Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 29, 2010

10 tips for troubleshooting PC system slowdowns – When PC performance slows to a crawl, a systematic troubleshooting plan will help you zero in on the cause. Deb Shinder runs through likely culprits and describes steps you can take to improve system performance.

Lifehacker: DIY Repairs and Upgrades to Save Your Laptop – Too many laptops are cast aside for singular broken parts, for “running too slow,” or other problems that shouldn’t require a rent-sized new purchase. All this week, we’ll detail fixes and upgrades that save otherwise functional laptops. Today, we’re installing new memory.

Raise Your Windows IQ: Advice for Newbies – I usually focus on folks who’ve been using Microsoft Windows for a while and enjoy learning about new tricks. But it recently occurred to me… what about readers who are new to Windows? This week I’ll cover some basics for those who are just getting started. If you don’t need these tips yourself, maybe they’ll help a friend or coworker.

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Internet Explorer 9: Better Than Google Chrome? – Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 beta is fast and good-looking, with some longtime Internet Explorer issues eliminated. The question is whether it can convert Google Chrome and Firefox users.

OpenOffice.org forsakes Oracle, forms new foundation and fork – It comes as no surprise that longtime backers of OpenOffice.org are taking control over the open source project from Oracle, its new owner.

Technology’s Biggest Myths – Expensive cables are better! Defragging speeds up your PC! Refilling ink cartridges ruins your printer! We put these and other claims to the test to find the truth behind tech’s tallest tales.

Warning: Fake LinkedIn Spam Can Steal Your Bank Passwords – Bogus LinkedIn emails can infect your computer with ZeuS, a password-stealing Trojan. I know, because it just happened to me.

Obama Wants to Wiretap the Internet – The Obama administration is drafting legislation to expand wiretap authority to potentially allow interception of Facebook, BlackBerry and Skype communications.

Stuxnet able to re-infect cleaned computers – Analysis of the Stuxnet worm reveals something interesting on an almost daily basis. Liam O Murchu, manager of Symantec’s North American Malware Response team, says that he has discovered how the worm manages to re-infect a computer that has been cleaned of it.

Company News:

Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch for Windows Web Bug – Microsoft today delivered an emergency patch for a Windows Web server flaw that is being actively exploited by hackers.

Java Creator Gosling: ‘Why I Quit Oracle’ – In an exclusive interview with eWEEK, Java creator James Gosling discusses a series of issues he earlier declined to take public, including why he left Oracle.

Xmarks Bookmark Syncing Service Shutting Down in January 2011 – Xmarks, the bookmark syncing service formerly known as Foxmarks, announced today it will close its doors and delete its users’ data on January 10, 2011.

Microsoft Dumps Live Spaces for WordPress – Microsoft and WordPress.com announced Monday that WordPress will be the default blogging platform for Windows Live going forward.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Will BlackBerry PlayBook Bridge the Video Divide? – FaceTime, which Apple set up as an open standard, could emerge as the unifying force for video chat.Research In Motion’s new tablet, the BlackBerry Playbook, supports video chat through its front-facing camera. So does the Samsung Galaxy Tab. And, according to rumor, so will the second coming of the iPad. The current array of smartphones such as the iPhone 4 and the EVO 4G also support video chat. But so far, it doesn’t appear that any of these devices will actually talk to each other–and that’s just wrong.

The Most Mysterious Diseases Known To Man Are Not So Mysterious At All – Part I – Yahoo Lifestyle recently published 10 mysterious diseases via LiveScience. The problem is, not one of the diseases listed is mysterious at all. In fact, every single illness they list as unexplainable has causes and treatments which have been sourced for many years now, and some of these causes may shock you. (submitted by Dar)

Telework Myths: Why You Aren’t at Home – Despite the huge benefits, some companies are still hesitant to let employees work from home. What is behind the reluctance?

How Scientific Is Modern Medicine? – A new book on homeopathy challenges conventional medicine, which touts itself as scientific even though it is largely run by businessmen, not doctors. (submitted by Dar)

Discovery could lead to treatments for blindness disease – British scientists have figured out the key mechanism behind the leading cause of blindness – opening up hope for new treatment options for age-related macular degeneration.

Today’s Quote:

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”

-   Sidney J. Harris

Today’s Free Downloads:

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FilerFrog – If you’re looking to improve on Windows Explorer, give FilerFrog a try. It works as an add-in to Windows Explorer–right-click a file or folder, and FilerFrog appears on the context menu, giving you access to a wide variety of new file- and folder-management features.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 29, 2010

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill

    Shame about Xmarks. I only use them for bookmarks as Roboform2go looks after my passwords. Have always found Xmarks easy to use and effective.

    No doubt some good alternatives will emerge during the next 3 months. Life goes on….hopefully.

    Kind regards

    John

    • Hi John,

      Life does go on indeed. I read somewhere, one pundit, when referring to this, stated – the Internet abhors a vacuum, so something will come along shortly to fill this gap. I have to agree.

      Best,

      Bill