Monday, March 7, 2011

Weekly News (2011-02-26)

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You may have heard or read about the "Butterfly Effect," a phenomena in which the energy from a butterfly's wings can ripple into a storm on the opposite side of the world. It is amazing what synergy can do. I find it extremely interesting that the demonstrations in Egypt, which toppled a 30-year old government, are having rippling effects not only in that region of the world, but also in other continents. Protests in the United States have been rare until recently. Government workers in Wisconsin and Ohio have been demonstrating against proposed elimination of union bargaining rights, a solution sought by Republican leaders to handle very large state budget deficits. Whether you are a liberal, pro-worker person or a conservative in favor of financial prudence, the butterfly effect of recent protests and demonstrations around the wold cannot go unnoticed. Are we witnessing the beginnings of global-level discontentment? ~Victor


ZINC POISONING LINKED TO POPULAR DENTURE CREAMS: Many cases of mysterious nerve damage turn out to be caused by overuse of popular denture products, an increasing number of reports suggests.


ADVANCED ZEUS TROJAN HITS POLISH ING CUSTOMERS: A version of the Zeus malware that intercepts one-time passcodes sent by SMS (Short Message Service) is targeting customers of the financial institution ING in...
HACKERS HIT CANADIAN GOVERNMENT SITES: Malicious hackers who may be based in China fooled Canadian tech staff into providing access to government computers.
WATCH OUT FOR FDIC PHISHING SCAM: A new phishing scam is circulating claiming to be from the FDIC, and containing a Trojan downloader file attachment.
LINKEDIN REVAMPS SECURITY AND PRIVACY OPTIONS: YOUR GUIDE: LinkedIn is rolling out an entirely redesigned privacy and security settings page aimed at helping users find important information quicker and navigate controls...
7 WAYS TO AVOID GETTING HACKED BY ANONYMOUS: The hactivist group Anonymous used a series of simple technical and social exploits to crack the network of security-technology firm HBGary Federal, giving the company a schooling that other network security pros can learn from.


FREE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY WEBSITES: Here is a long list of free stock images directories. These stock photography sites are free, however some require you to cite the Photographer.
GET A QUICK AND EASY DISPOSABLE E-MAIL ADDRESS: If you need a temporary e-mail account, look no further than Mailinator. This free service is ridiculously easy to use and incredibly convenient.


SYSTEM INFORMATION FOR WINDOWS: SIW is an advanced System Information for Windows tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings and displays it in an extremely comprehensible manner.


WINDOWS 7 SERVICE PACK 1 IS READY FOR DOWNLOAD: Microsoft has released its first Service Pack for the Windows 7 operating system addressing minor OS nips and tucks.
HOW TO RECOVER A MISSING RECYCLE BIN: Learn why the Recycle Bin may have disappeared, and how to get it back.
HOW TO AVOID UNWANTED BROWSER TOOLBARS: If you're not careful, your browser might become cluttered with toolbars--both benign and malicious.
HOW TO COMPLETELY UNINSTALL PROGRAMS: Using an application's built-in uninstaller sometimes isn't enough. A downloadable utility can help clean up what remains.


A PHOTOGRAPHER'S WORKFLOWS FOR THE MACBOOK AIR: First we looked at how the MacBook Air performs as a laptop for photographers on the go. Now I'd like to share some of my recommended workflows for shooters who...
TURN OFF AUTOMATIC WINDOW RESIZING AND DOCKING IN WINDOWS 7: Microsoft made a big deal about this new feature, but not everybody wants it. Turning it off is surprisingly simple--but finding the 'off switch' isn't.


UBUNTU STUDIO FUN FACTS: Confessions of an Ubuntu Studio Developer: "There are two commonly preferred ways to install Ubuntu Studio. Many people start with a regular, vanilla Ubuntu installation and "upgrade" their package selection by installing the Ubuntu Studio meta-packages."
TOP 5 LINUX DVD RIP SOFTWARE: "A DVD ripper software allows you to copying the content of a DVD to a hard disk drive. You transfer video on DVDs to different formats, or make a backup of DVD content, and to convert DVD video for playback on media players, streaming, and mobile phone"
LINUX FOR MOBILE USERS: "Linux is an ideal solution for notebook users. We help you choose the best mobile distro"
UN-BRICKING LINUX PLUG COMPUTERS: "Little Linux wall wart computers have a thousand and one uses. But what if you accidentally brick your little plug server? No worries, for Akkana Peck shows us how to un-brick them."
THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO NANO, THE LINUX COMMAND-LINE TEXT EDITOR: "New to the Linux command-line? Confused by all of the other advanced text editors? How-To Geek's got your back with this tutorial to Nano, a simple text-editor that's very newbie-friendly."
5 OF THE BEST FREE AND OPEN SOURCE REMOTE DESKTOP SOFTWARE FOR LINUX: "The term 'remote desktop' refers to a software application or an operating system feature that enables users to connect to a computer located in different area and use or run its own programs as if it were local."
6 OF THE BEST FREE LINUX DICTIONARY TOOLS: "So, let's explore the 6 dictionary tools at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources and reviews."


10 THINGS DIETERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT METABOLISM: People who seem to eat anything they want are just blessed with a fast metabolism ... right? The truth is, you have some control over how fast your metabolism is. What can you do to tweak it in your favor?


CHIPSET: A number of integrated circuits designed to perform one or more related functions. For example, one chipset may provide the basic functions of a modem while another provides the CPU functions for a computer. Newer chipsets generally include functions provided by two or more older chipsets. In some cases, older chipsets that required two or more physical chips can be replaced with a chipset on one chip. [More …]


OPEN OFFICE DILEMMA: OPENOFFICE.ORG VS. LIBREOFFICE: Dueling open source alternatives to Microsoft Office match word processors, spreadsheets, and much more; which one should you choose?
PERFORM QUICK SORTS IN WORD WITHOUT USING A TABLE: Sorting doesn't seem to come naturally to Word, but that's just because you don't know where to look!


WHAT IS SUCCESS... REAL SUCCESS?: Many people say they want success. Yet, when asked what "success" is, they haven't a clue. In other words, they say they want something when, at the same time, they don't even know what that "something" is.


FOUR REASONS TO RIP CDS WITHOUT ITUNES: We recently ran an article explaining How to rip CDs with iTunes. For many people, iTunes is their main music management tool, and using this program to rip CDs...
HP'S NEW LAPTOPS PROVIDE EASY SELF-REPAIR: Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday announced Intel-based business laptops with features that could make it easier to swap components or fix the PCs.
YAHOO VIDEO DUMPING USER CONTENT: Really like that video you posted on Yahoo Video? Well, if you want it back, you better hurry up and download it.
IRANIAN CYBER ARMY STRIKES AGAINST VOICE OF AMERICA: The pro-Iran hacktivist group that defaced the Baidu and Twitter Web sites a year ago has hit another target: the U.S. Government's Voice of America news site.
UK TAKES ITS CENSUS ONLINE: For the first time UK householders can submit their census information online, starting next week.
HOW TO RESIZE DIGITAL IMAGES FOR PRINTING: As the quality of digital cameras goes up, so does the volume of pixels they can capture. These days, shooting in your camera’s highest quality mode can yield an...
STANFORD RESEARCHERS DOUBLE WIRELESS NETWORKING SPEEDS: A new invention by Stanford University researchers could lead to a doubling of wireless networking speeds without the need for extra frequencies.
AS VIOLENCE ESCALATES, LIBYA CUTS OFF THE INTERNET: With violence escalating, Libya is pulling the plug on its Internet connection.
NASA TAMPS DOWN MASSIVE SOLAR FLARE IMPACT HYPE: NASA says massive solar flare will produce pretty skies, but little else.

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