This week we learned how to breathe new life into an aging Windows Mobile 6.x device, use filters in Photoshop, backup and move VirtualBox machines, use the BitDefender Rescue CD to clean an infected PC, and had fun setting up a pirates theme on our computers.
Photo by _nash.
Do you love using the Faenza icon set on your Ubuntu system but feel that there are a few much needed icons missing (or you desire a different version of a particular icon)? Then you may want to take a look at the Faenza Variants icon pack. The icons are available in the following sizes: 16px, 22px, 32px, 48px and scalable sizes.
Photo by Asian Angel.
Random Geek Links
Another week with extra link goodness to help keep you on top of the news.
Photo by Asian Angel.
- LastPass acquires Xmarks, premium service announced
Xmarks announced that it has been acquired by LastPass, a cross-platform password management service. This also means that Xmarks is now in transition from a “free” to a “freemium” business model.
- WikiLeaks reappears on European Net domains
WikiLeaks has re-emerged on a Swiss Internet domain followed by domains in Germany, Finland, and the Netherlands, sidestepping a move that had in effect taken the controversial site off the Internet.
- Iran: Yes, Stuxnet hurt our nuclear program
The Stuxnet worm got some big play from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who acknowledged that the malware dinged his nuclear program.
- More Windows Rogues than Just AV – Fake Defragmenter Check Disk
Don’t think for a second that rogues are limited to scareware, because as so-called products such as “System Defragmenter”, “Scan Disk” “Check Disk” prove, they’re not.
- Internet Explorer’s Protected Mode can be bypassed
Researchers from Verizon Business have now described a way of bypassing Protected Mode in IE 7 and 8 in order to gain access to user accounts.
- Can you really see who viewed your Facebook profile? Rogue application spreads virally
Once again, a rogue application is spreading virally between Facebook users pretending to offer you a way of seeing who has viewed your profile.
- More holes in Palm’s WebOS
Researchers Orlando Barrera and Daniel Herrera, who both work for security firm SecTheory, have discovered a gaping security hole in Palm’s WebOS smartphone operating system.
- Next-gen banking Trojans hit APAC
With the proliferation of banking Trojans, Web and smartphone users of online banking services have to be on constant alert to avoid falling prey to fraud schemes, warned Etay Maor, project manager for RSA Fraud Action.
- AVG update cripples 64-bit computers
A signature update automatically deployed by the AVG virus scanner Thursday has crippled numerous computers. Article includes link to forums to fix computers affected after a restart.
- Congress moves to outlaw ‘mystery charges’ for Web shoppers
Legislation that makes it illegal for Web merchants and so-called post-transaction marketers to charge credit cards without the card owners’ say-so came closer to becoming law this week.
- Ballmer Set to “Look Into” Windows Home Server Drive Extender Fiasco
Tuesday’s announcement from Microsoft regarding the removal of Drive Extender from Windows Home Server has sent shock waves across the web.
- Google tweaks search recipe to ding scam artists
Google has changed its search algorithm to penalize sites deemed to provide an “extremely poor user experience” following a New York Times story on a merchant who justified abusive behavior towards customers as a search-engine optimization tactic.
Geek Video of the Week
Watch as our two friends debate back and forth about the early adoption of new technology through multiple time periods (Stone Age to the far future). Will our reluctant friend finally succumb to the temptation?
Photo by CollegeHumor.
Random TinyHacker Links
- Fix Issues in Windows 7 Using Reliability Monitor
Learn how to analyze Windows 7 errors and then fix them using the built-in reliability monitor.
- Learn About IE Tab Groups
Tab groups is a useful feature in IE 8. Here’s a detailed guide to what it is all about.
- Google’s Book Helps You Learn About Browsers and Web
A cool new online book by the Google Chrome team on browsers and the web.
- TrustPort Internet Security 2011 – Good Security from a Less Known Provider
TrustPort is not exactly a well-known provider of security solutions. At least not in the consumer space. This review tests in detail their latest offering.
- How the World is Using Cell phones
An infographic showing the shocking demographics of cell phone use.
Super User Questions
See the great answers to these questions from Super User.
- I am unable to access my C drive. It says it is unable to display current owner.
- List of Windows special directories/shortcuts like ‘%TEMP%’
- Is using multiple passes for wiping a disk really necessary?
- How can I view two files side by side in Notepad++
- Is there any tool that automatically puts screenshots to my Dropbox?
How-To Geek Weekly Article Recap
Look through our hottest articles from this past week at How-To Geek.
- How to Create a Software RAID Array in Windows 7
- 9 Alternatives for Windows Home Server’s Drive Extender
- Why Doesn’t Disk Cleanup Delete Everything from the Temp Folder?
- Ask the Readers: How Much Do You Customize Your Operating System?
- How to Upload Really Large Files to SkyDrive, Dropbox, or Email
One Year Ago on How-To Geek
Enjoy reading through these awesome articles from one year ago.
- How To Upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 Home Premium Edition
- How To Fix No Aero Transparency in Windows 7
- Troubleshoot Startup Problems with Startup Repair Tool in Windows 7 & Vista
- Rename the Guest Account in Windows 7 for Enhanced Security
- Disable Error Reporting in XP, Vista, and Windows 7
The Geek Note
That wraps things up here for this week. Regardless of the weather wherever you may be, we hope that you have an opportunity to get outside and have some fun! Remember to keep sending those great tips in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by Tony the Misfit.
- Published 12/5/10