Derek Schauland reviews a handy device that can free up precious space on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

Slingbox 350 review: An easy way to stream your TV content anywhere – Attention, couch potatoes: Forget “TV everywhere” apps. The Slingbox can stream live TV — and DVR recordings — to most smartphones, tablets, and PCs. If you’ve got a a Web connection, you can get your favorite TV programs, even in glorious high-def.

How to report a computer crime: Phishing attack – What would you do if you unwittingly became a victim of a phishing attack? Do you know how you’d go about reporting the phishing to the authorities?

Revisiting Windows 1.0: how Microsoft’s first desktop gracefully failed – Two years ago today, when Windows 1.0 celebrated its 25th birthday, we didn’t yet know what the future of Windows would hold. Now that Windows 8 is on the market, the original is more relevant than ever before. Today, Windows 1.0 turns 27, and despite the many ways computing has changed since its debut, the two operating systems have some surprising similarities.


Hacked Go Daddy sites infecting users with ransomware – Users are getting infected with ransomware thanks to criminals managing to hack the DNS records of Go Daddy hosted websites. That’s not welcome news for the world’s largest domain name registrar, especially so soon after the recent denial of service attack.

“Twitter is going to start charging” phishing scheme pops up – The goal of these scammy messages is to make users follow the link to a bogus Twitter login page. Once the login credentials are entered and submitted, they are sent to a remote server controlled by the scammers, who will be misusing them to hijack the victims’ Twitter accounts – and maybe other accounts as well if they have been careless enough to use the same password on them.

Digitally signed ransomware lurking in the wild – Trend Micro researchers have spotted two ransomware variants bearing the same (probably stolen) digital signature in order to fool users into running the files. Other than that, the malware acts like any other ransomware: it blocks the victims’ computer and shows messages that seem to come either from the FBI or the UK’s Police Central e-crime Unit.

Bogus Apple invoice leads to Blackhole, banking malware – If you receive an invoice seemingly coming from Apple that apparently shows that your credit card has been billed for $699.99 (or a similar preposterously huge amount of money) because you bought postcard, don’t click on any of the embedded links no matter how curious or alarmed you are.

Company News:

HP delivers server for Big Data – HP unveiled a server built to help clients operationalize Big Data, drive new business opportunities and save up to $1 million over three years.

It’s Oatmeal vs. Oatmeal in a new trademark suit – Ding ding, round two. Internet comic The Oatmeal is being sued by a greeting-card shop owner who claims the comic’s name infringes its Oatmeal Studios trademark.

Microsoft eyes augmented reality glasses – Microsoft appears to be working on an augmented reality headset of its own, similar to Google’s Project Glass. In a new patent application, the company describes a glasses-based system that overlays information onto the user’s view.

Webopedia Daily:

Application Virtualization – Also called application service virtualization. Application virtualization is layered on top of other virtualization technologies, such as storage virtualization or machine virtualization to allow computing resources to be distributed dynamically in real time. In standard computing, applications install their settings onto the host operating system, hard-coding the entire system to fit that application’s needs. With application virtualization, each application brings down its own set of configurations on-demand, and executes in a way so that it sees only its own settings. This leaves the host operating system and existing settings unaltered.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Your first glimpse of Walmart shoppers fighting over phones – There is no greater post-Thanksgiving tradition than witnessing what the craving for gadgets has done to humanity. Here’s some of the first footage of the Zombie Apocalypse, Walmart-style.

Put Together a Pet First Aid Kit – The weblog for the American Pet Center in NYC outlines a comprehensive dog first aid kit you can put together over time which includes a muzzle, nail trimmers, tweezers, a rectal thermometer, saline solution, an inflatable protective collar, bandages, hydrogen peroxide, and a few other items. Cat first aid kits are similar; the only real difference is in the muzzle and protective collar.

Northumberlandia, the Lady of the North: A supine land goddess makes her debut – Charles Jencks’s land sculpture is the largest human form on the planet and is meant for walking on. (recommended by Michael F.)

Life Goes On – A tombstone from “a well-known town in the north, Gateshead,” from Henry Sampson’s History of Advertising From the Earliest Times, 1875. (recommended by Michael F.)

Today’s Quote:

“The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance.”

–      Laurence J. Peter

Today’s Free Downloads:

NeoDownloader Lite 2.9.3 – NeoDownloader Lite is a freeware bulk image downloader that will allow you to download and view thousands of pictures from any websites (including TGP sites).

USBDeview 2.18 – USBDeview is a small utility that lists all USB devices that currently connected to your computer, as well as all USB devices that you previously used.


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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 24, 2012

  1. delenn13

    Re: Facebook Data Use Policy email sparks security fear amongst some users I deleted mine..Oh, well.

    But what is funny. I got a PayPal email about a survey for customer service from a phone call I had made Thursday about a problem with my account. Google threw it in my Spam folder. It had my name and the date and time of the is legit… But we get so many that are scams…I did come close to deleting it too.

    Glad I am ordering most of my stuff on line. Most of my brick and mortar stuff had been bought months ago and up in the attic. I ordered ink online Tuesday; got it Friday. Humanity at it’s best…
    It’s Black Friday, Charlie Brown

    Something interesting..looks sci-fi like..Making it full screen even makes it look weirder.
    Animusic HD – Resonant Chamber (1080p)

    This is totally useless…really….I went to about the 8th page.. Would probably be something to do if you are really bored… The Useless Web

    • Hey Delenn13,

      Frankly, I have no idea how a “typical” user can easily separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to email. My “typical” user friends are being overwhelmed by scams and more than a few have been caught.

      As for me – every day my public email address is flooded with 300/400 emails which are slotted into a spam folder. Since I now simply delete these emails in a batch, I have no doubt that legitimate emails are flushed away as well. A tough approach – but, time is money and all that rot. 🙂

      Thanks for the links – I’ll make use of these later.