Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 27, 2009

Video: How to Build a PC – Every Step Explained – We shot this video demonstration to show people how to build a killer PC, one step at a time. It’s a great reference for beginners and experts alike.

Skype Singled Out as Threat to Russian SecurityRussia’s most powerful business lobby moved to clamp down on Skype and its peers this week, telling lawmakers that the Internet phone services are a threat to Russian businesses and to national security.

New survey results show that men seem to pirate more music, TV, and movies than women do – at least in the UK. A majority of users don’t feel that musicians should profit from their music on the Internet, and many don’t understand who holds the rights to content posted online.

How To Rescue A Drowned Device – This Saturday I went swimming, and I had my cell phone in the pocket of my shorts. To my credit, I noticed that sad fact quite quickly. But the damage had been done. The phone had suffered not just a spill, but total immersion–submersion–and it was wet. In my defense, it was over a hundred degrees. In the shade.

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New software vulnerability: Feature bloat in Adobe apps sacrifices security – Support teams’ jobs often gets more difficult when software companies rush to put more bells and whistles in their products. Today’s example? Flash has undermined Acrobat.

Browser Speed Tests: Latest Firefox Is Faster, but Not as Fast as Google Chrome – In our page-loading tests, Firefox 3.5 speeds past Internet Explorer and Safari, but it still can’t catch Google’s browser.

Microsoft, Intel Design Windows 7 to Be Speedy – Intel and Microsoft are working together on developing Windows 7 to take advantage of Intel’s multicore processors.

Off Topic:

Need Marijuana? Your iPhone Can Help – Apple has approved an app that will let users find legal dispensaries of medicinal marijuana.

NASA finds monster black hole sucking up gas, dust and stars at centre of galaxy – NASA has found a monster black hole 100 million times the mass of the Sun feeding off gas, dust and stars at the centre of a galaxy 50 million light-years away.

Oops! Botched Robberies by Complete Morons – Though there certainly doesn’t seem to be a shortage of crimes, there are also doesn’t seem to be a shortage of idiots that are willing to attempt to commit crimes.

How Long Will It Be Until We Need Petabyte Hard Drives – Mozy, an unlimited backup provider, just pulled together an interesting graphic to illustrate just how big a Petabyte is. In total Mozy store 15 Petabytes, and they’ve calculated that one Petabyte equals:

13.3 years of HD content

Nearly all of the photos on facebook (1.5PB in total)

How much data google processes in just under an hour

Life: Explained

A Complete Guide to Digital Makeover in Photoshop – This digital enhancement of human faces and bodies is called Digital Makeover. It usually involves techniques such as skin smoothing, red eye removal, hair color replacement and so on.

Today’s Free Downloads:

Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder: Find Windows CD keys - Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is an Open Source portable tool that can be used to find the Windows CD Key or Product Key used to install Microsoft Windows products. It retrieves the Windows product CD Key from the registry and allows you to print or save the keys for safekeeping.

69 Free or Open Source Tools For Students – Whether it’s a coincidence or not, a lot of the available open source software is ideal for college students. The following list covers some of the best free and open source software from an average student’s perspective. (The list is arranged by software category, with recommended applications and the occasional short list of alternative or supplemental apps.)

Free Dreamweaver Alternatives – NVU, Amaya, KompoZer.

Driverskit – This site contains a manually collected base of PC hardware device drivers for free download. All drivers are sorted by categories and vendors in readable form. You can see Operating system, Version, Category, Vendor and Model for each driver.

CDBurnerXP – CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.

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One response to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 27, 2009

  1. g

    Life explained! excellent. we all need to be reminded of what the finer things in life are.