Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 23, 2009

Speed Up Everything – Is your PC dragging? Does your broadband network creep along at dial-up speeds? Do Web pages take forever to load on your smartphone? Don’t wait! These fixes will get you back into the fast lane.

CNET cheapskate: Get a 10-inch Netbook for $199 –  The 10.1-inch Acer Aspire One – First up is a 10.1-inch Acer Aspire One with a 1.6GHz Atom processor at Target for $199. It’s listed at $289.99, but the price drops to $199 when you add it to your shopping cart. That’s a savings of 28 percent.

Lifehacker: Five Best Screencasting Tools – Thanks to broadband and some excellent screencasting applications, you don’t need to limit yourself to mere static images when you’re trying to show someone how to do something on your computer. Record video, audio, and do even more with these screencasting tools.

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Google Chrome OS: Visual Tour – Google’s Chrome OS was shown for the first time Thursday, where the company gave a brief demo of the operating system.

How to Use Google Wave – Google Wave has not even been released publicly yet (rumor/Google leak: Wave beta to be released December 15th) and already it’s getting dissed for being too complicated. But it isn’t really complicated at all. It is, however, different from anything you’ve ever used before.

Parlay Your Photos Into Holiday Cards and Calendars – Use image-editing software and Websites to turn your digital photos into handcrafted greeting cards and other holiday gifts.

Technibble Competition: Heaps of Technician Software to Give Away! – Technibble is holding a competition and we have heaps of software for Computer Technicians to give away. I have 3 software packages to give away and each package includes: Instant Housecall, CommitCRM, Podnutz Laptop Repair Video Collection, Technibble’s Computer Business Kit, SUPERAntiSpyware Professional.

Facebook Password Reset Confirmation Spam: Bredolab, Zbot, Adware – Another cybercriminal group is abusing the face of Facebook in another malware spam blast, fooling users to install banking password stealing malware and adware on their systems.

Off Topic:

Prototype Nokia phone recharges without wires – Pardon the cliche, but it’s one of the holiest of Holy Grails of technology: Wireless power. And while early lab experiments have been able to “beam” electricity a few feet to power a light bulb, the day when our laptops and cell phones can charge without having to plug them in to a wall socket still seems decades in the future.

The 10 Questions You Should Never Stop Asking – Companies run aground for the same basket of reasons, so don’t forget the fundamentals.

Google Bans Tooth Whiteners And Weight Loss Ads From Network – The company has decided to live up to its “don’t be evil” motto and ban advertisers who place ads that lead to sites peddling products like scammy free trials, get-rich-quick schemes, and malware. Previously, they would ban individual ads, but not advertisers.

Patient trapped in a 23-year ‘coma’ was conscious all along – ‘I screamed, but there was nothing to hear’: Man trapped in 23-year ‘coma’ reveals horror of being unable to tell doctors he was conscious.

Today’s Quote:

“Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults”.

–    Thomas Szasz

Today’s Free Downloads:

HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool – A flash drive is terrific for use as an emergency boot device. Use this tool to format the drive. (Careful–everything on the flash drive will be deleted.) Then copy three system boot files from the root of your hard drive (usually c:\)–boot.ini, ntldr, and ntdetect–to the flash drive. Then set your BIOS to allow booting from the flash drive.

Ad-Aware Free – Ad-Aware Free has long been one of the most popular spyware killers on the planet, and with good reason. It’s simple to use, does an excellent job of detecting and killing spyware, and stays out of your way as much as possible. The fact that it’s free for personal home use doesn’t hurt, either.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 23, 2009

  1. Mal

    I used to use it, but consider it bloatware now. The download size says it all, 73.5mbs. There are better, free adware/spyware killers available.

  2. Bill,

    I just want to “Thank You” for this daily compilation of “Daily Net News”… I know it takes time to research and put this together.

    Rick

  3. Adrian

    Bill,

    You can get Chrome OS for free legally, just follow the instructions in this article

    http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/12357
    Adrian