Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 2, 2010

Fix slow workstations with this tune-up checklist – Optimizing a slow-performing system requires a number of diagnostic and repair steps, often with interruptions along the way. This basic checklist will help you cover all the bases.

What’s the Registry, Should I Clean It, and What’s the Point? – There’s nothing more mysterious on a Windows PC than the Registry, and today we’ll explain exactly what it is, how it works, and whether you should bother cleaning it. We’ll also go about debunking a few widespread registry myths along the way.

Microsoft warns about rogue Security Essentials scareware – For those of us who regularly work with malware-infested machine as part of our jobs, rogue anti-malware software is absolutely nothing new. In Windows XP in particular, rogue software often portrays itself as Windows Security Center (while disabling the actual Security Center) to provide false warnings to users about (usually) non-existent virus and spyware infections.

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Windows 7 Release Candidate Shutdown Hell Begins – As of Monday, the free “Release Candidate,” or RC, of Windows 7 will start to automatically shut down every two hours to warn users that the RC will completely expire on June 1.

Ebook: Turn Your E-Commerce Site into a Business – Almost anyone can be up and running selling products online in minutes, but to truly succeed you need think beyond the e-commerce site and build a business. Download this Internet.com eBook for advice on every step of the process, from building an e-commerce site to marketing your products and protecting against fraud. (Registration required).

Tax season is nigh – If you’ve been putting off your taxes, we’ve got a guide to get you through this annual ordeal. We took a look at both the online and desktop versions of three do-it-yourself tax prep applications.

Video: Create and configure Windows 7 HomeGroup – Bill Detwiler provides a brief tutorial on setting up a Windows 7 homegroup and using it to share files.

Cybercriminals use story of the Sea World killer whale attack to spread malware – News of the death of Dawn Brancheau, the trainer at Sea World who was killed by a killer whale, sped quickly around the world, and now sick cybercriminals are exploiting the story of her death for their own commercial gain.

Off Topic:

The Bootie Muffler – Product Idea – The Butt Muffler – a tube that you could insert between your checks whenever you needed to blast one out. It would cover the distance from your anus to the outside world. That distance would vary. For some of us, it would be a long way indeed. For others, not so far. Therefore, the tube would need to be adjustable – telescoping.

Great British monsters – Where else to start but with George and his dragon? We know the story’s technically set in Libya but because George is the patron saint of England this fire breathing nasty and its nemesis come in at the top. (submitted by Dar).

Facebook Flirts Beware: Study Shows Women Aren’t Amused – A quarter of women would dump their boyfriend for flirting with other web users on social networks such as Facebook, says MyVoucherCodes.

Americans Prefer Online News After TV, Report Finds – New insight into how Americans get news shows most of us are not loyal to one news organization and consume information from a myriad of platforms.

Is Stupid the New Black? – When did it become fashionable to be stupid? Or rather, when did it become acceptable, or profitable, expected, or newsworthy? Because these days, I feel overwhelmed by stupidity: stupid behavior, stupid decisions, and then stupid excuses.

Today’s Quote:

“It seems to me, Golan, that the advance of civilization is nothing but an exercise in limiting of privacy”.

–    Isaac Asimov (Janov Pelorat in “Foundation’s Edge”)

Today’s Free Downloads:

FreePrintable.net Business Cards: Full-color designs are intended for specific industries, including small businesses and home-based businesses. There are now 355 business card designs at the site.

SpiderOak – SpiderOak is wonderfully useful for backing up and sharing documents and media, with other nice features like access to your files via the Web, backup of multiple PCs, and long-term retention of previous versions of files.

McAfee SiteAdvisor for Firefox – This Firefox browser plug-in alerts you to risky Web search results.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 2, 2010

  1. i like using the FreePrintable.net site for most of my works

    • Bill Mullins

      I agree – FreePrintable has something for everyone, including children, which I think is very cool.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Bill