Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 1, 2010

10 open source Windows apps worth checking out – The open source community has a lot to offer, and not just to Linux users. These 10 outstanding Windows tools can make your life easier (for free).

RAM Upgrade: How To Upgrade Your Memory – Upgrading your system memory isn’t hard or scary (trust me, I recently did my own upgrade). However, if you’re a little tentative about opening your PC case and digging in, this primer should give you solace. It walks you through preparation and installation. In the end, you’ll have a faster PC and a bit more geek cred.

Software License Giveaway: TuneUp Utilities 2010 – To enter the drawing, simply click on “comment”, and enter a name and valid e-mail (so I can send you the key) in the form.

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Lifehacker: Use Virtual Desktops to Create Instant Focus – If you have a ton of applications and files open but you want to focus on a single thing without the hassle of shutting the rest of the apps and files down, use a virtual desktop.

Ubuntu LTS Lucid Lynx to ship with hundreds of applications – When the next version of Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) ships tomorrow there will be hundreds of open source applications ready for it, Canonical has announced.

Review: Ubuntu 10.04 (“Lucid Lynx”) – Version 10.4, the open platform is edging closer to looking and acting like an OS than anyone can use (even Windows and Mac stalwarts). ExtrremeTech has a hands-on report.

Be Aware of Scareware – Don’t be a victim of black-hat scam artists by allowing your computer to become infected with Scareware.

Video: Troubleshoot Windows blue screen of death (BSOD) with WinDbg – Bill Detwiler shows you how to troubleshoot Windows blue screen of death (BSOD) errors using Microsoft’s own WinDbg debugger tool.

Which is the Real ZeuS Botnet? – Amongst some others the Zeus bot is one of the most prolific bots in the wild and in the media. Lately there has been quite a few reports on the aspects surrounding Zeus, such as new research and the Troyak takedown.

New Flaw Found in Microsoft SharePoint – There is a cross-site scripting flaw in SharePoint 2007, Microsoft’s collaboration product, which could give an attacker the ability to execute arbitrary JavaScript code on a machine through a browser.

Can a Hacker Guess Your Passwords? – We use passwords so often that it’s easy to lose sight of just how critical a password really is: one of the best defenses we have against cybercrime is often the one we take the least seriously.

Logitech Plans to Bring Video Calls to Living Room – Logitech said Thursday that it expects to shift its business further into the living room, with plans to bring video calling to the living room before the holiday season.

Off Topic:

How Google Is Killing An Arts Site (A Twist On “Too Big To Fail”) – On the web, Google gives the words “too big to fail” new meaning. The company’s dominance in directing the flow of information and people around the web is so big that if Google decides to block information, then there’s not much you can do about it. (submitted by Dar)

New IBM survey suggest workers eager for smarter workplace tech – The smarter-everything people at IBM have released a new survey this morning suggesting that even though technologies are getting “smarter” in your house, office buildings are failing to take advantage of similar innovation.

Fox News Calls Mr. Rogers “An Evil, Evil Man” – “Little did I know, Mr. Rogers was an evil man. By telling children they’re special just for being who they are, he helped create this generation of worthless, lazy socialists.”

The 10 manliest cocktails (and how to make them) – What you order at a bar, whether fair or not, can be the first thing someone judges your character on. A real manly cocktail is equal parts strong, a challenge to drink, classy, and rugged. Here are 10 cocktails that will put some hair on your chest.

America Is Not At War [image] – This message was found at a US military facility in Ramadi, Iraq, written by a member of the US Marines.

Today’s Quote:

“The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he really is very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good.”

–     Robert Graves

Today’s Free Downloads:

Xcelerator 2.0 – Xcelerator is a reliable download-accelerator patch built for the ultimate download performance. In spite its very small size, Xcelerator brings high-tech architecture to add extra accuracy and speed to searching, sharing and downloading, with perfect integration into the native file sharing client.

FreeFixer 0.57 – FreeFixer is a general purpose removal tool that will help you to delete potentially unwanted software, such as adware, spyware, trojans, viruses, and worms.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 1, 2010

  1. Rangbro

    Hello Bill,

    Thanks for this great giveaway.

    Please enroll me in the draw.

    Have a nice day!