Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 3, 2013

Free (Until April 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM Pacific) EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation – EaseUS Todo Backup has been featured on dotTech multiple times in the past. Now we bring you a treat: free and unlimited dotTech exclusive giveaway of EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation ($39.95 value)! EaseUS Todo Backup is a drive-level (image) backup program that allows you to backup and restore drives, partitions, and whole systems. On top of that, it also supports file-level backup plus has other features like drive cloning, system snapshot, and virtualization. (Thanks Deleen 13)

Tax time! We name the best PC-based solutions for filing your returns – Web-based filing may tempt you, but more complex financial situations require full-fledged software.

Firefox Updates with Per-Window Private Browsing, a New Download Manager – Firefox’s latest update offers better privacy controls and an easier downloading experience. Now you can browse privately in a new window without interrupting your current browsing session, better access and find your downloaded files, and also close hanging plugins without shutting down the entire browser.

Getting to know the new Firefox download manager – Firefox 20 has a new download manager. We’ll show you how it works and how to switch back, if you prefer the old download manager.

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Ubuntu vs. Mint: Which Linux Distro Is Better for Beginners? – There’s nothing like digging into your first Linux distribution, whether you’re a tech-savvy user looking to branch out or whether you’re installing it on a friend’s computer. But which distribution is actually better for beginners? Here, we’ll delve into the differences between Ubuntu and Mint, the two most popular beginner distros, and perform a little experiment to see what new users prefer.

How to Survive Your First 24 Hours with Windows 8 – This guide will help you overcome the most confusing aspects of Windows 8 and get you ready to start your day’s work.

Yahoo Mail gets Dropbox support to handle large attachments – Starting today, Yahoo Mail users can add files directly from Dropbox, allowing attachments to exceed Yahoo’s 25MB size limit. Users can also save attachments directly to their Dropbox accounts, which could come in handy when using a public computer.

Windows XP decline stalls as users hold onto aged OS despite 2014 deadline – The decline in usage share of Windows XP, which is slated for retirement in 53 weeks, has slowed significantly, hinting that millions of its users will hold onto the operating system much longer than some, including Microsoft, expect. Data published monthly by California-based Web analytics company Net Applications indicates that XP’s long-running slide has virtually stalled since Jan. 1.

How to keep “work from home” employees accountable – We all hear the jokes about employees not-really-working at home. If you’re not sure what remote employees are up to, use these tech tools and management tips to get the most out of them and take the worry out of your work-at-home policy. (Surprise: Spying is not the best answer.)

Do’s and don’ts for using Android in business – While it’s important to remember that the use of Google Android software in the enterprise is still a comparatively young phenomenon, there are a few general guidelines that businesses looking to use the platform would do well to remember.


TDoS attacks target US emergency call centers – The FBI and DHS are seeing dozens of attacks on ambulance and hospital communication lines as extortionists demand $5,000 for supposedly unpaid payday loans.

How you may have inadvertently participated in recent DDoS attacks – The botnets driving the recent distributed denial of service attacks are powered by millions of infected computers. Their coordinated flood of requests overwhelms the Internet’s DNS servers, slowing them down and even knocking the servers offline. The long-term solution for site operators and visitors alike may rely on reluctant ISPs working together.

Mobile device security in the US military comes under fire – A recent report by the US Inspector General revealed staggering flaws in the US military’s management of mobile devices, and a severe lack of basic IT security protection in place for such devices.

Company News:

Microsoft launches special Chinese version of Surface Pro aimed at home users – Microsoft is hoping to build momentum behind its Surface Pro tablet in China by launching a special edition including Office Home & Student 2013—but with Windows 8 Standard, rather than Windows 8 Pro.

Microsoft Store slashes prices on Windows 8 tablets, hybrids – Microsoft is implementing pretty stiff price cuts on some laptop-tablet hybrids. Is this just the beginning?

Europe continues privacy tussle with Google – Six countries launch “coordinated and simultaneous enforcement actions” against the company over changes made to its privacy policy in 2012 that let Google combine personal data across multiple products.

How T-Mobile’s new service plans could change the industry – T-Mobile’s no-contracts, no-subsidy plans could lead to more device interoperability and lower prices on handsets across the industry.

Intel, Cisco strike chip deal, Intel official reportedly says – Intel and Cisco have reportedly signed a chipmaking deal, according to a report quoting an Intel official in Korea.

Dump your HP stock. And now – Goldman Sachs, the outfit which gave such sterling advice during the subprime mortgage scandal, has warned shareholders to dump HP stock.

Webopedia Daily:

Small business server – A small business server is typically a low-end server designed to be affordable and manageable in a small business environment. Small Business servers are suitable for one to dozens of employees and may come pre-installed with the software needed to run the server. A small business one server is often used to manage multiple network services including email, threat management, Internet connectivity, file and printer sharing, remote access and data backups. Small business servers differ from servers used in large corporations and data centers, which are often dedicated to perform a primary task. Multiple dedicated servers (such as print servers, Web servers or database servers) perform no other function apart from their designated task.

Games and Entertainment:

Zynga starts real money gambling games April 3 – The social-gaming company will officially roll the dice on gambling dollars this week.

Can Ouya take on the PS4 and Xbox 720 (Next)? – The $99 Android-powered Ouya console boasts a definite advantage over its console rivals in terms of price, but can it effectively compete against powerful next-gen systems like Sony’s Playstation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft’s Xbox 720 (Next)?

Why the Windows Store has so few indie games – Why can’t Microsoft gain traction with small gaming studios? Software tools and even philosophical differences play pivotal roles.

Game of Thrones and Walking Dead go FTW – One show ends, another begins, and both have brought in insane ratings numbers. But this shouldn’t be a shock with The Walking Dead, which made TV history in its season three debut, and Game of Thrones, which was sure to have a huge third season debut.

A closer look at Nvidia’s Project Shield – Nvidia’s Project Shield can best be described as an Android-powered mobile console that is also capable of streaming games from a Windows PC.

Off Topic (Sort of):

16 Completely Unnecessary Gadgets – Ever thought you’d buy a gadget that required taking out a mortgage? What about one so ridiculous no one would ever want it? Here’s our collection of the most unnecessary tech toys currently on the market.

The Psychology of Language: Are Some Words More Persuasive Than Others? – What’s actually going on in the brain when it processes language? And if words affect the mind in different ways, are some more persuasive than others?

Project stores 3D images of world historic sites in limestone mine – When some of Iraq’s most historic sites were destroyed by war, Ben Kacyra decided to sell his civil engineering company and start a nonprofit in 2003 with the mission of digitally preserving cultural heritage sites throughout the world with 3D laser imaging. Kacyra, an Iraqi-born U.S. citizen, is providing the open access to those images through his organization, CyArk (short for Cyber Ark).

How Big Data changes the game for non-profits – Big Data projects for non-profits are providing answers to problems that were previously considered to be almost insurmountable.

The Internet Will Literally Kill You By 2014, Predicts Security Firm – In a self-described bold move, the security firm Internet Identity released a statement this week in which it prognosticated that the Internet will become a murder weapon by 2014. The predictions read like some kind of cyberpunk nightmare, with Internet Identity (IID) president and CTO Rod Rasmussen writing that the increased connectivity of vehicles and medical devices will eventually allow fiends to kill via their Internet connection. IID points to remotely operated pacemakers and self-driving cars that could be hijacked.

Why Not Apologizing Makes You Feel Better – To err is human. So is refusing to apologize for those errors. Parents, educators and even public relations flacks have talked at length about the value of coming clean, and there is abundant research on the psychological value of apologizing. But psychologists recently decided to take a new tack: If so many people don’t like to do it, there must be psychological value in not apologizing, too.

Today’s Quote:

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

–      Neil Armstrong

Today’s Free Downloads:

Recuva Portable – Recuva (pronounced “recover”) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error.

SlimDrivers – SlimDrivers uses crowd-sourcing to spider and aggregate millions of devices. Using our cloud-based system, SlimDrivers not only detects when a driver needs updating, but also identifies the proper executable for your system and initiates the driver install automatically.

LinuxLive USB Creator 2.8.20 – LiLi USB Creator is a handy, easy to use application designed to enable you to create a bootable Live USB key with a Linux on it. This software also offers an exclusive option of automatic virtualization to directly run Linux in Windows without any configuration nor installation.



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6 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 3, 2013

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill and delenn13,

    Thanks for the link to Easeus Todo, which I have downloaded. Will give it a go to see how it compares to Macrium Reflect, my backup software of choice.

    Kind regards

  2. delenn13

    Hi John,

    Be a Gem and let us know what you think. I have used Macrium Reflect before and I can’t for the life of me remember if I liked it. So I am gonna take a leap of faith here and say…It’s OK. I usually remember the really bad ones or the really good ones.

    • John Bent

      Hi delenn13,

      I have been using Macrium Reflect for a couple of years and find it does the job for me. I only have the free version which does not allow incremental or differential backups. Other than that, I find it very easy to use. I’m still using it currently as I’ve yet to get round to exploring Easeus ToDo.

      Hope that helps,

      Kind regards,

  3. delenn13

    Hi John,

    Yes, using 2 backup programs can be confusing. I think I lost Macrium Reflect in a reformat. I had the Pro from GOTD. Then I got Easeus ToDo.



    PS Thanks for spelling my nick correctly. 🙂