Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 5, 2010

MajorGeeks Top Freeware Picks – I would like to….. Have one tool to tweak, repair or enhance my pc, scan & protect my computer for malware, remove specific or stubborn malware, protect my computer from viruses, check for rootkits………….

AirDropper lets people put files into your Dropbox … without signing up for Dropbox – I can’t believe I didn’t find out about AirDropper before today. It solves one of the biggest problems with Dropbox: getting files from friends or clients who don’t want to sign up for Dropbox. AirDropper lets you send the stubborn, Dropboxless target a link that they can use to upload files directly into your Dropbox. There’s no separate account signup, and nothing to download.

Fake Antivirus Software Uses Ransom Threats – Fake antivirus programs appear to be adopting some of the money-raising tactics of more threatening ransom malware, security company Fortinet’s latest threat report has found.

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FilerFrog adds loads of useful actions to your Windows context menu – Want a way to put dozens of handy commands within two-click reach? Download FilerFrog and bolt it on to your context menu, and you’ll have a wide array of new tools available via your right mouse button as you browse your files and folders in Explorer.

Craigslist censored: Adult section removed - Some who are at a loose end will find it odd to wake up to a Labor Day weekend and discover that the Adult Section on Craigslist has been removed and that the link to it on the site’s home page has been replaced with a black bar reading “censored.”

New Version of Spyware Blaster – If you are a user of Firefox or Internet Explorer (or another browser that uses the Internet Explorer engine) then Spyware Blaster is a must have layer of protection to add to your arsenal. Javacool Software recently announced a new updated version to Spyware Blaster.

Build Your Website For Free Using These Tools – Half of all small companies do not have a website, according to one statistic. With that in mind, we believe there are many readers who may need some help getting a simple website up and running. Even if you have a company website, you may know someone who needs one. Here are 7 do-it-yourself website building services to consider.

Ubuntu 10.10 beta arrives, packs tons of tweaks – Ubuntu 10.10 is due to arrive next month (10/10, of course), and if you’ve been waiting for Canonical to make the jump from alpha to beta before taking an early peek at it — today’s the day! The download page is up, torrents are seeded, and you can finally get your paws on the Maverick Meerkat beta.

U.S. Businesses Could Lose Up To $1 Billion In Online Banking Fraud This Year – Small- to midsized businesses taking the biggest hit, experts say, but consumer banking customers could be next in the bull’s eye

Company News:

Cloud Fears: Quicken Online Users Shut Down – Pointing to one of the dangers of putting all your eggs into one, uh, cloud, Intuit last weekend cut off all its Quicken Online users, encouraging them to set up Mint.com accounts instead. Intuit acquired the cloud-based personal finance application provider Mint.com a few years ago, acknowledging the momentum behind cloud-based solutions.

Acer’s iPad-Killer Plans – Acer chairman JT Wang says Apple iPad’s tablet market share will fall to 20 percent within the next few years. Apple will be small potatoes in the tablet space, he says. Those are strong words.

IBM Claims World`s Fastest Chip – The z196 processor is a four-core chip that contains 1.4 billion transistors on a 512-square millimeter (mm) surface, Porell said. The chip was designed by IBM engineers in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and was manufactured using IBM’s 45 nanometer (nm) SOI processor technology in the company’s 300mm fab in East Fishkill, N.Y. There were also major contributions to the z196 processor development from IBM labs in Austin, Texas, Germany, Israel and India.

Off Topic (Sort of):

William Gibson: Google is Made of Us – Without all that we put on the Web, and that ultimately goes into Google’s index, the service is nothing but a massive, empty husk, with an impressive search algorithm. Gibson’s essay is a response, of sorts, to Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s recent comments on the search engine giant’s ability to tell us what to do next and the possible need for people to change their names to hide from all the nonsense they may have posted online in their youth.

Microsoft Patents Operating System Shutdown – I can’t quite recall how often Microsoft has talked about a faster way to shut down its operating system. It is part of the pitch of virtually every new operating system and it has remained an annoyance that it can take quite some time until the software in fact closes running applications and the operating system itself. (submitted by Dar)

Play Retro Games on Your Modern PC – There has never been a better time for vintage gaming. For those of us who remember what games were like 10, 20, or even 30 years ago, the Internet has provided us with riches beyond belief. Remember when you had to stand in line just to play the latest arcade game? What about waiting months for a home version for the Atari 2600 or ColecoVision, only to find it was a pale imitation of the real thing?

Pew: 72 Percent of Adults Now Send Text Messages – Texting among adults is on the rise, with more than 72 percent of those over 18 using the technology, but their usage still pales in comparison to texting among teenagers, who send an average of five times as many texts as their adult counterparts, according to a Thursday report.

Today’s Quote:

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.”

-   Frank Crane

Today’s Free Downloads:

Giveaway of the Day: Fun Aquarium 3D Screensaver – Fun Aquarium 3D Screensaver September 5, 2010Bring the beauty of an exotic fish tank to your desktop! Own a virtual aquarium of your dreams full of cute sea creatures, beautiful accessories and vibrant water plants. Have fun watching your finny pals chase each other, swim among plants, hang out in schools enjoying life. Eye-pleasing colors, tropical feel and relaxing music will make this underwater world truly fascinating.

System Ninja – System Ninja is a program for cleaning your computer of unwanted junk that constantly slows your entire system down. Apart from the useful file cleaner, the program also has a Startup Manager, Process Manager, and P3P Registry History cleaning tool.

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