Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 27, 2009

Notebooks You Can Count On – And Some You Can’t – SquareTrade, a provider of PC extended warranty services, studied the failure rates of the most widely used notebook computers. The results are startling. One in three notebooks will fail within three years. Here’s a look at the reliability and failure rate results among the top PC manufacturers.

How to Fix Your Relatives’ Terrible Computer Drop your bags, grab a drink, and grab the XP CD – it’s time for the holiday ritual of fixing up your relatives’ computer. Here are some tips and downloads to keep handy while you’re cursing all the auto-starting crapware.

The Google-TiVo Deal: What It Means For You – Google and TiVo are teaming up for a new deal that’ll put your clicking habits into the hands of advertisers. Here’s a look at how the program will work.

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Opera 10.10: Web Browser and Web Server In One – With version 10.10, Opera has taken its biggest step into the unknown so far, marrying the web browser with the web server.

Does Chrome OS Spell the End of Desktops? – Now that Google has publicized details about its super-slim Chrome OS, are the desktop’s days even more numbered?

DirectX 11 and the Heaven Benchmark – DirectX 11 could make a huge difference in how the games you play look–and we’ve got screenshots to prove it.

A Closer Look at Windows 7 Security – PCMag’s security guru, Neil J. Rubenking, has taken a probing look at the spate of security features in Windows 7 and written a five-part evaluation of everything from its basic interfaces and the infamous User Account Control to its firewall and networking capabilities and BitLocker encryption.

The top 10 Vista sidebar gadgets – Not everyone is a fan of Vista gadgets, but Deb Shinder has a large collection of them that she finds extremely useful. Here are the ones that top her list of favorites.

10+ PowerToys that can expand your control of Windows XP – Not all PowerToys are right for everyone. But find the ones that make sense for you, and your Windows tasks will be a whole lot easier.

10 Firefox extensions that enhance security – Compromising Web sites has become cybercriminals’ favorite method of getting malware installed on computers. Here are 10 ways to beef-up Firefox, making it more difficult for the bad guys.

Off Topic:

Six big cell phone health risks – There are some effects beyond the potential for tumors or cancer you may have never heard of.

Muppets spoof Queen classic – Popular puppets’ spot-on parody of glam rock band’s Bohemian Rhapsody makes a big splash online. See for yourself.

Woman Injured in Power Tool Sex Toy Encounter – A southern Maryland woman was hospitalized after her partner attached a sex toy to a power tool.

Pig farts spark Australia gas scare – A flatulent pig sparked a gas emergency in southern Australia when a farmer mistook its odors for a leaking pipe, according to officials.

Honolulu police posting DUI mug shots on Internet – Mug shots of drunken driving suspects are landing on the Honolulu Police Department’s Web site, creating a virtual wall of shame long before suspects get their day in court. Supporters say the experiment in public humiliation to be launched Wednesday should be used elsewhere in the nation if it reduces the number of drunks on the road.

Today’s Quote:

“It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others”.

–     John Andrew Holmes

Today’s Free Downloads:

SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition – SuperAntiSpyware, a next generation spyware product with Multi-Dimensional Scanning and Process Interrogation Technology will detect spyware and remove over 1,000,000 pests. Repair broken Internet connections, desktops, registry editing, and task manager.

Vista Codec Package 5.4.9 – With this package installed, you will be able to use any media player, limited only by the players’ capabilities to play all movies and video clips.

Win7codecs 2.1.5 – When dealing with codecs, more does not equal better. Having the least amount on your system is the best configuration. This is exactly what these packages will do for you. You will no longer be restricted to using a specific player. Windows Media Player and Media Center will be able to play all your files.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 27, 2009

  1. Hi Bill,
    Nice compilation as always.
    I specially liked “10 Firefox extensions that enhance security”.

  2. ‘Six big cell phone health risks – There are some effects beyond the potential for tumors or cancer you may have never heard of.’

    Hey Bill,
    Great info. Thanks

  3. andrew

    good review man!!!