Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 19, 2010

The Procrastinator’s Guide to PC Maintenance – You want to keep your PC running smoothly, your apps updated, and your data safe–but you’re lazy. Here’s how to keep your PC healthy while expending the minimum amount of effort possible.

The 10 best cross-platform applications – In this cross-platform world, you need apps that can handle whatever systems you’re supporting. Jack Wallen lists the cross-platform applications he thinks are indispensable.

Lifehacker: Use Dropbox to Monitor Your Computer Remotely – The clever uses for file-syncing utility Dropbox never seem to end. In addition to the many creative uses for Dropbox we’ve already highlighted, Digital Inspiration explains how to use Dropbox to remotely monitor your computer and catch any unauthorized users.

Get a free .com domain name registration – Actually, only the first year is free, and you’ll probably need hosting to go with it. Still, free is free, right?

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Windows Tips: DIY Repair Disc, System Tray Tweak, Icon Fixes – Learn how to create a system repair disc for XP or Vista, add icons to the Windows 7 System Tray, and keep desktop icons in their places.

Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007 – The standard placement of a watermark is done in such a way in the background (e.g. diagonal) to catch the reader’s eye and to convey a readily recognizable message that portrays the status of the document (e.g. confidential, draft, ASAP, etc.).

Fake Amazon emails contain Trojan – Emails that seem to come from Amazon, confirming an order has been received and that goods have been dispatched, could contain a Trojan.

Skype Turns Panasonic HDTVs Into Videophones – The first HDTVs to incorporate the Skype for TV technology are now shipping from Panasonic.

Enterprise Security Tips on a Small-Business Budget – Whether your business is a big fish or a small-fry home office, you can get hacked just the same, and the stakes are higher than a few canceled credit cards. Here are a few tips to protect your users and your networks–steps that even enterprise-class security specialists may slip up on.

Smartphone Video Camera Smackdown – Video capture is standard on smartphones these days, but not all camcorders are created equal. We put four popular smartphones to the test to determine which has the best video quality.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Wacky and Wonderful Pet Tech – These 18 gizmos and gadgets are ideal for pampered pets and their adoring caretakers.

Never Get Busted Vol. 1: Traffic Stops – Ex-Cop Goes Rogue on the Drug War. Police admired Barry Cooper when he lied to put drug dealers in prison. Then he flipped the game on them. (submitted by Dar)

XM25 Prototypes in testing: 500% lethality increase over existing weapon systems – The advanced design allows the soldier to program the air bursting 25mm round so that it flies to the target and detonates at a precise point in the air. It does not require impact to detonate and is hence capable of defeating an enemy behind a wall, inside a building or in a foxhole. (submitted by Dar)

New Developments in Cannabinoid-Based Medicine – An Interview with Dr. Raphael Mechoulam. (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him and show your distrust.”

–    Henry L. Stimson

Today’s Free Downloads:

Double Driver – Double Driver 4.0 makes fast and easy work of saving all your drivers. The free utility scans your system, automatically detects and selects those drivers that aren’t part of the operating system, and lets you back them up to any kind of storage: a USB drive, a network folder, etc.

ZoneAlarm – An effective and easy-to-use firewall program, ZoneAlarm does a great job of keeping your PC safe from a variety of threats. ZoneAlarm uses a simple wizard to make configuring a firewall, which seems like a daunting task to many computer users, incredibly easy.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 19, 2010

  1. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    Zone Alarm. Have been using it for ten years, it’s yet to let me down. Probably better firewalls out there, but I’ll stick with what I know (after ten years I know it inside out lol).


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Mal,

      Outstanding FW. Same here – 10 years or so – still running on an XP Pro machine. First time was on Win 95.

      I actually started an article on ZA this morning, but won’t finish it for a day or two. I’ll use your comment as a lead in.