Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 2, 2010

Five free Windows utilities you should download – I love a good freebie. Today I’ve got five of them for you, all Windows utilities that solve specific problems and/or make life a little easier. Best of all, not one of them will sell out.

Leave No Trace: How to Completely Erase Your Hard Drives, SSDs and Thumb Drives – Whether you are preparing to reuse a hard disk for another operating system, clear off your junk shelves by passing along outdated drives to a friend or relative, donate an old PC to a charity or school, discard a too-small USB drive or flash memory card, or repurpose an SSD, you don’t want to leave any information on the storage device.

Why Ubuntu excites me more than Windows or Macintosh – My Ubuntu setup is faster than a PC and prettier than a Mac. But best of all, when you ask it to do something, it does it. Or, at worst, it doesn’t do it. It doesn’t think about it, for hours, and then mysteriously go off the idea. It doesn’t crash. It doesn’t break. I don’t know why everybody doesn’t use it.

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40+ Absolutely Stylish & Creative Hand-picked Wallpapers – Wallpapers can be creative, inspiring and elegant. If you are looking to add some creativity and inspiration to your life, you probably need a desktop wallpaper that inspires you to create something creative and original. Today we present 40 stunning wallpapers created by some hard-working and dedicated designers.

The 3 Most Common Types of PC Virus Infections – Trojans, botnets and scareware sound frightening, and for good reason.

PDF Exploits Explode, Continue Climb in 2010 – McAfee, Symantec, and even Microsoft confirm facts that Adobe PDF exploits are continuing to climb during 2010. According to one security researcher, Adobe will take its cue from Google Chrome and add sandboxing defenses to its PDF software this year in order to beef up on Reader and Acrobat security.

US Air Force gets caught in own Transformers 3 phishing net – Security testers at the Guam Air Force base had to send out a clarification notice on Monday after an in-house test – called an operational readiness exercise in Air Force parlance – of how airmen would respond to a phishing e-mail about “Transformers 3” being filmed on site, worked out a little too well.

15 High Quality Premium-Like Free WordPress Themes – Today we present 15 Free Premium-like WordPress Themes that are truly impressive and you might be willing to use for your next project, which have been released over the last few months.

“Child Pornography Is Great”, Anti-Pirates Say – It is no secret that pro-copyright lobbyists are exploiting child pornography to get file-sharing sites pulled offline. They have done so for years. Their ultimate goal is to use child porn as an excuse to impose a global Internet filter, and with a new directive being presented in the EU their strategy seems to be paying off.

Off Topic:

A Portable Battery That Runs on Saltwater or Urine – If you’ve got a battery, you still need a means of charging it. And if you’re in the military, you know that you never have exactly what you need exactly when you need it.

You Are Here: A View Of Earth From Mars – Image by NASA.

Family Fights $18,000 Verizon Phone Bill – “You can’t print what my husband said’’ when the bill came, Mary St. Germain said. “He was very shocked.’’

Google reportedly preparing to intro TV Software next month – The company is expected to announce its Android-based TV software to developers next month, and hardware makers are getting interested. The Google TV—or rather, Google’s software for set-top boxes—is one step closer to reality.

Today’s Quote:

“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.”

–    Bill Gates

Today’s Free Downloads:

StandaloneStack 2.0.7 – StandaloneStack creates groups of files and folders in a Mac-style “stack.” Other docking apps have brought this feature to Windows, but StandaloneStack is one of the few that doesn’t require hogging resources the way many docks can. It also integrates smoothly with the Windows 7 taskbar, making it an excellent way to conserve space while adding some visual pizazz.

7stacks 1.5 beta 1 – 7Stacks ports the Mac OS X stacking feature to Windows 7, Vista, and XP in a reasonable but not quite perfect manner. If you’re not familiar, the “stack” jargon here refers to creating a container of folders or files and making it accessible with one click on your taskbar.

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