Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 9, 2010

Mashable’s Open Source God: 480+ Open Source Applications – Open source software is booming: here we round up over 480 open source applications for you to use or build upon.

Now Search Google, Yahoo, Bing & Others At Once With Faviit – It would be far more convenient if you can use a single search engine to search multiple sites at once. And above all, what if you would be able to do some customizations so that you can choose the features you likes and removes the stuff you doesn’t. The folks at Faviit have come up with just what you have been looking for ages.

Create Your Own Wi-Fi Hotspot – With Windows 7 Virtual Wi-Fi and Connectify, you can use one connection to the internet and as long as you have wireless available, you can connect multiple laptops and other wireless devices to the source computer.

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Facebook ‘hack’ website warning – Security experts have warned that you should steer clear of websites that claim to be able to help you hack into Facebook accounts. Researchers at security firm Sunbelt said that the websites are not only making false claims but would serve up a never-ending stream of pop-up adverts if you used them.

Mobile Spy logs iPad users’ activities – A new tool that lets iPad owners snoop on the activities of anyone who uses the device is causing controversy. Mobile Spy for the Apple iPad, made by Retina-X Studios, is aimed at employers and parents who want to keep tabs on how the iPad is used by others.

Google redesign under fire – Google has offered further explanations for the redesign of its homepage in the face of criticism from surfers. The change, along with slight modifications to the Google logo and colour scheme of the search engine, was announced earlier this week.

Depressing App Shows You What You’ll Look Like in 20 Years – From the people who brought you MakeMeBabies and PicTreat comes In20Years, the web app that’s sure to give the plastic surgery industry a swift kick in the you-know-what.

Stressed? You`re Not the Only One. Technology Offers a Respite – In a 24 by 7 world where you may be expected to attend work meetings even though you are on vacation, is it any surprise that so many people say they are stressed? But collaboration technologies, which are becoming more strategic in an age of slimmed down workforces and lower travel budgets, may actually help relieve some of the pressure of today’s work life, according to a new survey.

Off Topic:

Nighttime Teen Deaths Up, Cellphone Distraction To Blame – Thinking about setting some ground rules on when a new teen driver can or can’t take out the car? Ruling out most of the nighttime hours might be a good start. If you’re a parent, it’s probably not for the reasons you might think of—like beer, testosterone-fueled horseplay, and more beer.

15 Sexiest Models Of The Past And Present (PICS) – To the consternation of boys everywhere, models on the catwalks recently have been anything but sexy. But in the spirit of Prada and Louis Vuitton’s recent Fall 2010 runway show – where Victoria’s Secret beauties shared catwalk space with more coltish young things – we’ve compiled a list of 15 sexiest models of the past and present.

15 Examples of the Worst Advice on Men: from Women’s Mags – Here are 15 examples of the worst man advice that you can get from any of dozens of women’s magazines on the shelves today.

Google Translate for Animals – Modern technology goes to talking with animals. Probably not, but it is an entertaining spoof. Here’s a Video and information from Google. (submitted by Dar)

Lessons From Eyjafjallajökull: Air Freight Is Going To Kill Us All – It isn’t a particularly big volcano by Icelandic standards. Even its name is boring; it translates into English as “island-mountains glacier.” But it has been fascinating to watch its effects around the world. Jeff Rubin says “It may well be a dress rehearsal for what lies ahead.” (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“Admiration, n.: Our polite recognition of another’s resemblance to ourselves.”

–    Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1914)

Today’s Free Downloads:

Tor – Protect your anonymity as you surf and use the Internet with this free privacy tool. The Tor download includes other software that you need for maintaining your privacy–notably Privoxy, a proxy program. The programs work well together; and because the software self-configures, they are simple to use.

Windows 7 Firewall Control Free (32-bit version) – Want fine-grained control over the firewall built into Windows 7 and Windows Vista–especially the way it blocks outbound connections? Good luck. Even if you manage to unearth the controls buried deep in Windows menus and applications, you’ll be baffled. Windows 7 Firewall Control Free solves the problem for you.

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