Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 30, 2011

The Best Free Software of 2011 – Got Windows? These 208 free products are yours to download and install to help you with just about any computing job you can imagine.

Lifehacker: How Can I Diagnose and Fix My Slow Computer? – My computer’s feeling a little sluggish lately and I want to boost its performance if possible. I see ads all the time for PC optimization programs, but they all look spammy. Are there any easy and reliable tools I can use to check my PC and tune it up?

Google Enables Gmail Two-Factor Security in 150 Countries – Nearly six months after first introducing two-step verification for its Gmail service, Google has expanded the security feature to users outside the English-speaking world, opening it up to people in more than 150 countries.

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What You Need to Know About the Internet Snooping Bill (and How You Can Protect Yourself) – On Thursday, the US House of Representatives approved an internet snooping bill that requires internet service providers (ISPs) to keep records of customer activity for a year so police can review them as needed. Here’s what this bill means for you and what you can do about it.

Conficker found on external HD devices on sale – Australian supermarket chain ALDI might seem like the last place where one can pick up a Conficker infection, but according to an emergency security alert by the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team, the worm has been discovered on a Fission External 4-in-1 Hard Drive/DVD/USB/Card Reader product the stores offer for sale.

Just how stupid are IE users? – A Canadian psychometric company declares after a study that those who use IE6 are the least intelligent of all. The next least intelligent? IE7 users. However, IE9 users are dumber than those of IE8.

“Wrong hotel transaction” spam bombards victims with malware – A particularly malicious spam run consisting of emails ostensibly sent by reception desk managers of various hotels has been targeting Visa users.

Stanford researcher exposes Microsoft’s Wi-Fi database – To pressure Microsoft to curb access to its geolocation database, researcher creates Web page that lets people send queries based on their–or someone else’s–computer’s unique Wi-Fi address.

Company News:

AT&T says it will throttle heavy data users – The measures take effect on October 1 and will apply to the top 5 percent of heaviest data users still on an unlimited plan for its wireless network.

Adobe releases long list of Lion, Safari compatibility issues – Adobe Systems recently released a list of problems with Apple’s Mac OS X 10.7 release, a k a Lion. Many products are also incompatible with the new 5.1 version of Safari and its handling of Java.

Spotify already slapped with patent infringement lawsuit – Spotify has only been available in the United States for a couple of weeks, and it has already been hit with a lawsuit.

Microsoft to pay Alcatel $70M in patent ruling – A jury has decided that Microsoft must pay Alcatel-Lucent $70 million in damages for infringing on the company’s patent in its Outlook software.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Woman injured having sex on business trip wants workers compensation – An Australian public servant says she is entitled to workers compensation after she was injured while having sex in a motel room during a business trip. The woman claims she suffered a psychiatric injury, as well as injuries to her mouth and nose, when a glass light fitting in her room smashed down onto her head while she was having sex with an “acquaintance.”

Lifehacker: Basic Self-Defense Moves Anyone Can Do (and Everyone Should Know) – Would you be able to defend yourself and your loved ones if someone were to physically attack you? It’s a question most of us don’t want to consider, but violence is, unfortunately, a fact of life. Thankfully, regardless of strength, size, or previous training, anyone can learn several effective self-defense techniques. Here’s how to prepare for and stay safe in common real-world violent situations.

Video: The G-Mailman – The video pokes fun at Gmail’s keyword advertising and Google’s lack of respect for user privacy as a “GMailman” browses through emails to find keywords and create personalized and “unsolicited” ads. It ends saying: “Your email is your business. Google makes it theirs.” (submitted by Michael F.)

10 things you should never say on the job – Ever had one of those heart-stopping moments when you realize you’ve said just the wrong thing at work? Here are some guidelines to keep that from happening again.

Today’s Quote:

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny …”

-    Isaac Asimov

Today’s Free Downloads:

SuperRam – SuperRam increases computer performance by freeing wasted memory back to your computer. By optimizing memory utilization your computer will operate at stable speeds and never run out of memory.

Where’s My PC!? – Where’s My PC!? is a simple utility designed to help locate lost or stolen computers. It works by registering the computers IP address in a database at user defined intervals. The user can then access the database remotely via the portal on SurviveTheApocalypse.org.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 30, 2011

  1. Georg Lechner

    Hi Bill,

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    Download it all from
    http://www.iobit.com/download.html
    and enjoy all the free utilities that are included.

    All the best

    Georg