Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 27, 2011

10 things you can do to boost PC performance – There’s so much information out there about PC performance (especially on Windows machines), it’s difficult to be sure what’s right and what’s not so helpful. Here are 10 proven performance enhancements you can make to your computer, many of which are free.

Giveaway of the Day – Ashampoo Burning Studio Elements 10 - Let Ashampoo Burning Studio Elements convince you with its high functionality, intuitive handling and simple user interface. Burn CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs quickly and comfortably! (approximately 20 hours left in this offer)

50 Must-See YouTube Videos for DIY Computer Repair – Fixing a broken computer isn’t as hard as it sounds and there are many repairs someone with a few minutes can learn. But taking the time to read the entire manual on a computer can take far longer than a few minutes. To that end, we have collected 50 must see YouTube videos for DIY computer repair listed mostly by number of views. Whether taking on a nasty virus, upgrading your old system, or even bringing a laptop back from a watery grave, there are options for all.

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Facebook Is Tracking Your Every Move on the Web; Here’s How to Stop It - Over the weekend, Dave Winer wrote an article at Scripting.com explaining how Facebook keeps track of where you are on the web after logging in without your consent. Nik Cubrilovic dug a little deeper, and discovered that Facebook can still track where you are, even if you log out. Facebook, for its part, has denied the claims. Regardless of who you believe, here’s how to protect yourself, and keep your browsing history to yourself.

10 subtle features you should know about Google Plus – Have you heard about all the nifty things the new Google Plus social network can do? Of course you have. But have you dug around to see what’s really good beyond the headline items? Well we have, and we’ve brought back some small yet superb details to crow about.

FBI Snags Lulzsec Member Involved in Sony Hack – The FBI continued its pursuit of members of the hacking group LulzSec on Thursday, arresting a 23 year old Phoenix, Arizona man believed to be part of an online hacking crew that attacked systems belonging to Sony Pictures, the Bureau said in a statement Thursday.

Windows Phone DOES transmit location information without user consent – Statements made by Microsoft to the US House of Representatives prove to be at odds with how its Windows Phone OS actually works.

Company News:

Alcatel-Lucent Accelerates Broadband over Copper - Alcatel-Lucent today announced the availability of new VDSL2 Vectoring technology that can enable copper to deliver broadband speeds of 100 megabits per second.

Netgear Improves Access and Security in Network Appliance - Unified threat management appliance aimed at small business delivers new broadband access capabilities.

RIM Goes All-Touch With BlackBerry Torch 9850, 9860 - With the aim of retaining its current customer base while it readies the anticipated QNX-powered “superphones”, RIM is releasing the BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860, which embrace the current smartphone trend of all-touch screen and virtual keyboard. The new offerings are a handsome update to the traditional BlackBerry, along with an affirmation that RIM can play the touch-screen-only game as good as anyone–but there’s nothing here that represents a radical departure for the company.

Amazon lands Fox streaming deal – Amazon said its Prime service will now have more than 11,000 movies and TV shows this fall.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Facebook and OnStar face similar privacy accusations – Facebook and OnStar, the automobile help service from General Motors, face new accusations of possessing similar features that can bypass users’ reasonable expectations for privacy.

We are not in the Post-PC era yet and we may never be - Windows 8 might just be the platform to deliver the balance between what we want from a tablet and what drives us back to notebook PCs.

Dead Sea Scrolls Post in Time for Rosh Hashanah – The Israel Museum in Jerusalem works with Google to create an interactive online exhibit for the scrolls, which were discovered in the Judean Desert in 1947.

Violence Vanquished - Violence may loom large in our news media, and our minds, but it was much worse in the past. Pinker describes its decline through six key phases, concluding we are living in “the most peaceable era in the existence of our species”

Troubling Cracks Showing in Internet’s Security Foundation – The revelation last week that researchers Thai Duong and Juliano Rizzo had developed a new attack on SSL that gives them the ability to decrypt some protected sessions on the fly sparked a lot of discussions about the inherent problems of the protocol and whether it has outlived its usefulness. But it’s not just SSL that’s the problem; it’s the slow accumulation of security problems in the key protocols and systems on which the Internet–and much of our world–rely that has become the real issue.

Today’s Quote:

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails”.

-    William Arthur Ward

Today’s Free Downloads:

IObit Uninstaller – IObit Uninstaller is a tiny, portable, no-frills application that lets you see at a glance all of the applications installed on your system, and remove any programs you no longer wish to use. Since it requires no installation in itself, this freebie can make a handy addition for any technician’s USB drive

CurrPorts 1.95 – CurrPorts displays the list of all currently opened TCP/IP and UDP ports on your local computer. For each port in the list, information about the process that opened the port is also displayed, including the process name, full path of the process and more.

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