Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 17, 2009

Top 20 Windows 7 Tips – Here are 20 tricks to tweak Windows 7 into the interface that works best for you.

10 Fascinating Facts about Black Friday – Like it or not, it’s coming soon. Black Friday is only days away, and the 2009 edition of Busiest Shopping Day of the Year will boast some impressive bargains. Here are ten things you should know:

Lifehacker: You’re Backing Up Your Data the Wrong Way – Time and time again, people tell me that they’ve bought an external hard drive to back up their pictures, music, and documents. Great, right? Sadly, that’s not always the case. There’s one simple rule about backups that everybody needs to fully understand: Your files should exist in at least Two places, or it’s no longer a backup—and your data is at risk. Too often people delete the files from their primary PC, assuming they are backed up.

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80% of Security Products Fail to Meet Expectations ICSA Labs says that four out of five security products it tests fail to deliver the basic functionality of their design, and that 40 percent are inherently insecure. The report says more is needed in security product quality control, but will vendors hear the message before end users are filled with doubt.

Advertising to appear in Windows 7 – Microsoft is to allow advertisers to push their products to users of Windows 7. A pilot scheme will run until 2010 and advertisers such as 20th Century Fox, Porsche and Pepsi have been lined up.

Pingtest Assesses the Quality of Your Internet Connection – You’ll find an abundance of tools to test your internet connection speed but what if you want to test the quality and reliability of the connection? Pingtest gives you feedback on your connection.

Verizon and Vodafone credit balance emails carry malware – Beware emails claiming to come from Vodafone or Verizon about an over limit credit balance. Spammers are sending messages to inboxes around the world which carry a malicious attachment.

75% of people believe worm author did iPhone owners a favor – Has the world gone completely bonkers? It’s a depressing notion that most people think that doing harm and breaking computer crime laws is a good thing.

Hackers bypass Windows 7 activation – Hackers have managed to find a way around one of the key antipiracy protections built into Windows 7. Ordinarily, the operating system requires users to activate their copy of Windows 7 within 30 days. However, a recently outlined method allows the normal notifications to be turned off.

Off Topic:

Antarctica drilled for whisky – Team of New Zealand engineers to search for vintage scotch that has been on the rocks for 100 years.

Can a bad anti-depressant be a good sex aid? – A lot of the media is touting this as “female Viagra,” but it’s really no such thing. Viagra makes sex possible. Flibanserin just seems to make it desirable.

What does it mean if Earths are everywhere? – European scientists, working at a facility in Chile, have announced the discovery of 32 new planets outside the Solar System, including several within the size range of Earth.

Today’s Quote:

“If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?”

Laurence J. Peter

Today’s Free Downloads:

Happy holidays! There are eight new Christmas- and winter-themed stationery designs to download and print from

SugarSync Free – Install SugarSync Free on your computers, then on each PC tell it what files and folders you want to keep synchronized. SugarSync uploads those files to your free online backup, and synchronizes them between your machines–including PCs and Macs.

Firefox Portable 3.5.5 – No longer a fledgling upstart, Firefox 3 is full-featured, lightning fast, and an able foe for both the big-dog competitor Internet Explorer and competitors nipping at its heels. Firefox’s killer add-ons remain strong, and the latest update makes version 3.5 about two times faster than version 3. However, competition is strong and it can no longer be said that Firefox is the fastest browser available.

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