Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 1, 2013

Security Toolkit: Best 4 lesser known Malware programs – Everyone knows better to have a good Anti-virus (Norton, AVG, etc..) and to run some standard anti malware (MBAM, Spybot) when they encounter problems. But what happens when you need a second opinion or maybe a third?

Symantec denies blame after Chinese govt hacks The New York Times – After one of the world’s most famous newspapers points the finger at Symantec for failing to protect its network against a four-month long Chinese cyberattack, the security firm returns fire.

Five Apps for managing disk partitions – Matthew Nawrocki shares five freeware partition editors that should serve as effective replacements for the tools that come with Windows.

MTB025 is a $40 Android PC-on-a-stick – If you’ve been thinking about picking up an Android-powered mini PC on the cheap, you might want to check out the MTB025. This little PC-on-a-stick runs Android 4.0 and is equipped with a Wondermedia WM8850 Cortex A9 processor paired with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of flash storage.

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Personal Menu Customizes the Firefox Menu Top to Bottom – If Firefox’s orange menu button doesn’t give you all the options you want, you can customize every last inch of it with a free add-on called Personal Menu. Personal Menu is a bit difficult to use at first, but after playing around with it for a few minutes, you’ll be able to make the Firefox menu way more useful.

Mess with your Instagram followers – This free iPhone app lets you clone yourself or other objects in a photo before sharing on Instagram, Facebook, and other social networks.

DotCom’s Mega removing legitimate files – The newly launched Mega, founded by MegaUpload’s Kim DotCom, is taking down legal files, but the problem appears to lie with a third-party search engine.

Five free network analyzers worth any IT admin’s time – If you work on a network, you then know the value of information. Solid information leads to a strong and worry-free network (or at least as worry-free as you can manage). In order to gather that information, you need the right tools. The tools I speak of are network analyzers. Once you start looking, you can find analyzers of every shape, size, and price. But for most network admins, the free tools do a solid-enough job to get you the information you need.

Jackie Robinson Honored With Google Doodle – Google is honoring the 94th birthday of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson today with a homepage doodle. The Google logo had adopted the looping script of the Dodgers, with a drawing of Robinson in the middle, clad in No. 42 and ready to swing.

Popular security utilities for OS X put to the test – A new and concise round of testing for some common Mac security software shows significant performance differences among them.


Serious security holes fixed in Opera – but Mac App Store users left at risk again – It should go without saying that if you use Opera, you should update to version 12.13 as soon as possible. But… what if you didn’t get your copy of Opera from the official website? What if, instead, you acquired your version of Opera for Mac from Apple’s Mac App Store?

Eight-month WordPress flaw responsible for Yahoo mail breach: Bitdefender – A cross-site scripting flaw that saw some Yahoo email users lose control of their accounts has now been traced back to a WordPress installation that was not patched for at least eight months.

Chinese hackers break into the New York Times, steal every employee’s password – The New York Times has reported that for the last four months Chinese hackers have been infiltrating its networks, broken into the email accounts of senior staff, stolen the corporate passwords for every Times employee and used those to gain access to the personal computers of 53 employees.

Wall Street Journal: China hackers hit us, too – The Wall Street Journal is the latest news organization to say it has experienced cyberattacks related to its coverage of China.

Company News:

Facebook Launches Gift Cards – The social network on Thursday launched the Facebook Card, which it called “a new type of gift card.” It’s essentially a reusable gift card that can be loaded with money for multiple retail stores. The ability to send a Facebook Card is rolling out “gradually” to those in the U.S., Facebook said in a news release.

Dell buyout ‘as soon as Monday’: report – Dell’s buyout, an agreement between founder Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, could be concluded as soon as Monday. According to Reuters, a deal could be announced formally next week. Citing two sources close to the matter, the publication says that the transaction — which will take Dell private and away from public trading — will be fine-tuned over the weekend.

Google hands settlement proposal to EU on antitrust – report – The European Union’s ongoing inquiry into Google’s alleged anticompetitive behavior may be wrapping up, as the Web giant is said to be making a deal with the Union’s antitrust commission.

Apple to stop Mac Pro sales in much of Europe on March 1 – Apple today told retailers and distributors in most European countries that it will stop selling the Mac Pro on March 1 because the desktop system doesn’t meet electrical regulations. The Mac Pro’s ports and fans don’t comply with a new amendment — which goes into effect at the beginning of March — addressing safety and electrical standards for electronics, according to Macworld.

Webopedia Daily:

Gigabit Wi-Fi – Gigabit Wi-Fi refers to the upcoming 802.11ac Wireless LAN specification that will support data transfer speeds of 433Mbps per spatial stream and up to 1.3Gbps speeds for three-antenna (three stream) hardware. Also sometimes called “5G Wi-Fi,” Gigabit Wi-Fi operates only in the 5 GHz frequency range (where there is currently far less potential for interference), as opposed to the 802.11n spec, which operates in both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz ranges. Gigabit Wi-Fi products will offer backwards compatibility with previous 802.11 specifications, including 802.11n.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Five Survival Skills the Movies Taught You Wrong – CPR will save someone’s life in a matter of seconds. Tilt your head back and look at the clouds to stop a nosebleed. If an animal spots you in the woods it will chase you relentlessly and maul you. Movies are great at telling stories, but they’re horrible at teaching basic survival skills. Here are five of the ways they’ve taught us horribly wrong.

Samsung, Rogen, Rudd brilliantly mock Super Bowl in Super Bowl ad – Having got after Apple and BlackBerry, Samsung now mocks the ridiculous trademark rules over Super Bowl advertising. With the help of Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd.

Google Maps the Grand Canyon With 9,500 Panoramas – Now you can get a taste of what it’s like to experience the breathtaking wonder of the Grand Canyon, right from your computer chair.

Fishy thoughts captured for first time – For the first time, researchers have been able to observe the thoughts of a living fish while it engages in its natural behavior.

I fought the cord, and the cord won – Lex Friedman tried to cut the cord with his cable television provider, in favor of services like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon. It didn’t take.

Today’s Quote:

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

–   Albert Einstein

Today’s Free Downloads:

StrokesPlus 2.6.1 – StrokesPlus is a mouse gesture recognition program that allows you to automate repetitive tasks by simply drawing a gesture with your mouse or performing mouse and/or keyboard modifiers to fire off an action sequence.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition – With Macrium Reflect Free Edition you’ll be able to easily make an accurate and reliable image of your HDD or individual partitions. Using this image you can restore the entire disk, partition or individual files and folders in the event of a partial or complete system loss.

ISO Workshop – If you have a disc image in any format, you can easily recreate the original disc by burning the image to a blank CD, DVD or BD disc. And although this task may initially seem to be somewhat hard, proper software will make it a breeze – software like ISO Workshop!



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8 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 1, 2013

  1. Thanks again. A walk in the park is a great way to exercise.
    The Google 3D Maps of the Grand Canyon are breathtaking but certainly don’t give you the same thrill as being there in person nor, do they exercise the same parts of your anatomy.

  2. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Thank you for another excellent Tech Thoughts collection. Following the recent discussions on the dreaded toolbars, and the difficulty of removing them, AdwCleaner seems like manna from heaven. It’s now firmly resident on my “fixit” USB drive.

    The article on Macrium Reflect is a timely reminder for me to do a back up of my system – it’s been too long :(. ISO workshop seems like another good one to have in reserve.

    Kind regards

  3. hipockets

    Bill – with thanks to, check out this panorama of Dubai, taken from the tallest building in the world:

    It’s an amazing view, made possible by – what is to me – amazing technology.