Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 8, 2009

Microsoft Readies Five ‘Critical’ Fixes for TuesdayAugust’s Patch Tuesday event is likely to be lower-key than some recent releases. But it won’t be without some key updates.

Ways Google Wave Will Make a Big SplasheWEEK discusses nine ways Google Wave can change the way we as a society will collaborate in the digital world. Take a look.

Most Microsoft Bing-Sponsored Search Ads Point To Phony Pharmacies – Nine out of 10 Internet pharmacies that advertise on new search engine are fraudulent or illegal, according to new report from e-fraud watchdogs KnujOn and LegitScript.

NiftyClicks: SpotRunner,WordPress, Blist, Google InsightsHere’s another batch of handy Web resources from our favorite maverick marketer, Andrew Lock. These practical tools can help you “get more done and have more fun.”

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Tech Insight: Social Networking In The Enterprise – What Should Security Pros Do About It? – As Facebook and Linkedin become more popular at work, security solutions become trickier for IT.

10 Tips to Trim Your Wireless Phone BillCutting costs in this economy is a no-brainer for any small business, and just about every expense is subject to at least a close trim if not a complete shave. One place you might not expect to find any wiggle room, however, is your wireless bill, but upon closer inspection, there’s money to be saved — especially if your company’s contract is up for renewal.

Poor Password Management Eclipses Virus Problem – More than 1.5 million malware samples were detected in the first half of 2009. That’s 300,000 more than were detected in 2008 and more than the entire previous decade. But the most common problem found by solution providers during security assessments is poor password management.

The Top 10 Online Scams – Social networking scams rate No. 1, researchers say. Stay one step ahead of the cybercriminals with our expert’s guide to the most devious high-tech crimes.

China: ‘Hacker Schools’ Become Big Business – Schools that teach both hackers and defenders generated more than $34 million last year, report says.

Buying Guide: How to Buy PC Speakers – Don’t settle for anemic audio from your computer – pump it up with new speakers. We show you how to find the right set.

Off Topic:

Social Media Sites: Career Wreckers? Job experts warn users to use a little common sense and watch what they say online.

The 7 vices of highly creative people – If you go through life free of bad habits, you won’t live forever, but it will feel like it.

Body Language Basics – Body language is fascinating. People rarely recognize how much information they give off and how noticeable it is to the human eye. Even to the untrained human eye. It is said that no less that 50 percent of information on a person’s character, impact and credibility is conveyed through no verbal communication.

Don’t Block Firefox! – A site has sprung-up recently called “Why Firefox is Blocked.” They claim that webmasters should block all users running the Firefox web browser (sorry, morons, but Firefox is king) because of the AdBlock Plus extension. They claim that users of the extension are thieves because they use websites while blocking the advertisements.

Today’s Free Downloads:

Lifehacker: Rainmeter 1.0 Brings the Enigma Desktop to Everyone – The latest release is packed with great features designed to take Rainmeter to the masses – instead of mucking around in text file configurations, the desktop customization beginner can start customizing their desktop immediately. The Enigma 2.5 desktop customization, complete with a quick-start configuration wizard, is included as the default theme to make the experience as user-friendly as possible.

Returnil Virtual System 2010 Beta – clones a computer’s System Partition and boots the PC into this system rather than native Windows, allowing you run your applications in a completely isolated and secure environment.

Windows 7 Manager 1.1.1 – A powerful software tool to tweak, optimize, maintain and tune up your Windows 7, it bundles more than 30 different utilities in one. It will help your system to be stable, fast, secure and personal!

Simple Backup Tool – Simple Backup Tool is a very simple application to automatically backup the content of one or more folders. You can specify the input folder and the backup location, and set the program to perform a backup every X minutes. It also offers the option to delete files in the backup folder that are no longer present in the original folder (mirroring). Suitable for the most basic backup needs, easy to use.

5 Excellent Downloadable eBooks To Teach Yourself Linux – So you have heard of all the advantages and geeky babble about how Linux is better and you have finally decided to try it? Just one thing, you don’t know an awful lot about Linux to get you started. How about some free downloadable ebooks to teach yourself Linux, you can download today? Would that help?

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 8, 2009

  1. ‘Don’t Block Firefox! – A site has sprung-up recently called “Why Firefox is Blocked.” They claim that webmasters should block all users running the Firefox web browser (sorry, morons, but Firefox is king) because of the AdBlock Plus extension. They claim that users of the extension are thieves because they use websites while blocking the advertisements.’

    Hey Bill,
    I can’t use FF anymore but I don’t try to ruin it.
    We never know if we have to need something again.

  2. Bill Gallagher

    How do I delete Accentive out of my computor???

    Thank you,


    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Bill,

      The following is from an article on my site just a few days ago –

      “Revo Uninstaller is a superior program to uninstall programs from your computer. This free program with its advanced and fast algorithm scans before, and after you uninstall an application. After the programs regular uninstaller runs, you can remove additional unnecessary files, folders and registry keys that are usually left over on your computer. This feature is a definite plus”.

      Download at: – just click on this link.

      I understand that Ascentive can be difficult to remove, but Revo Uninstaller will remove it easily and safely.


  3. This blog addresses a lot of great topics. My tech thought of the day is for business. Take IT seriously! I think one of the major downfalls of both small and large businesses is their inability to manage their technology efficiently. If you don’t have the capabilities