Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 31, 2009

Snow Leopard Is a Pale Imitation of Windows 7 – Let’s wade through Apple’s laundry list of borrowed features and derivative works in the new Mac OS.

64-bit Snow Leopard defaults to 32-bit kernel – Apple’s Snow Leopard operating system, released Friday, by default loads with a 32-bit kernel, despite running 64-bit applications. While Mac OS X version 10.6 ships with a number of 64-bit native applications, the kernel itself defaults to 32-bit, unless the user holds down the “6” and “4” keys during boot time, at which point the 64-bit kernel is loaded. Only Apple’s X-Serve products, using Snow Leopard Server, boot into a 64-bit kernel by default.

Lifehacker: Five Best Disk Defragmenters – Your computer’s a busy beaver, rapidly accessing and utilizing files all in the name of bringing you what you want, when you want it. Sometimes it needs a little help tidying up, and that’s where these five disk defragmenters come in.

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FontCapture Turns Your Handwriting into a Font – If you’ve got a few minutes, stylish script, and a scanner, FontCapture can turn your handwriting into a font. That keeps all your mad-scientist notes on the computer, yet still gives them that essential lab bench grit.

Can You Trust Free Antivirus Software? – Lots of companies offer software that s supposed to stop worms, viruses, and other malware for free. We tested nine such security programs to find the ones you can really depend on.

Why Macs Can’t Beat PCs with Windows 7 – Apple’s heyday of picking on Windows is over, and it can no longer claim its OS is better than Windows 7 — here are 5 reasons why.

Thanks, Canada: Facebook’s 4 Big Privacy Fixes – Canadian courts are pushing Facebook to clarify and enforce privacy issues that we should’ve demanded earlier — but we still have a wish list.

12 Tips for Making Google Gmail, Google Apps Easier to Use – More than 37 million people visited Google’s Gmail application in July, but how many of these users know that they can control Gmail without pointing and clicking with the mouse. Similarly, millions of users, including 1.75 million businesses, use Google Apps services. This includes Google Docs, Calendar, Sites and Talk. Many of these users may not realize how easy it is to share content with fellow collaborators.

Off Topic:

51% Rate Alcohol More Dangerous Than Marijuana – Pot or not, that is the question – Fifty-one percent (51%) of American adults say alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 19% disagree and say pot is worse.

Blackwater Founder Accused in Court of Intent to Kill – The founder of Blackwater USA deliberately caused the deaths of innocent civilians in a series of shootings in Iraq, attorneys for Iraqis suing the security contractor told a federal judge Friday. The attorneys singled out Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL who is the company’s owner, for blame in the deaths of more than 20 Iraqis between 2005 and 2007.

San Francisco, 1941 [PICS] view! – Taken by a man on his trip to the city in 1941. Enjoy the trip back in time.

Today’s Free Downloads:

SenderOK Beta – SenderOK can help you carve a path through the e-mail burying you. It integrates into Outlook 2003 and 2007, and also works as a browser add-on for Web-based mail services such as Gmail and Hotmail. SenderOK works by sorting your incoming mail by their importance, ranging from Routine to Important to VIP. If you use multiple e-mail services, it can help you cut through the clutter on all of them.

Motherboard Monitor – Is your PC getting toasty? Is your CPU getting charred and your motherboard melting? Okay, I’m exaggerating, but if your components are reaching a potentially damaging temperature, Motherboard Monitor can let you know. This free program monitors and reports on the temperatures inside your PC case using the built-in sensors on the processor and motherboard. If things get too warm, it can sound an alarm and automatically shut your PC down before anything gets damaged.

Use a Tilt-Shift Image Editor to Simulate Miniatures – Add the “dollhouse effect” to your digital photos with free image editing software.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 31, 2009

  1. jack

    very nice info…let me add my 2 cents to this blog by sharing a really good resource of mac applications at http://appslog.com/blog/1-blog/820-huge-list-of-very-useful-mac-applications.html

    they have hosted a huge list for mac users.