Lifehacker: Turn Your Windows 7 PC Into a Wireless Hotspot – Everybody’s got a wireless network at home, but if you’ve ever wanted to get your iPod touch, iPhone, or other wireless device connected, but all you’ve got is a wired network at work, school, or elsewhere, Windows 7 makes this process trivial.
Mobile-Phone Banking: Convenient and Safe? – Handling your money on an easily lost device may seem risky, but you have secure options.
Disable the log-on screen in Windows XP and Vista – The program I used to customize the Windows Welcome screen—TweakNow PowerPack 2009—is the same tool I used to disable the log-on screen on my Vista laptop. Click Windows Secret in the utility’s left pane and choose User Accounts. Click “Enable auto log-on,” select the account you want to log into automatically, enter the account’s password and domain name (if necessary), and click Save. The next time you start the PC, Windows will start and open that account automatically.
What’s the difference between anti-virus, anti-spyware and internet security software? – I’ll start by saying that it’s a confusing mess. I’ll also start by lumping them all together as “security software”, and then point out that the confusion is really in some security software vendor’s best interest.
Don’t Tell Insecure End Users They’re Stupid – Many security breaches are a result of administrative error, inattention and ignorance. Such insecurities often result in solution providers being called in to clean up the messes created by in-house, inept security managers. But does cleaning up security messes require telling end users their stupid?
Is cloud anti-virus ready for the mass-market? – There was much talk at last week’s Virus Bulletin conference about “the cloud” and the part it can play in protecting computer users from security threats. Sophos blogger Chester Wisniewski wonders if those who believe this approach gives complete security actually have their head in the clouds.
Want Windows 7 for 50 Percent Off? Order an OEM Copy – Popular retailer Newegg has listed the OEM prices for Windows 7, which will be offered at less than half what Microsoft will charge for a retail copy.
How fast can LEDs replace fluorescent light? – It’s not mandatory in the U.S., but it saves energy. In places where it is mandatory, like England, protests and hoarding are breaking out.
NASA fires laser 250,000 miles to hit lunar spacecraft traveling at 3,600 mph – Think you’re a real sharpshooter? Hitting an object about the size of a minivan shouldn’t be a problem, then. The catch? Your target is 250,000 miles away. Oh, and it’s moving at 3,600 miles per hour.
Is monogamy genetic? Your fingers may hold a clue – When it comes to monogamy, your penchant for lifelong love might be as simple as the length of your ring finger.
“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are”.
– Anais Nin
Today’s Free Downloads:
Google’s Picasa – Peer at it closely and you’ll find an app teeming with features that do everything from import to edit to upload to share photos and videos online.
Foxit Reader – Foxit is the only PDF reader I use. It’s been a long while since I’ve run across a PDF file that Foxit Reader doesn’t handle perfectly. It takes up far less disk space than Adobe Reader, and it’s faster.
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