Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 21, 2010

Windows Maintenance Tips: The Good, Bad, and Useless – Everybody’s got an opinion on how to keep a Windows system running fast and smooth. Some tips are timeless, others are bunk that always recirculate. Here’s a closer look at what really helps and hurts your Windows PC.

The Best Free Phones on Every Carrier – In this tight economy, it can be hard to find a good, reliable cell phone on the cheap. But carriers these days know how to wrangle in new customers with reasonable deals. Here are the best free phones for every major U.S. carrier.

Drug-dealing Spammers Hit Gmail Accounts – Google is investigating a growing number of reports that hackers are breaking into legitimate Gmail accounts and then using them to send spam messages. The problem started about a week ago but seems to have escalated over the past few days.

Firefox add-on said to blunt Google’s data collection tactic – A computer security researcher has launched a project designed to provide people greater privacy when using Google, as the company expands the scope of data its collects about its users. GoogleSharing, is a Firefox add-on that uses an anonymous proxy service that gives Google false information when someone uses services that don’t require an account.

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8 of the best tiny Linux distros: Less is more in the world of low-resource distros – There are plenty of reasons for wanting a low-resource distro running on your computer. Maybe you have some ancient hardware that you need to breathe new life into.

Malware Masquerading as Google Chrome Extension – BitDefender’s Malware City blog is warning users about what it considers to be the first case of malware spreading via a fake Google Chrome extension.

Google Reader 101: Getting Started With RSS – Here’s how to set up Google’s free newsreader service, add RSS feeds, decorate it with favicons, and use it offline.

Jobs: Apple has “moral responsibility” to block iPhone porn – Steve Jobs makes no apologies for rejecting pornography in the iPhone app store, singles out Android as the platform for adult content.

Google Reveals Research into Fake AV Operations – Researchers at Google are revealing their analysis of rogue antivirus operations they studied during a 13-month period.

Off Topic:

Bill Gates tackles controversy over genetically-modified crops – At a talk in front of students at University of California at Berkeley, Bill Gates is quizzed about his views on genetically modified food.

25 Consumer Items That I Won’t Even Think To Buy – Sometimes, the creative process becomes a seemingly weird mix of strange genius, lack of common sense, skills, and perhaps alcohol. The result: ridiculous inventions.

The Dogs of War: Apple vs. Google vs. Microsoft – In just over 10 years, Google’s become arguably the most important company on the web, spreading to anything the internet touches with astonishing speed, almost like a virus: From the web and search to books, video, mobile phones, operating systems, and soon, your TV. (submitted by Dar)

Invisible Empire: A New World Order Defined – By highlighting the words of people like Paul Wolfowitz, Michael Mullen, David Cameron, Gordon Brown and many others, Invisible Empire dispenses with the conjecture and sticks to the cold hard facts. This movie is guaranteed to wake up even the most ardent skeptic to the manifestly provable acceleration towards an authoritarian planetary regime that intends to control and regulate every aspect of our existence. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“Always be nice to people on the way up; because you’ll meet the same people on the way down.”

–    Wilson Mizner

Today’s Free Downloads:

7-Zip – You can compress and decompress zip archives using Windows’ own limited capabilities, or you can pay for a commercial program that’s packed with features–or you can use 7-Zip, which gives you some of the most important extras for free.

AxCrypt – AxCrypt offers a simple, free way to encrypt individual files. Right-click a file, a few files, or a folder, select an option from the AxCrypt submenu, enter a password, and the file becomes inaccessible to those not in the know.

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One response to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 21, 2010

  1. g

    Hi Bill,

    Hope all is well in the great white north!!

    I want to echo your links to both 7zip and Axcrypt. I have been using both for a long time and can only say excellent things about both programs – And the best part is they are open source and FREE!!