Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 29, 2009

The Five Essential Security Patches of 2009 – Fact: Everyone who patches is safer. Fact: Not everyone patches. The gap between the two facts is too deep for even security experts to explain, although they try, with theories running from the conspiratorial – pirates hate to patch, they say, because they’re afraid vendors, Microsoft mostly, will spy them out – to the prosaic … that people are, by nature, just lazy.

Best Free Software of 2009 – There are thousands of free and shareware apps and utilities on the Web. Not all are worth much more than what you pay for them. This story will help you find the right free tools for virtually all your key computing tasks.

Fix Slow Browsing and more with OpenDNS – OpenDNS gives your small business Internet connection an extra dose of speed, security and control.

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Amazon, Wal-Mart Smacked By DDoS Attacks – If you did some last minute Amazon holiday shopping on Wednesday evening, you probably noticed that Amazon’s web site was sluggish and, at times, completely down; The same fate greeted Wal-Mart, Expedia, and a number of smaller sites.

Giveaway of the Day – Wondershare Photo Recovery is an ideal and powerful image recovery and digital photo recovery solution for users to recover images or photos accidentally lost from PC, memory card and USB drive.

Money-Saver Sites You Haven’t Heard Of – Looking for some new ways to find deals and conserve cash? Check out these bargain-hunting Websites.

Windows Live Spaces A Fake Pharma Target – Cybercrime affiliates of unlicensed pharmaceutical websites have begun moving on from attacks purely designed to poison Google search engine results, and are now targeting Microsoft’s web properties.

Make the Most of Your New PC – Did you receive a pristine, mint Windows 7 (or even Vista) computer this holiday season? Great, but right out of the box, every computer is far from perfect. We show you how to set it up and tweak it to best fit your needs.

Reader’s Choice: The Best in Service and Reliability – Here’s the best tech buying crib sheet you’ll find. All of these companies were selected by PCMag’s readers as those that make the best, most reliable products and offer top-notch service and support.

Off Topic:

Digg’s Top 10 Most Popular Stories of 2009 – We uncovered the top 10 stories for Digg in 2009. While some match top trends on Twitter, Facebook and others (e.g. Barack Obama’s election, Michael Jackson’s death), other stories were decidedly humor only Diggers can truly understand.

Edge-of-yer-seat: Coast Guard’s 2009 Top 11 missions – U.S. Coast Guard’s 2009 highlight 11 video compilations. (submitted by Dar)

The 15 Most Influential Games of the Decade – Many games that made big leaps and defined what would come to be traditional aspects of the big-budget grand adventure, and others that pushed the reset button on game design.

Why it’s Wise to Avoid Most Popular Hand Sanitizers – Almost half of all hand cleansers sold in the United States contain antibacterial compounds. These antibacterial compounds are not only a contributing factor to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but triclosan, the active ingredient in most antibacterial products, has been shown to kill human cells. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education positively fortifies it”.

–     Stephen Vizinczey

Today’s Free Downloads:

Free Printables: 2010 Calendars – Are you ready for 2010? Ready for not, it’s coming, and if your holiday gifts didn’t include a calendar (Someone always seems to give me a cat calendar), or you just like easy-to-read, formatted calendars, please visit, were you can conveniently download 2010 calendars one month at a time, all at once, or even year-on-one-page designs. All of the calendars are free in both PDF and .DOC form, and the .DOC versions can be customized in Microsoft Word.

PhraseExpress – Tired of typing the same words, signatures, phrases, and even paragraphs over and over? What you need is a program that automatically inserts text when you type an abbreviation or hit a hotkey. PhraseExpress is one such program, and it’s my favorite.

SmillaEnlarger – Most image editors make an attempt to smooth and sharpen, and some add a bit of “noise” (random data, which, counterintuitively, can make an enlarged picture look a bit sharper) to enlarged images,. But I haven’t seen any of them do as good a job as SmillaEnlarger can do at taking tiny bitmap files and turning them into usable, full-size images.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 29, 2009

  1. I am FLABBERGASTED at that piece on the hand sanitizers!!
    Who would’ve guessed that?

    Also, another great Giveawayoftheday link 😀