Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 26, 2010

Here’s what Microsoft will reveal to police about you – I’ve got my hands on a copy of the leaked, confidential Microsoft “Global Criminal Compliance Handbook,” which details for police and intelligence services exactly what information Microsoft collects about users of its online services, and how they can be accessed. What is gathered and available about you is quite comprehensive, including your emai

The Best Way To Customize Your Desktop: 3 Top Apps Compared – Just as you have one heart, and one brain, your Windows installation comes with but one desktop. Sure, you can change the look of this digital meeting space by applying new wallpapers, or adding sidebars and widgets, or letting Windows 7 do all that automatic stuff that it does every ten minutes or so. But that’s not really changing the desktop!

45+ Free Open-Source Software For Windows – List of some best and free open source software for windows. This software is licensed under Free Software Licenses and Open Source Licenses.

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Microsoft Takes Down Whistleblower Site, Read the Secret Doc Here – Microsoft has managed to do what a roomful of secretive, three-letter government agencies have wanted to do for years: get the whistleblowing, government-document sharing site Cryptome shut down. (submitted by Dar).

11 Characteristics of Highly Influential Blogs: Copy the industry leaders and watch your follower base grow – According to Tamar Weinberg at Techipedia, there are 11 characteristics of all highly influential blogs that will build your blog and its followers if you adopt them.

Microsoft shuts down spam network – Microsoft wins court approval to shut down a network of PCs which it says is responsible for billions of spam messages.

One of the Largest eBay Scams Finally Comes to an End – After a three year investigation and countless complaints, a south Florida man will spend 5 1/2 years behind bars for running one of the largest eBay scams in the history of eBay. The details of the massive operation include, hundreds of auction accounts, multiple identities and constantly changing PO Boxes.

New Windows software turns one PC into many – Windows Multipoint Server allows multiple students to work off a single PC, each running their own applications and using their own keyboard, mouse and display.

60 million Americans don’t use the interwebs – A new study from the US Federal Communications Commission says that 93 million Americans don’t have broadband internet access at home. Most non-adopters cite “affordability and lack of digital skills” as the reasons for not steering themselves into the fast lane of the information superhighway, but many fear or are disgusted by the web.

Many unaware of email keyword scanning – The majority of people are unaware some free email providers scan their personal messages to aid advert placement, a study has discovered. Over two-thirds (65 per cent) of surfers don’t realise many free email providers scan messages for keywords in a bid to place more user-targeted adverts.

Off Topic:

Google Street View Funny Video – Thought everyone would get a kick out of this Google Street View video. They are obviously trying to show the invasiveness of street view and they do a great job of doing it. (submitted by Dar).

Bloom Energy: What We Know, What We Don’t – The announcement of the Bloom Energy Server has caught the world’s attention, but there are many questions that remain to be answered, and some will take time.

Indoor/Outdoor Sightings gallery – Think of Poorly Dressed as a public service, here to point out these fashion faux pas so that you don’t make the same mistakes. (submitted by Dar).

Learn How Canceling Credit Cards Affects Your Credit Score – Adam Baker, blogger at Man vs. Debt, canceled all his credit cards 15 months ago. His credit score dropped just 10 points, but he learned a lot about that score, and what financial reviewers are looking for, by taking the plunge.

Today’s Quote:

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use”.

–    Soren Kierkegaard

Today’s Free Downloads:

Easy Poster Printer – Easy Photo Printer lets you adjust and print any high-resolution digital photo as a poster (which can be up to 21 by 21 yards). You print your poster in sections and then assemble the final product.

Poster Forge – Have you ever wanted to create your own movie poster? Or a motivational poster for your sales team? Poster Forge is an easy-to-use app that creates movie, motivational, and Old West “wanted” posters.

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