Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 30, 2009

The hottest 10 Things downloads of 2009 – Cool tricks, free tools, and Windows 7 features took top billing in TechRepublic’s downloads library this year. Here’s a look at the most popular 10 Things lists of 2009.

How to Troubleshoot and Repair Your PC – The most common hardware failures typically involve hard drives and memory. We take a look at several handy utilities to help you diagnose and repair these pesky hardware problems.

10 Firefox extensions that enhance security – This article and PowerPoint presentation offer 10 ways to beef up Firefox and make it more difficult for the bad guys.

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Facebook Hit By Clickjacking Attack – Social network targeted by emerging brand of attack that’s hard to kill.

Software downloads: Most popular of 2009 – Check out the top 10 software downloads of 2009. Featured topics include registry repair and cleaning, file recovery, and antivirus and antispyware.

Adobe Will Be Top Target for Hackers in 2010, Report Says – Adobe Systems’ Flash and Acrobat Reader products will become the preferred targets for criminal hackers in 2010, surpassing Microsoft Office applications, a security vendor predicted this week.

Droid Battery Life Requires New Charging Habits – Droid users new to smartphones may be disappointed in its battery life. Like some other smartphones, its powerful features require new habits for keeping the device charged.

Internet Explorer Tips: Inline Search, Gmail, Xmarks – Get the most from Microsoft’s browser: search within pages in IE 8, access multiple Gmail accounts, and sync bookmarks.

Firefox Tips: Fix Print Size, Add Personality, Refresh Tabs – Learn how to change the print size in Mozilla’s browser, dress it up with Personas, set tabs to refresh automatically, and more.

The top 10 Microsoft Office tips of 2009 – Time for that final look back at the year’s most popular tips for each Office app.

Off Topic:

Implanted cardiac device testing is scant, study finds – FDA approval of devices such as pacemakers and stents is often based on data from just one trial, researchers say. Millions of Americans receive implanted cardiovascular devices such as pacemakers and stents, but many of the devices are not subjected to rigorous safety and effectiveness research before being approved for use, according to a study released Tuesday. (submitted by Dar)

Texas County to Name Drunk Drivers on Twitter – If you get busted for drunk driving in Montgomery County, Texas, this holiday season, your neighbors may hear about it on Twitter.

Study: Tiger’s scandal nuked up to $12 billion in shareholder value – The Tiger Woods scandal nuked $5 billion to $12 billion in shareholder value, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis.

Netbooks collide with laptops – Is the bloom off the Netbook rose? It is for me, but not completely. They’re light, durable, reliable and cramped.

Today’s Quote:

“Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone”.

–    Hodding Carter

Today’s Free Downloads:

GrabIt – Most newsreaders are clogged with arcane and confusing features, unnecessary to all but the most advanced users. If Usenet’s complexity has scared you away in the past, you may want to give it another go with GrabIt. It is a great, free newsreader for Usenet newbies.

Tor – Protect your anonymity as you surf and use the Internet with this free privacy tool. The Tor download includes other software that you need for maintaining your privacy–notably Privoxy, a proxy program. The programs work well together; and because the software self-configures, they are simple to use. Tor runs in your system tray. To become anonymous, right-click the icon and choose Start. From that point on, you’ll be anonymous.

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