Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 31, 2011

Still Awesome After All These Years: Eight Excellent Free Downloads – Wine gets better with age. Men get more distinguished-looking. And some programs are like perennials, returning each year with fresh blooms and stronger stems. Indeed, think of some of the world’s best productivity tools and system utilities, and I’ll wager that some were “planted” at least five years ago–decades in computer years. Take a look at eight of these blossoming apps, all of which are more awesome than ever, and all of which are, amazingly, free.

9 Apps to Transform Your Android Phone Into a High-End Camera – We scoured multiple Android app stores to find the ultimate photography apps for shooting, editing, and sharing pictures. Here are the nine apps we tested that every photographer should have.

Lifehacker: Top 10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Gear (Without Spending Extra Money) – The life of a tech junkie is expensive, but you don’t always need to spend tons of money to get tons of features. Here are some of our favorite ways to add extra features to your tech without paying an arm and a leg.

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Millions hit in South Korean hack – South Korea has blamed Chinese hackers for stealing data from 35 million accounts on a popular social network. The attacks were directed at the Cyworld website as well as the Nate web portal, both run by SK Communications. Hackers are believed to have stolen phone numbers, email addresses, names and encrypted information about the sites’ many millions of members.

Fedora 15 – A couple of years ago I messed up my laptop so badly (downloading stuff) that I couldn’t even recover it back to factory settings. Fortunately, I had already downloaded a copy of Ubuntu 10.04. I was going to give it a try but was forced to actually install it after my escapades with Windows Vista resulted in me having no working computer.

Google+ Tips: How to Use Your New Favorite Social Network - People are still becoming acclimated to the service and features like Circles, Sparks, Hangouts and, of course, the all-important mobile application. This eWEEK slide show runs down some tips and resources that new Google+ users may want to try to improve their current social-networking experience.

Internet Explorer Users Are Kinda Stupid, Study Suggests – If you use Internet Explorer, your IQ might be below average–at least, according to one study. On average, Internet Explorer users fared the worst, with IE6 users at the bottom of the pile and IE8 users performing slightly better. Firefox, Chrome and Safari fell in the middle with little difference between them. IE with Chrome Frame and Camino landed on top, along with Opera, whose users scored the highest (on average).

Security Best Practices A Big FAIL In Most Organizations – Enterprises, government agencies mostly missing the boat in proper security practices.

ISP Data-Retention Bill Rankles Privacy Advocates - Opponents of a proposed data-retention bill say the law wouldn’t markedly help lock up child pornographers and pedophiles, but rather would treat all Americans as criminals.

Company News:

Google acquires over 1,000 IBM patents – Company’s purchase includes a host of patents related to everything “Web-based querying” to the “fabrication and architecture of memory and microprocessing chips.”

CA Suite Manages Multiple Hypervisors – CA Technologies has launched a spate of new products, including the CA Automation Suite, to help IT service providers build out and manage virtualization and other cloud infrastructure technologies from multiple vendors.

Microsoft, SUSE Extend Interoperability Agreement – In a move the companies hail as “Microsoft-SUSE 2.0,” Microsoft and SUSE have extended their 5-year-old interoperability agreement for another four years.

Go Daddy Selects Trend Micro – Trend Micro Deep Security has enabled Go Daddy to block threats in the cloud before they reach its network and servers.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Cracked: 6 Lies About the Human Body You Learned in Kindergarten – Unfortunately, many of the answers you get there are lies that seem specifically designed to make the world around you seem boring. Because how else are they going to get you to stop asking so many damn questions? For instance, you probably still believe …

Future Of The Black Box Flight Recorder Explored – “If real-time stock quotes can be transmitted to anyone with a smartphone, why does the vital work of investigating an aeroplane crash still depend on reading physical memory chips that must be rescued from the wreckage?”

Three signs Google+ is here to stay (And two that it’s doomed) – One month in, here’s a look at three signs that Google+ is here for the long haul – and two signs that it’s doomed to fail.

World’s first ‘printed’ airplane takes to the skies – Engineers at the University of Southampton have developed an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) whose entire structure has been printed, potentially changing the economics of aircraft design.

Today’s Quote:

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.”

-     Lillian Hellman

Today’s Free Downloads:

Process Hacker – Process Hacker provides a customizable tree view with highlighting showing you the processes running on your computer. You can see detailed performance graphs. A complete list of services and full control over them (start, stop, pause, resume, and delete.

Ultimate Boot CD – Consolidate as many diagnostic tools as possible into one bootable CD. This will create an ISO image which you can use to create a bootable CD with your favorite CD burning software.

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