Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 29 2009

Microsoft, Yahoo agree on long-sought search deal – Microsoft Corp. has finally roped Yahoo Inc. into an Internet search partnership, capping a convoluted cat-and-mouse game that dragged on for years.

The 10-year deal announced Wednesday gives Microsoft access to the Internet’s second-largest search engine audience, adding a potentially potent weapon to the software maker’s Internet arsenal as it girds for an all-out assault against online search and advertising leader Google Inc.

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Black Hat Exposes Smart Grid Security RisksThose smart meters may not be as smart as the name implies. Technology vendors and governments are racing towards adopting Smart Grid technologies which could help to improve energy use and conservation efforts. But the Smart Grid, and in particular the smart meter part of the grid, could also introduce a new class of security threats.

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Microsoft Issues Emergency Patches for IE – Microsoft today took the unusual step of releasing out-of-band patches for severe security flaws in all versions of Internet Explorer, along with related holes in the Microsoft Active Template Library included with Visual Studio.

12 Unnecessary Vista Features You Can Disable Right Now – Tired of Vista’s bloat? Reclaim your PC’s performance by turning off a dozen wasteful features.

10 ways to turn your mobile phone into an efficient business toolIncreasingly sophisticated smartphone capabilities are making it easier for road warriors to accomplish business tasks. Polly Traylor offers some tips on maximizing your mobile phone productivity.

NiftyClicks: When Is Good, TED, Woot and – Marketing maven Andrew Lock offers up four sites that can help you be more productive, efficient and knowledgeable as you run your business.

Reinstall and Restore Your Windows PC in Eight Easy Steps – Maybe your PC won’t boot. Or it could be infected with some kind of persistent malware. Perhaps Windows puts up a Blue Screen of Death every time you type the word aardvark.

What to Do When Windows Gets Really Messed Up – “To err is human,” the old joke goes. “But to really mess things up requires a computer.”

Malicious Twitter Posts Get More Personal – A Twitter spambot is said to have been used in launching this recent attack. The spambot creates Twitter accounts and fashions them to appear as legitimate accounts by posting seemingly harmless posts like those sharing certain music they listen to, or websites they visit. The spambot accounts then post tweets directed to unknowing users, sharing a link to a PC repair tool they allegedly came across and used.

Failing with online backup – Seeking to back up 350 GB in safe, reliable, off-site storage, Michael Krigsman tried Carbonite and Mozy. He explains how both products failed miserably to achieve his goals.

Product Spotlight: Dell Mini 10 Laptop – Like other netbook manufacturers, Dell targets its Mini 10 model at highly mobile users needing access to basic office productivity applications, e-mail and the Internet while on the go.

Western Digital Releases 1TB and 750GB Notebook Drives – Western Digital on Monday released its new 1-Tbyte and 750-Gbyte WD Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch internal SATA hard drives.

10 Ways Open Source Can Save Your Business – Open source is coming to the enterprise in a big way. Besides those Linux companies that have helped move this trend along, IBM, Adobe and Google have all recently announced new open-source offerings.

How do I tell what svchost is doing? – It gets complicated because there may be multiple copies of svchost.exe running, and each copy of svchost .exe may be hosting multiple services. Why it’s organized that way is probably beyond mortal comprehension, but there are some tools and techniques to try and isolate which svchost is doing what.

Microsoft to Launch Security, Office Tools – Microsoft will unveil several new security tools and resources at this week’s Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. First up is Microsoft Office Visualization Tool, which offers a graphic view of the Office binary file format–intended for IT professionals to understand attacks.

Off Topic:

Negative Thinking Can Make You Happier – We always hear that it’s a good thing to reflect on the positive in your life. But according to a new paper, it can bring even more satisfaction to think about what makes you happy, and then pretend that it never happened at all.

Women are getting more beautiful – For the female half of the population, it may bring a satisfied smile. Scientists have found that evolution is driving women to become ever more beautiful, while men remain as aesthetically unappealing as their caveman ancestors.

Chicago Realty Group Sues Woman For $50,000 Over A Tweet – Chicago’s Horizon Realty, a property management company, filed a $50,000 libel lawsuit Monday against a former tenant, Amanda Bonnen, over one of her alleged Twitter posts.

8 Fun Green Ways to Manage Stress (Kissing is One of Them) – Want to stop stressing? Then start swearing, kissing, getting dirty, cluttered and eating garlic instead!

Red wine increases women’s sexual desire – A glass or two of red wine may increase a woman’s libido, a scientific study has found.

Today’s Free Downloads:

Fotografix – This no-frills photo editing software doesn’t require a gig of RAM or half of your hard drive for swap space, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on the features. For a whole host of reasons, Fotografix might be my new favorite image editing app. For one thing, it’s literally tiny, weighing in at under one megabyte fully installed, including all its included brush shapes and macro scripts. It also sips delicately your system’s available RAM, making it well suited to netbooks or other systems with limited resources.

RealWorld Paint.COM – If your pictures aren’t perfect, you need a powerful image and photo editor. With Photoshop out of your budget, you’ll want to give RealWorld Paint.COM a try. This free program gives you such a wide assortment of tools for editing and drawing that will satisfy anyone except those who need high-end power.

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  6. ‘Negative Thinking Can Make You Happier – We always hear that it’s a good thing to reflect on the positive in your life. But according to a new paper, it can bring even more satisfaction to think about what makes you happy, and then pretend that it never happened at all.’

    I’ve always believed this because I practice this myself Bill 🙂

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