Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 30, 2009

Lifehacker: Best of the Best: Hive Five Winners, March through June 2009 – Pulling from current trends, popular reader suggestions, and our own brainstorming sessions, we search out the next “Which is best?”

Windows 7: Good enough to pay for? – Christopher Dawson: Can I justify whatever cost Windows 7 represents? Is it that good? Ubuntu, after all, is free. And we are still in a recession.

Lifehacker: Weave Now Syncs Firefox Preferences, Auto-Logins – Weave, Mozilla’s add-on to synchronize bookmarks, passwords, and now preferences and automatic logins across Firefox browsers, updated to a 0.4 beta, just in time for the release of 3.5—which could happen tomorrow, by the way.

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Ten Useful, Free Web Services Will Improve Connectivity and Make Your ‘Net Life Better - A few weeks ago we highlighted ten free and noteworthy networking utilities. Here we follow up with ten free Web-based sites/services (with a connectivity focus) that we think may come in handy.

Trojan Swipes FTP Credentials for Major Companies – Security researchers are tracking a Trojan that has swiped as many as 88,000 FTP credentials for organizations such as Symantec, McAfee, Amazon, Cisco and the Bank of America. According to researchers at Prevx, the compromises are part of an operation that has been in business for more than two years.

China’s porn obsession not just a coverup for political repression – The thing that stinks – to Western noses – about this whole Green Dam story is the idea that China wants to go to all this trouble, to the point of having a serious showdown with the U.S. over it, over porn. I mean, porn … if people want it, they’ll get it. And who cares if they want it, really?

How to take better vacation photos – Image stabilization, automated scene modes, and face, smile, or blink detection can only take you so far. To get the best photos, you need to know when and how to use all those fancy features of your digital…

Ulanoff: Twitter: A River of Content or Garbage? – The deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett sparked a Twitter frenzy, which led to some fishy tales, including the fake deaths of other celebs.

Is Windows Installing Updates Without Permission? – Reports are coming in that Windows XP and Vista are, in some cases, installing updates at system shut down on systems where they are configured to ask for permission first.

Six Perfect Tech Products Everyone Should Use – We all love the shock of the new. But the truth is, the very best products in this industry are new versions of old products. 1.0 releases often take bold stabs at solving existing problems. But only after a few really smart tweaks do they become ultra compelling and, in some cases, indispensable.

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