Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 28, 2010

Top 10 Windows 7 Booster Apps – Windows 7 is a big improvement over Vista, and a pretty convenient OS in general – but it’s by no means perfect. These 10 downloads improve Windows 7’s looks, functions, and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to upgrade to.

Top 10 Downloads for a Road Warrior Laptop – If you take your laptop to destinations beyond your couch, you expose it to intermittent connectivity, greater risk of theft, always-depleting batteries, and many other variables. Prepare your laptop for productivity on the go with these apps and utilities.

No Lie! Your Facebook Profile Is the Real You – The internet is notorious for its digital dens of deception. But on Facebook, what you see tends to be what you get — at least in one study of tailless, two-legged young adults.

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Graphics Card Prices Could Rise by 10% Due to Shortage – Shortages obviously feed on the demand to raise prices and as we saw for the first two months of the 5000-series availability, prices were higher than the estimated pricing originally fed from AMD’s marketing team.

Sunday Last Day for Windows 7 RC, But Upgrading Is Easy – This Sunday is the last day users still running Windows 7 RC will be able to go about their everyday computing before Windows starts with the nagging and auto-rebooting. The annoying part is less that the Windows 7 RC period is ending (it was a great run!), but more that there’s no upgrade path for going from Windows 7 RC to Windows 7 proper. Luckily we’ve already highlighted a simple step-by-step method that will allow you to upgrade from Windows 7 RC to the official Windows 7 release with minimal complications—so if you haven’t upgraded already, this weekend is the time to do it.

What I learned about you through 4 redesigns – I have been blogging on Quick Sprout for around 3 years now and the blog has been through 4 different designs. At first I redesigned the blog to have a better aesthetic look, but then I started to redesign it based on user feedback. Over the course of 4 different designs, here are some things that I learned.

School administrator boasts to PBS about his laptop spying – A few weeks ago, Frontline premiered a documentary called “Digital Nation”. In one segment, the vice-principle of Intermediate School 339, Bronx, NY, Dan Ackerman, demonstrates how he “remotely monitors” the students’ laptops for “inappropriate use”. He says “They don’t even realize we are watching,” “I always like to mess with them and take a picture,” and “9 times out of 10, THEY DUCK OUT OF THE WAY.”

Off Topic:

Liberalism, atheism, male sexual exclusivity linked to IQ – Political, religious and sexual behaviors may be reflections of intelligence, a new study finds.

A Tipping Point For Homeopathy? – A landmark paper on homeopathy and cancer has appeared in the February 2010 issue of the International Journal of Oncology. (submitted by Dar).

‘Bye’ to Braille, ‘Hi’ to a postliterate generation: Listening to Braille – Each morning, Laura J. Sloate begins her daily reading. She calls a phone service that reads newspapers aloud in a synthetic voice, and she listens to The Wall Street Journal at 300 words a minute, which is nearly twice the average pace of speech. (submitted by Dar).

Pentagon OKs social media access – The Defense Department has made its peace with social media. Long skittish about forums such as Facebook and Twitter, the U.S. Department of Defense says that it is now OK with social networking services and other interactive Web 2.0 applications.

Toyota’s enablers: An underfunded, lax NHTSA and a climate of deregulation helped the automaker avoid scrutiny (By Ralph Nader) – As the fatality and injury toll climbs — and Toyota sales plummet — it’s time to ask why the sleepy Washington safety sentinels at the Department of Transportation aren’t doing the job the people expect of them. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us”.

–    Kurt Vonnegut

Today’s Free Downloads:

Skype – Skype is software that enables you to make free calls anywhere in the world. Skype uses P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you with other users. It offers several features, including SkypeOut calling from Skype to regular and mobile phones worldwide, conference calling, and secure file transferring. You can also now share your screen with other users. Skype calls focus on video and audio quality, and secure the calls with end-to-end encryption.

WinStart Manager – WinStart Manager provides a helpful organizer designed to improve a computer’s start-up time. With a clean layout, simple commands, and useful results, this program is a real winner.

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One response to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 28, 2010

  1. jbe

    With reference to the article entitled “A Tipping Point For Homeopathy?”, it’s obvious that for the treatments that involved dilutions of “30C” or greater, it was the water that was doing the trick, not the essentially non-existent “drug”.

    Water, being hypotonic, is absorbed into the cells and causes cell lysis and death. It is sometimes used to irrigate the cancer site after the cancer has been surgically removed.

    The drug given at 3C dilution probably had the same mechanism although it is conceivable that the “drug” may have had some pharmacological effect at the quoted concentration/dilution.