Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 10, 2013

Microsoft’s 128GB Surface Pro sells out within hours – Just hours after Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro went on sale Saturday, the 128GB version of the tablet sold out online. Shoppers for $1000 tablet at the online outlets of Best Buy and Staples, as well as Microsoft’s own web store, began seeing “not available” or “out of stock” notices just hours after midnight Eastern Time when the Windows 8 slate went on sale.

Outcry as ob-gyn uses Facebook to complain about patient – In the latest episode of professional emotions being expressed via social networking, a Missouri ob-gyn explains that she’s fed up with a patient’s lateness. On Facebook.

Microsoft working to unify further its Windows and Windows Phone platforms – A new Microsoft job posting indicates Microsoft is planning to enable Windows apps to run without modification on Windows Phone and vice versa.

Raspberry Pi to get a video camera – A video camera board has been developed for the popular cut-price Raspberry Pi computer. The HD camera, whose specifications are still to be finalized, is expected to be available to buy in early spring, according to developers. The first cameras are expected to come with a 15-centimeter (just under 6 inches) flat cable and sell for around $25. The lens on the camera is similar to those found on many camera phones and is expected to provide 5 megapixels.

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Linux Foundation releases Windows Secure Boot fix – At long last, the Linux Foundation fix to Windows 8 Secure Boot lock-in is out, but it’s not ready for ordinary users yet and not all Linux desktop fans are happy about it.

Egypt to block YouTube over anti-Islam film – An Egyptian court rules to suspend Google’s YouTube for a month for broadcasting “Innocence of Muslims,” according to a state news agency report.

Justice Minister still won’t commit to respecting Canadians’ online privacy – Warrantless online spying bill C-30 could come back at any time as a recent interview with Justice Minister Rob Nicholson shows.

Emoticons: Are A Bit Moody – We users of the Internet and computers are involved in a lot of electronic communication in our lives every day. We do so in emails, text messages, online chats, etc. But did you ever wonder if you’re using this media to communicate as well as you could? You know, showing interest, not boring, and a little well placed levity. If you want to make your communication more interesting, give emoticons a try.

Toogles – A Fresher, Less Annoying Interface To YouTube – Today’s post is not a long post, but it is a good one! If you enjoy searching for and watching YouTube videos; OR, you simply want to see what is trending, make sure you take a look at Toogles.

Prepare your small business for Facebook’s Graph Search – Last year, the social media powerhouse rolled out Timeline, a feature that set off a stream of concerns about privacy as it became easier than ever for visitors to scroll through years of Facebook posts. For businesses, though, Facebook Graph Search is likely to bring consumers. Rather than having to wait for a customer to recommend your company, you may find that searches are naturally leading new customers directly to your Facebook Page.

Snapchat – Snapchat is the fastest way to share a (photo) moment with friends. You control how long your friends can view your message – simply set the timer up to ten seconds and send. They’ll have that long to view your message and then it disappears forever. We’ll let you know if they take a screenshot! (I wonder what this might be used for Winking smile ).

Not-So-Ephemeral Messaging: New SnapChat “Hack” Lets Users Save Photos Forever – Even as SnapChat leaves tech reporters and people over 25 scratching their heads — is it the next Instagram, or a massive sexting conspiracy? — the app has succeeded in bringing ephemeral (or self-destructive, if you’re into the whole Mission Impossible thing) messaging to the mainstream. The app has been busy racking up a billion-plus “snaps,” is reportedly raising a huge round of funding, and Zuckerberg himself couldn’t wait to get involved in the coding and launch of Poke, Facebook’s newly-launched “SnapChat clone.” Nonetheless, evidence has surfaced that could threaten SnapChat’s private world of ephemeral messaging, bringing those innocent photos or salacious sexts to light.


Google, Dropbox, and Comcast on List of Malware Hosting Domains – The security company F-Secure recently released a list the top malware hosting domains which included Google, Dropbox, Comcast, and other popular websites. Before you freak out, there’s a very good reason for them to be on that list.

Preventing badware: Basics – Badware takes advantage of technical vulnerabilities and human behavior to find its way onto computers, websites, and networks. Any website and any networked device is vulnerable to badware infection. Even large, extremely popular sites can be hacked–and have been. So what can I do to protect my site? While nothing guarantees absolute security, a few basic practices and principles can help you prevent website badware and protect your visitors. Preventing badware on your website requires protecting three things: your site itself, the password(s) used to upload content to the site, and the computer(s) used to upload content to the site.

Security Experts Weigh in on Bush Email Hack – Security experts believe the hacking of email accounts belong to former U.S. president George W. Bush and family members was more likely sport than espionage.

Company News:

Microsoft’s SkyDrive users store 1 billion docs in its cloud – Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service now has one billion Office documents stored in it, the company announced Friday. While a billion may seem like a lot, the most popular consumer cloud storage service, Dropbox, has more than a million users. According to the company’s information site, users save one billion files to Dropbox every 24 hours.

Venture capitalists give Snapchat a $13.5M poke – Snapchat, the social-media app designed to let users send pictures and video that self-destruct after a set time — and that seems to have prompted Facebook’s competing Poke app — has raised $13.5 million in venture funding.

Google wants to build private airport terminal – The Internet search leader with interests in advertising, mobile operating systems, self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses is seeking to get into the aviation game. Google plans to build an $82 million private airport terminal in San Jose, Calif., to accommodate its business jets. It would be an addition to the Mineta San Jose International Airport already located there.

Macmillan, DOJ Settle E-Book Price-Fixing Case – Macmillan and the DOJ kiss and make up, but the agency is still battling Apple.

Webopedia Daily:

Cloud testing – Load and performance testing conducted on the applications and services provided via cloud computing — particularly the capability to access these services — in order to ensure optimal performance and scalability under a wide variety of conditions. Cloud testing typically involves monitoring and reporting on real-world user traffic conditions as well as load balance and stress testing for a range of simulated usage conditions. Cloud testing services from companies like SOASTA, Trigent and IBM can conduct a complete analysis of a company’s cloud computing strategy and provide the results to the company in the form of interactive real-time dashboards that detail conditions under both existing and simulated peak usage.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Another blog post that won’t make any money – The dirty secret about the web media business is that there’s a massive oversupply problem. Everyday, content creators are producing more journalism, more think-pieces, more interactive graphics, more photo galleries, more tweets, more slideshows, more videos, more GIFs, and more deviously socially-optimized Corgi listicles. All of that is being distributed via more channels on more devices. This creates more supply for display ads, web media’s favorite and still growing revenue generator. All that supply, however, drags down ad prices.

Really Small Machinery – In most fiction, it’s called “nanotech,” because the parts are built on the nanometer scale. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter and is often used to measure stuff as small as atoms. For reference, your typical ribosome is about 20nm. That’s pretty fricken small, as you’ve probably noticed when observing your ribosomes. It’s really hard to see them. You have to squint.

Tennessee man quits job when his tax form contains the Number of the Beast – From the Tennessean we see a remarkable instance of how strong a hold Scripture has on the South. Now meet Walter Slonopas, who prefers to be unemployed rather than have a Tax Number of the Beast.

Mobile payments are forecast to hit $1 trillion by 2015 – Using a smartphone to pay for purchases in lieu of a physical debit or credit card may become a US$1 trillion business by 2015, and some ancillary technologies for consumer engagement could help to make that happen.

YouTube yanks video of 3D-printed rifle magazine – A popular clip from the group known as Defense Distributed is taken down, only to reappear later in the day.

Apple and the iWatch conundrum – Ever since the sixth-generation iPod Nano, lots of people have thought that Apple making its own branded watch is not merely a smart potential move but simply a matter of time. No matter what some have recently argued, I doubt, however, that today’s Apple is hungry enough to create the fabled iWatch device.

Beyond Warfare: 9 Non-Lethal Uses For Drones – Although drones are most often used for military operations, they do have other uses.

Today’s Quote:

“You can’t cheat an honest man. He has to have larceny in his heart in the first place.”

–     W. C. Fields

Today’s Free Downloads:

FireFTP 2.0.9 – FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP/SFTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP/SFTP servers.

VisiPics 1.31 – If you store a lot of pictures on your computer, you probably have many duplicates. In that case you need a quick and easy to use program that finds and deletes all your duplicates.


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One response to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 10, 2013

  1. Bill,

    Thank you for the link back… Nice to see Tech Thoughts on a Sunday Morning.