Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 31, 2010

The Best Free Software of 2010 – We’ve rounded up 196 (yes, you read that right) of the best free apps from around the Web in the categories of security, e-mail, office, search, maps, and more. If you’re paying for software, you don’t need to be. Here are nearly 200 reasons why.

The Complete Guide to Saving Your Windows System with a Thumb Drive – When Windows goes wrong, it can go really wrong. Worse: Often it’s extremely difficult to save your system from Windows itself. Here’s how to use a simple USB drive to free space, remove viruses, rescue passwords, and more from crunked Windows setups.

Lifehacker: How I’d Hack Your Weak Passwords – Internet standards expert, CEO of web company iFusion Labs, and blogger John Pozadzides knows a thing or two about password security—and he knows exactly how he’d hack the weak passwords you use all over the internet.

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Microsoft extends 90-day free Windows 7 enterprise trial until end of 2010 – In September last year, Microsoft launched a “while supplies last” free 90-day trial of Windows 7 that was targeted specifically at enterprise customers. On March 30, the company extended that free 90-day enterprise promotion through the end of 2010.

Microsoft: Emergency IE patch due today – The out-of-band update comes exactly 21 days after Microsoft said it was aware of targeted attacks against Windows users running its flagship browser.

Smart meters have security holes that could allow hackers access to grid – Smart meters used to deliver electricity more efficiently have flaws that could let hackers tamper with the power grid, according to a new report.

Cloud-based Mobile Apps Gain Popularity – Analysts predict a bright future for mobile cloud computing, finding that the number of enterprise customers using cloud-based mobile apps will mushroom.

Software Discovery is Broken – SEO, fake reviews, and deceit have made it nearly impossible to find the software you’re looking for.

Is there hope for antivirus programs? – Antivirus software is getting a bad rap right now. Justified or not, we need to step back and figure out how to fix it.

Off Topic:

Diagnose Your Personal Finance Health with Eight Questions – Diagnose Your Personal Finance Health with Eight QuestionsThe New York Times’ Financial Tuneup series has shaped up into a great resource for those looking for a place to get started with improving their personal finance situation. A post on self-diagnosing your financial health, in particular, asks some important questions.

Making a mistake does not make you an idiot – Everyone makes mistakes. But it seems that everyone is also obsessed with making sure no one knows about them. Maybe it’s time to take responsibility and earn respect.

Internet vs. US Constitution – Will the Justices be able to adapt, given the US Constitution is 223 years old with a ‘few’ amendments? Will government need to establish new amendments to modernize how laws are created and established in an Internet world?

Longing for longevity? Keep on smiling – If spring, baseball season and single-digit days until the iPad launch aren’t enough to generate a grin, maybe this news will make you smile.

Today’s Quote:

“For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.”

-    H. L. Mencken

Today’s Free Downloads:

Infected PC? AVG Rescue CD to the Rescue! – AVG Rescue CD can remove viruses, spyware, and other malware from infected PCs. It’s a free, effective, and potentially life-saving tool

Astroburn Audio – Astroburn Audio is a simple, good-looking, and effective CD audio burning app. It’s very easy to use and supports a fair number of audio formats. It’s also efficient, with all options accessible from the main screen.

MCE Live TV Buffer Manager – I’m a big fan of using Windows Media Center as my DVR for watching and recording TV. But I do have one gripe: Very often I’ll pause a show, only to return a while later to discover it has “unpaused.” Why? Because Windows Media Center’s default “pause buffer”–the amount of hard drive space reserved for live-TV storage–is just 30 minutes. If you’ve got drive space to spare, you can increase the size of this buffer.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 31, 2010

  1. ‘The Complete Guide to Saving Your Windows System with a Thumb Drive – When Windows goes wrong, it can go really wrong. Worse: Often it’s extremely difficult to save your system from Windows itself. Here’s how to use a simple USB drive to free space, remove viruses, rescue passwords, and more from crunked Windows setups.’

    Hey Bill,
    I tried this on Windows 7 but Ubuntu won’t download even if I had the right USB drive FAT 32. Maybe this will work out later. Thanks.