Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 26, 2013

Unlocking Your Phone Without Permission Becomes Illegal Today: Here’s Why You Should Care – After this upcoming weekend, you have to ask your phone company if you want to use the phone you (kind of) bought from them on any other carrier’s network. You used to be able to ask for, or purchase, or hack your way to an “unlocked” phone, but that will be illegal after Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

WindowsAndroid brings Ice Cream Sandwich to PCs – WindowsAndroid allows users to run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on Windows PCs and tablets. Indeed, the app offers a full-on Android experience, supporting the web browser, gallery, built-in software and even third party apps (with some work). Additional goodies include the stock Android user interface (UI), a Dalvik virtual machine and graphics acceleration support.

Update Your Shortcuts With Broken Shortcut Fixer – Broken Shortcut Fixer is a small free app that scans your computer drives, looks for shortcuts and then determines if they are broken or not. If they are broken, it tries to fix the shortcut by looking for the target file or program and linking the shortcut to it. If they can’t be fixed, it displays it in a list for you to review so you can decide if it can be fixed manually. If all else fails, it gives you a big delete button to blast them off into digital oblivion.

FaceWash Makes Sure Your Facebook Profile Is Clean and Interview-Ready – If the prospect of going back over years of Facebook posts to determine whether some of them should be hidden or photos untagged is daunting, webapp FaceWash can help. The service scans your posts, timeline, and tagged photos to make sure nothing incriminating is going on, and warns you if it finds anything.

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Swartz didn’t face prison until feds took over case, report says – The late Internet activist was facing a stern warning from local prosecutors. But then the U.S. Attorney’s office, run by Carmen Ortiz, chose to make an example of Aaron Swartz, a new report says.

Five open source tools to help you manage your customers – Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is a tool that many small, medium, and large businesses depend upon for the efficient management of clients and customers. Without these tools the ability to keep solid records and communication with external resources becomes a challenge that can immediately affect bottom line. The open source community has plenty of web-based CRM tools to that run the gamut of features and power.

Five tips that will increase your Word productivity – Searching for ways to increase your Word productivity may get in the way of your productivity. So here are a few tricks you don’t need to go looking for.

A six-pack of useful Greasemonkey scripts – After spending a week investigating dozens of Greasemonkey user-scripts for Firefox, I’ve found a half dozen that I now use regularly.

Add expiration dates for shared Google Drive folders – Use a script to set a time and date for how long you want to share a folder from your Google Drive.


Malware Poses as Faux Adobe Flash Update – Cybercriminals are perpetrating a spam campaign by sending out emails with malicious attachments containing a Pony downloader that uploads a Zeus Trojan to victim machines while also leading users to a number of compromised domains housing fake Adobe Flash Player updates in order to dupe the unsuspecting in to installing a variety of malware strains on their computers.

SCADA password cracking code available – Until Siemens comes out with mitigation, users of the affected controllers should minimize the risk to their systems by unplugging control system devices from the Internet, put them behind firewalls and isolate them from the business network, and employ secure methods for remote access. In the meantime, the script seems to have been incorporated in the popular John the Ripper password cracking tool.

WordPress Fixes 37 Bugs with Latest Update – WordPress pushed out version 3.5.1 of its open source blogging platform yesterday, fixing 37 bugs including several cross-site scripting (XSS) errors and a vulnerability that could have allowed an attacker to expose information and compromise an unpatched site.

Eugene Kaspersky, Mikko Hypponen Discuss the Internet, Cyber Warfare – In a video (3:07) from this week’s DLD Conference, F-Secure’s Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen and Kaspersky Lab’s CEO Eugene Kaspersky discuss increased paranoia surrounding cyber warfare, the dangers of the internet and the evolution of hacking throughout the years.

Whoops: Google indexes more than 86,000 HP ‘public’ printers – The search engine turns up tens of thousands of publicly available printers connected directly to the Internet. Hackers, however, could launch never-ending printing attacks.

Arsenal Lotto scam spammed out via PowerPoint file – The scammer doesn’t give away much information in the email itself, but only the attachment (a PowerPoint file) and you’ll read that Arsenal Football Club have awarded you a £2,350,000 prize in their lottery. All you have to do is contact their representative in China, a Dr Cheng Dingxiang, with your personal information (presumably he will request your bank information soon and an administration fee) and before you know it riches will be yours!

Company News:

Facebook blocks competitors from its social data – Facebook is making a habit of blocking access to its data, particularly when it comes to apps from would-be competitors. In the past week, the social-networking giant has revoked three apps’ access to Facebook’s API.

Cisco’s $475 Intucell buy marks another step in its long history of Israel acquisitions – The world’s largest maker of networking equipment has bought its tenth Israeli start-up after 15 years of investing in the country.

BlackBerry 10: How RIM is reaching out to developers – Persuading developers to get on board is essential for the success of BlackBerry 10. Here’s what RIM has done so far and a rundown of the tools developers can use to build for BlackBerry 10.

RIM Super Bowl Ad to Show Off BlackBerry 10 – Research In Motion today confirmed that the new BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system will be featured in a Super Bowl commercial.

BitTorrent invites testers to help fine tune its new Sync file-sharing program – BitTorrent will crowd source ideas from its 170 million users for its new Sync program for file sharing across multiple computers. Of course, the company is best known for its slightly less legal uses: Many a pirated movie has been passed around over the peer-to-peer file-sharing client. But BitTorrent opened its virtual doors to the public Thursday, with an invitation to crowdsource innovative products that build on BitTorrent’s technology. Sync is the first effort.

Webopedia Daily:

Automatic online backup – In storage technology, online backup means to back up data from your hard drive to a remote server or computer using a network connection. An automatic online backup is a feature offered by some online backup service providers that lets users select any file to have the service automatically back that data up on a regular basis without the user having to make any further action.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Documentary throws the book at Google scanning project – “Google and the World Brain” asks whether a universal library belongs in the hands of a corporation, no matter how well-intentioned.

Le Blog de Jean-Paul Sartre (humor) – I am awake and alone at 2 A.M. There must be a God. There cannot be a God. I will start a blog. (suggested by Michael F.)

Cracked: 5 Staples of the Legal System That Statistics Say Don’t Work – There is a huge difference between, say, going to the dentist now versus a hundred years ago, when it was just a drunk guy sticking leeches onto your chest and punching you until the defective tooth flew out. Yet, if you commit a crime, you’ll find that much of that process hasn’t changed in decades, if not centuries. Is it because these techniques that you’ve seen in a million crime dramas are perfect and impossible to be improved upon? Hell, no. It’s just that some habits are really hard to freaking change. And it’s too bad, because …

Convicted sex offender let off the hook for child abuse image collection – Just because a neighbor saw titles for child abuse image files on an unsecured wireless network doesn’t justify the law barging in and searching for the images, ruled an Oregon judge in the US. The decision reversed the judge’s previous conviction of John Henry Ahrndt, who, it turns out, was already a convicted sex offender.

Facebook, RIM, HP Among Most Disliked Companies – According to the news site 24/7 Wall St., these are the companies that enrage customers with poor customer service, alienate employees with bad management or ruin investors with poor business decisions that cause the stock price to crater.

Seattle Non-Profit Kicks Off Bullying Prevention Campaign – Seattle-based non-profit Committee for Children is joining up with local partners to launch a multimedia bullying prevention campaign that includes a website full of educational tips for parents, kids, and teachers confronting bullying in school, online, and elsewhere.

Today’s Quote:

“Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.”

–      Jean-Paul Sartre

Today’s Free Downloads:

Trillian – Trillian is a multi-network chat client that currently supports IRC, AIM, ICQ, MSN, and Yahoo! Messenger. It supports all of the features you’ve come to expect from a good IM client.

Avira AntiVir Rescue System – The Avira AntiVir Rescue System a linux-based application that allows accessing computers that cannot be booted anymore. Thus it is possible to repair a damaged system, to rescue data or to scan the system for virus infections.

Kaspersky Rescue Disk – Boot from the Kaspersky Rescue Disk to scan and remove threats from an infected computer without the risk of infecting other files or computers.


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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 26, 2013

  1. Thanks for another great addition. Some great free programs.
    I wasn’t able to “Wash My Face” or My Facebook, apparently the site is down for some maintenance.

    • Hi Bob,

      Glad you found some of the apps useful. Strange – FB down for maintenance on a weekend and, at this time of day. What ever happened to after midnight on Sunday? Oh well. 🙂



  2. Once again, thank you… crazy crazy stuff happenin’.