Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 15, 2009

Turn Vista into Windows 7 for free – Every time Microsoft delivers a new OS it’s possible to get many of the features of a Windows upgrade in the previous version of Windows. Windows 7 is no exception. Here’s a roundup of a few things you can do to make Windows Vista as Windows 7-like as possible, without shelling out for the new OS.

Lifehacker: Use Dropbox for More Than Just File Syncing – Ever since Lifehacker turned me on to Dropbox, it’s become one of the most essential pieces in my daily workflow. Sure it syncs files extremely well, but Dropbox is an excellent tool for so much more.

Disable AutoRun on Windows XP and Vista with a quick registry hack – Don’t let Windows force you to AutoRun CDs or DVDs. Bill Detwiler shows you a registry hack the will disable AutoRun on Windows XP and Vista.

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The ultimate guide to scareware protection – Throughout the last two years, scareware (fake security software), quickly emerged as the single most profitable monetization strategy for cybercriminals to take advantage of. Due to the aggressive advertising practices applied by the cybercrime gangs, thousands of users fall victim to the scam on a daily …

Apple plugs 33 Mac OS X security holes, updates Flash on Leopard – Apple today shipped another Mac OS X mega-update with fixes for at least 33 serious security problems affecting Mac OS X users.

Intuit’s reported purchase of Mint: A fine defensive move – Intuit will reportedly acquire Mint.com, squashing any potential threat from a much ballyhooed startup.

Straight to the Spam Folder: Astonishing E-Mails – Pickup lines, business opportunities, mysterious advice – they’re all waiting patiently for you in your junk mail filter.

Quad-Core Power for $500 – The Gateway SX2800-01 is a small-form-factor PC that packs a lot of punch for a little money.

NiftyClicks: Complaints, Web Calculator, Ping.fm, Coupons – From protecting consumers and figuring out how much your Web site is worth, to posting on social media sites and finding rock bottom prices online, Andrew Lock delivers the best Web tools and resources.

Off Topic:

5 Facts About Woodstock The Hippies Don’t Want You to Know – A funny website filled with funny videos, funny pics, articles and a whole bunch of other funny stuff. Cracked.com, celebrating 50 years of humor and blowing other so called funny websites out of the water.

You Can Not Confuse 70,000 with 2,000,000 – Unless you’re a right-winger.

Two Bermuda Triangle Plane Mysteries ‘Solved’ – Two of the so-called Bermuda Triangle’s most mysterious disappearances in the late 1940s may have been solved. Scores of ships and planes are said to have vanished without trace over the decades in a vast triangular area of ocean with imaginary points in Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico.

DIY Rail Gun is Terrifying, Comes with Building Instructions – Have you ever wanted to know how to build your very own rail gun? Today’s your lucky day

Today’s Quote:

“The man who reads nothing at all, is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers”.

–  Thomas Jefferson

Today’s Free Downloads:

SmillaEnlarger – If you’ve ever tried to work with small images, like those generated by camera phones, you know how frustrating it can be to turn them into something printable. Most image editors just can’t seem to manage it. SmillaEnlarger can help: The program takes even tiny icon-sized bitmap files and turns them into usable full-size images.

Secunia PSI – Identify program security leaks and batten down the hatches with this free software.

Belarc Advisor – This super-handy hardware/software enumeration utility will even list your installed software keys.

RunAlyzer – Speed up system startup and search your systems for spyware.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 15, 2009

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