Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 30, 2010

Scare up Some Fun: Halloween Downloads – Ghosts and goblins are everywhere–especially your PC’s screen. (Oh, and there are zombies on your lawn. You might want to take care of that.) Whether Halloween means goofy games, scary screensavers, or a creepy desktop theme to you, PCWorld has just what the mad doctor ordered. We even have the fonts he’d use to write you a prescription for witches’ brew.

PBS for iPad – A true gift from TV heaven, this awesome app lets you watch full-length episodes of prime-time PBS shows.

Best Free Photo Editing – Digital cameras have gained better lenses and increased pixel resolutions over the years, but that doesn’t mean that every photo you snap will be a gem. When a visual flub arises, or you want to simply resize or crop, you don’t have to shell out big bucks. There are plenty of photo editing applications that can get the job done–for free.

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10 Ways Not to Be a Jerk Online – Whether you’re a Web newbie or experienced surfer, it never hurts to remember your netiquette when talking to others in the online community.

New Yahoo Game Teaches Economic Theory With Zombies – Just in time for Halloween, Yahoo Labs debuts a free zombie game designed to educate players about the basics of economic theory.

Internet Security: Some Definitions – I think it’s important for all of us to be as knowledgeable as possible on Internet security and cyber crime as a base of our defense against the bad guys. However, in order to educate ourselves, we must first understand the jargon of Internet security…okay, the buzzwords.

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta Expires Oct. 31 – If you’re still using the Microsoft Office 2010 beta, you could be in for quite a shock this Halloween, as that’s when the beta turns into a pumpkin. According to Microsoft, October 31 is the day the beta will cease functioning. You’ll have to either upgrade to the full version or find some other solution for your word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, e-mail, and so on.

Cyberbullying: A Negative Result of Technology – If you are in the know, the term of the year for 2010 has to be the word “bullying”. Bullying is nothing new, and if you are from my generation (and prior), then you may have experienced it yourself at one point or another when you were an adolescent. Bullying is someone that persistently tries to dominant (and abuse) another through fear, threats and sometimes violence.

Police Blotter: Husband accused of tapping wife’s PC – A Texas court has ruled that a husband accused of monitoring his wife’s computer through a keystroke logger did not violate federal wiretapping laws.

Company News:

Mint Data Beta Hands On – Online Personal Finance darling Mint.com knows a lot about its users–and now it’s going to publish all of that data online for everyone to see on Mint Data Beta. The free service takes the anonymous data of over four million users and slices it across several categories in 300 American cities to show what the average user spent at a given business.

Kensington ClickSafe Keyed Laptop Lock – Featuring 61 inches of secure carbon fiber wire, Kensington ClickSafe Keyed Laptop Lock will certainly deter any thief looking to grab and go, but it’s not a fool-proof solution.

Apple Jumps Past RIM in Global Mobile Phone Rankings – Apple made its way into the top five global mobile phone vendors for the third quarter, jumping past Research in Motion, according to Friday data from IDC.

The Best Cameras for Shooting Video – Now digital cameras of all shapes and sizes are shooting video that’s not only good enough to share with family and friends, but of a high enough quality to put on the evening news. This collection of products from Sony, Nikon, Panasonic and others, are riding this video trend.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Lifehacker: How to Ditch Big Brother and Disappear Forever – So you’ve decided you want to drop off the map and leave Big Brother behind. It’s harder than ever in our always-connected world, but if you’re ready to plan your big vanishing act, here are a few tips to get you started.

2010 Darwin Awards – Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it. (submitted by Dar)

Lifehacker: Invade Your Own Privacy to Keep Your Private Information is Secure – Matt over at security blog Attack Vector takes a look at how you can easily find out too much information about virtually anyone who emails you. With both an IP and email address it’s really easy to find someone’s address, a picture of their home, their interests, and more. Note: this article is very scary.

12 bizarre examples of genetic engineering: Mad science – Glow-in-the-dark cats? It may sound like science fiction, but they’ve been around for years. Cabbages that produce scorpion poison? It’s been done. Oh, and the next time you need a vaccine, the doctor might just give you a banana. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so.”

-    Bertrand Russell

Today’s Free Downloads:

Ghostery – Ghostery alerts you about the web bugs, ad networks and widgets on every page on the web.Web bugs are hidden scripts that track your behavior and are used by the sites you visit to understand their own audience.

VideoSlurp YouTube Downloader – VideoSlurp YouTube Video Downloader is a simple application that allows you to download your favorite YouTube videos to your desktop. Browse YouTube from your favorite browser and when you find the video (or videos) you like, simply copy each URL and press the VideoSlurp download button for your downloads to begin.

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