Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 22, 2013

Ralph Nader: Video game firms are ‘electronic child molesters’ – Rallying against President Obama for not cracking down against the creators of violent video games, Nader maintains that these companies spew “violent, addictive, and tawdry sensuality.”

Anatomy of a PC crash: 7 scenarios, and how to avoid them – First there’s a little stutter. Next a program hangs, and a funny noise creeps from your machine. Then that familiar blue screen slaps you in the face. Your computer just crashed, and all you can do is sit in the awkward silence of a restart, and hope it wasn’t fatal. There are many possible causes for these hellish episodes, and it’s important to be educated on the why and hows of PC crashes to prevent them in the future. After all, the next crash could be your PC’s last. Following is a rundown of seven common causes and solutions.

Bad parking job? Text the driver through the license plate – The CurbTXT service in San Francisco lets people text car owners using their license plate numbers.

A Beginner’s Guide to DIYing with the Raspberry Pi – The Raspberry Pi is a wonderful little computer that fits in the palm of your hand, yet packs enough power to run your home media center, a VPN, and a lot more. Before you can do anything awesome, however, you need to configure it and install an operating system. Here’s how.

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Meet PicUntu, a lightweight Linux designed for tiny PCs – The Raspberry Pi is certainly the best-known example of this growing new class, but it’s by no means the only one, accompanied as it has been by the likes of the MK802, the Cotton Candy, the UG802, the Mele A1000, and virtually countless others. Now, however, there’s PicUntu, a Linux distribution tailored specifically to the deliberately minimal specs of these diminutive devices.

Hands-on with Mega, the encrypted cloud service – MegaUpload might be dead, but Kim Dotcom has returned with the new Mega storage service. Let’s give it a look, shall we?

YouTube Playback Problem (video 2:15) – Fixing jerky motion in YouTube playback if you’re using the Chrome browser.

A road warrior’s guide to locking down your laptop – Fortunately, you can do a lot to minimize the perils possibly encountered on the road. By taking a few simple precautions and following some common-sense practices while you’re out and about, you can drastically reduce the chance that your laptop will be stolen and keep your data locked up tight. With great portability brings great responsibility!

Freebook Sifter finds Kindle freebies – This handy site catalogs some 35,000 free e-books for your Kindle app or e-reader.


Foxit Patches Flaw in PDF Reader. Patch now – Foxit released Reader 5.4.5 to fix the boundary error in the company’s PDF plug-in for Firefox on Jan. 17. The flaw turns out to not be in the actual plugin itself, but rather in the library file which allows Foxit to communicate with Firefox. While Foxit released a fixed DLL file on Jan. 11, users are encouraged to download the full update.

Australians most vulnerable to virtual stalkers – Australians are among the world’s heaviest internet users but also the most exposed to being tracked online by companies after personal information, a report warns. The report by the Centre For Internet Safety, associated with the University of Canberra, calls for greater privacy protection for Australians through laws to give them a choice in what personal data is collected online and what it can be used for. (recommended by Mal)

The sharp rise of UK e-crime – News that e-crime accounts for 37% of all retail crime, reflects the changing nature of the threats that today’s retailers are facing. As brands struggle to compete on the high street and leverage the online power channels to target customers as part of a multichannel approach, cyber criminals are also following the move online.

Security Firms Warn Users of Fake Java Updates – It’s really starting to feel like we’re piling on the perennially vulnerable, industry punching bag that is Java. That said, GFI Labs and other security firms are warning their users to be wary of malicious fake Java updaters taking advantage of all the patches Oracle had to ship last week.

College Student Expelled After Bringing Web Vulnerability to School’s Attention – A Canadian college student was expelled after reporting a vulnerability in the school’s Web site that potentially exposed private data on more than 250,000 students.

Company News:

McAfee outlines the future of business security – McAfee will expand its current broad portfolio through strategic acquisitions, development projects and key partnerships to deliver more integrated solutions and comprehensive protection across mobile devices, endpoints, servers, and network through an extensible framework.

Voxbone Launches First Wholesale Emergency-Calling Service in Multiple European Countries – Voxbone today launched an easily-set-up,cost-effective breakthrough solution: VoxOUT, which enables providers of cloud communications, SIP trunking and other enterprise VolP services to support emergency calling.

Wikipedia may face disruptions as it migrates to Virginia data center – Wikimedia Foundation, the host of Wikipedia and other websites, said on Saturday it will move this week its main technical operations to the data center, which is intended to improve the technical performance and reliability of all Wikimedia sites.

Atari files for bankruptcy, but it’s not ‘game over’ – The firm that gave the world Pong more than 40 years ago wants its US business, along with three other companies, Atari Interactive, Humongous, and California U.S. Holdings, to be separate from the French parent company known as Atari S.A., which is having “structural financial encumbrances” Atari said in a statement.

RIM promises more apps – and considers licensing OS – RIM is extending the deadline for its Built for BlackBerry program, citing an overwhelming number of applications.

Webopedia Daily:

Shylock malware – Shylock refers to a family of malware that relies on browser-based man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks and fake digital certificates to intercept network traffic and inject code into banking websites. The Shylock malware code is designed to trick customers into providing banking login and account details to hackers instead of to the bank’s customer service department. Some Shylock strains even have the ability to open a fake customer service chat window on an infected computer to enable cybercriminals to prompt the user for their sensitive account information.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Outsmart your camera by turning off the autofocus – Even the cheapest camera is pretty good at precisely focusing on your subject most of the time. Unfortunately, though, there are a lot of situations in which your camera isn’t especially good at autofocusing. Either your camera gets it wrong or it just takes too long. Let’s look at some situations in which you should consider turning your autofocus control off and doing it the old fashioned way.

Why outsourcing your own job is closer than you think – Can the story of the man who was caught outsourcing his own job to China be true? Of course it can. Ever since “cheaper” overtook the word “better” as the favoured adjective for “product” in the West, most of us — including the paranoiacs, which is, again, most of us — have wondered if someone in Asia, or even Youngstown, Ohio, could do our job for less money and no benefits.

Barack Obama’s second inaugural address: Full text – President Barack Obama took the ceremonial oath of office on Monday for his second term. Here is his Inaugural Address in full.

3D printer to carve out world’s first full-size building – A Dutch architect sets to work creating a two-story “Landscape House” built entirely from a 3D printer.

Google, Facebook, Amazon may be subject to French taxes – The European government proposes levying a tax on Internet-based tech companies that make mass amounts of revenue with online advertising.

Today in TIME Tech History: Warm-Blooded Robot (1945), $500 Cloud Computer (1996), Apple’s PowerBook G4 (2001) and More – Let’s hop in the TIME Wayback Machine to see which notable tech-related stories were published on January 22 between 1923 and today.

Today’s Quote:

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”

–      Friedrich Nietzsche

Today’s Free Downloads:

Funny Photo Maker 2.2.3 – Funny Photo Maker can easily turn your photos into and artistic, interesting or funny masterpiece without a complicated interface.

Advanced SystemCare Free – Advanced SystemCare 6 is a comprehensive PC care utility that takes a one-click approach to help protect, repair and optimize your computer. It cleans, repairs registry and makes PC running like a brand new one with enhanced “Turbo Boost”, an advanced technology in optimizing PC.



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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 22, 2013

  1. Raspberry Pi looks pretty cool. I was wondering what you could do with it and found this page of projects. You can’t beat the price of this thing. I might get my kids into it.

    • Hey Writerdood,

      There are some days when I can’t get back to moderate comments so I’ll miss a super reco like this one. Bummer!

      I’ll plug this into tomorrow’s TNN – definitely worth a read.

      Super idea getting your kids into this. A great way to take a giant leap ahead – one day they’ll thank you. I think – maybe. 🙂



  2. Mark Schneider

    Hi Bill,
    Ralph Nader, he is desperate for attention and relevance. I’ll continue to ignore him as I have for 40 years.
    Go Niners